Shaping up for summer

I’ve been feeling blah about my eating and exercise habits during the past several months; so last Sunday during my kickball game when I was running the bases and felt more jiggly than normal, I decided it was time to come up with a plan of action.

I completed week one of shaping up today. For the next month I’m going to complete these low-intensity physical activities to help make me feel less jiggly and more toned. Who knows though, the jiggle may be here to stay—I am 30 years old after all.

Yes, that’s right. I’m 30 and play kickball. You didn’t just misread anything.

The plan—I'll write down the date each time I complete the listed exercises.


I schedule meetings with myself (sometimes my imaginary co-worker shows up)

Since being inspired to have meetings with myself each week from an old co-worker who has embarked on a remarkable year of her own, I’ve been walking to my neighborhood shop on Wednesday mornings; I spend an hour to an hour and a half checking-in with myself to make sure I’m doing what I have said I’ll do with my time. Today my agenda was more structured than other weeks since I wanted to re-visit my goals for this year. With the recent opportunity opening up for me to take a full-time position with one of the companies I’ve been doing contract work with, I felt the need to take a look at my goals to make sure I’ll be able to maintain balance in my life and avoid losing perspective of what I believe my overall purpose to be.

Below is my agenda, followed by my agenda that includes the specifics of each item. I find laying life out like this very helpful at times when I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed. Having my goals visible like this also helps me say no to any projects that are proposed to me that do not fall within these parameters. It’s important to me that I focus energies on efforts I truly believe in and not feel bad about ignoring everything else.

5-11-2011, 9:00 a.m.

Meeting with Myself

Hooked on Colfax




  • Outline ideal breakdown of responsibilities


  • Exercise routine now that the weather is warmer
  • Find a place to swim
  • Eating habits


  • Make effort to spend time with friends and family


  • Continue saving for art to hang on walls
  • Begin saving for next trip


  • Youth
  • Creative

Agenda (with specifics)



Outline ideal breakdown of responsibilities

Web sales/marketing

  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Online specials and sales
  • Assist with Facebook and Twitter presence
  • Manage website content and products

Community outreach

  • Weekly programming for Denver non-profit that focuses on______
  • Organize El Salvador project
  • Plastic bag reduction initiative with wholesale accounts


  • Open House in June
  • Quarterly? events


  • Whole Foods in Cherry Creek
  • Marczyk Fine Foods on 17th
  • The Big Eat


Exercise routine now that the weather is warmer

  • Morning walk in the park 3x/week
  • Find a place to swim
  • Ask swimmers about lap pools

Eating/drinking habits

  • STOP with the fast food
  • Practice saying, “I’ve had enough.”


Make effort to spend time with friends and family

  • Family Dinner Night on Mondays
  • Weekly meet-ups with Emily and Elliott
  • Monthly dates


Continue saving for art to hang on walls

  • Use extra income for art instead of going out

Begin saving for next trip

  • YUP



  • Contact BGC


  • Buntport BOD
  • Think Yacht
  • Bean Again
  • Book project

May message to 2011 OPYPC

Mother may I…enjoy the detours?

I hope this message finds all you OPYPC peeps well! Happy May! How are your Power Years going?

Please feel free to share your progress on the Facebook Power Year wall; inspiration is contagious and what you are devoting your time and energy to may be just the kick in the pants someone else can use.

Yesterday I read 101 Things I Learned in Film School and really liked the sentiment of “Have a plan, but enjoy the detours.” It’s important to remember to remain fluid and accept that trial and error are part of the creative process. It’s important to not beat yourself up over detouring sometimes—and to explore where that detour may take you.


Review your SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound) goals and reflect/record what worked last month and how you will improve for this month.

Identify one of the items that distracted you, that set you on a detoured path, over the past four months, and further explore it for one day. Reflect and write about it (if applicable, blog about it!).

May Challenge:

As an artist/designer/maker/creative, do you know your own identity? What drives you? What do you value and stand for? Write a one-page or less personal statement.

Disconnected from the world wide web

Every once in a while when I feel like my smart-ass phone is taking over my life (like when I can’t go more than 15 minutes without checking email), or when Facebook is sucking too much of my time, I voluntarily disconnect from the world wide web and take a breather from being distracted from living in the moment. I turn my phone off and don’t get on my computer.

Yesterday I disconnected from the internet and phone and although I was hoping I’d be inspired to clean my home, instead I found myself inspired to read this book:

I think I finally picked it off my bookshelf because I saw Blink! at the Denver Art Museum  on Friday night and was feeling inspired to learn more about moving images. This particular lesson struck a chord in me, which I see as good life advice:

Reading made me remember that I had a book to pick up from Tattered Cover, so I headed over there, purchased Materials Matter and ended up with several design periodicals as well. As my eyes feasted on CMYK, Communication Arts, Design Practices Now and Print, my mind began churning ideas and my skin began to do that little “I feel inspired” dance that it likes to do sometimes. My favorite part of reading the magazines (besides learning about the amazing things individuals are doing with their lives) was that there were no links to click on in the middle of the articles. I prefer turning pages to scrolling down.

When I tried beginning Materials Matter, I got through five pages and fell asleep. It struck me as a book that may affect me like Cradle to Cradle did; I don’t necessarily feel like being depressed by the environmental state of our world right now, so after my little nap, instead of reading more about materials, I watched the documentary Young at Heart.

I find old people pretty cute, so watching a choir of them sing Sonic Youth and Cold Play songs was awesome—and yes, I was brought to tears. I highly recommend watching that film.

From here on out I turned into a couch potato. I watched three more episodes of Twin Peaks and couldn’t bring myself to get off my couch. I’m not going to beat myself up too much about feeling like I “got nothing done.” At least I wasted my hours the good ol’ fashion way and wasn’t surfing the ‘net. Or something like that.