June message to OPYPC

Howdy 2011 PYPC! Happy June, hope this message finds you well. How did writing your personal statements last month go? Here’s some focus for this month:


Review your SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound) goals and reflect/record what has worked during the first five months of 2011 and identify three things you want to do in June to feel successful when the first half of this year is over.

June Challenge:

Have you been paying attention and learning from the lives of others (remember that PY rule that I lived by)? For one week this month, try writing down a new lesson learned each day. It will be difficult at first, but once you begin identifying these lessons, it will become easier—and you will be able to apply the lessons to your own life.

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.

The future is…nuh…Nuh…NUH…NOW

Happy Friday party people.

One of the challenges for the 2011 Online PY Pledge Class is to “Go Public” in March. That is, share projects with the public. I don’t like to ask others what I’m not willing to do myself, so I went public with some of the values that drive Bean Again at this month’s installment of The Forecasters—I shared my vision of the future.

Although the audience turn out was light (guessing the fact that it was St. Patty’s Day had something to do with this), the quality of the five presentations was solid. Plus, preparing to share your ideas in a public manner is a process that helps develop those thoughts in a way that just is not possible otherwise—even if you don’t perfectly execute expression to your audience.

Public speaking is not my favorite, but I understand its value and its importance to improving creative projects. When’s the last time you went public with one of your projects?


Halfway through with MARCH MADNESS

You’re right. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on ye ol’ Power Year blog. That’s because March Madness has made me nuts! Okay, maybe just half crazy. I’m happy to report that I’ve crossed three of the seven items off my “MARCH MADNESS Things To Do List.” And after Thursday night, I’ll be able to cross off one more. Whoop!

Three down, four more to go...

If you look closely, you’ll notice that sometimes, due dates must be flexible, because acquiring something like a sewing machine takes research, thought, and a kick-ass discount. I’m still waiting on that last part.

If you’re part of the 2011 Online Power Year Pledge Class or have launched your own Power Year, how are things going? What lessons have you learned so far and what advice can you offer to others? How are you documenting your progress so that you can look back on this year and give yourself a big pat on the back?





Positivity is a key ingredient

I’m grateful for my friends; they’re creative, optimistic doers; they’re honest communicators; they’re innovative thinkers; they’re supportive; they’re inspiring and encouraging; and they know life is too short to create unnecessary drama.

Your Power Year will be more productive if you surround yourself and spend time with people who are positive doers. It is not your job to hold the hands of naysayers and try to convince them that they should be more positive or try new things. The best thing you can do for those Debbie downers in your life is live by example—do something extraordinary and hope that a small spark lights under their arse.

March message to 2011 Online Pledge Class

Happy March. Did February fly by, or what? Sheeeit. How’d the month go for you? Were you able to focus on your February list? Are there certain goals that you need to assess and adjust at this time? Did you share your Power Year plans with friends? Are you ready to rock this next month? Let’s raise our cups to the madness that is March!


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.

Make a March Madness List of items you will tackle this month.

Here's my list for March


Share your plan publicly. This could mean hosting a brunch or dinner party, where you “exhibit” what you’ve produced so far. Or this could mean making a public appearance and presenting your work so far or your intentions for the next ten months. This challenge is important because the process of organizing your work to present to others is very beneficial!

The project that I’m personally working on this year happens to be Bean Again, LLC. I’m scheduled to speak in general terms about extending the lifespan of objects later this month during The Forecasters. If you’re in Denver, you should come to the show; the rest of the presenters are very interesting people who will be forecasting the future as well!

Okay pledges, email me your updates or links to your blogs!

Goodbye February!


February? Check! (mostly)


It’s not just a night, it’s DATE NIGHT

That which we call a “date,” by any other name, would be as special—right? Wrong.

Although I’m not a huge fan of when individuals are defined only by a name or title, I see “date nights” as being different—especially when you are in a long-term relationship. It takes creativity to keep love feeling fresh. Stale bread is gross, stale relationships are even worse.

Instead of a trip to Third Tuesday at Buntport Theater being just another night, when you say, “Hey! It’s date night,” everything changes (if you are mindful about it). When you call it “date night,” it’s more likely that feelings of giddy beginnings can be conjured up. When you call it, “date night,” there’s an unspoken understanding that both parties involved will be on their best behavior, maybe even get a little fancied up. Think about business attire and why you don’t wear pajamas to the office. For the record, much of my work is remote and although I could wear sweats all day, I dress the part for productivity when I’m doing work. I’ve heard of those people who can work in their pj’s and have to say, I’m not one of them. I digress.

Date night. It’s something that a number of Power Year pledges have noted as a focus for them. It’s important. Get gussied up, be creative with your relationship, have fun, make love happen.

Tight budget? Date night doesn’t have to be expensive. Remember how fun it can be to actually walk through a record or book store and browse (as opposed to surfing the web)? Go on a thrift store hunt together on the weekend, estate sale hopping. Free day at the museum, zoo, or if you live in Denver, ride the 15 down Colfax for a mile and you and your date will have plenty to talk about.