I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference, and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Humans of New York. The concept is simple: Brandon Stanton goes around New York, taking pictures of strangers while asking them about themselves, soliciting a piece of advice, all of the above, or neither — some just strike a pose. The result of all of his efforts was brilliant and his blog (which I discovered earlier this year via Tumblr!) led to a book that even recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller! As a person who loves people-watching and speculating on everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and potential history, I found myself spending several hours on HONY as soon as I learned about it. I loved getting to know these strangers who reveal so much in a single poignant phrase. There are some striking individuals whom I would probably never meet in my life, …
Life gets in the way sometimes, so I don’t get to write as often as I’d like. I’m also sure I’m not the only one who struggles with the quest for that elusive writing time, so I thought I’d share this information here, because this app had been helping me. The thing is, you don’t even have to find the time to write; if you have Day One on your smart phone, the time is right now. It’s as easy as Twitter except it’s private. You can share your thoughts if you want, but the app really is made for journaling; its main purpose is to aid the individual who likes to capture unfiltered moments and memories through writing. It’s not for your friends or followers, just you. It can even send you friendly reminders if you prefer, a gentle nudge of encouragement — which really helped me and I usually don’t allow push notifications on apps I download. In the end, although I haven’t written long notable essays on it, I enjoy the fact that I’ve written …
This colorful image in steamykitchen.com inspired me. Although the original idea is about memories, I thought this would be a good (and cute) method for counting blessings this year. When something makes you smile or when something good happens, write it down, and drop the note in your recycled jar. “Upcycled” if you’re fancy. ;) On New Year’s Eve, read about all the amazing things from your 2013 Happy Jar!
I’m not a super crafty person, but seeing this photo made me go straight to Michael’s especially since my 3-year old nephew could not use carving tools just yet. Although I did most of the work, he had a blast painting a mini pumpkin black, determining the shape of the eyes, and admiring his masterpiece when it was all done. To me, it was a fun way to spend the Halloween afternoon with the family. Wanna make bat pumpkins too? View the full set of instructions on FamilyFun.com Photo Credit: FamilyFun.com
I’m not advocating digital piracy or bootlegging movies, but “Big Hy” is a pirate worth noting. Why? This World War II veteran copies brand new Hollywood movies and sends them to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cool part is, he doesn’t do it for profit — in fact, he uses his own dime to send hundreds and thousands of movies overseas! A quote from the NY Times article: As for his brazen violation of domestic copyright laws, Mr. Strachman nodded guiltily but pointed to his walls, which are strewed with seven huge American flags, dozens of appreciative letters, and snapshots of soldiers holding up their beloved DVDs. “Every time I got back an emotional e-mail or letter, I sent them another box,” he said, adding that he had never accepted any money for the movies or been told by any authorities to stop. Photo Credit: NY Times.
At this time, I can come up with one hundred reasons as to why I can’t produce something creative this weekend. Chores and errands alone could take two full days. But you know what? Sometimes, we have to prioritize things that make us feel alive again.
If you have 11 minutes to spare, watch this super fun video. Heartwarming, inspiring, and just plain fun.