Three Questions

designMy husband and I are eternally trying to improve on certain things in our lives (think money, health and cleanliness).  So we’d have these BIG TALKS about changing the way we live.  We’d get all pumped, do great for a couple of days and then ultimately fall off the wagon.

We decided a big key to our success would be to talk about our goals EVERY SINGLE DAY, first thing in the morning.  So each day I send a text to my husband with three headers and then my reason for wanting to improve those things.

For example, ‘I want to be smarter with money so that we can make choices about how we spend our money rather than feeling like we HAVE to pay this or we HAVE to pay that and then have nothing left over.’

It’s really helped us keep our goals top of mind and it’s fun to see how our attitudes change from day to day.

I have come to realize that working together on our big goals is the only way we will succeed.  If I am going one direction and he is going another then we are both swimming against the current.  If we go together we have more power than we do alone.

Do you have an easy trick you use to stay on track?

PS Stay tuned for some silly and fun ways to help us stick to our goals!

Living a life worth commenting on

IMG_2657Blogging has been really fun and interesting but there are times when you’re racking your brain trying to think about what to write about.  Recently I was listening to this podcast and Pete and Ben had a conversation about improv and at one point Ben realized he was repeating himself and it was starting to get boring.

One of his wise teachers told him that he needed to take a break and go out and live.  You need something to improvise about and Pete made a great comment which was:

“You need to live a life worth commenting on.”

In that moment, that really blew my mind.  It was a reminder to me that when you are trying to be creative, you have to go out and live to stimulate all your creative neurons and inspire new ideas.

What do you do for creative stimulation?

Keeping it Krispy

Mad-Men-Nerdist-Bowling-CropI’ve been trying to get some new things going in my life which I will hopefully share at some point in a future post.

But trying to make change can get really hard.  And as much as I want it, sometimes the obstacles feel insurmountable.

I was in a major funk last week and it just wasn’t getting better, even over a few days.  I decided I needed to get out of my head so I started scrolling through my list of podcasts.

One of my favorites is You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.  I went back through the guests and found two I wanted to listen to.

They helped me get out of my head for a while and gain some perspective by hearing someone else’s story.  It also gave me a little boost of motivation to keep pushing forward so I thought I would share.

The first is with Chris Hardwick who was on MTV with Jenny McCarthy back in the day and then spent many years struggling in his career and in life until he got sober, lost a bunch of weight and started the Nerdist empire.  Just a really down to earth and genuine guy who really loves people and especially other comics.

The second one is with Jon Hamm who was in Hollywood for THREE YEARS before he got an acting job.  And he is really insightful and well-read and I totally enjoyed his perspective.

So if you need something to get you through a funk, too, take a listen.

What do you do to get out of a funk?  Or do you have any podcasts you love that get you through the day?

Falling in love with New Orleans

I was just having a conversation with a coworker about the enchantment that is New Orleans.  She reminded me that before we moved there we watched this video of Ingrid Lucia over and over again.  The song and video say it all.

Who doesn’t want to visit after watching that?

Have a stunning weekend!

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Have you seen these live video feeds that come out of Monterey Bay Aquarium?  What a beautiful way to spend your day.  I really love the Jelly Cam and some very cool things happen on the Open Sea Cam.  Marine life is…stunning.

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The shark and the turtle are both swimming through a huge school of fish which is parting around them!penguinAbsolutely adorable.