Marking time the right way

Many people use January 1st as the date to measure their success from the previous year and make plans for the future year.  Resolutions and changes in behavior are always at the top of the list. I have never subscribed to this thinking. Turns out my birthday was that marker for me.

Yesterday was my birthday. If I am honest it has not my favorite day of the year. It has been this way since I was seventeen.  Nothing tragic ever happened to make me dislike it. For years it bothered me and I was not able to figure out why. Everyone told me it was the age change, but this never bothered me at all.  

Reflecting on the past year would often let me down in terms of accomplishments and desires perhaps not fulfilled. 

This year I am trying to be better about those things. Reduce the desire to beat myself up – let myself off the hook. I want to spend more time on the positive things in my life. Spend more time on the things that matter, friends, family and exciting work.

Saying no to more things so I can say yes to things that matter most to me.  Simplify and reduce the mental clutter I have accumulated over the years. 

Monica Rodgers

Many many people have helped shape this mindset change in me, but no one more than Monica Rodgers. She has showed me a side of myself that I refused to see, she has loved me without question, she has helped me through rough patches and supported me when I did not think I deserved support. Her presence in my life has changed everything.

This is the best gift that I have ever received ! Thank you love…


Macfilos interviewed by Microsoft

If you don’t follow Macfilos web site you should.  Michael and I became friends a couple of years ago when I was looking for advice on purchasing an 11″ MBA.  Michael was also one of the people I interviewed for the Running on Air series.  

Michael writes on a wide range of topics including technology, watches and photography.  In 2011 Michael wrote a piece called Pre-Tech Office: Office work in the historic 1960’s that was really great.  Microsoft recently create a page called A Brief History of your Office and interviewed him about the technology in the offices and what was common place.  Michael has two short video interviews of what the office technology was in like in the 50’s and the 70’s. Both are really great to watch (very short), please check then out.

Lucky Me | Thomas Borowski

Thomas Borowski creator of the Groovboard and host of Think Make Sell podcast (and my co-host on The Makers Journal) was in a terrible accident last week as a result of a collision with a deer. Fortunately he is ok.  One of the things that I found fascinating was Tom’s initial thoughts while waiting for help to arrive.

“As we were waiting for the police to arrive, some random thoughts started going through my mind:

* Thank goodness my dog wasn’t in the car (I had just dropped him off at the dog sitter).
* The car’s probably totaled.
* I hope my glasses are OK.
* I hope my MacBook is OK (yeah, I know).”

— http://thomasborowski.de/2014/02/lucky-me/

I was reviewing the list, noticing that Tom’s well being was not initially mentioned, I realized that as long as my pet or loved ones were not in the car this would have been my exact thought process as well.  I wonder if other people would also share a similar list or does this has to do with who we are as people and our particular personality?

Reboot

I am not a large proponent of New Years resolutions. Goals are good but I dont think they are mutually exclusive. During 2013 when writing for ThoughfulDesign I found myself boxed in by the blog title. I wanted to write about other topics, and not limit myself. Even though it was purely in my head it was a block for me. I used this as an excuse to not write.

I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a better site name. I settled on using my own to allow me to just explore new topics as I decide to. Some of the topics I plan to write about revolve around customer service, design and user expereience design, and the Apple community. But if I want to write a review about LED lightbulbs or bathroom fans, a la Marco Arment I will have that freedom.

I hope you will continue reading and share your thoughts with me.