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ROCK THE VOTE!

Alrighty folks! With the election coming up, I couldn’t help but get in the voting mood! If it’s one thing i love, it’s making a fool of myself for the laughter of others…to make people smile and remember what it’s like to HAVE FUN! One of the ways I find I can do that is by making music videos….featuring ME. hahahahahahaha!

The first time i ever filmed one of myself (which was actually filmed at 3 a.m. by the BEAUTIFUL and TALENTED Grace Robinson) was a last minute project to promote MCA Media team to students at MCA Uncut (Campus Days). Thankfully, I’ve deleted every trace of that video, except the raw footage. But every now and then I get in that quirky mood where I want to make more music videos.

So, to celebrate this quirky mood and to get in shape for the upcoming elections, I’m asking you- my blog readers, to rock the vote! You get to choose which song i use!

I am holding the poll until the 1st of October, after which I will storyboard and scope out locations. And next weekend, I will film and edit. My goal is to have it on the blog by the next week. 🙂

So your choices are:

“Scar” by Missy Higgins

“All The Way Around” by Ali Lohan

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

“Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson (theme song from Free Willy)

and…

“Life Is A Highway” by Rascal Flatts

All the songs can be found on iTunes! So take a listen, and ROCK THE VOTE!

* to vote, select your choice from the song list on the poll on the right hand side of the blog page at the top.

PS: your votes ARE anonymous, so if you vote for something “atypical” to what society would assume you would choose, you’re safe! 😉


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a wise man once said…

one of my favorite authors/distant leadership mentors is John Maxwell. Now i know that there are a lot of people who are not huge fans of J.Max (as i call him.. 😉 ) but let’s get real, this guy has lived a long life and has so much wisdom to share! I have read so many of his books, and regardless of how redundant a few things may sound in them, they really have helped me so much through the years! Well, I am signed up on his email list for LEADERSHIP WIRED, which is his periodic leadership/mentor newsletter of sorts. I was reading it today and was just so excited to get some great insight on success…so i figured i would share it on here. if you want to get the emails also (as this is a single post, and i will probably not be re-posting every one of them i get), you can go to http://www.maximumimpact.com and sign up for yourself. (did i mention it’s really great stuff?? 😉 )

Starting – The First Step Toward Success
By John C. Maxwell
Salespersons are coached in the power of a first impression. Orators devote hours to opening statements. Journalists are admonished never to bury the lead. Sprinters practice racing out of the starting blocks. Interviewees are taught the importance of their initial handshake with a potential employer.

In leadership, as in many other areas of life, the beginning often determines the end. False starts and weak foundations can be ruinous. Here are five insights to help you start successfully.

HOW TO START SUCCESSFULLY

1. Start With Yourself

As Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you want to be in the world.” By starting with yourself, you build the self-confidence needed to attract and inspire others. Leading yourself well is a precursor to accomplishment, and accomplishment earns respect. In order to make deposits in the lives of followers, you have to have a beginning balance in your leadership account. Start leading by proving your mettle – to yourself and to prospective followers.

2. Start early

Sadly, many leaders squander their early years and spend the rest of their careers trying to make up for lost time. In leadership, as with finances, decisions made early in life accrue the most interest. When we choose poorly or establish bad habits, we put ourselves in debt. Then, we must not only repay our loans, but the interest on them as well. On the flip side, when we invest our time and talent wisely from a young age, we reap the benefits of compounding interest on our leadership.

Specifically, where should leaders start? What areas should take precedence at the beginning? From my experience there are 10 things you should do as a leader prior to reaching age 40:

Know yourself

Settle your family life
Determine your priorities

Develop your philosophy of life
Get physically fit

Learn your trade

Pay the price

Develop solid relationships

Prepare for the future
Find purpose for your life
If you’re over 40, it’s never to late to make improvements. Unfortunately, an old dog doesn’t easily learn new tricks. Undoing years of misplaced priorities and poor self-management will take extra effort.

3. Start Small

Don’t expect to understand what it takes to get to the top, just take the next step.
Think big, but start small. Doing so encourages you to get started, and keeps you from being frozen by the magnitude of the vision in front of you. When you accomplish a small step, you gain confidence that you can accomplish the next step.

The success found in starting small comes when you diligently apply the lessons you learn. As my friend, Dick Biggs, has said, “The greatest gap is between knowing and doing.” Commit to mastering the details under your control, and follow through when experience has given you instruction.

4. Start with the end in view

“Most people spend more time planning their grocery shopping than designing their future.”
~ Tom James, Personal Development Coach

To start with the end in view, you need energy and direction. Let your passion pull you forward, and let your planning give you guidance. In order for passion to be a driving force in your life, you must identify a purpose for you life. To locate your purpose, consider your strengths, interests, and past successes. What roles do you find most enjoyable? What brings you the greatest sense of satisfaction? Examine the areas that make you feel strong and angle your career toward them. Also, find people who have been successful in the area of your interest. Listen to them and watch their lives.

For planning to give you direction, you need to write down goals. Goals lend structure to your purpose, and they keep you leading “within the lines.” They focus your action and move you toward your overall vision.

5. Start Now

We exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow, and underestimate today. Embrace action daily. Don’t wait until it’s too late before you begin to pursue the visions implanted in your heart. Make each day your masterpiece; you’ll be surprised where you end up after stringing together a few months of superb days.

I’ll leave you with one final thought:

“How wonderful it is that we need not wait a single minute before starting to improve ourselves and our world.” ~ Anne Frank

Review – Five Steps to Starting Successfully

Start Early
Start with Yourself
Start Small
Start with the End in View
Start Now


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a tribute to dynamic duos

Okay, so yesterday I found out (as did she) that my co-worker (only co-worker, mind you that is in the office with me all day), Marlys (mar-liss) is no longer going to be working here. Yesterday was her last day and it was such a bittersweet day. Alice (my boss) was out of the office for most of the day yesterday, so we were just laughing and chatting while updating lists and databases for the orginazation we work for. And we had lunch together and walked to office depot together. Now, i’ve only been here for like 4 weeks, but Marlys has been so much fun to work with! She’s a bit older, and kinda out of the loop as far as pop culture and technology go, so it was so fun to share stuff with her! Sometimes it was silly stuff, like the difference between “COMPLIMENTING” and “FLATTERING” someone, and how to use google maps to get directions, and how to minimize applications on your computer, and introducing her to the fact that you can buy pizza at the store and bake it in your oven at home…which led to the discussion about what is better- Freschetta or DiGiorno… 🙂 (Di Giorno Stuffed Crust pizza…by the way). And it was just so fun to share stories with my Kel about my days with Marlys, who I loving referred to as MJ 🙂 . She is actually from Houston, TX, which is way cool and moved up here a few months ago to get a new start in life… 🙂 She knew that her job here was temporary just until they were able to hire someone that could do what i am doing now… and sadly, her last day was yesterday. I miss going to A BURGER PLACE with her! I really hope she gets a good job, where she can challenge herself to learn more and do more! I will miss her mucho! Hopefully we’ll still be able to get together and hang out… 🙂

But now, our dynamic duo is down to just me… 😦

So, in order to make the day brighter, I would like to take some time out to recognize some of my FAVORITE dynamic duos!

1. Lucas and Peyton (One Tree Hill)

So I am a super huge fan of the show, One Tree Hill, and Mark Schwan (the exec. producer and writer) has done a great job of creating drama on the show…and through the past 6 seasons, has created MANY different love interests for Lucas and Peyton individually, but the greatest part of it all is when they are together! They are both so broody and artsy and just perfect for each other. I’ve been rooting for them since the first season, and you can imagine the ULTRA EXCITEMENT i experienced when watching the season premiere for season 6 where he chose her to marry over Brooke and Lindsday (man faced lindsay)! Plus the fact that Chad Michael Murray, who plays Lucas is a mega hottie, and that Hilarie Burton, who plays Peyton is so stunning is just an added bonus!

2. Booth and Bones (BONES)

These two are HILARIOUS to watch! if you’ve never seen an episode, go to hulu.com and check out one for free online and you will laugh so hard at the banter that goes on between the two of them. He is an FBI agent and she is a forensic anthropologist, who is so literal and genius that his street smart character compliments her so well!! I laugh so much during each episode…and like Jim and Pam (the office) i’m hoping that one day the romantic tension will dissapear and they will just get together already! hahahahaha!

3. Benson and Stabler (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

I love that they are grown adults, able to be friends without being romantically involved with one another, and fighting for a good cause! don’t get me wrong, i love romance, but their partnership just works best without all the romance. They care about each others’ lives, and are a great team!

4. Mac and Stella (CSI: NY)

Lieutenant dan!!! hahahahahaha!! Okay, so mac and stella are my favorite CSI dynamic duo! And I know i’ll probably get a lot of flack (not don flack, also from csi:ny…har har har) for this but NY is actually my new favorite CSI! I mean, there are great duos in each of the others- Grissom & Catherine (Las Vegas), Callie & Eric (miami), but really… NY takes the cake! Again, mac and stella are able to be great teammates without all the romance drama. I think the thing I love the most about them is that they understand one another without speaking, and can tell others what that person is going to say or think, etc. And i love their leadership approaches- firm, steady, but not overbearing or selfish.

5. Brian and Hannah (my mentor and his wife)

Okay, so they are not TV stars, but they are CREATIVE ROCKSTARS! He is my mentor and taught me everything I know about media, and has taught me a WHOLE LOT about building relationships, living selflessly, and using creativity in everyday life. And his wife is not only GORGEOUS! but she’s super talented as well! He has done graphic design/web/and video production for lots of great people from John Bevere, to Jason Morant, to Hillsong, and even for the college ministry at New Life in Colorado Springs. And she is a VERY TALENTED photographer and artist! Check out the link to her blog [audreyhannahphoto] on the right hand side of my blog, and you’ll understand why i’m dead set on saving up to have her take my engagement and wedding photos when the time comes around… 🙂

and finally….

6. Me and Shia LeBeouf! (hahahahahahaha!)

Okay, okay. so this one is just a joke, but for reals- he’s a hottie! He was hilarious in HOLES, inspiring in THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, spectacular in TRANSFORMERS…and i can’t wait to go see EAGLE EYE on Friday! And then… TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN! oh me oh miah…oh shia! hahahahahahahaha!

alrighty, well…that’s the post for the day! feel free to comment, if not here, on facebook or myspace. peace out homies!


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Washington as my Second Language

Okay, so granted, when you move to a new place, you can expect people to talk differently than you. And I think one of the FUNNEST things for me here is learning the lingo. Things are pronounced so different up here and I love it! Some words are so funny! Now granted, Austin has some funny names that you gotta get used to… like Koenig, Manchaca, Guadalupe, etc. But here’s some funny ones from Washington in general:

Alki = Al-kye (rhymes with pie)
Skookumchuck
North Yelm
Tenino
Tono
Tumwater
Sammamish
Enumclaw
Chehalis = Sha-HAY-lis
Cle Elum = Clee Ell-um (sounds country)
Cowiche = cow-ITCH-ee
Deschutes = dez-shoots
Kittitas = kit-it-tass
klickitat = click-it-tat
Mukilteo (this one took me a long time to get) = Muck-il-tee-o
Pend Oreille = Pawn-do-ray
Peshastin = Peh=shash-tin
Puyallup = Pyoo-al-up
Snohomish = sno-hoe-mish
Tlingit = klink-it
Tulalip = too-lay-lip
Kalkala = ka-lock-a-la

Go ahead, say some out loud to yourself. 🙂


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I’m A Little Bit Country, But A Whole Lotta Rock And Roll

Okay, so I know that by posting this, I kinda take a blow to my known association of being a fan of awesome Alternative Rock Bands like Foo Fighters, Jack’s Mannequin, and Paramore… but if I have one weakness, it’s the need to get a fix for “early Christmas anticipation” by listening to songs from the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton TV special: A Christmas To Remember. I remember watching it a few Christmas’ in a row while I was growing up, and after a while, just kind of forgot about it, but now I think about it often.

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s: A Christmas To Remember is a TV special based off of the songs from their album ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS. And I must admit that last night, as I got antsy thinking about Christmas decorations (sad, i know…) I couldn’t help but listen to the whole album before I went to bed. Ha hahahahahaha! It’s true!

And I know it’s kinda justifiable because I’m from Texas, but all growing up, I’ve fought against the sterotype of Austinites being country hicks who ride horses and blast country music from their double wides… but i am occasionally, a sucker for country music. It’s true.

And I think what is so extra funny about this whole thing is that I’m so desperately anticipating Christmas here in Seattle. Like, already thinking about how I want to decorate the house and the outside, and what kind of Christmas tree theme to do, and what kind of presents to get my housemates, and what to put in their stockings and what to cook for the big Christmas feast! AND IT’S NOT EVEN OFFICIALLY OCTOBER YET!

Oh boy oh boy. Well, in honor of the upcoming holidays, here are some song suggestions to ease your anxiety if you are also anticipating Christmas like I am:

– The entire CD of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
– O Holy Night by Stacie Orrico
– All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
– The Chipmunks Christmas Song
– My Favorite Things by Tony Bennett (thanks, kel!)
– Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

ho ho ho ho ho!


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The Art of the Scarf


So, I really must confess… I feel like a sore thumb sometimes here in the great emerald city. For 2 reasons:

1. I love Starbucks coffee and I don’t drink coffee at Tully’s… my cup is obvious among the crowd of natives who despise the corporate greatness that is Starbucks… not local enough i guess
– even though starbucks started here in Seattle!!!

But yeah, me and ALL the tourists- we drink Starbucks! 🙂

and….

2. Apparently, I missed the part in school where they talked about how to properly wear a scarf. Because I’ve had to wear a scarf a few times here, and every time I do, I am surrounded by tons of women who are wearing them in a classier way. I feel so out of the loop! I’ve got to learn to wear a scarf properly! I seriously stick out like a sore thumb! Okay, so let me just show ya what I’m talking about….

Here’s how I wear my scarves:

and here’s how the classy Seattlelite women where theirs:

so i guess i still have a lot to learn! I wish i would have learned this before!!! I’ll try to be cool, i really will!! 🙂

In other news, I was hit on today by 2 different guys- one at the bank, one at starbucks. guess the girls must’ve been working over time.


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The Bus

Okay, so on my way to the bank of america and to the post office, I was walking back towards work, knowing i was going to stop by at A BURGER PLACE to grab lunchar. yes, lunchar. So on my way, a homeless lady stopped me for a moment and was like, “will you buy some of my poetry for some spare change?” and i was like, “no, i have to go…” knowing that I COULD have easily stopped and at least said something nice to her, instead of just rushing by like she wasn’t important. So i got about 2 stores down, and felt the stirring in my heart to go back. I knew that I needed to go back and apologize to her and buy some of her poetry- her art, her voice. So I did. I went back, and instead of spare change, gave her a dollar and a huge apology, letting her know that she shouldn’t be ignored and that I hope that other people will notice her today. And I told her that I would love to buy her poetry and that her voice mattered. She looked at me with tears in her eyes, and just smiled so big. I walked away with tears in my eyes, impressed by what God can do when we are obedient. So, here is her poem, her voice:

THE BUS

Too many poems to write. I have an idea.
Suppose it’s fun to push pen in palm
Sitting on a bus looking around.

Somebody sees someone step on.
I’m taking my time before I’m gone.
Yesterday’s past has haunted me once too often
in the sea.

Don’t carry me before yourself or we’ll both be
caught on a shelf.
Stuck in the back like a piece of junk, waiting to
be put in what, a trunk?

Open the door and I’ll walk out, say goodbye but
do not shout.
Don’t worry about me. I’m not alone
I’ll catch a bust to take me home.

By Diane L. Bradburn