Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 3 reasons for starting a new adventure

The new year is here, and apart from a bunch of crazy resolutions and such, this often means the start of something truly different. In my case, I am starting grad school tomorrow (or today, if you want to be super-exact), and I've been thinking of the pros and cons. Here are the pros for going out on a limb:

1. You're not happy

This is a biggie. You've tried new jobs/friends/mixed coffee drinks or whatever, and you just can't figure out why you're still unhappy. Ben Franklin once said that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. True dat. You need to truly take a risk. A big one. A person who risks nothing, gains nothing. So take that step, move out of your parents' basement, move to a different city, apply to school, just DO it. You really have more to gain than lose.

 2. You're not focused

Sometimes, you just need a real kick in the ass. That can come in many forms. Mine was finding out that my significant other wasn't who I though she was. That devastated me, but it also kicked my ass in a good way. I was losing a lot of focus and energy to her, and I didn't realize it. Breaking up allowed me to redirect my energy, and I got focused real fast. Cut off the fat in your life, drop the excess baggage, whatever it might be, and use that energy to move FORWARD into a new adventure. Its a double-whammy effect; lose the negative, and gain the positive.

 3. You're bored

Although some would argue that being bored isn't a great reason to do anything (certainly not a great reason to go back to school and bury yourself in debt), I think the fact that you're bored can tell you a lot. Clearly something is missing, and if you really sit back, look, dig deep, and delve into the reasons why you're bored, you might be able to pinpoint why your life is stagnant. Regardless of whether you can find that specific thing or not, changing it up, moving to a new city, going on that backpacking trip you always wanted to go on, or whatever it is, might break you out of the rut and if nothing else, give you a great story at parties.

Monday, December 5, 2011



Trying to get the Aluminum to look real...second pass. 

Sharpie + Photoshop

Tunes: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Come See About Me" (Great Band)


I have no idea what that thing on the left is...Maybe a [foot-operated] cookie jar? 

Bic pen + photoshop

Tunes: Kinky, "Again And So On"

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Beginning of Happiness

In short: Pain + Emotion + Friends and Fam + Paradigm Shift = Happiness

You know when something happens in your life that totally shifts your entire way of thinking? Like too many profound things happen all at once? Just wave after wave of emotions, revelations, changes all happen in a very short span of time? Yeah, that happened like 2 weeks ago.

I don't want to go into the details of my breakup, so as not to bore the readers with yet another mundane, my-breakup-was-the-worst-feel-sorry-for-me, spiel. You need that like you need a third elbow. But, as they say, as long as you learned something, there is no such thing as a waste of time, so here's one of the learned lessons; there's nothing like deep, intense, thorough pain to get your ass in gear.

Say, for example, you've been pouring ALL of your energy into something for months and months on end, and all of a sudden, you stop. The thing that you were so focused on goes away, and you're unencumbered. All that energy has to go somewhere [see Conservation of Energy]. I realized, in the midst of dumping my energy and emotion into a bottomless pit, that I could redirect all that energy into MYSELF...what a concept. I could put that towards my work, my sketching, my family, my HAPPINESS...MY, I forgot about that little thing...

I deserve to be happy. 

More than deserve, I NEED to be happy. In order to be fulfilled, I need to be happy. And so, I started doing all of those things that used to make ME happy. I started focusing on my future, not my past. [incoming cliche] I started living again.

The timing also couldn't have been better. I am on the cusp of what is probably the most exciting, fulfilling and life-changing adventure of my life. In exactly one month, I will truly enter the field of Industrial Design. Not like a "I design cheap, idiotic, useless, inexpensive shit for America's TV shoppers" designer. Like a, "going to the best design school in the country, spending every waking hour in class, sketching, learning, fabricating, connecting with other designers" designer. I can and will do great things. It's dauntingly exciting. 

And its the perfect way to get over my "old" life. By creating my "new" life...