I’m closing out my third month in my new city. I love everything about living in Kansas City, the landscape, the people, the options for entertainment and the everyday experiences. I’m constantly marveling in the things I have access to. I’ve met some new people that are wonderful, I’ve reconnected with some that I knew in my previous city and I’m making new connections and routines every day. As I’ve been here for a few months, it dawned on me the other day that there are some things about living somewhere for a long period of time that I took for granted. Mainly those little rituals, routines and regular events I did every day or every week are things I’m noticing I miss.
I’ve had this orchid for almost two years. I got it as a gift when a major change in my life occurred. It was in full bloom when I received it, as orchids often are. I’ve known many who have discarded this plant after the blooms have died because it’s just not quite as pretty or they assume it is dead. I decided I would keep working with this plant as long as the leaves were alive. I wasn’t sure if the correct temperature or amount of sunshine would ever be right for it to bloom again. I watched it lose leaves and gain new ones. Eventually the roots were growing out of the mulch. I knew it was time to repot but I was afraid to disturb the growing process.
We’ve all been there, that awkward moment where you walk through the door of a crowded room of professional peers and you don’t know a soul. It’s a very vulnerable and uncomfortable place to be. You know you know you are good at your job. You know you know the industry you work in but you are still on the outside. Some of us never muster up the courage to walk into that room. Talking yourself into it seems impossible. Why do some of us take the leap? Because it works. Continue reading
I am fortunate enough to have some really great people in my life. In fact, I’ve made it a point to only surround myself with those who treat people the way I want to treat them. I am a firm believer that you get what you give. If you give someone an authentic friendship, one where you are truly present for them, you can expect the same in return.
I don’t love Valentine’s Day but I don’t hate it. I get that people find it a commercial holiday to generate more money. But show me a holiday that is not commercial. Mother’s Day? Do we not try and show our mothers we love them all year long? I hardly hear many people grumble about Mother’s Day and say they “don’t celebrate” because it is some commercial holiday. Why the hatred of Valentine’s Day more so than any of the other holidays? Continue reading
I ride on the outside fringe of the tech geek universe. I know a thing or two about certain areas of technology. I’m not an official guru or “geek” as they are lovingly called in the industry, but as a graphic designer I do pay attention to new technology out of interest and for professional reasons. I’m a Mac – and a die-hard devout Mac user at that. So I do get excited about Apple and their products. I have not used a PC as my main computer since 1995 and I do not plan to ever go back. However, the release of the latest iPhone gave me reason for pause. Continue reading
Environmental issues are near and dear to my heart. A lot of it has to do with where I grew up. I was fortunate to live in the unspoiled land of the Flint Hills. So this crisis in the Gulf has me beside myself with wonderment and disgust. I am marveling at the fact that such an accident could even happen. I have done my fair share of reading on the oil industry and particularly the domestic oil industry. I know of the leaky pipelines and obnoxious contraptions that impede nature in all corners of the country. I know that a disaster such as this is only a fraction of what could go wrong. Even so, knowing all of that does not make this any easier to accept. Continue reading