August 26, 2013

Incredible.  It’s been more than 6 months since my last entry on Tumblr; I don’t even think I’ve logged on once since then! But I suppose it’s for “good reason,” though I’m not sure such a thing exists; in the last 6 months, I started a new job and the trajectory of my life and career veered wildly back ON course.

It’s been a strange mess of a life for half a year, no question.  I’ve been thrust back into a life so ordinary, it boggles the mind.  I entered a time chamber that’s automatically blasted me back into the life I was supposed to live all along, had I never left Rogers and Honda. 

There’s moments where I feel like a fraud, as if at any moment I’ll be exposed for my inability to adapt to the real world.  I secondguess myself constantly, and I remain ridiculously insecure about my qualifications. 

But there’s also a lot to be happy about, and I think I gravitate towards writing when my emotional compass is seeing a lot of action.  It’s been a very, very emotional six months, and luckily I’m not driven to write out of depression, but I have a lot on my mind.  I feel like I’m now at a place where I’d like to make my writing public.  Perhaps it’s just ego; I can get my blog post to go viral too, dammit.  Or maybe as I review old posts, and marvel at where the hell my head was at the time, I realize that once again this Tumblr page is to be used as a platform for an entirely different brand of thought leadership.  In my earlier blogging days, I wrote about dealing with unemployment, sports, public relations and business—but always with a (hopeful) awareness that other people would be reading it.  The writing didn’t come across as very authentic, and that’s entirely my fault.  

Thought leadership implies expertise, and a unique perspective that’s inclined to influence and persuade others.  What am I an expert at? Sadly, if I were to answer that question truthfully, I probably wouldn’t sound like a very good person.  But I’m determined to try and get serious about writing AGAIN,  and I need to be more confident in my abilities.  

So here we go. August 26th, 2013.  Let’s do this. 

Talk To Me

I had a really nice, fun, enlightening drinks/dinner night out a couple of weeks ago and the topic of my “business” came up.  My friend brought up a few topics that seemed to complement my idea of letter writing/mentoring, mainly about COMMUNICATION and WRITING in general.  He talked about how it’s unnerving to see the decline in people’s writing skills, even in emails, where there are real rules, protocol and “etiquette” like letter writing used to.  I asked him for a suggestion in a name for my endeavor and he said “Talk To Me.”  Well, I did a basic Google search and there are waaaay too many uses for TTM.  

I still love the idea of letter writing but I am intrigued by my friend’s idea of expanding letters to a more general “mentorship” of communication in general.  I did a very short search for “how to improve reading and writing skills” and they’re mostly geared towards children, which is normal.  But what about adults who can’t read or write properly?

Maybe I need to change or confirm my focus.  Am I trying to improve literacy rates? Am I trying to help youths with reading/writing skills? Am I trying to focus on Millenials and adults who have grown up typing and lack interpersonal skills? 

There’s a lot to think about.  Would my mentors write letters discussing their own communication skills and methods? What are they teaching us? 

Food for thought… 

Random FYI about me: I modeled my signature after Jackie Robinson.  I saw a photo of a baseball he signed—probably middle school?—and I loved the elegant script of the capitalized “J” in Jackie.  I still sign my name the same way. 
life:

January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson is born.
For most of Jackie Robinson’s long journey, from 1947 Rookie of the Year to prematurely aged Dodgers veteran (his major league career lasted only 10 years), LIFE magazine was there, chronicling his baseball triumphs — including Brooklyn’s only World Series title, in 1955 — and his life and achievements away from the diamond. See more photos of Jackie here.
(J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Random FYI about me: I modeled my signature after Jackie Robinson.  I saw a photo of a baseball he signed—probably middle school?—and I loved the elegant script of the capitalized “J” in Jackie.  I still sign my name the same way. 

life:

January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson is born.

For most of Jackie Robinson’s long journey, from 1947 Rookie of the Year to prematurely aged Dodgers veteran (his major league career lasted only 10 years), LIFE magazine was there, chronicling his baseball triumphs — including Brooklyn’s only World Series title, in 1955 — and his life and achievements away from the diamond. See more photos of Jackie here.

(J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

wwdonpaper:

—Millard Drexler, Chairman & CEO, J. Crew Group

wwdonpaper:

Millard Drexler, Chairman & CEO, J. Crew Group

(via womensweardaily)

Alas, I was there. 
siphotos:

Vince Young scores the game-winning touchdown to beat USC during the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006. (Robert Beck/SI)
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENT: SI previews the national championship

Alas, I was there. 

siphotos:

Vince Young scores the game-winning touchdown to beat USC during the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006. (Robert Beck/SI)

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENT: SI previews the national championship

The “R” Word

Like many people, I’m not a fan of setting hard resolutions for the new year.  I’ve been reading around on different blogs and I love that while people still want to set some goals for themselves, they now say things like “the theme for 2013 is…” or “these are some things I want to work on and do more”.  It’s January 3rd now, so I’ve taken a few days to think about some things that I’d like to accomplish and do more of this year.  In no particular order: 

Incorporate new fitness classes and techniques into my regimen.  Travel to another state I’ve never visited before. Make a new friend. Read more books and magazines. Blog more. Put real effort and energy into LTLOWL.  Lay the foundation for my next job/career plan. Declutter. Find a charity or philanthropic initiative to become involved with. Write more. Take more photos and frame a few. Stay in touch with the people who are most important to me in all walks of life.

17 years, 12 Pro Bowls, Super Bowl MVP, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year. This is the way to do it, kids. 

17 years, 12 Pro Bowls, Super Bowl MVP, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year. This is the way to do it, kids. 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing I could go back to a happier time. View from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Wishing I could go back to a happier time. View from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

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Cut a check for almost $3,000 today. 

I’m starting to feel something click. 

I got a fortune cookie over the weekend that said I would find success at home and in business next month. 

I need to save more money.

I’m learning and researching every day.

I don’t believe in telling people I’m “grinding” or “hustling”. Yet. 

#LettersToMyYoungerSelf

I’m slowly wrapping my head around this idea.  Starting a revolution is so damn complicated!