2015 New Year Resolutions

Well, I know Im missing a bunch which Ill add as the year goes, but here’s my 2015 resolution list. I feel like I made it too hard… like sometimes I throw in some easier things to make the list feel more manageable. This list doesn’t have those items. 2015 is going to be exhausting, but better to be exhausting than boring, right? Here goes…

Work goals:
O Make 2 new items to sell every week (so 100 items for the whole year)
O Keep good records on these projects (which I currently suck at)
O Make my business official- get tax ID etc. Get on the grid!
O Join the New Haven Collective
O Shop local.
O Get business cards made
O Clean out my emails and take myself off e-lists

Exercise:
O Lose that holiday weight
O Join a sport/club/group. Dodgeball?
O Hike Sleeping Giant
O Hike East Rock
O Situps twice a day
O Go running! I have a gym membership now, so use it
O Walk the neighborhood at night- 5 times a week. No excuses.
O Sign up at the Rock Climbing Gym?
O Water! 4 big bottles a day!
O 1 drink a week rule back on!

Reading:
O READ MORE. 1 book a month. That’s doable.
O Rosetta Stone at least once a week.

Life Goals:
O GET A DOG!
O Get an apartment and make it look nice 🙂
O Visit the Farmers Market in New Haven.
O Go out 3 nights a week. Comedy, music, new bar etc. Find it and do it.
O Be Ballsy!

Money Goals:
O Pay off all student loans
O Save up for a house, but do invest in the business as needed. Find balance between the two.

Travel Goals:
O Travel to NYC once a month (for comedy, museums and to see friends)
O Travel to Canada (Montreal for a 3 day weekend?)
O Go to LA 3+ times in 2015
O Go camping in New England
O Explore the Wine Trail!
O Explore the beer trail- brewery visits!

Blog Goals:
O Write a Do This Today, 5 days a week.
O Do an additional 2 posts about life/events each week
O What is there to do in New England? Find it and do it!

Last year was all about the working leading up to my big career change (as big changes require a lot of leg work and time) and 2015 is about seeing out those changes and embracing it. 2015 will be the year of exploring a new city, getting a DOG, living alone for the first time ever, facing adulthood, and hopefully figuring some big things out. It’ll be a year of change for this blog too. I’ll learn about New Haven and New England and I’ll take you along for the ride. I hope it’s a very productive time for building furniture. I’m currently a big believer in blind faith and things “working out as they are meant to be”, so we shall see if I feel the same way in 2016.

Get out there and kick 2015’s ass.

Big News!

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It’s time to officially announce my big news. I’ve hinted at it over the last year or so, but change is what keeps us moving forward, and I’ve got a big change coming. It brings me great sadness/excitement/nervousness to announce that at the end of November 2014 (aka in 5 weeks), I’m moving back to the East Coast. Don’t get me wrong, I love LA and my friends here, but this great work opportunity has come up in Connecticut and I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I’ve chronicled many of my LA journeys here on the blog, and I’ve lived my time here to the fullest, so I leave with no regrets or unfinished goals. It’s time for new goals, and new challenges.

I’ve worked in the television/film art department for many years now as a coordinator and I see that continuing on this path is no longer something I really want. A couple years ago I could feel myself hitting a wall in my career, and I figured out that even if I got a promotion it wouldn’t make me happy. This made me see that I needed to make a bigger change. After reading “find-yourself” type books, I decided to make a list of what I wanted my future life to have. For example, I want to be able to bike to work, and get a dog that I can bring  to work, and work normal 9-5 type hours. This list got longer and longer until I could almost visualize the changes I needed to make. After years of soul searching, it clicked!

As you know, I love wood-working, crafting and of course, blogging and I’ve found a way I can do all of these things as my job! Is that not living the dream?! My parents have been so supportive and have invited me to come work for Meyer Wire & Cable Co (their cable company) where we will be expanding to create different custom lighting fixtures as well as  broadening the scope of how these wires can be used. Not only will I be designing, but I’ll be working on the branding, blogging about the process, and I’ll even have my own wood working shop up and running, BMeyer Studio!

I’ll be moving to New Haven, Connecticut where I’ll be 15 minutes from Meyer Wire (shortest commute ever-score!). Meyer Wire is along a bike path that starts in New Haven, so I can bike to work. My parents bring their dog to work and have said I can bring one to work too. My hours would be 8:30-5p, which means I can even take woodworking classes at night locally. I’ve basically gained 4 hours of free time every day, and I could not be happier about it. Real estate in that area is also much more affordable, so in the not-too-distant future I could actually afford a cute fixer-upper. I’ll be closer in proximity to my family and I’m only a $15 train ticket from NYC, where many of my RISD friends live.

Of course with any big change there are many compromises that also have to be made. I’ve made a life here in Los Angeles with friends I love, and now I have to sadly say goodbye. Thanks to the internet, social media, and cell phones I’l be able to keep in touch with them as if I was still in LA, it’ll just be harder to see them in person. When I moved to LA I had to do the opposite, which was to leave my East Coast friends to start a life in LA, and I feel like all my friendships back east stayed strong as I made frequent visits. I plan to do the same this time too.

What does this mean for Life Absorbed? I’ll no longer be posting “Do This Today” with Los Angeles daily events, but instead I’ll be shifting the focus of my posts to be more about my future design work and lifestyle. For example, I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to cheaply ship an apartment worth of stuff to Connecticut and I’m excited to share with you my cheap-ish solution! I’ll be driving my car cross country to get there and look forward to sharing the journey. Once I’m in CT, step 1 at Meyer Wire is to renovate the offices and set-up my workshop, and I’ll share the whole process with you. New Haven is also a new city to me, which means I’ll be exploring not only the city but taking weekend trips to different New England towns and exploring Cape Cod. I also hope down the line to buy property and renovate it, which I will also share on the blog. One of my favorite blogs, Manhattan Nest, does this and to me he’s living the dream. I hope to follow a similar path.

But what about comedy? I talked above about making compromises and how leaving my friends in LA is going to be the biggest struggle. I would say my second biggest struggle is saying goodbye to cheap hilarious comedy. LA is a comedy mecca and it was one of the reasons I moved out here to begin with. To pay $5 and see Louis CK or Patton Oswalt, or Sarah Silverman has been unreal. I’ve seen 100’s of comedians perform on the stages around Los Angeles and I’ve loved every minute. By making this move I’ll have to work harder and pay a lot more to see comedy. I’m now allowing myself to invest more money into seeing comedians if this means taking the train into NYC or driving to Foxwoods where comedians often stop through. It’s a promise I made to myself when I decided to move. I won’t be able to see comedy quite as often but I’ll do whatever I need to to feed that passion of mine. For example, I’ve already purchased tickets to Patton Oswalt’s show at Carnegie Hall in January. It was an expensive ticket but it’s going to be such a memorable show.

But what about the weather? There’s no denying that Los Angeles weather is amazing and it’s sunny 100% of the time. New Haven gets snow and rain, and humidity in the summer. This is the 3rd compromise on the list: weather. I’m actually looking forward to the occasional rainy day, and playing in the snow. I’m sure I won’t be saying that in 6 months but I’m trying to be positive about the weather. I also walk outdoors in LA for at least an hour every day at all times of the year. I won’t be able to do this in Connecticut and I’ll have to adjust to it. I’ll need to invest in a gym membership and use it. I’m actually thinking of signing up at City Climb Gym, a New Haven rock climbing gym, but more on that when I’m back east 🙂

I really am sad to leave Los Angeles, but I’ve been treading water here for that last 2 years and I feel like this is a big step forward. I’m about to gain so much! I’m trying to stay focused on what I’ll be getting and not what I’m having to leave, as I really do love my LA family. Now on to a happier topic: what type of dog should I get!? 🙂

ONTOANEWADVENTURE New Haven, CT (Background photo by I Love New Haven)

TGIF

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I’m sorry for the recent radio-silence. No Im not injured or ill, just swamped with the daily grind. It’s funny how getting a day off (Memorial Day) just means we stay extra late every night of the week to make up for it. Don’t get me wrong- it was still amazing having Monday off. Too much to do-so little time! I hope right now you are having a wild night out on the town. I am currently in my bed drinking wine, watching Anthony Bourdain eat his way across Europe and it’s amazing.

Tomorrow I’ve got a big building day ahead, so follow along on INSTAGRAM to see my most up to date progress shots! I’m really excited about it!

 

How Brilliant People Spend Their Day

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I’ve been slammed with work these days, and it seems like I eat/sleep/breathe work, which kills my creative spirit. Thankfully I know change is in the air and that this current schedule won’t be mine forever (more on that later this year). I saw THIS ARTICLE online about how brilliant people spend their time and I find it fascinating. So for fun, I made a pie chart of my current life. Im clearly not brilliant, but it’s fun to compare schedules with the greats. Obviously weekends are different than midweek, and I do different things each night, but I would say this sums up my average day:

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Isn’t that pretty sad? Depressing. Hopefully later today I’ll update with my dream schedule of how I spend my time. But hopefully now you understand a little more of why I have to skip blogging some times or why posts go out late. In 4 months my schedule will be completely different and I’m excited for the change.

How does your pie chart compare to the brilliant people in history? Are you more of a Beethoven or a Freud?

 

Do This Today: Celebrate Life

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Today’s Do This Today is to celebrate life! Since the world is “ending” tomorrow, celebrate tonight by doing something fun. Okay, so you have 24 hours to live, what do you do? How do you spend that 24 hours? Get out there, celebrate life and make the most of your 24 hrs 🙂

Happiness

Lately I’ve been reevaluating what makes me happy (thank you Happiness Project for your words of wisdom as I’m reading the inspiring book) and I’m trying to get back on track to really finding a life path that makes me happy. I’ve always said, I’ll do a job until it’s no longer fun. Now, I know no job is fun 100% of the time, but when the bad times out-weigh the good, it’s time to take an inventory of your life and goals. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What about 10 years? Are you on the path to that goal already, or have you veered off-path? Are you already doing what you love, or working towards it? I’d love to hear from you. I’m accepting advice from everyone.

I feel like the best place to start is by making a list of what you enjoy. How would you fill your days if you won the lottery (yes, taken from the movie Office Space) and is there a way to do any of these as a career? If your favorite things are varied, maybe you try looking for 2 part time jobs to get to try a little bit of everything. I know the economy is bad, unemployment is high, and beggars can’t be choosers, but isn’t there something to be said for liking what you do? Our lives are so short as we speed along on a planet moving 6,700 mph around the sun, and our lives are just specks in time. Don’t you want to enjoy your speck?

Thankfully, I’ve had a fantastic weekend in the wilderness meeting great new friends, catching some rays, and getting a crazy arm workout on the Kern River. There’s nothing like a wilderness getaway to help clear your mind and get you on the path of refocusing about what’s important in life. There will be a more detailed post on that later for any of you interested in a cheap weekend getaway in Southern California.

One experiment I did to get the photos attached here was going to google and searching “happiness” to see how people visually define happiness. Almost all the photos feature elements from nature and many are people by the beach jumping in the air with their arms raised high. Unfortunately, jumping in the air doesn’t really do it for me. Though, there’s something about this apple and happy finger that makes me smile. Silly finger, apples are for people 🙂