Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moving Prep 2.0

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How time has flown! I sat down today in front of my computer and looked in shock at my work calendar. This coming Monday is September. September, people! I can't believe this year is going this quickly! I have just over two weeks before I make a move out to the 'burbs (sniffle, goodbye my Cleveland apartment and my ten-minute commute!) and just over a month before I hand over the keys to my current apartment.

I've been more than a little anxious about this move. It's a good move financially and I'm looking forward to a variety of fun and exciting things about the new place. Living with a friend, being near the MetroParks, being near a freeway (hallelujah!), and even access to a pool! But even when we recognize that change is a good thing, it still can be nerve-wracking. Apparently, this time is no different.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Depression and "Positive Thinking"

With Robin Williams' death, I've seen a lot of posts remembering the incredible man he was. He was a brilliant actor, a great philanthropist and a fantastic human being.  On top of all the wonderful tributes, there's also a huge amount of misinformation about depression. Chief among them, the belief that depression can be cured by "positive thinking."

I'm a big believer in the power of positive thinking. It's helped me cope with day-to-day stress, anxiety, and more. Yes, positive thinking is important and is helpful in everyday life to maintain a good outlook. But it's not a cure for depression. Here's the thing I've learned about depression: it doesn't care about positive thinking. You could be surrounded by crowds of happy people who love you, telling you happy thoughts, reminding you of how "great" your life is, and it won't make a difference. You can repeat positive mantras every day and plaster your desk with sappy quotes slapped on Thomas Kinkade paintings and it won't "fix" or eliminate your depression.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Highs and Lows of Crowdfunding

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By now, pretty much everyone has heard of the Potato Salad Kickstarter. While I can't doubt this guy's genius (seriously, he got people to donate over $55,000 for potato salad), it just irks me a bit.

I'm not a stranger to crowdfunding. I've backed a couple Kickstarters and run campaigns for a variety of non-profit projects via work using Crowdrise.  Crowdfunding at its best is pretty awesome. It's a way for everyday people to get involved in some great projects that otherwise a) might not be funded or b) they might not be able to participate in. Through crowdfunding I get to support my favorite nonprofits, the manufacturing of cool new products, and even a friend in need.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Spoilers: There will inevitably spoilers.

This past weekend, I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. GotG follows the story of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, a notorious outlaw. Quill, a human, is abducted from Earth as a child and grows up among the ravagers (i.e., space pirates) who kidnapped him. Through a series of events, Quill feels obligated to rescue the galaxy from an apocalyptic danger he unintentionally unleashed. To accomplish this, he forms a hodgepodge and often fractious band of unlikely heroes.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Moving Prep

My living room, mid-sorting process
My free time this past week has been spent trying to get a head start on the moving process. I have come to the realization that I have way too much stuff. So, I'm attempting to cut down. Both for space reasons and for my sanity. Ninety percent of the clothes I own, I haven't worn in over a year. I have closets full of stuff I don't even need. So I've started going through pretty much everything I own. This means a lot of shuffling of boxes and bins, going through all the closets, and sorting between what are starting to become permanent fixtures in my apartment: the trash, donation and laundry piles.