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The Week in Pictures: 10.23.09

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week in pictures

I just remembered this collage that I made in 2007; sometimes I can’t believe how much different my life was back then. Looking at that stub, I still remember my first trip to LA quite clearly. My brother and I had booked the tickets less than 24 hours in advance and during our first and only night there, we hung out with both Star and Jeffree Star, had a run-in with Suge Knight at Pinkberry, went to a Courtney Love concert where Paris Hilton danced across from us…and just like that, we were back on the plane and returned to Portland the next day.

Magical moments like these stick with you forever. And, after re-reading The Alchemist, I can again feel my life shifting. Each day brings something new and unexpected. I’m learning to take the ups with the downs and fighting hard for what I want. To-do lists have fallen by the wayside over the last few weeks, but those are slowly making a comeback as well. Once you know what your purpose is in life, everything else slowly but surely falls into place.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Portland. I used to never go out much, instead choosing to stay inside and work on projects. The running joke was that I’d rather be home designing a business card than out at a party. At 28, I am realizing that there’s a lot of unexplored territory in my hometown and the last few weeks of accepting invites, going to meetings and visiting friends has been really refreshing.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

The Big 4-0. My friend Brent just turned 40 so Katie and I took him out to breakfast in North Portland earlier in the week. Brent and I met at a shoe store in the mall back in 2003 and the rest is history. We’ve gone to art shows, watched Miami Vice re-runs and taken off on day trips to the beach; he’s always up for a spontaneous adventure. Happy birthday, Brent!

week in pictures

week in pictures

Window Displays. Seriously, how eye catching and cool is this?!

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week in pictures

MAC Loves Type. Another reason I love MAC makeup? Their promotional materials are always super spot-on; I love this use of Memoriam Pro.

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week in pictures

Matte Black. I kept noticing the matte nail polish trend everywhere I looked and finally gave in. It is pretty amazing, to be honest. I found a brand called L.A. Girl and it works surprisingly well.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Grandma. I love my grandparents! We went to a traditional English pub called the Horse Brass in S.E. Portland a few nights back. Even at 80, they can drink me under the table, love to gamble, don’t use walkers and are full of life. How refreshing!

week in pictures

week in pictures

Rainy Mornings. I spent the night in the suburbs, sleeping on the floor of my dad’s living room which brought back all the memories from the six week tour I went on in 2004 (we mostly slept on floors). As I was driving home this morning, I was reminded of how life is constantly shifting and changing, but we still have the memories from our past close by.

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Readers: How was your week?

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Link Love: 10.22.09

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Paris Vogue: November Edition.

Should you quit your job? Lee Stranahan writes:

Back in March, I blogged here about quitting my job. I was betting that I’d do better without a job in the current cutthroat corporate climate. For the past seven months, I’ve probably been the only HuffPost blogger living in a hotel with their family. That’s four people and two cats living in a very small space for over half the year. I’ve occasionally referred to it as being ‘homeless’ but of course that’s not accurate. Real homelessness doesn’t include maid service once a week and free HBO. It was cramped and crowded but I always considered us very lucky. This week, though, it all paid off…

• How to brand and name your blog.

• A three year old’s view of the New York City subway is super cute.

Vintage 70s Russian posters are pretty awesome.

• Find out how increased productivity can actually hurt you.

• This is a golden lesson we all need to learn: How to respond effectively to design criticism.

• The history of web browsers.

• Problogger shares five ways to know if your blog is on the right track.

• Penguin consistently comes out with the best book covers.

• At the ripe old age of 70, Charles Bukowski started using a computer and never went back to a typewriter.

• Frigidaire has done away with their classic logo in favor of something much, much more modern. What’s your opinion of the outcome?

What are your favorite links of the week?

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The Alchemist

Many years ago, I received The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho as a gift. Admittedly, I was aprehensive about reading it since I am not a fan of fiction. Usually, I much prefer titles that revolve around the topics of business and self help that I can directly apply to improving myself and my career.

Yet, I picked up The Alchemist and began reading. And, I realized that there was magic locked inside the pages, just waiting to get out. If you’re struggling with your life’s purpose and holding onto a safety net instead of following the signs that have been set out before you, this book can help you break free.

In the introduction of The Alchemist, Coelho states that “We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse: “Oh well, I really didn’t want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.” Coelho continues on and asks aloud:

You may be wondering, as Coelho does why it is so important to live out our personal calling if we are going to suffer more than other people. He explains that “Because, once we have overcome the defeats – and we always do – we are filled with a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. Each day, each hour is part of the good fight. We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure. Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable.”

Santiago, a young shepherd boy has everything he needs; a loyal herd of sheep along with enough food and water. And, he has a fairly consistent existence. But, he feels like there is more out there to discover; there is more to explore in the world. He keeps having a recurring dream of finding treasure near the pyramids but right before finding the exact location, he always wakes up.

So begins a journey full of chance encounters, omens, and meetings with a king, gypsy, monk, an alchemist and more as he tries to uncover a deeper purpose and meaning in his life; his Personal Legend. These signs from the universe come often and he always listens. And, by listening, he sometimes loses everything he owns but quickly gains back more than he started with. He gets robbed, works in a crystal shop, crosses the desert, discovers the love of his life in an oasis and nearly loses his life multiple times but his life is so much richer than the predictable existence he had before.

As he crosses the desert, the boy strikes up a conversation with one of the camel drivers. He relays that “People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

Sometimes in our lives, we get signs; things happen that we cannot explain. We can choose to listen or to ignore them. In the last few weeks, I have received many signs and instead of brushing them off as I normally would, I am keeping myself open. Events have happened that I cannot fully explain and by accepting them, I am searching for clarity and a deeper meaning.

In life, we are faced with many obstacles and road blocks but one thing I’ve learned is to never shut yourself off. Keep an open mind and an open heart. Have hope even when everything seems hopeless. The power of positive thought can do amazing things.

Allow yourself to find your purpose. Along the way, the journey you will encounter will remind you of why you’re alive in the first place. As the Alchemist says, “If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

We all have a Personal Legend that is waiting to be discovered. Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist didn’t write his first book until the age of 38. Hold on, have faith and see where life takes you.

Readers: Have you received signs in the past and followed them? What was the outcome?




My Feet Have Found Their Soulmates

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Readers: What are your current favorite shoes?

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