2012 projections

I really feel a lot of pressure to make this year a great one, mainly because it’s our last on earth.  Right?  Isn’t that what people are saying?  Some sort of life altering change is going to occur because our planet is over populated, we are running out of natural resources, and there are far too many stupid people on Earth.

Don’t get me wrong, 2011 was one of my best years.  I adopted a puppy dawg, got a promotion, had an amazing summer full of live music, friends and cold beers!  But people say age 27 is a pinnacle year.  You start to find your way in your career, start to settle down and figure out exactly who you are.

I’ve always said happiness is having something to look forward to, and I’m definitely in for a happy year.  Now that I have my 2012 desk calendar fully marked and ready to go, I can share my future endeavors with you all. 

February – Dia Frampton at the Note (from THE VOICE, Blake’s lil protegé), visiting Colleen, Jenni and Matt in DC to eat jumbo pizza slices on the everlasting escalator’s in the metro, Allison Wenger’s birthday, and the last three-day weekend until summer.

March – St. Patrick’s Day! Green beer, irish potatoes and drunk firefighters.  Also Shannon Colley’s bridal shower!

April – Traveling to Paris and Dublin for 10 days with two of my best friends!!!! AH even writing it I’m freaking out with excitement.

May – A fun filled month for sure.  Shannon’s bachelorette party in AC is over CINCO DE MAYO followed my Channon Lucas’s bdizzle at the end of the month, a bar crawl, and … oh yea …. THE FIRST BEACH WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER!

June – Kicking off the month with Shannon’s wedding in CT followed by a “mico” wedding the very next Saturday!

July – 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays and since graduation, I’ve been splitting my time between our beach house and Rhode Island.  I’ve taken a few years hiatus from RI/Chris/Courtney, but now that they have Lenny, I think I’ll resume the tradition.  HA, but really it’s like a wonderland of summer fun.  I’m gunna let Bentley run in the lake and he’ll be “ruined for the rest of the day.”  I will have to save some time for the beach because my mom and g-mom have the same birthday, and it also falls in this gloriously humid month.

August – Always a solid month since it’s my BIRTHDAY!  I may be a planner, but this is where my planning stops.  I think I have some time to figure it out 😉

Now that I’ve outlined my social calendar, mainly for me so I have it writing, I can focus on other things.

Today’s music comes from … the 90’s.  During my ride to Hershey PA this weekend, we revisited some great tunes that got me all nostalgic

Listening to Stay by Lisa Loeb #nowplaying #tunesday http://tinysong.com/of3y

Listening to Father of Mine by Everclear #nowplaying #tunesday http://tinysong.com/HECh

Listening to Torn by Natalie Imbruglia #nowplaying #tunesday http://tinysong.com/TToo

Don’t forget to keep up with my Flickr page as I photograph the year.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shueyface/

xoxo

shu

Places Traveled, attempt 2.

I consider myself a very lucky 27-year-old.  In my lifetime, I have been surrounded by good friends, good family and good fortune.

One of the questions that came up in Start Something That Matters really resonated with me.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, how would you spend your time?  Without hesitation I thought to myself, I would travel.  To anywhere and everywhere.  I want to see the hick towns in northern Texas.  I want to see the biggest brightest cities, the festivals, the monuments, the museums, and the sports games.  I want to have a conversation with the homeless wizard that sits on Venice beach in California.

I was speaking with my father one afternoon, and he told me that he had been to EVERY state in the U.S. except for Arkansas.  So when he planned his cross-country bicycle trip, he made sure to pass thru just to check it off the list.  He had one rule to this travel game, you must spend the night there in order for it to count.  So layovers, train stations, pit stops are all out of the game.

I printed out a map and I keep it handy to check off the places as I go along.  I’d like to remember one specific thing about each place, but as anyone that knows me can tell you, my memory never serves me right.

I found these really cool maps on a few sites.  They are scratch off maps!  Much like lottery tickets, you scratch off each location and the color underneath is in contrast the original map color.  I’ve included links below for purchasing in case you are interested.

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/scratch-map

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=19391663

This really beats my blank Word document with a list of places I’ve been, and a list of places I want to be at some point.

Going by my father’s rules of travel, I’ve been to 19 out of the 50 states.  Not too shabby.  (They are California, Washington, Oregon, Iowa, Tennessee, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida and Virginia in case you were curious). Last year my college roommates and I went to Chicago to knock it off the list, great city, highly recommended (especially the Wiener Circle around 1:30am).  We’ve vowed to take these small trips here and there to places we’ve never been.

In Europe, I’ve seen Italy, Spain, England, and Belgium.  I just booked my trip to Dublin and Paris for this April!! 

Planned excursions:  Greece Summer of 2013 in the Colley/Rountos estate haha and perhaps a trip over to Brazil for the World Cup 2014.

With unlimited time off and unlimited funds, I’d be a well-traveled cookie.

Where would you go?

Don’t forget to follow my photography blog as I chronicle a year in my life:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shueyface/

Today’s music comes from the new Black Keys album El Camino.  This is the new single off the album called Little Black Submarines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_JvY9xeVNM&noredirect=1

Enjoy!

xoxo

shu

TOMs shoes

Shoes have never really been a big thing for me.  I’m not the girl who spends $400 on discounted Louie Vuitton heels.  Or the girl that wears heels at all.  I choose to spend my money on concerts, vacations, concerts, dinners out with friends, and concerts.  So spending $50 on a pair of flat canvas shoes seems excessive to those unfamiliar with this company.

I love TOMS shoes.  It’s a one for one, for-profit shoe company that produces fashion forward shoes for the US, while supplying necessary footwear for kids all over the world.  For every shoe you buy, a child in need will receive a pair.  This genius business model has developed a product that people want, and are in turn, funding Blake’s movement.  The elimination of fundraising allows the company to focus on it’s main goal, which is generating enough income to support the staff, who then supports the philanthropic movement of the business.

The feeling I got when I received my first pair of TOMS shoes was unlike any other pair of shoes I’ve purchased in the past.  In a way, it’s a selfish purchase.  I get a pair of shoes that I love to wear, and I’ve provided a pair of shoes to someone who has maybe never owned a pair in their lifetime.  It baffles me that some people are missing something as simple as a shoe.  Whenever I’m feeling particularly dramatic about my issues with money, or the grumpy cashier at the CVS giving me ‘tude, or the pizza shoppe messing up my order, I try to remember that these problems are so trivial in comparison to the issues that others around the world are facing.

The feel of the shoe is organic and earthy.  I am up to four pairs now.  Army green, red, tweed with yellow soles and grey with white stripes.  I’ve included pictures below for your reference.

The reason I’m writing this blog is to make sure you’re aware of the company, but to also promote Blake’s book.

His inspiring tales of entrepreneurship and philanthropic endeavors leave you wanting to be a better person.  I’m sure we all imagine ways we can help, and maybe we even donate our time or extra cash here and there.  But to build something out of nothing in 9 months time is unheard of and truly inspirational.

Follow his lead and start something worth doing.  I’ve included the link below to the AMAZON page for purchasing.  50% of the profits from the book will be going towards the Start Something That Matters fund.  Blake will be sponsoring start up projects geared towards making a difference.  I cannot type enough pleasantries about this book or this guy.  We should all be so gracious to put our brain’s toward helping others in a true definition of success.

http://www.amazon.com/Start-Something-Matters-Blake-Mycoskie/dp/1400069181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325800864&sr=8-1

You can follow his blog:

http://www.toms.com/blog/blog-entries

SHOP:

http://www.toms.com/womens?view=all

Today’s music comes from my new fav band Fitz and the Tantrums:

Listening to Don’t Gotta Work It Out by Fitz and the Tantrums #nowplaying http://tinysong.com/Dx7U

Listening to Winds Of Change by Fitz and the Tantrums #nowplaying http://tinysong.com/Dx7T

Listening to Breakin’ The Chains Of Love by Fitz and the Tantrums #nowplaying http://tinysong.com/HY8w

Enjoy!

xoxo

shu