One Green Street favorite LeighElena will be at “the Station” on April 4th from 1-4 p.m. Known for her super sexy Wide JigSaw Cuffs she will be bringing some of her new designs and a variety of Enamel and Double cuffs as well. Meet the artist and see what’s new! We are so excited to partner with Leigh once again!
I was taken by Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded. I am an avid reader but this book was not an easy read. With that said it was profound on so many levels that when my friend Steve Stelzer let me borrow Thomas’ new book “That Used To Be Us” I couldn’t wait to get started! Once again he provides me with a tough read and once again this book is so profound I just had to share a few points that hit me in the gut!
“One of the most wrongheaded movies we can imagine came out in late 2010. It was called Race to Nowhere, and its theme was that suburban American students are under too much pressure. They have to juggle homework, soccer, Facebook, wrestling practice, the school play, the prom, SAT prep, and Advanced Placement exams. Some would call that stress. We would call it misplaced priorities
Stress? Stress is what you’ll feel when you can’t understand the thick Chinese accent of your first boss out of college-in the only job you are offered.
That will be stress.”
“I kill jobs! says John Jazwiec. He goes on to say that anytime a job can be eliminated, outsourced,or replaced by technologies he does it, therefore, killing jobs. He continues saying that over the years the landscape of what is a sustainable job has changed. What, then, is a sustainable job? Jazwiec asks.
The best way I can articulate what is a sustainable job is to tell you, as a job killer, sustainable jobs are jobs I can’t kill. I can’t kill creative people. There is no productivity solution or outsourcing strategy that I can sell to eliminate a creative person. I can’t kill unique value creators. A unique value creator is , well, unique. They might be someone with a relationship with a client. They might be someone who is a great salesman. They might be someone who has spent so much time mastering a market that they are subject matter experts….”
“…We can opt for living with the vicious energy-climate cycles set off in 1979 and 2010 that are making us less secure, less healthy, less wealthy, and more exposed than ever to the whims of the two most brutal forces on the planet-the market and Mother Nature. Or we can set in motion our own virtuous cylce that makes us healthier, more prosperous, more secure, and more resilient in today’s hyper-connectd world.
Given the dangers and disruptions posed by the first choice and the economic and strategic benefits offered by the second, we consider the proper alternative to be obvious. We hope that a majority of Americans will soon see it that way as well. It is not at all an exaggeration to say that our future and the plane’ts future are depending on it.”
The same way you spell love to a child…TIME!
I recently spent a week in the house where I grew up. My mission was to visit my mother whom had been hospitalized on and off for months. She just wasn’t getting better in between visits, so I thought I would swoop in and take charge.
Mom is 72, with emphysema, on oxygen, taking 10+ different meds a day, no energy, weighing more than she ever has due to prescription side effects. I am the oldest of three children, a strong take charge kind of women, someone who takes care of business…a doer. But, I am also someone who loves her mother and remembers a time when she was healthy and strong like I am now.
I discovered some things about mom and myself during this week long visit that I would like to share with you now.
1. Our parents want to be independent as long as they possibly can, and you should allow them to do so. They deserve it!
2. Even though we think our parents are strong and can do anything they still need you to hold their hand for no reason, hug them often and kiss their forehead in reassurance.
3. Ask them questions you might think you know the answer to but you really don’t. Like: “what are your favorite foods?” and “which room in your house do you most like to spend time in?” and even, “on a scale from 1-10 how willing are you to do the things necessary to live longer and happier.” (make them think)
4. Take what you have learned from your little Q and A and do something with it! Bring them or prepare their favorite foods. Take the time to clean up and out their favorite space or room. When you get a number to the last question prepare your own health and wellness plan, custom made just for that parent. A plan you know they can succeed in doing.
5. When you visit with your parent/s leave your computer at home, turn your cell phone off and just be there 100%
6. If you are like me and have a parent still living in the home you grew up in or in a house they have lived in for a while, you probably notice it is not as clean as it used to be, things are breaking down, papers and the wash are stacking up and their personal hygiene isn’t quite what it used to be….Your first thought might be to fix everything! STOP! You can’t fix everything and if you try you will only upset yourself and the one you love. Do what you can when you can but please, the most important thing you can and will ever do for your parent is to love them, unconditionally just like they have done for you all your life.
7. Everyone is so busy, working, going to school, cleaning, shopping, but when our parents leave this earth I am quite sure all those things will seem very meaningless. Spend time with your parent/s. If you live out of state like I do, call often, write, exchange emails and when you can travel for a visit and make your TIME count…I just did and neither I nor she will ever forget our visit. I couldn’t fix everything in a week or cure her emphysema but I left her healthy and happy by doing all that I just shared with you.
I hope this blogpost helps you in some wonderful way.