Ready, Set, RAMBLE

If I wrote the way my mind works, it’d be a hot mess. Within the 5 minutes since I decided I felt like writing a blog post my mind has jumped between about 5 different loosely-related topics. I’m a decent writer but I know better than to try to make all of that come together in one coherent post. Instead, in the spirit of my former blog, I’m just going to do some fast and dirty bullet points of what’s on my mind currently.

  • Next week I’ll be heading to the national training for my summer job. This will be my second year going and last year was such a profound experience. In conjunction with all of the personal growth I’ve experienced this year and finally starting down the road to becoming “woke,” I know that this year will be even better.
  • In tandem with the positive expectations I also anticipate some not-so-positive aspects of this experience. 1) Being around a lot of people all day every day for a week and a half and the anxiety that will surely come with it. Last year I was so overwhelmed by all of the people from all over the country and instead of reaching out to them and getting to know them, I just observed from afar. I don’t want to do that this year. I want to be more outgoing. 2) Being the leader and go-to-gal for a large group of these people as the most experienced person on my team. I work well under pressure but hopefully things will go as smoothly as possible. 3) Last year I had a travel companion who I also was in most of my workshops with. She became sort of a crutch for me. A comfort zone. This year,  I’ll be on my own. Well there are two men, my counterparts, who will be coming as well but I’m not sure how we’ll hit it off just yet. Men make me uncomfortable, especially strange ones. 4) Caffeine depravity. Last year, coffee was my savior in terms of making it through the long days but recently I found that coffee exacerbated my anxiety so this year I need to cut back or do without entirely. 5) It’s going to be extremely hot. Ughhhhh.
  • I’ve been in a bit of a rut this weekend but I feel myself coming out of it. The excitement about national training is keeping me together. As well as the long ass to do list that I need to get through before I leave.
  • I’m single. And lonely. Nothing new here.
  • I’ve fallen in love with a new podcast: Another Round. It’s hosted by two awesome Buzzfeed ladies, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. I was just thinking a couple weeks ago that I wanted to find more podcasts hosted by people of color talking about issues relevant to people of color and this podcast is everything I could’ve hoped for and more. They’re like funny, cool, big-city-living older cousins. I can’t get enough. I always say one episode is my favorite until I listen to the next.
  • I’m budgeting and will begin stock trading soon. How long until I can trade stocks for income?! Next week? Cool! (I wish)
  • I’m halfway through a book: Leadership and Self-Deception. I may do a review. But also, I may not. (Just being completely honest here.)

Ok, I’m running on fumes. I think it’s time to wrap it up. I don’t feel like proofreading, either…

G’night!

Pharrell Williams Covers Fast Company Magazine

Everything happens for a reason. Right? Well I ended up in an auto repair shop on December 12th for about 45 minutes but didn’t even get my truck serviced. Fortunately, as I sat down in the waiting area, I saw Pharrell Williams’ face on a magazine and picked it up. The feature article was titled “GET BUSY: PHARRELL’S PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS.” My heart almost jumped out of my chest! Pharrell and productivity tips?!

This article, in the December 2013 issue of Fast Company, begins by listing all of Pharrell’s current and past contributions to fashion, music, philanthropy, and everything in between. I really didn’t realize how much he does – and how well he does it all. The fact that most of what he does goes under the radar was a point made in the article, too: He’s extremely humble. He surrounds himself with people who are experienced and skilled in various areas on purpose. Most of them are women, too. As a leader, he’s aware of his shortcomings yet, he seeks to be as knowledgeable as possible or at least knowledgeable enough to articulate his creative visions before he sends his team off to make it all happen. Pharrell is also very passionate about keeping creativity untarnished from the business and in all of what he does, placing the artist and/or creative vision first is of utmost importance. I dig that.

I learned that Pharrell is a shower thinker and because of this he is often late, as he hates to cut short a good, steamy brainstorming session. The biggest thing I learned from this article is the importance of capturing each idea as it happens and refraining from hastily judging or correcting it. Just let it flow out as it comes and worry about changing it later. I have a problem with bogging myself down with immediate editing and correcting to the point where I get frustrated with the original idea and leave it alone because I can’t make it right at the moment. This concept was also the focus of the chapter “Shitty First Drafts” in Bird by Bird, a book by Anne Lamott that I’m currently reading. (I’ve realized that when I encounter the same lesson or concept through various mediums within a small time frame, I must be meant to learn whatever the lesson is. Message received.)

Aside from this being a really good article – did I mention the dreamy photos of Pharrell? – Fast Company is a magazine and website that is right up my alley. Their focus is on “innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.” (from the About Us section of their website). This article is a part of their Work Smart series which also features productivity tips from political figures, entertainers, techie entrepreneurs, business people and more more. Expect to see a lot of content here from there and definitely go check them out yourself.