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While wandering, I found one of the funniest mom blogs ever – Karen Alpert writing Baby Sideburns!
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09 May 2013 Leave a Comment
All day, everywhere we turn we are subjected to advertisements! Nowadays, we pay to avoid ads, but I find them amusing! Naturally, with my affinity for mind wandering, I reminisced about the most influential ad in my lifetime (to me).
I grew up singing and wholeheartedly believing that “I’d like to Teach the World to Sing.” While I still remember the lyrics of the original 1971 Coca-Cola ad, visually, the 1977 Holiday version lingers in my mind.
At my ripe age of 7, it was a comforting, unifying beverage that hugged the whole world. At that age, when going from my side of the block to the far side of our block seemed like visiting another planet, it was hard to imagine people from anywhere else. The Coke commercial reminded us how wide our boundaries reach yet fostered intimate international connections with just one sip. A variety of people shared and translated this soda into many languages, which was code word for
This was reinforced everywhere I went. When I was fortunate enough to travel to China, Mexico, Greece, Russia, I believe all of them had Coca-Cola, and in some countries it was safer to drink than the water.
I moved a lot as a child, and I longed for the sense of community and belonging that I had to rebuild with every new school. To me, it was a comforting thought that by drinking this beverage, I’d fit into their community with a seat at the international soda fountain.
Now, let’s not discount the jingle… I am a music nut and songs get glued in my head! I remember song-lyrics or jingles better than anything I’ve been forced to memorize in school. The message was simple – sing it loud: We love Coke, Coke loves you!
I tried to love Pepsi while briefly working for them yet I celebrated my kids’ milestone of their first soda with their own ice-cold glass Coca-Cola bottle.
I know part of the reason I often have a song in my head and a relentless belief in happy endings is thanks to Coca-Cola. Still working on perfect harmony…
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What was your most influential ad of your lifetime?
13 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
There is a movement happening for women right now. Have you noticed? It may have started with Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. Her website, leanin.org, boasts that she wants to shift the conversation from what women can't do to what they can. This message and her ideas about leaning in and sitting at the table where the real conversations are happening is critical messaging for girls and professional women everywhere.
21 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
LEGO is 55 years old! January 28.th. 1958, the plastic brick was patented. Now the brick sells 19 billion elements in a year. It continues to be my favorite construction toy, no wonder it success is so massive.
As a response to the anniversary, LEGO released 55 LEGO riddles. I have merged the images to one single file for you to enjoy.
17 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
Image source by George Hodan
Whiners are potential leaders. But, pessimists can’t lead.
Leader as whiner:
The line between whiner and leader is optimism.
Whiners become leaders when they press through problem finding to problem solving.
The real anchor:
11 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
in Gratitude Sunday, Haiku-Do you?, Life as I see it, Life Lesson Learned, School Side Effect, Uncategorized Tags: Be present, career transition, Haiku, Hovercheese, Introspection, Life Lessons, life transition, new experiences, postaday2011, postaday2012, postaday2013, Postaweek, writing
Challenges, any changes, energize me. Call me Grace (under fire), I’m a sucker for deadlines – they’re part of my creative process. When sudden reorgs at work occur, I hunker down and work through tumultuous times. When baseball adds another 2 teams’ practices in one week, I rolled with it. Strengthsfinder 2.0 says I’m a problem solver – I live for solving the family’s carpool problems. Nothing throws me, until I’m faced with myself.
When first semester of grad school started I spent my first 48 hours fighting non-stop with technology but triumphantly gained a working knowledge for my class. I beat technology. When first semester ended, I spent my first 48 hours reading books to escape the textbooks. I beat the class!
But then nothing… Don’t get me wrong, my break rocked! We enjoyed the first holiday with 3 excited cousins (last year only 2 were old enough to anticipate traditions), cruised the Caribbean, caught some movies… But when given the chance, I didn’t do that “thing I would do even if I didn’t get paid”… I didn’t write. (Thank you if you noticed, I appreciate your support)!
I planned to blog, write a book, poetry – even haiku.
When I stepped away from my laptop on the last day of class, I turned my back on it. I didn’t want to touch it, look at it, nothing! Knowing this, I bought myself a composition book for writing, but, did nothing. I lost the opportunity.
Believe it or not, 6-7 weeks into the break, I craved returning to the rhythm of the master’s program. I missed my classmates, the weekly feeling of achievement; I anticipated an easier first 48 hours this time, and relished in the slight confidence of being a return Grad Student! The topics this semester thrilled me as I love the problem solving, creative work, and had some experience with strategic corporate and marketing communications. I looked forward to drawing on personal experience.
But, things changed. The blend of students was new, the rhythm of the class feels like a remix, and even the material seems opposite from my true-life experiences. This time, I recognize the fight-or-flight reaction and am rolling with it. I’m acclimating to the new semester with excessive amount of calendaring, spreadsheets and post-it notes, as well as commiserating with other students. It’s a change in perspective to see that change doesn’t thrill me, but it will only bring about positive changes in me.
And now, for today’s show-n-tell, I brought Hovercheese!! Can you please check my homework?!