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Repost: Real Simple review – Turntable Kitchen

3 Mar

Turntable Kitchen (Curated food and music pairings — I dig this concept!)

From “Real Simple” article:

“Wine isn’t the only thing that takes some effort to pair with your meal. What about the perfect mood music? The website Turntable Kitchen has been providing meal and music pairings for a while, but now they are offering a subscription service.

For those that subscribe, each month you’ll receive a box with the following things:

  •  A limited edition 7-inch vinyl album with at least two songs
  • A downloadable playlist with additional music
  • A collection of themed, seasonal recipes to go along with the playlist
  • A few hard-to-find, dry ingredients that go along with the recipes
  • Notes on why the music and meal were paired together
  • A few surprises, too!

Check out Turntable Kitchen and sign up for their Pairings Box here.

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Repost: People will treat you how you TEACH them to treat you!

14 Jan

Today’s blog from The Daily Love hits home for me. Distractions and multitasking prevent me from focused creativity. Time to set those healthy boundaries — Stat!

January 14, 2013 By Mastin Kipp
As posted on The Daily Love

Since I have been so focused on creation lately, I’m really inspired about what it takes to create!

I do believe that it takes intense focus to create. Multi-tasking is not optional.

Now, I know you might not be able to take a whole month off like I am to write your book or create your heart’s desire. I wasn’t always able to do that either.

It was something I had to earn.

But when I was first getting started, I could find an hour, or half hour or a day on the weekend.

But – the key is – DON’T LET ANYTHING ELSE DISTRACT YOU.

Turn off your phone.

Get “SelfControl” for your Mac and turn off the internet.

Set up an email autoresponder so people know that you are not available by email.

Setup a voicemail message that lets people know you won’t be getting back to them right away.

Set boundaries.

I’ve really gotten clear in the last week (thanks a lot to YOUR help) that you GOTTA set healthy boundaries when you want to create. And then you have to enforce them.

People will treat you how you TEACH them to treat you!

So, if you are serious about creating something – a book, a screenplay, a business, anything – you gotta get clear about WHY you are doing it and then get about the business of making it happen.

This means boundary setting.

This means being able to do ONE thing at a time.

Doing one thing at a time is an underrated skill.

In this day and age we bow down to multi-tasking, but I’ve found that when I multi-task as I am trying to create, I get dumber.

I’m not as creative.

I’m not as open.

I’m not as tapped in to Source.

I’m thinking about too many things. I’m thinking about all kinds of other things besides what I’m trying to create.

The goal then is to focus our energy and attention on one task at a time.

It seems almost impossible in this day and age, but it is. But you have to design it.

You can’t just magically hope that it will happen. All of life is trying to get your attention. Loved ones. Advertisements. Social media. Email. Text.

It’s all grabbing at you. And you have the power to say ENOUGH – and design a boundary so that YOU can create.

This is what I’m doing – it’s taking some getting used to, but I can do it – and it’s working.

What boundary can you set today? How do you want people to teach people to treat you?

Etta James dies

20 Jan

One of my all-time favorite singers died today

Etta James influenced many of today’s biggest female singers — Adele, Beyonce, etc.

Her legendary voice lives on.

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Wise Words & Sounds of the Day

23 Sep

 

“Gratitude, not attitude. “

–Kevin So, super talented & amazing musician at thatsexyasian.wordpress.com . I heard Kevin live for the first time late one night in Los Feliz several years back. Have to admire a person who is doing what he loves — and it showed. His high energy and passion for music set the room on fire!

I’ll never forget that night.

Kevin So

Sounds of the Day

15 Sep

This week on NPR’s All Things Considered:

Fall Music Preview: Atlas Sound, Bjork, Feist, More

Had to share these songs! Nostalgic and refreshing at the same time.

A gamut of new and different, “beautiful and affecting” mood-setting songs. Nice!