This is the true joy in life

I love this quote:

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live, I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life in no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations."

--George Bernard Shaw


Resolutions Week 3

By now you might be asking yourself, "Kaleena? Where did you go? It's already Tuesday!" And you'd be right. But...as I wrote most of this on Sunday and have completed my Monday and Tuesday tasks, rest assured I'm still getting stuff done.

For last week I give myself a B+

Things that went well:
-email inbox was consistently less than 50. Inbox Zero fan but I've been straying in recent months (well, year(s) actually)
-I feel good about what I've accomplished with everything (not just resolution specific) I was just telling my dad that I really like myself when I'm accomplishing things that I would like to accomplish and I really dislike myself when I'm putting off those things that I should be doing. If only I could skip that first part...hmmm...
-I've exercised several times with my dad in recent days (Walking/Jogging around 22 minutes for a 1.5 mile loop. I'm not ready to put this on my weekly list yet, but soon.
-I danced on Saturday!

Things that could go better next week:
-I've been cheating and getting double-duty Sunday (meaning that Sunday has been a day to catch up on last week's goals and still count as one of the days in the following week)
-I was to finish two books this week and the book I read was the weeniest of the bunch (so I finished this one, but stretching it) And I started 3 or 4 more. whoops
-I didn't get this post finished on Sunday

And my calendar from the week: (isn't it pretty with all the stars?)

Resolutions Week 3:
  1. Daily To-do list. On Sunday I made a list with 2ish things per day (M-F) They are large-ish projects that have been in my "someday" folder for quite awhile now. Some are 'getting a job' related. Others are really awesome programs that I would like to apply to (non-academic one) Each thing will take around 1 or 2 hours. And I've already finished Monday and Tuesday's items.
  2. Finish 2 books this week. And this time they have to be books with at least 250 pages.



This is really cheesy, but it made me smile and maybe it will make you smile too!

*Clicking on the picture will open a .pdf

(More cheesy goodness at the RescueGirl blog!) I've got to stop subscribing to new blogs but there are just too many great people in the world!


Awakening the Dreamer

Last September I attended this incredible symposium and wanted to (finally) share about it. The Awakening the Dreamer, Imagining the Dream symposium starts with a rather dark description of the current world in which we live and throughout the four hours moves toward what we can do to make a change. Sadly I wrote pages of amazing notes full of insight but now that I look back I see that I mostly listed resources to check out later. So instead, you can just watch this trailer:

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Commitment card at the end of the day: "I am committed to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our times." I really, really, really love this mission statement. really.

I finally moved this post out of the drafts folder and finished it is because the Awakener the Dreamer Symposium will be happening again in Colorado Springs in three small chunks (February 10, February 17 and March 10) or all at once in Manitou on March 6th. (Boulder peops: January 24, February 6 or March 7) Or find a Symposium near you.

This is a great, pain-free jumping off point for anyone wanting to explore something new.


Andrew Romanoff for Senate

I wish I could've posted this as fast as the Colorado Independent and the Colorado Springs Independent, (They already had articles up two hours later!) but I'm not paid to write so I suppose it's OK.

On Tuesday I was in Denver for an interview and since I was in the area I stopped by Andrew Romanoff's campaign office for a press conference. I assumed that it was going to be something about the governor race since Mayor Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff were seen as the front runners for the spot (After Secretary of Interior Salazar decided to remain at his post.)

Romanoff immediately said that despite many phone calls asking him to run for governor, he will be running for Unites States Senate (against incumbent Michael Bennet in the primary) and fully stands behind Mayor Hickenlooper for Governor.

Romanoff talked about the usually suspects: jobs, economy and health care. But he also spoke passionately about changing the system asking "How do we reclaim our democracy?" One of the ways he is doing this is by not accepting contributions from Political Action Committees. So far this commitment has worked well for the Romanoff campaign since "in the last quarter, more Coloradans contributed to our campaign than to any other candidate for any office in our state."

I first met Romanoff when he announced his candidacy last September. I was impressed with him then and was even more impressed with him on Tuesday. I decided to be brave and meet him after the press conference. When I introduced myself he shook my hand and introduced himself as just "Andrew". And yes, I might just have a little crush on him too. What can I say? He has a great smile and he oozes charisma! Too bad he is twice my age...

I would like to invite you to read or watch his entire speech and when the time comes, vote for him!

(The first two photos are from my camera and I found that last one that someone took at the same time on Romanoff's facebook page)


Resolutions Week 2

Last week went OK-ish. All-in-all I would give myself a B-. The week started out swimmingly but then...life happened. (Feel free to inquirer for more details) And I ended up having to work on the weekend and that stunk. But! I have some amazing leads for jobs that I'm excited about and I really do love dancing and I made some positive changes! (oh and the black X on the 13th means I exercised)

This is my calendar for the week:

So onward to a better next week!

Resolutions Week 2:
  1. Reply to email/voice mail within 24 hours. I did a test run on this one last week and probably 99% of the emails I get take less than a minute to respond to yet somehow I often manage to put it off for weeks.
  2. Finish 2 books this week. Yet again I've started 6 books over the last few weeks and have finished none of them.
  3. Install DDR and use it at least once. This one is for continuing to dance! Sadly I bought DDR mats a few years ago and then got rid of them because I never used them. Then I bought them again...and never used them.
Thanks for reading!


I could be paid to facebook!

I just found out about an awesome temp job in Boulder for the month of February. My friend Yoli fowarded the job posting to me because she thought it fit my "savvy internet skills". The more I read about it the more excited I get! I would be a "NBC Olympic Content Moderator Manager" for an agency called Swarm Collective. The Swarm Collective believes that "every single one of us has the power to inspire those around us." This reminded me of an author that was just featured on The Colbert Report:
(only he used a herd of buffalo instead of a swarm of bees)

From what I can understand I would be moderating content for the 2010 Winter Olympics for the Olympic Pulse. Wahoo for the 2010 Winter Olympics! (Maybe if I'm really lucky I'll be able to see Mr. Colbert in his red spandex again...)

Coolest job ever? I think yes.


Resolutions Week 1

←This post just needed a picture, but isn't it terrific?
I've decided that instead of resolutions for the year that I'm going to try resolutions for the week. I think that this way I can set myself up for success by having more achievable goals. I think I got the idea from "A Purpose Driven Life" weekly calendar that I had in middle school and never used. Each week you were supposed to list the things you wanted to work on for that week. And when I was in INVST, each semester we had to do a Personal Learning Project which was a way to attach a self-given grade to a change you are hoping to make in your life. So in that spirit...

I plan on sharing each week's resolution(s) here for some sort of accountability. I intend to keep the goals quantifiable and updating each Sunday evening. And some I will probably keep to myself. And I might have recurring ones too. OH! And I'm going to make note card of each one and then make some sort of cool collage on my wall. I guess what I'm really trying to say with all this is that my "rules" are subject to change.

Resolutions Week 1:
  1. Dance at least 5 minutes per day. And yes--crazy, dancing by myself in my room counts but I welcome dance partners. And toddler Asha and River style dancing counts too. (You should try it. It's awesome) Thanks to Audra and my sister, Deanna, for inspiring this one.
  2. Spend at least 4 hours per day (M-F) toward getting a job. And use a tiemr. Yes, I realize that as a jobless person I should be spending at least 8 hours a day getting a job. I really haven't been putting any time into this in the past month so I'm working up to it. Let's just say that I've been really enjoying the unemployed life. And Lauren's Marathon! And Christmas! and my sister had a baby! and I got sick! and, and, and...yes. I need to get a job now.
Since this is changing each week, to keep track I'm going to keep it old school and just write it on a calendar.


Love and Hattiness

This is the cover of a notebook I stole from my sister cause I thought cover was funny. I'm guessing that it is from when my family lived in Korea in 1980 or thereabouts. (Holy cow Deanna! You've been truckin around that notebook for 30 years!)

And here's the funny part up close:

Love and Hattiness are the goais of all young stirits

In 2010 I wish you much love and hattiness!