Friday, January 26, 2018

#BookReview -- This Is How It Always Is

What's your family's secret?

We all have secrets. Every person, every family. And we protect those secrets -- until, one day, we don't.

In Laurie Frankel's beautifully crafted This Is How It Always Is, the core secret is about a child's gender identity. Frankel is well-versed in the topic. She is raising a transgender child. But, as her experience and this novel reveal, who we are goes far beyond our gender.

This Is How It Always Is takes us inside an enduring love story and an evolving fairy tale. We travel along with Rosie and Penn and their family as they move from one state to another, one country to another, in search of ... well, read it and find out.

As you read, you'll come across phrases that make you say: Yep. I know exactly what she means. For example:
"Rosie's number-one concern was: what would make Claude happy?
Penn's number-one concern was: what would make Claude happy?
But happy is harder than it sounds."

Happy is harder than it sounds. Parenting is harder than it sounds. Love is harder than it sounds. But deciding to read this book? That's easy.

I give it Four Bookmarks. Which is like Four Stars out of a Five Star review, only booky. Five Bookmarks, FYI, has to be up there with Little Women.

(And big thanks to Shanna for giving me the book!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fabulous Phrases: Walt Whitman

Monday, January 22, 2018

#MondayMotivation -- I'm the Captain Now

Happy Monday! Let's start the week with a quick reminder. No matter what's happening in your life, no matter how you're faring with resolutions, no matter where you work or who you work with or what's on that unending "to do" list --- you are the boss of you.

No one is holding you hostage. Your choices shape your future. You steer the boat.

So say it with me, loud and proud: I'm the captain now!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Fun: What's Wrong with this Picture?

OK, the problem isn't with the picture. It's in the headline. I'll wait while you see it.

La di da di da ...

Ok, good! You and I are as one on this. Chris Evans may be a fine actor, but ... can he really transform into Meryl Streep or Mila Kunis? Sentence structure, peeps. It matters.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Creativity Exercise: I Have a Dream

Do you have a dream? Of course you do. We all do. Now, you might not have shared it with anyone. It's completely possible you haven't even verbalized it clearly to yourself. 

Today, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we're going to change that. Pull out a clean sheet of paper, copy the lines below, and fill in the blanks.

For the world
I have a dream that one day ...

For my country
I have a dream that my ...

For myself
I have a dream that ...

If you want to share your responses, terrific. I'm always delighted to hear from you. But, this is an exercise for you -- an exercise to move you closer to your dreams. Happy Monday!

P.S. Do you know why Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech is a classic? I outlined my theory in this 2013 post. It's a good post. Click and read.*

*I have many faults. False humility has never been one of them.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Fun: Play with Canva

Kate recently introduced me to Canva -- super cool, very fun. (Hmmm. Do the adjectives describe Kate? Or Canva? Poor sentence structure, but the truth either way.)

But I digress. Canva makes creativity easy. I made this postcard in about a minute. For free. Seriously. One minute. No money. Go play!

Perhaps the little mustache is supposed to make you think of Groucho.
Or, perhaps, I was too lazy to search for another little icon. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Creativity Exercise: Intentionally Left Blank

When Tom received his new Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card this year, the mailing piece had room for two cards. Since he only received one, the other card said:

As Tom expected, this makes me insane. Why? First of all, the card is not blank, is it? Printing this copy on the plastic makes it intentionally not blank.

Far more importantly, why would BCBS (and all the other companies that do this) waste such a perfectly wonderful opportunity? That white space -- the blank card, the blank page -- is a ready-made canvas for eye-catching, brand-building copy.

It could be a simple thank you message, or a mini-billboard, or a funny joke, or a brain twister, or a fortune cookie line, or ... you tell me.

No, seriously. You tell me. Let your mind intentionally go blank. Then, fill it with fun creative ideas for this card. Go!