Friday, February 5, 2016

a request and dedication

When I was just a wee little joey, my family would cook breakfast together after mass on Sundays. The soundtrack to this family fest and feast was always Casey Kasem as he counted down the hits across the land.  One of my favorite memories was making up fake requests and dedications, just like the featured caller.

During my undergraduate experience, I was a student assistant in the Office of the President.  During projects and throughout the day, I'd listen to music.  And to keep things lighthearted and fun, I'd randomly make "requests and dedications" to the ladies in the office.  Everyone would take the occasional and much needed 4 minutes to laugh, have a brief dance party, and then move on with the day's tasks with an added dash of pep in their step.

Coffee is so much more than just a beverage for me.   One of my favorite things to do is dedicate my coffee.  While (very easily) preparing my morning obligatory cuppa joe, I take a moment to honor someone or something that I'm particularly loving.  This thanksgiving really makes me smile, reminds me how to be the best version of me that I'm able, and helps make for a wonderful day.

We'll never know how powerful a simple act of kindness and recognition may be.  If we can go out of our way to make someone's day a little bit more palatable, shine a little brighter, or exist with a little more meaning, why not?

Give it a try.  Spend a moment to thank a colleague, encourage a friend, or call a family member.  You'll both be better for it.

Change starts with one.  Change starts with me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

safety and style on the road, with a certain sport utility

I must admit, when Tesla first started making automobiles, I wasn't exactly their biggest fan.  Yes, the cars were beautiful, but I felt like I needed to see a little more time and experience in their portfolio.  Are electric cars practical?  What happens when the ever-important battery needs replacing?  Will I need to sell a kidney to replace something when it breaks?

We can't fear what we don't know.  And I must say, some 13 years after making some of the safest, speedy, and quite frankly sexiest cars on the planet, I must say - I am obsessed to the power of X.

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 90 kWh battery providing 257 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quick as 3.2 seconds.

Tesla Launches Model X from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

 Must.  Have.  Now.