City lovin’ happened so fast…

Two days down, and I’m still conscious. Which is amazing, considering I tend to have the attention span of a YouTube video; yet somehow my brain is still working.

It’s always exciting to be surrounded by people interested in and doing the same thing as you. Here at the Non-Profit Technology Convention, there are hundreds of people from all over the country who work in the non-profit world, each sharing similar joys, failures, and challenges. It’s fun to meet new people over lunch and see what you have in common, as well as commiserate over how snow in the eye stings a lot, coffee stopped keeping you awake, and our boots have soaked through to the soles.

A few tips for anyone convention bound:

1. Drink your body weight in coffee. Both to stay warm, and to stay awake.

2. Listen to music between sessions. If there’s ever a need to zone out and save your brain it’s between sessions on social data, meta tags, and measuring metrics.

3. Make friends with a local. It doesn’t have to be lets-braid-each-others-hair friendly, but just friendly enough to ask them what to see in that area of the city. Locals know stuff.

Besides all the learning, we’ve also been doing a lot of exploring. I’m here with my co-worker Adora and boss Nell, and the three of us have traipsed blocks in pursuit of city adventures.And of course, made friends with the guys at the wine store. Have to stay warm somehow…

Adora and I were both born in Southern California, and now live in Florida. See a theme? Yeah. Warmth. We like to be warm and consider Florida’s recent “cold-spell” of 40 degrees to be extreme. However, for a few days, snow can be quite magical. I know I’ve enjoyed it.

xo. Brie

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This is Adora’s face when we walked out in the snowstorm.
That smile stayed in place until we got a big gust of wind and snow to the face…

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Coffee. Is. Essential.

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The Old Astronomer

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“Reach me down my Tycho Brahé, — I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, ’tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men’s fellowship and wiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

– Sarah Williams. The Old Astronomer was published on Jan 1, 1923.

This is a piece of one of my favorite poems. And a photo from my favorite place to run, think. and process life in the darkness. Enjoy.

Au Revoir, 2012, il a été une bonne année…

Well, it’s that time. The end-of-year challenge of wrapping up an entire year’s worth of experiences in a single blog post. Here goes nothing…

This year was great. Honestly it was. Lots of fun was had, plenty of mistakes were made, goals were reached, others left hanging, but hey, that’s life. In a brief moment of introspection, I think it’s safe to say I’m a lot stronger, maybe a little harder, and most of all thankful for everything that’s happened this year.

No regrets, remember?

It’s always funny to me how we gear up for a new year like it’s a clean slate, as if the date changing can somehow give us a fresh start. It doesn’t really make much sense; after all, time just marches on right? What really makes December 31st 2012 that much different that January 1, 2013?

Actually, I think you can sum it up in one word.

Perspective.

I think we need to operate this way, as if an arbitrary date change can mean a new beginning. We need to break up our decisions, the good, the bad and the ugly, into a manageable period of time that at the end of which, we get a re-do. A mulligan. A chance to change.

So what do you want to change? What are your goals and resolutions?

Here are a few of mine. Hold me to these…

1) Learn French

2) Travel somewhere I’ve never been

3) Read 50 books, good ones

4) Pay–off the “I’m in college and need a credit card” debt

5) Do something that scares me at least once a month (don’t worry Mom, I’ll be safe…ish)

I really can’t wait for 2013, I think big adventures are in store…

Bring it on.