Last night I got the chance to see Nick Offerman's great comedy escapade, The American Ham Tour. He was so funny that I spent a good portion of the evening crying and gasping for air in the best way possible. He sets up the whole evening with his list of 10 tips for life. There were several good, very practical ones, like "Always carry a hanky", "Go outside" and "Eat red meat" (how very Ron Swanson of him). And there were a few that were just plain hoot-and-clap inducing, like "Indulge in Intoxicants" (safely of course) and "Get a little Jesus in your life" (after he explained in every detail how he does not do this at all). But, his last tip for the evening was funny and real and honest and authentic. "Paddle your own canoe", Nick says. And to that I say, Damn Straight. This has stuck with me, paddling my own canoe, as I have thought back about how I have traversed life to get to where I am today. I have a wild and sometimes bizarre route to where I am and how I got here, but it is every bit self-driven (albeit GREATLY supported by my loved ones), and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some days there is a huge mountain of self doubt in my way. Some days I climb it and some days it slides me down it's sides and blatantly says, "No.". But, in the end, if I have paddled my own canoe, I manage to get around that mountain in a much more creative way and am always thrilled with the result. It's how I have ended up with this awesome mix of a crazy career that has no real direct path, but is every bit of a legitimate career none-the-less. And I love it. So, Nick, I raise my glass of agreement to you and say, "Yes, paddle that canoe yourself, it's worth it.".
Here are a few tidbits from the online that I'd like to pass along. And, I hope that you will re-join me next week as I continue to embark on this crazy blog and super fun business of creating curated trips to suit your likings.
Links to spend your Saturday morning with:
Have you seen this blog, by Melanie Biehle? She's crazy inspiring.
I found this next one while reading Melanie's blog. (Like I said, crazy inspiring.) This project makes the Mama in me so glad to be where I am. Lovely.
Have you ever wanted to create your own guides to a city? Maybe the one you live in, maybe another? Then you should check out Everplaces, it's really fun.
I recently reconnected with a few friends that I made while I was building a project called Nite Market in Chicago. One of them made this lovely film of it, and it continues to drive me to do more creative projects.
Have a splendid weekend!