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Quitting Gets Me Every Time

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I remember the first time I quit something. And when I say “quit,” I mean, I dropped out of the activity before it’s “season” had run its course. It was in 5th grade. You had a choice to sign up for the school chorus or have extra reading time. Well, since you can’t really quit extra reading time, you guessed it, I signed up for and then quit the school chorus. I remember the choir teacher being upset that I was leaving (not because I was/am a great singer) and, as I recall, I remember not being too upset by her reaction.

In 2015, I “quit” a few things. Two different jobs. Though, technically, I think I “resigned.” Regardless, I left two jobs. And I quit selling in my Etsy shop.* I also quite reading a book that I just couldn’t get into. As much as I wanted to like it and finish it. 50 pages in and I was done.

Here’s the thing I’ve learned all along the way, ever since I was in the 5th grade—quitting is completely and totally acceptable. Life is so crazy and short and complicated that if you’re doing something you don’t like, you should leave it behind. Don’t stick around just so you’re not a “quitter.”

Since it is the season of football playoffs, it’s worth quoting Vince Lombardi’s most overused phrase:

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

You know what, Vince? That’s not always true. Because a lot of the time, winning is just about being happy. And being a quitter doesn’t mean that you’ve given up. It just means that you’re on to the next thing. And think of it another way… sometimes quitting is the best thing—like quitting smoking, or any other bad habit; quitting a bad relationship; quitting one opportunity to go after a better one.

When I think of quitting, I like to think of the new beginning that comes directly after it. Walt Disney once said,

The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.

Not to get all New Year’s resolution/’tis that time of year on your butts, but it’s that statement is true in so many aspects of life. If you’ve got an idea, quit talking and make a plan. If you’ve got a goal, quit planning and get yourself in gear. If you’ve got a trip to take, quit talking and just go.

There’s nothing in the foreseeable future that I expect to quit. But I do quite like the idea of less talk, more action as something to put into practice more often. What about you? Anything worth quitting? Anything worth doing?

*There is a possible, ever-so-small, chance that Toyidermy will make a pop-up appearance on Etsy sometime in 2016. No promises though. 

The Internet Gets Me Every Time | November 13th Edition

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1 | Sometimes we need to be reminded to “just keep swimming”. And next summer we’ll get it with Finding Dory.

2 | If you need another reason to dance, listen to Missy Elliott’s latest, “WTF.”

3 | As we’re in the season of thanks, here’s 8 uncommon ways to show your gratitude.

4 | It’s also soup season and here are a few recipes I’ve been eating up recently: Quinoa Veggie Tuscan & White Bean & Chicken Tortilla

5 | Shameless plug time. I’ve been super busy at work, and one of the things I’ve been creating is a Toast to Sinatra’s 100th Birthday (he would’ve been 100 on 12/12/15). Check it out and share a toast on Instagram.

Birthday Anniversaries Get Me Every Time

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I was going to let this weekend pass without saying anything on the internet about it. But I figure this was as good a chance as any that I had to make a statement about something important. Something that matters.

Right now, I should be planning a party, asking you not to buy any toys, relishing that a year has already passed. But instead, I’m planning on doing nothing and asking you not to comment on this or any other of my social media accounts.

While I know your comments come from a heartfelt place, and I’m sure you are thinking about me (us) and about how hard this time is/will be, just know that every day is difficult. And while your thoughts and prayers mean everything, they’re important all the time.

So, please, instead of commenting or writing me a note, I ask you to do one of three things, if you feel so inclined.

1. Donate blood and give another family as much of a chance as we had. Find a blood drive near you.

2. If you can’t donate blood, consider making a monetary donation to the Red Cross.

3. Consider making a donation to the Brigham-Women’s Hospital NICU building fund in memory of Bailey.

Thank you for your endless support and love.

Slow Sunday Links Get Me Every Time

Happy Sunday, y’all. What are you doing with your extra hour today? How about some links? Let’s do this.

this tee (above), and every other t-shirt on that site

23 cheap and fun things to do for when payday seems too far away

the other day I wrote about a little about Kahlil Gibran now here’s some more because self-righteousness is absurd

how writing and dancing are similar said best by family

and AMC is showing all three Jurassic Park movies this week so set your DVR

Life Lately Gets Me Every Time


lately5I know. I haven’t been here much. But springtime is busy time you guys. We’ve been cleaning, painting, mowing (not me), organizing, celebrating, thrifting, yard-saleing and enjoying the cool sunny days we’ve had. Here’s a look. (I’ve also started a small wildlife refuge in my backyard, see below)

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lately9lately4lately7lately12lately8lately14lately3lately6lately1lately2lately13Now, I’m not promising that I’ll blog more often, but I do have a few unfinished drafts that I’ve been meaning to post. Check back soon, lovies. Soon.

Therapeutic Emails Get Me Every Time

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Lately, I’ve been finding myself writing emails and deleting them before sending them. Or, more accurately, deleting them before I even “finish” writing them. Am I the only one? For me, sometimes it just helps putting something down in writing to let go of the feeling. And, *bonus*, it’s much cheaper than actual therapy.

PRO-TIP! Scared you might actually hit send? Don’t put any email address in the “TO:” field. Or simply put your own. 

The best way to describe what I’m typically getting out is like some of the worst gossip you would speak. Or secrets you would only tell a close friend. But this way, it turns into the most harmless, non-existent gossip that I don’t have to worry about anyone spreading. At the end of one of these (usually frantic) email writing sessions, that little voice in my head (sure, call it a conscience) says, “don’t worry, Kelly, your secrets are safe in the trash bin.”

Now, please, tell me, am I the only one who does this?

Greek-Style Burgers Get Me Every Time

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I cannot get enough chicken burgers, you guys. I know that turkey burgers keep popping up everywhere, but in my heart chicken burgers are where it’s at. This latest Greek-style burger is certainly no exception. (PS! Check out those new countertops. A house update is coming soon, I promise!)

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I’m a sucker for cucumber anything so this is the perfect burger for me. Topped with crispy cucumber, it was a quite a hit. Not just for me though. The Mr. loved it too. It was light, summer and the perfect weeknight meal. I think we’ll be making them again sometime soon.GreekBurger5

THE INGREDIENTS:
for the burgers:
ground chicken
diced red peppers
feta cheese
parsley
garlic
(gluten-free) bread crumbs
+ your favorite buns

for the topping:
sliced cucumber

for the sauce:
greek yogurt
garlic
lemon juice
diced cucumber

THE DETAILS:
Mix all those burger ingredients together but don’t over-mix your meat and form patties. Throw em on your grill, in the oven, in a frying pan, etc and watch them carefully, turning about 8 minutes in to get both sides nice and grilled. While that’s happening, dice and slice that cucumber, mix up your dressing and pour yourself a drink. Then simply top your burger and enjoy!

 

** This year, I’m making (at least) 20 burgers. See ’em all. **

The G List Gets Me Every Time

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1. Garbanzo Beans | Or chickpeas. Whatever you call them, they are delicious, when roasted.
2. Gold Geometric Necklace | So light, dainty, modern. I’d say it’s love.
3. Geometric Bear | Maybe it’s just “geometry” in general. I’m loving this bear brooch.
4. The Great Gatsby | My all-time favorite summer read. Get your copy here.
5. GIFS of CATS | Also known as Cat Gifs.
6. Gold Gilded Frame | This DIY shows how to get the look with what you have laying around.

That’s just a few of the things I’m loving right now. What’s on your summer reading list? What snack can you not get enough of?

Creativity Gets Me Every Time

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

In spirit, I’m so many things. I’m a creative thinker. A dancer. A teacher. A crafter. A chef. And so much more. By trade, I’m a writer. Namely, a copywriter. And I work at an ad agency.

That means, every day I get to come to work and write. So, if I’m not writing here every day, not to worry, I’m writing at work.

To paraphrase Mr. Glass, you’ve got to make a lot of good work to make better work. Then, call that good work to make even better work. Watch & listen to this. Then, go make good work over and over.