Pride and Proud

I was looking up some inspiration for an assignment and came across this quote that resonated deeply.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
– Abraham Lincoln

New Investor Daily

With my increase in age comes a growing interest in investing.

New Investor Daily has become my favorite new site because of how simple they talk about investing. What’s also fun is that it helps in getting and keeping me excited about it. I was playing around with their ‘what would it be worth’ app, and it made me regret I wasn’t thinking about investing more seriously, sooner.

Combined with simple apps like Robinhood and Betterment, the new tools of investing have made putting my money to work easier than ever. And, I’m having a great time doing so. 

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Powers of Ten

We were talking about perspectives the other day in the office and how to look at problems. Powers of Ten by Eames proved to be a fantastic articulation.

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe.

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

– Horace Mann

Claude Shade

As much as I struggle with what social feeds have become, yesterday was an example of when I love them.

Striking portraits that he captured of others and heartfelt testimonies of Claude Shade overtook my Facebook feed. It was the most beautiful tribute to our dear friend.

I started my advertising career behind the curve. And to step into GSP during its agency of the years/decade run, it was incredibly intimidating. Claude cut through all of that and was a big part of helping me feel like I could make an impact. As a then seemingly fish out of water visual maker in the strategy department, Claude helped me understand and believe that I didn’t need to do things the traditional way— as he was anything and everything but traditional himself. Claude was a role model, a mentor from afar, not one that I leaned on or was very close to but someone to aspire to become— a hero.

We didn’t work closely together, but after reading everyone’s stories about him it makes sense as to why he always wanted to help me and everyone around him. He didn’t care about your title, what you did before or where you came from. Claude just cared about wanting you to put your best and most authentic self out there to the world, be it something you made or how you were connecting with him through his lens. He had the magic of being able to extract the grace in all of us. And with swift wizardry, preserve that perfect moment in time. It has become more evident than ever that his spirit and ability is what united and still unites us all of us that had known him. May he rest in peace and may we always find the courage to be more like Claude.

Hitting Reset

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, almost Medium– too many channels I’m way more active in than the one I actually own.

In an effort to generally be thoughtful rather than impulsive, I’ve hit the reset/delete button on all but one of my posts. When I looked at my site’s content, it all seemed too random and hollow, and that’s what I’m committing to change.

The only post I didn’t take down was the recap of my employee of the year trip from GSP. Not only is it a profound memory, but the post also has so many comments from people I care very much about that I couldn’t part with it. Plus, it represents the type of content I want to be posting more.

So, with one post saved and a blank slate moving forward, this will become a less messy, more deliberate, yet still often cryptic public place of my thoughts, discoveries, inspirations and moments I want to preserve and put out into the world.

This is more for me than anyone, but I hope you come by and visit now and then. It’s going to take a bit more effort than me randomly showing up in your feeds, but effort’s what I’m going for.