Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Mottos Plus I Got Bitten By the the Twitter Bug

I'll write this in reverse order from what the title would make you expect, because I'm just crazy and unpredictable like that.  I have two Twitter accounts now, one for business, and the other for personal use.  It was too much fun to keep my business account only for business, so I had to open up a personal account to make that possible.  And I need some followers, because on my personal account, 2/3 of my followers are my business account and a fake porn star.  So yeah.  Shameless self promotion, yay!  And if you follow me, I might even follow you back. Incentive!

On to the next thing that I want to talk about: my personal life mottos.  Two of them are sort of similar but I like them both.  Number one is rise from the ashes.  And by that I mean that I want my shortcomings to be my motivation to be awesome.  It also means that when life gives me lemons, I will use them to make lemon meringue pie and enjoy it while lounging near the pool.  That's the reason I want to get a phoenix tattoo on my back, sort of like this.

only even more awesome
Side note: I think you can gauge how much a person watches How I Met Your Mother by the exponential increase of their use of the word awesome.  Motto 2 is a Samuel Beckett quote: Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again. Fail again. Fail better.  I like it because it's so honest.  It's not like trying again after a failure automatically means you'll succeed.  You're very likely to fail again.  And you just need to look that failure in the face and laugh.  And then you keep on trying as many times as it takes.

Motto 3 is from the poem "She" by Kobi Yamada.  There are actually four lines from this poem that I really like, but the one that I resound with most and try to emulate is "She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans."  Another line I really relate to are "She colored her thoughts with only the brightest hues."  I try my hardest to be optimistic, but sometimes I don't feel like it.  But I know that when I do view things optimistically, I always feel better about situations than when I don't.  The third line that I love is "She was an artist and her life was her canvas."  I see the potential for art almost everywhere I look and it makes life so vibrant and amazing.  The line that I really need/want to work on is "She took the leap and built her wings on the way down."  I need to be more daring and not always be afraid of the consequences, or just plain afraid.  I don't do a lot of crazy things, and I'm not saying like stupid-crazy, more unexpected and maybe zany.  I'm pretty much saying that I would like to be able to emulate Zooey Deschanel in literally every movie she's ever been in.  She's so full of life and part of that is she's not afraid to do her own thing.  Whether it's dying her hair bright colors in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Photo-jogging in Yes Man (even though it doesn't work very well) she's never afraid to try something new and even maybe be considered weird by the people around her.  That's the quality that I admire most about her and why she is tied with Chloe Moretz as my favorite actress.

So that's just some stuff that I felt like sharing today.  Sidenote: when I binged (I don't google, I bing) she turned her cant's into cans and dremas into plans, one of the suggestion was, she turned her cats into cans.  I wish that I could just whip up an illustration of that, but alas, I am not so great at drawing as doodling.  It just tickled my funny bone.


  1. I followed you on Twitter. It really is incredibly addictive.

    I particularly like the first motto, the symbolism of the phoenix is wonderful.

  2. Yay! Thank you for following me :) Blogger won't let me comment on your blog, Dan, but I think I can still comment on my own, hopefully.

  3. Nice mottos, and I'm happy that you're on Twitter :) I think saying "awesome" too often is just a product of growing up in the 90s. It's the adjective of choice, lol.

  4. Sooooooo you like lemon meringue pie, doooo you? :D

    Ta-Da!!! This recipe is amazing, I tried it over the holidays. YUM.

  5. Ooh, I will have to try that pie recipe when I'm feeling bake-y. (That's totally a real word, by the way.)


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