Friday Faves, Issue #15

On this “Black Friday”, my mood is anything but gloomy, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Chalk full of family, friends, and Soul Time, couldn’t be much more thankful.

And so,  another edition of Friday Faves to add a little more GOOD to the universe.  Enjoy the list, enjoy the weekend!

Destination of the Week:  Villahermosa, Mexico is one of the centers of the oil & gas sector in that country.  It’s also the capital of Tabasco state.

Quote of the Week: “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.” -Ben Franklin

Band of the Week: What can I say?  Thinking back to the formative years,  Zebra was a band I enjoyed, embraced, and rocked to. Still think they’re cool today.

Meal of the Week:  Turkey Leftovers, Times 6 Recipes!

Website of the Week:  I’ve followed Fred Wilson for a while.  He’s a business guy, and a whole lot more.  He’s a great voice on the web and inspired me to fire up my blog. Check him out.  This particular post resonated in a special way, given the very means I’m sharing all these thoughts with you. Direct Connection, indeed.

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REMINDER:   Your comments are always welcome! LOVE to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse via that micro-blogging site:  my handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

#MondayMotivation

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Any day and every day, motivation is one of the keys to making the most of the day.  #MondayMotivation is one of my favorite hashtags on twitter, and it fits perfectly into the mantra of getting the most out of any day, especially Mondays.

Monday is a mindset. For most people, the work week starts on Monday.  The weekend is over. It’s time to get back at it, doing whatever work we do after a day or two of rest.

Here are the simple truths:

When you’re motivated to make the most of the day, Focus follows.  We narrow in on what we want to do, and make a plan to execute.  You’ve got your list that’s going to get you from here to here.  It’s time to go.

Once you’re focused, a Good Attitude isn’t far behind.  You’ve got the energy flowing within.  You’ve got your mind focused on the activities for the day. You’re ready to go.  That creates fertile ground for a good attitude to making it’s way to the surface, permeating your cells, pulsing through your body.

Before you know it, you’ve worked through you list, through your day, and if you look back, it’s pretty certain that you’ll have some Results to show for the efforts of the day.  Mind you, things may not have gone the way you expected, you’ll likely have run into some unforeseen obstacles, but you’ve made some measure of progress, no doubt.  Look closely if you can’t see it right away.  It’s there.

One final suggestion:  start the day EARLY.  Get after it before the sun comes up.  Before others can set the tempo for your day.  And get some exercise.  Be it a walk, a swim, a bike ride, a session with some weights, whatever.  Getting up and into the day earlier means you have time to warm up and start the day with a clear mind and purpose, establish the agenda, and start ticking items as DONE on your list.

Yep, Monday is a mindset.  But really the suggestions above are applicable for every work day.   So get MOTIVATED.  It’s up to YOU.

 

Friday Faves, Issue #11

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[Metallica frontman, James Hetfield]

Another edition of Friday Faves, served up hot and fresh.  Whipped together in record time this week.  ENJOY!

Destination of the Week:  Recently came across this city working on some business with a relatively new client this year.  Check it out.  Miri

Quote of the Week: “Get after it.” Simple phrase, simple concept. Big effect. Courtesy of Jocko Willink.  So what are you waiting for? 

Band of the Week:  METALLICA.  Loved & hated. Speed metal pioneers. Nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles, eight Grammy Awards, over 110 million albums sold. Inspiration for fans all over the world. And still going strong 34 years later.

Meal of the Week:  Home-made tamales.  Cheese & jalapeno, to be exact.  Best place to find them?  Try this crazy idea.  Ask someone behind the counter at a Mexican grocery, “I have kind of a crazy question:   Do you know anyone who makes and sells home-made tamales?”

Website of the Week:  Love Your Mother. How?  RECYCLE.

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REMINDER:   Your comments are always welcome! LOVE to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse via that micro-blogging site:  my handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Faves, Issue #10

Another edition of Friday Faves, activated remotely from the high country north east of Los Angeles this week.  The GOOD comes from everywhere, at anytime.  Ya gotta be ready.  Enjoy!

Destination of the Week:   Al-Khobar, one of the “triplet cities” in the Eastern Province of  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and smack dab in the midst of the main energy sector region there.

Quote of the Week: Teach Me

Band of the Week: The Barenaked Ladies.  One of the most fun bands in the last twenty years. No surprise, as they’re wacky Canadians! Listen/watch this set of their favorites, and you’ll get a good dose. Glad they’re still rocking today, with pretty well the same guys since they hit the scene.

Meal of the Week:  That old faithful standby, four food groups all in one:  PIZZA!  It could be teenage mutant ninja turtles type, or Blueline,  one of the best spots in the SF bay area, or just good ol’ Round Table (which I had last night)…it’s YUMMY.

Website of the Week: If you’ve ever thought about blogging, http://www.wordpress.com is the place to do it.

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And to wrap it up, let me invite you once again. Your comments are always welcome! LOVE to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse via that micro-blogging site:  my handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Faves, Issue #9

This edition of the Friday Faves brought to you by the letter “G.”

Destination of the Week:   The Orange Free State.  Saw this place on a world map from the 1980’s.  It was in southern Africa.  The string of learning that ensued about colonialism in Africa, the Boers, and the role of the Dutch East India Company was swift and enjoyable. One more reason to visit South Africa if you get the chance.

Quote of the Week: “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way”.” –  Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Band of the Week:  A band that has morphed throughout the last forty years, no doubt.  But with (at least) one constant, the band leader Arturo Sandoval.  Great interview here to get to know him, the sample of samples of his sound, with his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, and something more contemporary.

Meal of the Week:  “I’ll die before I give you that BBQ sauce recipe.”  This makes me hungry.  And itching to smoke some beef ribs or brisket. Might happen this weekend.

Website of the Week:  And it follows from the Meal of the Week, straight up good meat makes good eats. Find it here.

There ya have it, peeps.  Your comments are always welcome.  And you can follow more of the muse via twitter.  My handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Faves, Issue #8

This edition of the Friday Faves brought to you by the songbirds in the front yard.  ENJOY.

Destination of the Week:    A town in the far south of Germany, near the border with Switzerland.  Ancient village.  Horse Parade every spring. Birthplace of a good buddy at work. Check it out.  If you’re in the neighborhood, definitely, visit Weingarten for a taste of ancient Europe.

Quote of the Week:  “It is so.  It cannot be otherwise.”  Attributed to an inscription on the wall of a cathedral in the Netherlands from the 1500’s.  Keep in this quote in your mind everyday.  It’s a good starting place for acceptance and progress.

Band of the Week:  Punch Brothers. Ahhh, who?!, you might ask.  Five dudes. Chris(mandolin), Noam (banjo), Gabe (violin/fiddle), Chris (guitar), & Paul (stand-up bass).   NPR was the likely channel.  So much more than just a “band”, per se. Example?Watch this bit on their residency at Oberlin College  HERE.

Meal of the WeekPho‘, aka Vietnamese soup.  On the menu today.  Been looking forward to it since Monday.  I’m planning on a variety with wonton, egg noodle, & chicken.  Gonna be DELICIOUS, I’m betting, at a place called Khanh’s just down the street.

Website of the Week:  Paul Salopek is walking. A long way. “Out of Eden“, is what they say.  How long?  How far? A seven year, 20,000+ mile journey. From the birthplace of our modern species in Ethiopia, through the Middle East and Asia, over to the Americas, and down to the Terra Del Fuego.

And you can join him.  It’s only just started really.  Here’s an update from the road, and good sample of Salopek’s awesome, engaging style of writing.

And that’s the skinny for this week.  Comments are always welcome.  And you can follow more of the muse via twitter.  My handle is @jhludlum ~

Have  a good weekend!

10 Things To Do Everyday to Maintain a GOOD Attitude

1) When you wake up, take five minutes or so to properly center your mind to start the day:  meditate, pray, recite a few daily affirmations, whatever gets your head in the right space.

2) Keep Gratitude central to your day — look for things to be thankful for, no matter how small, and give them a silent nod.

3) Review your list and calendar to determine your priorities for the day — professional and personal.

4) Get some sort of exercise. At least 30 minutes per day.  Preferably in the morning before your day otherwise gets underway.  It might sound like something out of “Men’s Health” or “Yahoo SHINE”, but it’s true. Getting a bit of exercise makes your body feel better, which makes your head feel better, which helps your attitude.

5) Hydrate early and often throughout the day.  It might sound like something out of “Men’s Health” or “Yahoo SHINE”, but it’s true. like exercise, staying hydrated makes your body feel better, which makes your head feel better, which helps your attitude.

6) Find three nice things you can do for someone else each day, trivial or otherwise, and do them, anonymously.

7) Take this basic tact toward your work every day:    prioritize, focus on each task, take short breaks (in-between tasks), check things off your list (or note what is accomplished – either one).

8) Do something each day (read, listen, etc.) that gives you a perspective beyond your own, a sense of the world beyond your day-to-day.  It will help you with perspective.

9) Find a little time to do something you enjoy each day.  The duration or extent is less important than the action — nurturing yourself in some way each day is the important thing.

10) Remember that there will always be those better off, and worse off, than yourself.  It’s where we are, how we are each day, that really matters.  Happiness, like love, is a choice. Choose to be happy.