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Speaking Event: Future Break

On May 12, I'll be speaking as part of the Future Break series, sponsored by Southern Word. This set of performances is taking place this May and June around Nashville asking various performers and artists to imagine the future of Nashville 10 to 10,000 years from now.

I'll be reading an essay I'm writing about this idea on May 12 at 2 PM at the Frist Center. More details:

Hear, see, and feel the possibilities of Nashville's future with spoken word, essays, actors, singers and musicians like Jody Nardone, John Egerton, Barry Scott, Nashville in Harmony, Trish Crist, Jerry Navarro, Raziya, Sam Davidson, Rashad thapoet, Raemona Little Taylor and more!

It's a free event and should be fun. It's definitely more artsy and performance-y than most talks I give, but I'm honored to be a part. If you're in town on May 12, come on by!

What To Do With An Found Hour

We all wish we had an extra hour. Right now, I'm sure that there is something (or a list of somethings) you want to do but have told yourself you can't. Longingly, you hope for an extra hour to accomplish these things, lowering your stress and giving you that feeling of accomplishment. Of course we can never literally make more time. There technically is no such thing as "extra" time since hours can never be added to any day.

So the question, "What would you do with an extra hour?" should be replaced by "What would you do with a found hour?"

I found myself with an extra hour on Monday. I drove to the gym at 5:30 to get in my weekly half-hour run only to find that it was closed (due to it being a quasi-holiday). Instantly, I had found an hour.

I came home, brewed coffee, and got to writing, focusing in on my big goals for this year. That found hour allowed me to write, mark some things off my to-do list for the week before I leave town, and get ready for a busy week.

Here's a list of things you could do with a found hour:

  1. Watch TV (while relaxing, this may not give you a sense of accomplishment)
  2. Take a nap (again, relaxing, but you may actually feel groggier afterward)
  3. Call someone (a great way to finally dial the digits of that person you've been meaning to connect with)
  4. Plan something (take out pen and paper, or even your phone)
  5. Write something (many a book has been written in hourlong spurts)
  6. Read something (expand your horizons)
  7. Dive into your hobby (edit videos, scrapbook, fly a kite)
  8. Go for a walk (the benefits of which are overwhelming)

Unless your circumstances demand it (you're overworked or sick), I say skip options 1 and 2 and get on with the rest of this list. That found hour is not an extra one unless you're disciplined. 

What would you do with a found hour?

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Just Write It

In today's world of hyper-linked and over-connected everything, you have no excuse as to why someone does not know how you feel or what you think. You know the drill: someone comes to mind, like an old friend, a cousin, or a sister. You think, "I should really call them, write them a letter, send them a text, or Skype."

And you never do.

Stop not doing. Just write.

Is a text as good as a long, handwritten letter? No. But can it make someone's day? Absolutely.

Even yours.

The time it takes to shoot an email from your computer or phone is less time than it'll take for you to reminisce about something and ignore the vulnerable urge to compose and press 'send.'

The next time you're waiting in line or riding the bus, stop playing solitaire and Angry Birds and get to telling people that matter to you how you feel. There is no downside to this exercise.

Just write.

Want to play a fun little game?

Do this to someone today. Send a quick message (email, text, or note) to someone. See how long it took. Leave a comment below so others can see how quick, easy, and meaningful this can be.

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Weekly Roundup - 10.21.11

What I wrote this week: Richard Dedor let me guest-post on his blog. I talk about stuff and stress and the fact that even though we hate them so much, they're still so hard to shake. But, I give you three places to start. Leave a comment and you might win a signed copy of Simplify Your Life.

Where I spoke recently:

I spent most of last week in Dallas, keynoting the Texas Homeless Network's Conference on Ending Homelessness. It was a blast to connect with 300+ homeless advocates from across the state who are passionately working to end homelessness. In our workshop time together, we discussed Millennials, social media, and simplifying your life. Best of luck to all of my new friends from the event!

Other things I found interesting online: