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Bored? Nope, not me.

Posted on September 8, 2009

When I was a kid oh so many years ago, I would sometimes complain to my parents that I was bored. This would usually be followed by my mom giving me something to do, usually a chore like vacuuming or cleaning toilets ? EWWW! Needless to say, I didn?t say this very often.

Photo by Marinela.
Photo by Marinela.

As I got older, I learned how to fill unscheduled time. I realized that boredom is in the eyes of the beholder. Is it that I actually have NOTHING to do? (Ok, we all know that?s not possible when you own a home.) Or is it that I have a list of things to do, but none of them are APPEALING? (This is more likely the case.) So I?ve learned to have a secondary list, things-to-do-when-I-don?t-want-to-do-any-of-the-things-I-should-be-doing list.

Things on this list are usually things that don?t have to take a lot of time and can be squeezed in when I need a break. Reading is always a good filler, so I always have a good book I?m reading (often 2-3 books, I?m a person who likes options). And taking my dog for an extra walk is a good head-clearer for both of us. My latest uber-interest is cooking and finding new vegan recipes to try. This weekend I made tofu scramble (delicious!), peanut butter pancakes (turned out perfect and yummy!) and vegan ice cream ? all successes! (this, however, is not always the case with my cooking?)

These same principles apply for my work day. Most days I have enough work to keep me more than busy, but sometimes I just need a short mental break. Writing these blog entries has been a great one to fill a little time. I also like to look up new programming techniques that can be used in the future. And it never hurts to back up emails and organize projects to keep my computer in a reasonably understandable system.

So no, I almost never say I?m bored anymore. Most days, I wish there were more hours in the day to fill with all the things I want to try. If you are saying you?re bored, ask yourself this: Is it really that you NOTHING to do or more likely is it that you have nothing that you are INTERESTED in doing? If so? find something interesting! Now, if you don?t mind, I?d like to get back to my Garbanzo Tacos (yes, another NEW things I tried).


? Post written by Cristy Wiza.

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Taking a Well Deserved (a.k.a. Needed) Break

Posted on August 18, 2009

You know how your toddler gets so overwhelmed, so worked up, that he just can?t calm himself down? Or maybe you have a friend who is so overwhelmed by life that every problem gets blown out of proportion? Perhaps you?re a graphic designer who has been working non-stop on creative, mind-exhausting project after project? You know the signs, vacant, far-away eyes, coffee-stained t-shirt, hair in disarray (more than usual anyway). You try to talk to her, but all you get are some mushed up words, and you?re pretty sure that she said ?Need?more?coffee?please? but you can?t be sure, and you?re afraid to ask because it might cause her to break down into a flood of tears.

Too much to do, too little time to do it in and too few breaks. It?s tough on anyone in any job. But as a creative person, I think that the toll is even greater. You see, we can?t just shut everything off at the end of the day. There isn?t a switch to flick that tells our brain that working hours are over and it?s time to relax. No, our minds keep going, dwelling on that logo we?ve been stumped on, the web site that we just can?t get to work in IE6, that ad we need a brilliant headline for. Over and over and over again, until we eventually fall into a creative coma.

That is why it?s vitally important to find something that helps you decompress at the end of the day. Whether it?s running 5+ miles, chasing after your 17 month old kiddo, playing in your garden, or watching the Bachelorette (don?t worry, your secret is safe with me!), do something, ANYTHING to set your mind free. Even if it?s just for a few hours. Or minutes. Or even just a few precious seconds. You?ll be more relaxed, feel calmer, AND be raring to go the next day, diving into all of the projects lurking on your desk. And chances are your co-workers will like you just a little more when you aren?t biting their head off (or stealing their chocolate) because you?re so overwhelmed.

If you are looking for a team that loves to work, work, work, and knows when to take a break, we are the team for you! Visit our web site to find what we do, and how WE CAN HELP YOU.

Thanks to @diapaulic for his blog topic suggestion.

The Art of D-O-I-N-G

Posted on July 21, 2009

?I can?t draw to save my life.?

?I don?t know how to program a website.?

?My email just isn?t working.?

These statements annoy me. Even though I can often be found saying things like this, they still annoy me. Why? Because even though they may be true (maybe you aren?t a very good artist at this moment) they somehow imply the person is INCAPABLE of improving or finding the answer. This. Is. NOT. True.

Every person is born into this world not knowing how to do anything, but as humans, we have an amazing capacity for knowledge and learning. ?Can?t draw? actually means you don?t know how to draw YET, but if you took a class or practiced a little, your meager skills would inevitably improve. Yes, there will always be the savants who seemingly know how to play piano at age 3 without any formal training. Good for them. However, for the average person, practice makes improvement.

Want to learn how to draw? Take a class, buy a book, even borrow a book from the library and start from the beginning. Learning to draw (or dance or program or sing or play guitar or cook or run a half-marathon or ANYTHING) is a process. At the beginning, you don?t know much if anything, but after a while of doing, you learn. That first step is always the hardest, but you?ll never improve unless you take that step.

If, however, you don?t want to improve, you probably won?t. I thought I wanted to run, but didn?t like it so I stopped. No improvement. A friend didn?t stop running and she?s entering her first half-marathon next month. Go Ashley!

At Moxie, it is a competition to find the answer to any question asked in the office. Seriously, we have almost a compulsive need to learn. If you present us with a problem, we will stretch ourselves to the limit to find the answer, the BEST answer, for YOU!


? Post written by Cristy Wiza.

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