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Agency Life, Real Life

Happy New Year!


I can’t believe it’s already 2016. Though at the same time I’m extremely excited. I remember New Year’s last year and knowing deep in my soul that 2015 was going to be a hard year for me and it was.

The first half of 2015 I spent in a job I hated. The second half of the year I spent poor as fuck as I tried to build a company.

Even though I hated 2015, I am incredibly grateful for it. I have always wanted to start my own agency and the shitty job I had drove me to my dreams. Granted there was a lot of bullshit that came from trying to get started. I will spare you the details, let’s just say there was too much drama from someone that is no longer in our lives.

The literal blood, sweat and tears of 2015 have set 2016 up for sweet success. We already have two amazing clients and are working on hiring our first few staff members! It’s a good time for us.

As far as resolutions go for the new year, I only have one and it is to focus. I want to focus on myself, work and living. I’ve been so obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder over the years, my 20s are kind of a blur. This is not to say I don’t want to work because that is not the case. I love the business we are building. I love the culture we are beginning to develop and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

This culture is allowing the work to get done while still having time for family and other things like working out or traveling. So, I want to focus on taking that time to spend time with family and work out.

We can do this. Happy New Year!

 

Real Life

Go Hiking!


Today is National Take a Hike Day! Living in Arizona, you don’t need a day to do this as we have trails everywhere. Though, my favorite mountain in the city is North Mountain. It’s about a mile and a half and relatively easy.

I love starting at the Nature Trail and hiking up the dirt side of the mountain. We then come down the paved side, you’ll see a lot more people going down this way.

One morning, I was hiking and I see something move down the side of the mountain. I immediately freeze. It’s a Gila Monster, they are immediately recognizable by their size and their coloring, black and bright orange.

I think they are beautiful animals. Slightly scary because they are known to be poisonous. This is why I stopped in my tracks and waited for it to crawl down off the mountain and continue on its way.

Though, I read an article that was talking about how many people had died from being bitten by Gila Monsters. None. There is one record in 1939 of someone dying, but it is controversial. Why? Because Gila Monsters are ridiculously shy and nocturnal. They are known to be divas when choosing whether to bite or not.

The Gila Monster’s reputation has put fear into people and made their numbers dwindle. They are now federally protected and it is illegal to capture or kill them. So be nice and leave them alone.

For more information about hiking trails in Arizona visit: arizonahiking.blogspot.com

Happy Hiking!

Friends, Music, Real Life

National Best Friend’s Day


I posted on Facebook the other day about my best friends being scattered across the country and how much I miss them. It’s a hazard of today’s society. Technology helps, though I miss the movie nights and the trouble we all used to get into.

Today, I want to share some songs about friendship. Each song has a special place in my heart for the friends who have been with me from the beginning to those I’ve picked up along the way. My life is so much better with you in it. I love you all and can’t wait to see you again.

  1. Spice Girls – Wanna Be
  2. TLC – What About Your Friends
  3. Carol King – You’ve Got a Friend
  4. New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
  5. Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

 

Agency Life, Real Life

Making Time


There are never enough hours in the day, and sometimes I wish our bodies didn’t need eight hours of sleep a night. There are so many things I want to do. Do you ever run into this?

I find myself making lists upon lists of new ideas and things I want to try, learn or complete. Though life sometimes gets in the way. I recently read a few articles about what successful people do in the morning, typical habits etc. I wanted to see if I could employ some of those habits into my own life to become a bit more successful in the things I’m looking to accomplish.

Here’s five things I’m now doing:

  1. Wake Up Early – 90% of CEOs polled said they were up before 6AM. Ugh, I don’t think that will be me in the near future. Though I have been getting up earlier than before and making it into the office earlier as well. 
  2. Eat Breakfast – This is something I’ve been doing really well at. Just taking the extra time to feed my body has made a pretty big difference. 
  3. Tackle the Toughest Thing First – This is not always the easiest but something I try to do before I get bogged down with all the other interruptions I have on a daily basis. Making a to do list before I leave for the next morning usually helps me complete this task. 
  4. Exercise – Right now I am doing this after work, though I would like to transition this to first thing in the morning. It’s a work in progress. 
  5. Personal Passion Project – Right now it’s The Tomboy Project. If you would like to check it out please visit fb.com/thetomboyproject
These five things might seem like they are adding more to my workload, though they have really helped me be more productive, awake and motivated. It’s nice. 
What are you doing to be more successful with your hopes and dreams? Share them in the comments. 
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Real Life

Imma Grow Me Some Food


It’s about that time! Spring is coming and that means it’s time to get my seedlings started. My last name is George which means Farmer, I feel this innate need to grow things from the Earth. I think it’s just in my blood.

One thing my family does is make our own salsa. It’s so much better than anything you buy in the supermarket. This year I want to expand beyond tomatoes and peppers to include lettuce, corn (my Iowan roots) and watermelon.

To start my seedlings I always let them germinate in a ziploc bag. If I don’t do that, I always loose them in the soil and it’s an epic fail. It takes me back to elementary school when you put the lima beans in the bag and let them sprout.

Once these sprout I will transfer them to smaller pots until they are healthy enough to be transplanted into the garden.

Real Life

One with Nature


I live on the outskirts of the city in the desert. With this comes animals of all kinds, and my curiosity to know what I am sharing my home and neighborhood with.

As I approach my second anniversary in my home I have seen a

Desert Spiny Lizard

via http://faculty.ucr.edu/~chappell/INW/herps/DSL.shtml | Photo by Mark Chappell

Gila Woodpecker 

 

via http://sabinocanyonnaturalist.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html | Photo by Ned Harris

and now! A pack of Javelina 

via http://gwenhernandez.com/tag/javelina/ | Photo by Gwen Hernandez
It’s always cool to see animals in the wild. They are seriously beautiful. I love javelina. It’s important to remember to NEVER feed them. It leads to them (and more) consistantly coming back into your neighborhood. You could get injured and they would most likely be killed. No one wants that. 
Real Life

Merry Christmas!!


There are so many things I want to share from this holiday season, though one of my favorite has to be a combination of my friend Frank’s birthday, Smitty being pregnant and Roo’s first Christmas. That is pretty much the entire year wrapped up in one family and packed into one giant box I shipped to Austin.

What the hell am I talking about? One quilt and four bibs. See, my mother and I had planned on making this quilt from the time we heard Smitty was pregnant. We started off on a roll. We knew we wanted to design something around Frank being a firefighter and choose fabrics that fit in what I knew about Smitty’s style. We finished the design and purchased the fabric. We even ordered specialty teddy bear firefighting fabric from across the country.

Things got super busy as usual. Smitty had Roo and she’s basically in college now. Then we got an email from Smitty. She was doing a project for Frank’s 30th birthday. Frank is like Mother Teresa in a petite Texan body, she cares about others and does so much to help make the world a better place. The project was to get all of Frank’s friend to do one act of kindness for someone else and then tell the story so it could be put into a book.

BINGO, perfect timing to finish the quilt and bibs. I knew it was cheating because it wasn’t for someone else, but it was something I was really wanting to do for their family. I finished the bibs and submitted those as my story. I kept the quilt a secret.

I shipped the box out filled with trinkets, bibs, the quilt and a butt load of confetti. Sorry ladies, I couldn’t resist.

Below are some pictures of the quilt in process and the final one is the Rooster taking it for a test drive. I think she likes it.

Merry Christmas!

Piecing the top together.
Stitch the ditch!
Make sure everything lines up!
Lots of stitching the ditch.
Pining the edges. Lots of pins, lots of pokes.
See the fire helmet?
Finished top.
Finished back.
I think she likes it!

My mom and I are working on two more quilts that will be available shortly. Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks!

Real Life

Ballet Arizona and the Nutcracker


I didn’t plan on going to the Nutcracker last night. Originally, I was supposed to go to the ballet with April and Stuart. One night about a month ago, April is trying and pushing to get me to purchase tickets. I finally gave in after getting an email from Ballet AZ saying the Nutcracker is 50% off the same night April wants me to go. 
I ask her where they are sitting, Section C she tells me. I keep looking and looking for Section C in Symphony Hall, can’t find it. I see section 1, 2 and 3 . . . but no letters. Finally, I think she’s just sleep deprived and telling me things because it’s about 3AM at this point. I go ahead and purchase tickets close to Section 3. For me, I think C, 3 . . . same thing. 
I get to work the next morning, tell her I got tickets and she asked me where I am sitting. I tell her and she’s really confused. We go back and forth for a minute and something just isn’t sitting well with me. I then proceed to ask her what ballet she’s going to.
THE RUSSIAN BALLET! Why she didn’t tell me or I didn’t ask is completely beyond me. We bought tickets to two completely different ballets. Who knew Phoenix was that culturally down to have two ballets. 
In the end it worked out because of our ADDY extension I ended up at Mingle Bells the night we were supposed to go and I moved my ticket to last night. 
The ballet I went to was incredibly funny and beautifully performed. The sugar plum fairy and man fairy were spectacular. Their lines, jumps and turns were on lock. There was a point in the ballet where their duo was so spectacularly executed I thought the audience was going to give them a standing ovation in the middle of the show. 
Then there is this Queen of Hearts character that is totally a Drag Queen. AMAZING. That’s all. 
It was cool seeing and recognizing some of the dancers from Cinderella in their new rolls. If you have the chance to go and see the ballet, you should go. I highly recommend them. 

Leroy, Real Life

Hanging out with Leroy


I love this little man. He’s amazing and soooo cute. We hung out all weekend and watched Halloween cooking shows and movies. Much needed rest.

Dogs are such great stress relieving fur balls. Shoot me a photo of your hound!

Real Life, Weekend Recap

Weekend Recap: Stories from a Different World


If you’ve ever gone to Van Chevrolet to get your car serviced and taken the shuttle home chances are you’ve encountered this shuttle driver. He’s a 79 year old man with white hair, a bunch of perfectly placed wrinkles and walks slightly hunched over.

If you don’t pay attention you could easily just pass him over for another old person in the Valley. Though take one ride with him in the car and you will experience a world we no longer know.

Today I got to hear the story about how he became a pilot. Before he made the decision to become a pilot though, he was doing jobs to get by. He was a typewriter repair man, a bartender and something else that I can’t remember. Anyway, as he was looking around at the people in the bar one night he was starting to realize that he had a lot more potential and wasn’t ready to settle for what he was doing like everyone else in the bar had.

As he began to contemplate his future, he saw a girl with a mini skirt on (this is where I thought the story was going to take a turn for the worse) and it flashed him back to a flight he was on a few weeks earlier. He started thinking about what it would be like to be a pilot, the uniform, the pretty stewardesses and the good pay.

He began to train and get his credentials. Within 138 days he had them all complete. He said he was amazed at how all the obstacles just fell away and it felt like it was God that cleared the way for him to be a pilot. Things that shouldn’t have happened were happening in a good sense.

See when he was younger some idiot fired a gun next to his head and pretty much destroyed his hearing out of one of his ears. To be a pilot, you need to be able to hear perfectly. He was understandably nervous when he went into do his hearing test for the Mighty Tigers.

He went into this tiny sound proof room with a tiny window. He sat down and put the headphones over his ears and waited patiently for the nurse outside the room to start twisting and turning the knobs to send faint sounds into his headphones.

She instructed him to raise his hand every time he heard a sound no matter how faint. To his luck the nurse started with his good ear and it passed at 100%. As he finished the first test, he felt this giant sneeze come on. AAAHHHH-CHOOOO, the sneeze was so big and loud his head went down between his knees.

After he sneezed, the nurse continued with his bad ear. Amazingly, it passed with 100%. He got the job with the Tigers. It was the beginning of a 30 year career. Every time he went into the doctor for his hearing check-up he passed easily because they just yelled at him from across the room.

As I’m listening to this, I’m thinking did the sneeze pop something? Did some animal take residence in his head for all those years? What made him be able to hear so miraculously? So I asked.

Nope, no Jesus miracle . . . when he sneezed and put his head between his legs . . . he switched the headphones so the nurse tested his good ear twice. At this point in the story I start laughing so hard, I had tears. I don’t know what it is about hearing a story from an old person, you never think they were ornery. . . but most of them were more ornery than we could ever imagine.

He always just turned up volume 100% and never missed a call or conversation. He flew some of the most amazing planes of the time. Through his travels he met his, what he says, amazing wife and had more adventures that anyone ought to be allowed in one lifetime.

I was like holy fuck you need to share these stories of yours. Come to find out he has written a book. It’s called The Mighty Tiger: Adventures Of An Unlikely Pilot. I’ve attached a link below so you can check it out on Amazon if you are interested on hearing more of this man’s amazing stories.