Theme Song of the Week

Some really, truly awesome things are happening right now and, as soon as I can share a bit more, I will.

As it turns out, some of the things for which I am grateful this week, though, are some of the things that didn’t work out like I planned. So friends, let me play a little Garth for you as I get hopping into my week.

“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the Man Upstairs
That just because He doesn’t answer doesn’t mean He don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

She wasn’t quite the angel that I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too it seemed
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn’t much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what He’s doin’ after all…”

Unanswered Prayers

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Big Post O’ Kickstarter Advice

I am planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign for my Big Tech Idea on May 13, 2013.  There’s a LOT to do between now and then- and I’m setting a date because I work best when I’m working towards a deadline.  More to come soon (or at least within 37 days)!

 

For my own reference and upcoming use (and yours as well if you’re considering a Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaign)…

http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/tips-on-running-a-successful-kickstarter-campaign-0313/

http://stumpd.tumblr.com/post/17070337615/how-to-run-a-successful-kickstarter-campaign

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thebigenoughcompany/2013/03/06/9-tips-on-running-a-successful-kickstarter-campaign-from-3-women-who-have-done-it/

http://mashable.com/2012/05/13/kickstarter-tips/

http://www.shopify.com/blog/6102922-how-to-run-a-successful-campaign-on-kickstarter#axzz2PeDFOVoq

http://garrettgibbons.com/successful-kickstarter-campaigns/

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2012/12/18/hacking-kickstarter-how-to-raise-100000-in-10-days-includes-successful-templates-e-mails-etc/

 

 

What I’m Working On…

Patents:  Finally submitted a provisional patent to the USPTO after years of not doing so.  RA!

Technology Projects: Deciding which of my two favorite projects I’ll work on for my entrepreneur class and, eventually, launch. They are in two widely different fields that both tap into my passions.

Books:  Have a few ideas- one on women in leadership, one sports-related (it makes sense when I tell you about it- promise).  I quit writing the fiction book on which I was working so diligently.  It was actually good but the terrorism plot in the book was entirely so easily doable that I did not feel like I could take the risk of putting it out there then feel horrible when it was -inevitably- carried out.

Forgiveness and Letting the Past Go:  As it turns out, the stuff you hold against others (rightly or wrongly so) does not hurt them. It does, however, take up a whole lot of mental energy and suck up a lot of positive energy.  So I have been trying to reach out, make amends, and make friends with people who I would once have described as nemeses. Especially those who I should not have been so angry at in the first place.  Fun fact: it feels great!

Gratitude: As it turns out, difficulties in my life have shown me how many wonderful things and opportunities are out there for me in DC and beyond.  I am feeling more gratitude than I’ve felt in a long, long time.

Diet:  Even with all of the stress and all, I have not cheated on my diet. Proof that miracles still exist!

Make it an awesome day!

kat

 

Luck Meets Kinetic Activity Meets Knowledge

So there I was…trying to get back from Florida and some much-needed dad and puppy time with a storm heading for DC on Wednesday morning. A friend is going to help me with some job hunting on Friday so I needed to get back by Thursday night and a significant snowfall will snarl air travel for days. No problem-I will be smart and head out on Tuesday afternoon while there are plenty of flights available getting me into DC well before the first flake falls.

Being the lucky chiquita that I am, I get onto the flight to Atlanta.  Barely, but that’s plenty enough!  Land in Atlanta and make a beeline for my second leg into Reagan National in DC (DCA) located a mere one concourse away.  It will be my victory slide into home base. Take that, Snowstorm Saturn/Snowquestration!

Then I don’t get on the flight. So I quickly head for the next flight to DCA.  Not only do I not get on, they started pulling people off of the plane who had already made it on. Uh oh.

Well, no biggie since there are two more flights to DCA tonight. I will just grab one of those.  Except that now they are both cancelled. So is the next (and all flights) to Dulles (the other DC airport).  Even the flight into sweet little Charlottesville is cancelled.

Picture spending the next few days with no luggage while a resident of the lovely Atlanta airport (which is a really great airport) and you can start to picture how my adrenaline is rising.  Love ATL, but I prefer figurative to literal layovers, thanks.  After actually spending an entire night in Atlanta airport, I can attest to how much I’d rather just get home or away instead of remaining there.  That, and there are only so many times I can resist this place:

candy

Especially when it’s becoming a hostile little village. People are getting angry. Starting to form bitterness-bound tribes.  Yelling and pointing and clearly dreading an ATL campout for the next 24 hours and longer.  We’re all looking slack jawed at the monitors with the collective realization that the storm is tomorrow’s problem, but the cancellations are making it a huge problem starting tonight.  In fact, starting right this second. It’s not like CNN hadn’t been warning us, yet we were all still shocked.

<que sinking feeling>

As a side note, I understand why the airlines are doing preemptive cancels and it makes total sense. Honestly. The news was talking about two feet of snow causing snowed in planes, crews without enough legal hours to fly and more.  Confronting the impacts of that logical decison bearing down on your own head like a foot of icy snow, though, is chilling. (Ba dum bum)

Finally! An idea! Baltimore! The far reaches of my dread-soaked mind recall that folks fly in and out of there from DC all.of.the.time! Is there a flight tonight that isn’t canceled? YES!

Surely, I am not the first person to realize this as fear looses a bit of its king fu grip on my brain in the face of hope, no matter how faint.  I bolt towards the gate, though, with so many of the crowd hot on my heels-and zero idea what I will do when I arrive since my car is parked near DCA and Baltimore is about an hour away from there.

Unbelievably, I GOT ON!  And got to stay on! After being locked out of six flights in less than an hour! YESES!

I started calling a few people if they could possibly pick me up.  Then I remember… there are shuttle services! Yay! Then, on my flight, a guy tells me that you can also just grab an Amtrak into DC. Double yay! I LOVE TRAIN RIDES!

On the flight, I learned that the prior flight from Atlanta to Baltimore was also cancelled, making my seat assignment into BWI all the more incredible! Woo hoo!

During my flight, I got advice on selecting a new laptop AND information on some grants for which my planned exercise app might qualify. More yay!

So my pre-storm adventure is just beginning here in DC. We landed at 9, then I found the train station and now I am riding the rails (one of “those people (who) keep a-movin’…”) with the modern convenience of a power outlet to charge my phone on the move.  Next, I am going to catch a Metro to DCA to get my suitcase-which only needed cargo space, not a seatbelt, so it should be there waiting.  Finally, then a shuttle to my car.

Then I am going out to take some beautiful photos.  DC dressed in white is a site to behold- the night before when everyone is preparing for it? Should be very cool! The night before Sandy had such a special feeling-so much energy and expectation wrapped in near silence on the streets.  An adventure!

All that I might do tomorrow will be tomorrow’s decision but, for tonight, it feels like I caught the last chopper out of Saigon and I am excited to see what’s next.

Given the week and weekend that I had, any happy is great- and excited is an unexpected visitor. Hope she sticks around!

Thanks for all of the support this week- my family and friends are a huge part of what makes me so lucky.  being God’s favorite also helps a lot! Whenever I forget these important things, I am quickly (if harshly) reminded… happily, with many people who graciously and quickly help me back up.  How lucky am I? The job stuff is going to work out (I’m sure of it) and someone said that I could live with her and her family for a time while I figure out the rest.  Seriously? Blessed am I.  This will all work out for the best.

Any fellow adventurers for tonight?  It’s calm and peaceful and warm-for-early- March here with that same collective question mark as pre-Sandy.We’re pulling into Union Station now…

🙂

Warmly,
Kat

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweethearts!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my dears! Here are a few quotes on love to share with you all in celebration of love in its many many ways and forms! My wish for all of us: may your heart be full of love, light, hope and gratitude today and all year through! xo, kat

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“The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.”
-Margaret Atwood 

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“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” -Prime Minister,  Love Actually

“We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” -Robert Fulghum,True Love

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” -Stephen King

“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” -John Lennon

“When love is not madness, it is not love.” -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” -Muhammad Ali

“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.” -Victor Hugo

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”  -Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” -Leo Tolstoy (“War and Peace”)

“I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.” -Woody Allen

“Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.”  -M*A*S*H, Hawkey

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” -Maya Angelou

“Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.” -Vincent van Gogh

“But you know, the thing about romance is… people only get together right at the very end.”- Sam, Love Actually

Fatum

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. -Steve Jobs

…”if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, what we currently refer to as destiny.” –Serendipity

Serendipity Quote Clip

“When a Greek died there were no obituaries; they asked only one question,”Did he have passion?” –Serendipity

Some Exciting News

A few things going on…

1. I have been selected for an entrepreneurial development program. So far, I’m impressed by my teachers and fellow students, who feel like a new tribe to me. My people! Yay! (Godin’s definition of a tribe: “any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature.”) Being back in “school” while working is new but class night is the most exciting one of my week. The demands of work plus school, though, have been keeping me really really busy.
2. Finally… I sent a pitch to Shark Tank. We’ll see how it goes.
3. Am going to send a pitch to Melissa McCarthy… who is my ideal lead for my script. C’mon… a script this awesome needs to see the darkness of theaters ASAP, right?

Why haven’t I done these things before? That’s a question I’m still noodling through. Ah, self-reflection…

Hope everyone is well!
kat