Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One of the things I still have to learn...

...is that I am not done learning yet.

When I start my day, I'm part prepared, part ready to tackle all the things for which I am not prepared.

I am trying to learn something new every day, so that I can slowly become more prepared for those things I can't see. As well as the ones that are blinding my eyes.

This past week I had some satisfying experiences. Here are some of my lessons learned:

Be curious. It's the only way to find new information.
My experience volunteering for KQED's Radio Pledge Drive was satisfying, thanks to an organized schedule and crew and a delicious meal and snacks. I experienced a tour of the TV and Radio studios and got to chat with some seasoned broadcasters. I absorbed a lot of information about the surroundings, procedure, people, and more that generated a lot of ideas and reflections. 

Let your body take the lead.
Getting ready to shoot :)
I worked with Volta Productions to shoot the B-Side 70s at Broadway Studios recently. It was a satisfying work experience. I pulled my weight and used my creativity. I was surprised to learn something simple: I enjoy wrapping cables, getting on my hands and knees to tape them down, and all the general lifting and moving that is required for the job. My body knew what to do, and it worked hard. As a result, I felt satisfied. 

The more challenging the learning curve, the more satisfying the gain.
My funky creations, ready to come home.
When I initially signed up for Ceramics classes back in October, I was excited to learn about this hands-on art form. This week I finally picked up the creations I had sort of neglected. I determined earlier this year that this was a craft that would require a lot more attention than I was prepared to provide.
Nevertheless, I am proud of my final creations, even if they are a little lopsided and strange. I am glad to have something to look at to remind me that I didn't give up, even though I had my frustrations with the process

The most satisfying part? A custom bowl for delicious guacamole!
Time for Guac.

Here's to more fun lessons in the day and getting through the monotonous ones with creativity ;)

More photos from the week here.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Building Endurance.

For the last month I have been working on my physical strength, flexibility, and balance. I figure if I can get my body on point, it will carry through in every other aspect of life.

Helping out in the yard this weekend, I realized another area that I need to focus: Endurance.

When you start a project, no matter how hot it is outside, how little you know about the situation, you've got to finish it. You make the most of your time, and try to learn something, so that you can improve next time you try.

A parallel can be made to running as well, an endurance sport that comes into my life from time to time. You should slow down when you're tired, walk, get a drink of water, but keep moving. If you just keep looking forward, each step will get you closer to the end. And then, you can rest. :)

Inner Stump
A piece of the inside of the stump. Flies and insects were flocking to it's moisture once it was hacked open.

Hacking the Stump
Mike takes an axe to a stump in the garden, working his arms and shoulders while he's at it.

Flowers praise the sun.
We also helped Mike's mom plant these wonderful yellow flowers. They won't all survive," she said, "but each morning, we'll have beautiful yellow flowers to look at." We'll also have tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries to enjoy!

Besides the flowers, we cleaned up the hedges, pulled out a bush, and cut out another stump.

I was tired, but I felt strong.

<3, Rei