The Ultimate StartUp Work Playlist – Part 1

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There’s awful construction that involves pile drivers outside of my office right now, and so I really needed a playlist to just help me get through the noise. For me this involves some chill and slow songs, and then some songs that just really make me happy. So, here goes:

 

‘So very hard to go’ – Tower of Power

Ok, admittedly this song sometimes makes me a little sad sometimes, but it’s also just a really really awesome song.

 

‘Hotel California’ – The Eagles

A little sad, but also an incredibly sexy song. I’m not sure why I think it’s so sexy, maybe that’s because it just is.

 

‘So high, so low, so wide, so long’ – These United States

I didn’t discover these guys until pretty recently but I really really like this song.

 

‘Love will come through’ – Travis

I know what you’re thinking. This is really whimsical, and it is. It’s sad but upbeat, and I like that.

 

‘Waiting Line’ – Zero7

Kind of a weird transition I know, but another incredibly sexy song

 

‘Lebanese Blonde’ – Thievery Corporation’

Okay, in case you didn’t pick up on it that’s two songs in a row from Garden State, I know, I can’t help myself.

 

‘Honey I’m Good’ – Andy Grammer

Okay, sort of sad but upbeat (this seems to be a trend). This one just picks me up a little bit when I’ve been working for a while and I just need to be sing-songy happy.

 

‘Listen to the music’ – Doobie Brothers

Just can’t get enough of this.

 

‘Shut up and dance’ – Walk the Moon

It’s about at this time that I get a snack and get into the mood for a like more 80s flavor.

 

‘ Need you tonight’ – INXS

Do you even have to ask?

 

‘Don’t You (Forget about me) – Simple Minds

Such a great song, can’t get enough of it.

 

‘House of the Rising Sun’ – Animals

When it’s time to mellow down again and get to work.

 

‘Geronimo’ – Sheppard

I like to listen to this when I feel like being a little bit hipster.

 

‘El Camino’ – Amos Lee

I love Amos Lee, and this is one of the best songs for just having in the background while working.

 

‘You are the best thing’ – Ray LaMontagne

Who doesn’t love a little raspy voice during the work day?

 

‘Jolene’ cover by Miley Cyrus

I’m sorry if you give me crap for this but it’s a great cover.

 

‘Fast Car’ – Tracy Chapman

Who doesn’t love this song and couldn’t play it on repeat? Okay, don’t answer that question just listen.

 

‘Last Request’ – Paolo Nutini

I have to force myself not to cry every time I hear this, but I still love it.

 

‘Warwick Avenue’ – Duffy

Gotta love her voice.

 

‘Back to Black’ – Amy Winehouse

I think we all go back to black sometimes.

 

‘I need a dollar’ – Aloe Black

Great song.

 

‘Tears dry on their own – Amy Winehouse

We can’t just stop with one Amy Winehouse song.

 

‘Summertime Saddness’ Remix – Lana del Rey

I love her voice and now that we’ve been working for a while we just need something upbeat and rocky.

 

‘Wake me up” – Avicii

A great mix of country/folk with techno.

 

Summer Solstice – #L1TAD

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For the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is supposed to be the start of Summer and is when the Sun reaches the farthest point north of the equator.

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This year the Summer Solstice will occur on June 21st, so it’s not long now before Summer should actually be upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Many people have celebrated the summer solstice because of the importance of the sun, in providing light, heat, and fostering the growth of plants and vegetation. On this day, when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, it is of spiritual significance to many people.  Personally, I plan on basking in the sun on this day and celebrating by going outside and just enjoying nature.

 

Orion – #L1TAD

- - Reading & Learning

Today, is the first post in my series “Learn 1 Thing A Day,” and I decided to start the series off with a topic I’ve been interested in ever since I was a little girl. I can remember looking up at the sky and seeing Orio up above, it was one of the only familiar things I would see and I was so proud of myself for being able to recognize a constellation. While the constellation has always intrigued me I have never learned much about it, so that’s where my journey with this post begins.

What is Orion?

Orion is a constellation that is one of the most well known and recognizable constellations in the night sky. The constellation was named for Orion, a hunter, in Greek mythology.

What does the Orion constellation look like?

Orion consists of seven main stars, with the brightest stars being Rigel and Betelgeuse. Many people recognize Orion by Orion’s belt, a set of three stars (Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka).

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What do the names of the seven stars in the Orion constellation signify?

Saiph: interestingly enough this name comes from the Arabic ‘saif al jabbar’ meaning sword of the giant. So it doesn’t appear to be named after a person or character in Greek mythology like Orion.

Rigel: This is actually the brightest start in the constellation, and is derived from an Arabic name that means “the foot of the great one.”

Alnitak: Is another star in the Orion constellation that is part of Orion’s belt, and comes from an arabic word meaning “the girdle.” Apparently there is a Navy cargo ship named after the star.

Alnilam: Another member of Orion’s belt, comes from an arabic word meaning “string of pearls.”

Mintaka: The origin of the name comes for an Arabic word meaning “the belt.”

Betelgeuse: Derived from arabic meaning “hand of Orion”

Meissa: Comes from the arabic word meaning “the shining one”

Bellatrix: Interestingly enough, Bellatrix comes from the latin meaning “female warrior.”

So, why are so many of the stars in the Orion constellation named from Arabic words? Perhaps by the people who discovered them?

Who was Orion in Greek mythology?

In Greek mythology Orion was a hero and known for being a great hunter. His parents were Poseidon, known as the God of the Sea and one of the 12 Olympian gods of the pantheon, and Euryale, a Gorgon or vicious ‘creature’ female and sister to Medusa. There are many different and conflicting stories about Orion’s origin, and some mythologies say one thing and many others detail other ideas. He could walk the sea without drowning, a gift bestowed by his father Poseidon. One myth says he was killed by Artemis, another by a scorpion.

Learn 1 Thing A Day

- - Reading & Learning

I recently decided that I wanted to learn more information and figure out more about the world around me. In addition, I came to the understand that I needed some motivation to write more. So, my idea was born to learn 1 thing every day.

Each day on the blog, starting June 5th, 2015 I’ll  be sharing my research and information about a new topic. It could be anything from historical information to astrology to science to healthcare. Anything really that I want to learn more about.

If you have an suggestions about what topics I should check out message me on Twitter @caracaleo with the hashtag #L1TAD.

Summer Reading List – May/June 2015

- - Reading & Learning

It’s almost June, and I’m starting to think about summer reading lists. I absolutely love books and think that summer is a great time to catch up on books I’ve wanted to read but never had the chance to start. I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, but my goal this summer is to try and read outside of my typical genres.

The Atlantis Gene

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle is a book I decided to put onto my list for two reasons: Atlantis and science fiction. I’ve forever been obsessed with the mystery and ideas of Atlantis, and I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the title of this book. Anything related to genes also interests me because of my chosen career path as of yet.

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The Dead Key

I haven’t really read many books that were considered mystery or suspense on their own, though many of the fantasy series I’ve read have these characteristics. The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley won the Amazon Breakthrough Award and it seems that many readers have fallen under Pulley’s spell. I hope to be one of them.

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The God Delusion

Recently there has been a lot of controversy (well, maybe not just recently) around Richard Dawkins. He’s been known to say some pretty out there things, and I haven’t read enough of his work to really understand either side of the argument. His book, The God Delusion, is meant to be an examination of God in all His forms.

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Eye of the World

This book tends to stick within the realm that I’m in love with fantasy and science fiction. I’ve never before read a Robert Jordan book, and I’m excited to read Eye of the World. It’s one of the most read and popular fantasy series and I can’t believe that I’ve never actually picked up one of the books. From what I’ve been told people who love the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit have fallen for this epic fantasy series.

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

This book as been on my list ever since it was recommended to me by a co-worker. Zealot by Reza Aslan is a book meant to be a fresh perspective on the life of Jesus. I’m interested in reading this book for many reasons, I’m interested in learning some things about history I don’t know much about, and I’m interested in the story surrounding the author of the book.

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9 Creative Jewelry Stores on Etsy

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1. Sara Cramer

If you love jewelry that works for both day and evening wear, that makes you shine and stand apart, you’ll love Sara Cramer. I first met Sara at Renegade craft fair in San Francisco, where I fell in love with her pieces. Their patterns and style are unmatched. Check out some of her pieces below:

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Bronze Collar Necklace

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Loop Necklace in Black and Bronze

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Geometric Patterned Bracelet

2. Voz Collective

If you love wood and interesting patterns, Voz Collective is going to be your newest addiction. I found them as I was browsing around online and absolutely fell in love. I couldn’t get enough. Check out some of my favorites below:

 

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Single Arrow Necklace

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White and Gold Bangle

3. Waialea

If you’re looking for some jewelry that’s eclectic with a natural feel, you’re definitely going to be a fan of Waialea. Here you’ll find gorgeous handmade jewelry that features a taste of Hawaii. Check out some of my favorite pieces:

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Sea Urchin Earrings

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Handwoven Mandala Pendant

4. Cyclona Designs

I love when artists combine interesting materials, and that’s just what Cyclona Designs does! You’ll find really cool leather jewelry mixed with other items in this shop. Something really unique, check it out:

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Bronze Leather Feather Earrings

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Metallic Leather Earrings

5. Yaci

Who doesn’t love cute animals. Yaci gives us all that “AWWW” moment with creative handcrafted jewelry pieces featuring our friendly furry friends.

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Bulldog Ring

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Cat with fish ring

6. Heatherly Designs

If you love jewelry with a classic and romantic look, you’ll love HeatherlyDesigns. Not only can she accommodate custom orders, she already has beautiful pieces in her collection.

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Faux Druzy Studs

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Covet: Rose Peach & Turquoise Studs

7. Cat Makes Things

If you love something that’s super trendy and will definitely turn heads you have to check out Cat Makes Things. I love her pieces, and love sporting them and wearing them around. Such cute and quite works that you won’t find anywhere.

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Amethyst Crystal Bullet Necklace

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8. Field Guide Desing

I like quirky jewelry and things with a vintage and handmade feel to them. Field Guide Design has some really cool pieces for people of all ages to enjoy.

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Amethyst Pet Rock Necklace

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9. Son of a Sailor

If you like bold geometric shapes, designs, and really creative color choices you’ll be fascinated by Son of a Sailor.

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Unique Stores on Etsy

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1. The Cosmic Owler

Love astrology, owls, and cute things? The Cosmic Owler has become one of my favorite specialty shops on Etsy. Such a cute set up and idea for a gift or item for yourself.

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Zodiac Owl – Sagittarius

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2. Winter Cabin

If you’re a fan of hipster signage with an outdoor and adventurous feel to it, then you’re definitely going to like Winter Cabin. Some great items for decor and awesomeness.

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Wander this way sign

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13 Things I Learned in 2013

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The year is finally over and now it’s the time that people are full swing ahead with their New Years resolutions. For me, and I hope for you 2013 was a huge year of growth and learning. A time where I faced numerous hardships, incredible wonderful moments, and everything in between.

Here are 13 things I learned in 2013:

1. Take care of your body & mind

It’s never too late to take care of yourself, and the sooner you start the better you’ll feel. Take it one day at a time, go for a run, workout ten more minutes, quit smoking, meditate, and every day you’ll feel just a little better.

2. You’ll never have enough money

There will always be bills and expenses, always something to pay for or buy. Don’t worry your life away, be as smart as you can with money but don’t let it completely take over your life. Don’t entirely be motivated by money.

3. Family is Family

No matter what your parents are always your parents, your relatives can’t become un-related..don’t let arguments and riffs get between your family and divide you. At the end of the day, you’re family.

4. Negative and unhealthy people don’t deserve your time

If you’re trying to better yourself, you don’t want to hang around people who have a negative influence on your life. If you’re trying to work hard and study then surround yourself with people who do the same. You won’t get anywhere if you’re just hanging out with people who don’t care and want to get drunk every other day. The people who surround you effect you more than you can even imagine.

5. Keep a diary

In the future you’ll look back and appreciate you did. Even if it’s not something you do daily, try to sit down every week or month, or even when something bad or good happens. You’ll appreciate it in the future that you kept record of it.

6. You dictate your own happiness

No one else controls your feelings, only you. You’re only going to be unhappy if you want to be. If you want to be happy you have the power to change it.

7. It’s never too late to learn something new

Don’t be afraid of failing or not performing as well as others. Even if you’re completely terrible, try something new. Take a class, read a book, or learn a new skill.

8. Read a little everyday

Whether it’s the news, the sports section, or a crime novel read a little bit. Reading will keep your mind working, and help you learn how to better communicate with others.

9. Spend time outside everyday

Simply get lost in nature, and remember the importance of being outside. Smell the fresh air and feel the breeze.

10. Be less reliant on technology

Don’t sit on your phone when you’re with friends, and don’t continuously do everything on the Internet. Take time to be in the real world and have real conversations.

11. Never go to bed mad

No matter what happened, if you’re upset with yourself or with someone else never go to bed mad. Always make amends and always fix things. Life is too short you never know what will happen tomorrow.

12. Take pride in what you have

Respect your hard earned money, the house you’ve out together, and the things you own. Keep your place clean, maintain your car, and be thankful for everything you have. A lot of people have a lot less.

13. Smile at one stranger everyday

Smiling is contagious. Sometimes all a person needs is to get some recognition from another person.

What did you learn in 2013?

5 Reasons I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed

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I’m definitely one of those people that sometimes has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Not necessarily because I’m overly tired, exhausted, or something else related…Just simply because I like being in my warm cozy bed.

Shouldn’t I want to get out of bed every morning and start the day? Well, I do but sometimes, some days there is definitely a lack of enthusiasm on my part, and here’s why.

1. I have a temperpedic bed, it’s really comfortable

Yes, I have an astronaut bed. It makes me tired just when I start laying in it for 10 minutes. No chance I could get work done in bed. The amazing softness covers my body and surrounds me, keeping me warm and cozy. It’s like this is heaven, I’m sleeping on a marshmallow cloud…why would I want to go somewhere else?

2. My dogs love to snuggle in bed and also don’t want to leave

I absolutely love my dogs, and they are two of the cutest little creatures on the planet. They love staying in bed and snuggling…So, why would I want to leave them when they are just so adorable.

3. I don’t want to deal with the things I have to.

Yes, I admit it. On a daily basis I do between 200 and a million different things and sometimes all I want to do is stay warm and cozy in bed and not have to deal with any of it.

4. My brain needs a rest

I’m one of those people that is constantly “on”. I’m always thinking of the next thing that I have to do, the next thing that has to get done..It’s like sometimes I just don’t want to have to think about it.

5. I don’t want to have to decide on clothes

This is super lame, I know…but sometimes I just procrastinate getting out of bed because I don’t want to have to deal with getting dressed. Silly, I know..but true.

4 Reasons Blogging is Good For You

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I’ve been naughty. Very, very naughty. My personal blog has definitely been on the back burner for the past year as I have been so busy at Creative Market, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get back into the swing of writing for pleasure on a daily basis….which made me think, why is writing one of my New Year’s resolutions? I decided to come up with a list of 5 reasons why blogging is good for you since I’ve decided it’s so good for me, it’s not only therapeutic, it’s relaxing, and it connects me with the world.

1. Blogging is the New Therapy

Just like the good old days when you would write down your thoughts in a diary, your blog can serve as an outlet for all your thoughts and ideas. Everything you’re feeling, everything you’ve experienced can be written out. It’s freeing in a sense to be able to write down everything you’ve been thinking, and then with the click of a button have it appear on the internet where anyone could read it. Perhaps they’ve experienced something similar and have words of wisdom or advice, and sometimes it’s just nice to know you’re not alone in your thoughts. It’s a way to vent, scream, be happy, and let the world know your stance on things.

2. Blogging Connects You with the World

Internet dating may not have been popular a few years ago, but more and more people are meeting their significant others through dating online. People find jobs, babysitters, and seem to do everything online these days. Being online is a way of connecting with people in your area and around the world that you may never have met before. When you blog you have the opportunity to make connections, new friends, and meet incredible people.

3. Blogging Helps You Become a Better Writer

As with most things, practice makes perfect. If you take time out of your day to write, sooner or later your writing skills will improve. By practicing writing, expressing your thoughts and ideas, along with reading the posts of others you’ll find that your ability to communicate (both spoken and written) will dramatically improve.

4. Blogging Can Benefit Your Career

These days everyone has an online presence, and if you don’t have a blog and aren’t on social media you’re definitely missing out. Blogging gives you a chance to prove that you’re an expert in your field, that you’re knowledgeable and you know what you’re talking about. You can invite prospective employers to visit your website and blog to learn more about everything you have to offer.

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Those are four of the most simple and bare bones reasons that you should start blogging and writing on a daily (or weekly) basis. I hope that you start blogging in the new year. What are your resolutions for the new year?