On Purpose

Speak and act with intent. Live by design.

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Live by design

Many things happen by design: good stories follow a narrative structure; buildings are constructed based on a blueprint; business goals are achieved through strategic planning; ideas come to fruition through deliberate action; the pictures in your camera phone have composition.  And these things usually happen in a certain way: they manifest and take shape in its intended form.

I have a fascination with design – architectural, product, interior, urban planning, brand, graphic, concept, art – and how utilizing an idea, space, service, or object influences our social behaviors and interactions.

What does your design look like?

Singing Lessons Improves My Skills As A Speaker & Writer

Pursuing an interest or hobby is a great way to develop a skill set through practice.  In college, I took singing lessons to have fun, meet people outside of my orbit, and to help breakup the tedium of a full load of courses.  Gradually, I took the technique and etiquette I picked up from that vocal training and parlayed them into tools that I continue to reference when honing my communication skills.

4 ways singing lessons has helped me to become a better speaker and writer

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As we head into the weekend, a regard for our indulgence…

….In moderation.  We’ve all heard the mantra before, particularly as it pertains to healthy eating, but as I continue to discover, it’s truly a way of living as a whole.  We live in an age of excess and instant gratification – a lethal combination.  The more we get, the more we want…the quicker, the better.  Our consumption constantly accelerates as we try to grasp satisfaction, affirmation, and validation.  And yet, we are never able to grab a hold of those things because we lack resolve; we lack patience.  True satisfaction has longevity.  Could it be that what we are actually experiencing from our excessive habits are merely bouts of relief?  We never seem to be truly satisfied, so what’s the point of our gluttonous consumption?  Like a badly developed plotline, our decadence is ultimately anticlimactic.

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