Throwing the glove

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Hey there, reader! It’s the middle of the work week and I’m sure you’re longing for the weekend about as much as I am by now so I decided to share a little preview. Many folks today choose to let of the steam by indulging in the charms of night life like clubbing and raving. So, while engaging in this lately I was introduced to a trend I thought was worth mentioning as one of the “It” things among ravers. It’s called Gloving. Sounds funny when you say it at first, right? Well, to my utter surprise, this is actually considered the newest form of art in clubs. Gloving is usually done with your hands to the musical beat and it basically consists of putting on a pair of gloves (duh…) that have special microlights inserted into them, normally in the fingertips. If you’re trying to imagine this right now, let me be the first to say that it looks a lot more awesome in the dark than what you’re seeing; it’s basically dancing with your hands instead of your feet so, hooray non-dancers!

So, with a bit of research I came to the conclusion that this gloving thing is actually a multi-million dollar industry that’s been constantly growing and improving in recent years; there are a bunch of companies that sell gloves of the kind and the newest models even have complex motion-sensors and accelerometers that react to the direction and speed with which you move, generating numerous light patterns that make for an amazing light show. The latest device to hit the market, a child of © Kickstarter, goes by the simple name the Kinetic. By adapting to your movement this smart glove helps you create unique light patterns and show off your amazing dance skills using (that’s right, y’all!) just your hands. As somebody who’s always been a kind of a dance buff I have to say this is pretty awesome; I mean, you just never know where some creative minds will take something that’s pretty much considered familiar ground! And the best thing is that all you people out there that think you have “two left feet” can actually take a breather now, you’re basically a dancer too.

Thumbs up for creativity and an honest “job well done” from me to the person that came up with this positive and refreshing twist.Interested? You might also want to check out:

Brian Lim’s original emazinglights.com

A beginner’s guide to gloving on reddit.com

New beginnings

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I love summer. Summer is the time that reminds you to get up off your be-hind because every day is a new beginning. In these few short months everybody’s dreaming of vacation time and we feel like we’re on the brim of starting something exciting all the time; we’re wide awake and we’re searching for the next best thing out there.

So, I felt like writing a little something to praise this awesome time the other day when I had the pleasure of playing a humble part in an age-long tradition: celebrating July morning on the beach. I admit I’ve wanted to try and get up and witness the sunrise on this particular morning for several years now but due mostly to my laziness I hadn’t been able to so far. Until this year when I boldly set my alarm for 4:45 a.m., woke up my boyfriend, we got our jackets on and thumped down to the beach, still half drooling, to see the sun rise above the sea. And here’s what I want to say about it: it was totally worth it. Everything about this experience was so new and unknown that the sheer bitter sweetness of it was incredibly refreshing. And, as it seemed, everything around us was just bursting with energy: all the birds were singing, there were squirrels and stray cats roaming around us, the crabs were still out on the rocks, there was a light breeze and everything just felt so… alive. I was truly stunned by the amount of energy we encountered right around when the first shy rays of the sun hit the shore; truly an inspiring experience, here’s what it looked like:

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It was the kind of magical moment that reminds you that you get another chance every single day and that the worries that seem so overwhelming are nothing but a drop in the ocean. If it’s this rewarding to do something as little as get out of bed a few hours earlier, can you imagine what it must feel like to really give it your all? So remember, stay inspired and always keep a cup of coffee nearby in case of urgency 🙂

Sweet Mondays…

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   It’s the beginning of a new week and I thought I’d dedicate my first post to tackling a never ending theme: Mondays. I’m sure you’ve noticed that it seems to be the most dreaded day of the week for most people; it’s the time when Facebook and all other imaginable social media start overflowing with I-hate-Monday themed pics and various sarcastic e-cards that proclaim just how shitty this day is. Why is that, though? I mean, if you think about it, Monday is just like any other day we’re going to see come and go so, what’s the big deal? I remember thinking that all the way through high-school and university. And then I got a job and I found out what makes everyone feel so droopy when they have to get up at 6:30 after two days off…

   And so, I decided to write a little something just to try and help y’all (and myself) get through this occasionally occurring day. For most of us Mondays are hell because we know it’s the beginning of another week when we have to work through the time which, if we had to choose, we would most likely spend doing something else. If you think about it, though, work is not such a bad thing (alright, who threw that tomato at me?!). Seriously, think about it: what you do for a living actually teaches you the discipline you use in so many other facets of your life; it gives you some goals to pursue and it puts things in perspective: you know what you’re doing and why you do it. I’m not trying to say that if we didn’t work a day in our lives we’d all be spoiled brats, but… I kind of am.

And here’s a few thoughts to make you get through [this] Monday:

  1. You don’t like getting out of bed that early, I know, but think about this: how many times during your day do you feel like “oh, gosh, I am just wasting my time”. There are plenty of fun articles out there (like this one) that conclude that the people who get an early start in their day are way more productive than those who tend to sleep in. So, the sooner you get on with it, the easier it will be to add more time to your day and scratch down more of those pesky tasks. Touché!
  2. Many people get fussy because they have to spend a long time commuting to their work place. Well, you know, instead of the everyday boring subway ride, you might turn this into some quality me-time to catch up on a good book you never find the time for or listen to some of your favorite tunes to get you feeling ready for the day? The crucial step here is to plan it, stick to it and remember: time you enjoy wasting is never truly wasted.
  3. Why do you not like being at work? Is it because you’re associating with the wrong people? A lot of research shows that’s one of the reasons people tend to feel down. So step back and take a good look around. What do your usual conversations at work sound like? Are they uplifting for you or do they tend to focus on things like trivial complaints and gossip? A lot of people get sucked into that negativity spiral and they can’t quite make out what the problem is. If you feel like you’re spending too much time with people that are bringing you down, maybe you could change it up a bit – say “hi” to someone new, join a different crew for lunch just to make the difference, embrace a new and refreshing experience!
  4. Or perhaps you feel stuck in a rut? Many people feel like they’re not doing much at work and they struggle to find the meaning behind it. One possible reason for this is our social media background that’s constantly telling us that we should “love” our work and if we don’t we’re just so unimaginably screwed. In reality, though, hardly anybody actually “loves” what they do. I mean, really. Love is a tough word that we put much meaning behind and it’s hard to use it regarding our work environment, especially if we’re just starting our careers off and we’re still kind of paying our dues. So, instead of desperately trying to “love” what you do, why not try to just appreciate where you’re at and what you’re learning from it? I guarantee it’s much easier.

   Bottom line, whatever your personal Monday menace is, remember there’s always a solution to it. And, if you find that it’s not worth it in the end, you can always try out something new, as that saying goes: you can move, you’re not a tree. Or something like that… Happy Monday!