I love coming across my name in the press sections of some of my favorite artists’ websites – and Facebook pages:
Stream Jon Wolfe’s awesomely neotrad (a la George Strait) album on his Facebook page.
Just picked up these babies at the farmers market – along with a loaf of sourdough bread straight out of the oven. Farmers and food, FTW.
The crazy weather we’ve had lately here in North Carolina has done more than just rain out the NCSU Spring Football game – the recent tornadoes devastated parts of Raleigh. indieNC (which I worked with on the Rock & Shop Market earlier this year) is hosting an awesome fundraiser with goods from local N.C. designers, crafters and artists – and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the families of Southeast Raleigh, one of the hardest hit areas in the state.
Four months into 2011, and so much has changed – new job, new friends, new season, new batch of Gossip Girl episodes. (Finally.) When I was asked to check in on my New Year’s resolutions, it felt like I made them both four short months ago and four looooong months ago. Funny how time flies and sludges along, all at the same time.
Back in January, I made a list of resolutions of things that I want to accomplish this year – but on a larger scale, I was looking to make a change that doesn’t fit well onto bullet points. Remember that post about risks?
In the last few months, I’ve gotten really good at routine. Between my main gig in social media, music blogging, freelance reporting, some solo PR clients and this blog here, I’ve had to run a tight ship in terms of my time. I’d start at 7 a.m. and chug along until 9 p.m., mindful of deadlines, expectations and don’t-miss opportunities. For me, organization takes a lot of work, and mapping out my days was a necessary task to make sure I was taking advantage of all the cool things I’ve come across in the last couple years.
Since the turn of the new year, however, I’ve decided 2011 will be The Year of Risks. It’s a word that has so many bad connotations: financial risks, risk management, Risky Business. (Okay, that last one doesn’t have bad connotations, unless you’re not a fan of Tom Cruise.) At the same time, though, there are a range of “good” risks, from the small to the epic, and I hope to survey them all this year.
And while risks of both kinds can be a little nerve-inducing, I think they do wonders for a person’s (mental) health.
One huge risk was tackling a new career path in the music industry. And, so far? It’s been killer. Not The Killers, but challenging, exhilarating, tough, pinch-me-is-this-for-real, foreign, familiar – just killer. It’s so exciting to be a part of an industry and indie label that’s changing fast, but with more worthwhile music firing at all cylinders than ever before.
As for my non-career risks, here’s where my other resolutions stand:
What risks have you taken this year? How are they paying off?
Too many Urkels on your team/That’s why your wins low.
-Kanye West, “Dark Fantasy”
Well, this is certainly exciting.
I want this outfit.