DO ALL THE THINGS: The 2013 100 Wrap-Up 41-50: Nostalgia, Nintendo and the Need to Clean

Somewhere along the road, I lost a week. Whether it was from an Icepocalypse in Toronto that displaced us from our home, leaving it without power for 30 hours; a nasty illness making it much harder stay jolly (and/or conscious) through the 4-day celebration that is our family’s Christmas; or simply underestimating the wealth of family and friends we have that wants to meet DoomzToo, I suddenly found myself at the tail end of December with entirely too much content left to write!

A sane man would quit, patting himself on the back for the best effort he could’ve possibly put out in a year, and rest on his laurels promising to do a better job the next year.

Unfortunately for me, no one’s ever mistook me for a sane man.

In an effort to make up for lost time, I’ve written. Not the easiest when you have a son who refuses to sleep without being held after all the attention he got at Christmas, but in those 5-minute spurts where he isn’t fighting the urge to shut his eyes and catch some Zs, that’s what I’m doing.

So feast your eyes on the next installment of my year-end wrap-up, and if I don’t manage to knock all these 100 stories out before we’re singing Auld Lang Syne on the 1st, just remember this — I left 2013 with a roar, not a whimper.

On with the show!

The 2K11 24/7 CCCXXIII: What’s in a Year?

When the new year rolls around and you try to commit to a new resolution, do you really know what you’re in for? Will you be able to stick to it no matter what crosses your path in the 360+ days ahead of you?I don’t think we really think these things through — especially on January 1st, as we’re reeling from the aftermath of having closed out the previous year!A year is a long time to stay committed to something — it’s arguably too long. We don’t have the attention spans that we used to, and our world is filled with more distractions than at any point before in history. Trying to envision what something will look like several months down the road isn’t something that most of us grasp easily.But a month — a month we can do!

The 2K11 24/7 CCLV: Better Than the Last One

Some days you’ve just got little left to give. And those, my friends, are the days where I rely on the people around me to brainstorm and come up with little bits of genius.

Today, Sarah told me about a TED Talk video from Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame about nurturing creativity — pretty apropos considering that I hit a bit of a wall tonight and really needed something to overcome the blockades of my mind.

She speaks about the fear of not being able to do better than our last effort, how it can stifle creativity, and what we can do to contnue on. She speaks of our social stigma to link misery and creativity — i.e. that our best creative work comes when we’re the most emotionally disturbed. It’s a good, honest talk about an approach to separate the two without sacrificing quality. You can check it out below:

Thanks for the help, babe. Back to our regularly scheduled posts tomorrow!

–Casey E. Palmer

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