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I've been waiting to use this app for my 2016 list. I always do this crap because I'm really specific.
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    Release new album
    It's going to happen, record release party and all. The theme of the party will have to be something amazing like, "superheroes that do not exist." Expecting things like, "dry clean man, has chemical breath and can press your suit while on you."
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    Make a movie
    Of course I'm going to make it on my phone. I'm going to make something that will make people cry and question the meaning of the end. Also, I am going to talk friend into borrowing her child, who may actually be a sociopath.
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    Tell live stories to 2016 people
    I do storytelling, but I am going to tally the people in attendance and reach this number. Going to happen.
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Whether it's weather (see what I did there?) or a fun-tastic combo of viral and bacterial party animals living in your host body, sometimes you get trapped in a room. Here's some crap to keep you from having, "The Shining Syndrome."
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    Origami
    It doesn't take physical prowess, no fancy dress and in some movements of fingers, you can have a tiny swan. If you want to get straight-up crazy, break out the art supplies and put some googly eyes on that bitch.
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    "I'm a writer."
    Write a book. Why not? What makes any of those, "look bitches, I have a book," people, any better than you? Only one thing makes them better: they have a book. Go back through time, write out some of your life experiences long-form, make it a book. To cheer yourself up, plan the first leg of your book tour.
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    Take a full battery inventory
    Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? The rapture? No. No, you are not. I know because I'm psychic and that common sense stuff tells me this List App hasn't trickled down to the survivalist demographic, although, hello? Lists and the apocalypse - 2 great tastes that taste great together. Don't be caught with no power. Flashlights, communication devices, vibrators - make sure they are ready.
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Some people say I'm the busiest person they know. While I do all I do, I deal with COPD and chronic pain from being hit by a drunk driver. Here's how I do it with a smile. πŸ˜€ (*this is anecdotal sharing and not medical advice. Always check with your doctor.)
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    It's not your fault
    Even if your illness is your fault, you're still human. It's important to be able to change your habits to live healthier if those changes need to be made, but it is much easier to do if you forgive yourself for your mistakes and move forward.
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    Ask for help
    Let your family and friends know what you're dealing with. Do you need help cleaning up the house? Need a meal delivered? Dog walked? They can't help if they don't know. When you're better, you can treat them to a meal.
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    What can you do?
    While you are experiencing a flair-up in your illness, even taking a shower can be impossible. Keep a list of items you want to do but lack time. Keep a reading list and hobbies for your downtime. Enjoying your hobbies or a good book will help you relax. Relaxation helps heal the body and get you back to life sooner.
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Four-legged, winged, finned! Show them off! Inspired by an idea from @ashleyferrara !
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    Winks!
    This guy is a chihuahua/Pom adopted at 1 year old. He is my nurse dog.
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    Chalupa!
    He's a chinchilla! He's very friendly, loves chin runs, dust baths and he swipes his nose in to cutest way. This one loves dandelion drops.
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    my yorkie bella 😍
    she's the sweetest thing on the planet and i love going on bike rides with her!
    Suggested by Β  @ashleyferrara
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I was vegetarian for awhile before going vegan. I feel even better with these changes and they were easy. It's been great to get healthier while not supporting factory farming and animal abuse. (Not medical advice, personal experience)
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    Where do you get your protein?
    This is the most popular question I get. There is actually a lot of protein trapped in vegetables. I also use tofu, legumes, and nuts. There are many professional body builders who are vegan now.
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    Do you hate people who eat meat?
    No way! My partner is still an omnivore. He's been doing more vegetarian meals because it makes him feel better. It took me awhile to go vegetarian and then vegan. In a society with burgers on billboards at every corner, it's harder for some than others. I respect all of that.
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    How should I start?
    If you're a full omnivore, you may want to try being vegetarian 2 days a week and then go from there. Jumping right from omnivore to vegan is hard. Making things harder than needed can harm your success rate. Start some vegetarian meals, then days. Then, start removing dairy by using almond milk in your coffee, and go from there!
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I've become a pro at breaking harmful habits I'd love to share some of my thoughts here. From cigarettes to toxic relationships, I've done it. This is not medical advice, only opinion.
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    Write it down
    Make a list of things you are missing out on because of your habit. When I quit smoking, I kept the estimated number of my lifetime spend on cigarettes on my mind. It is $5632.00 and that was a long time ago. Keep some fact like this in your head. It really helps.
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    Find a snack food
    Quitting almost any habit can lead to overeating. I eat a lot of carrot and celery sticks, as well as pomegranates while taming the nervousness of letting something go.
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    Make new memories
    If you've decided to go vegetarian, invite some open-minded, fun friends to dine with you at a vegetarian restaurant. You'll start to build positive memories for your new habit. Try something like kayaking or space camp for adults and acknowledge your new lung power after kicking butts.
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I'm so excited! My first requested list! Thanks, Sally! Here goes! Let's tell a story!
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    The rules
    Most live and podcast Storytelling groups have a few basic rules. Time limit: most open mics are 5 minutes, some 10 minutes. Once people start asking you to perform you can get 10 or even 20 minutes. Typically, the stories must be true. You should be the a main character. (No, "this crazy thing happened to my cousin.") and your story should be on theme. Theme is next!
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    Theme!
    Storytelling groups usually post their themes 2 weeks in advance. A theme will be something like: "water, tales that are slippery when wet." Themes are usually able to be interpreted a variety of ways. This one could be about a failed water-skiing attempt. (I have one of those) or the first time you fixed a pipe and that signified your independence. Feel free to play with it.
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    Preparation
    Once I find the right tale for the night, I write it out long form. I try to remember any vivid details that the audience will respond to. Then I go back and edit out extra details that don't drive the story forward. Since you have a time limit, extra stuff can be discarded. Then, I make bullet points and picture each piece of the story as a bullet point. That way, I'm not memorizing the story word for word. Trust me, that sounds awful.
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Hi! I have crap lungs! It's taken decades to accept them and give myself a damn break.
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    Don't compare - I know, it's hard
    If you're chronically ill like me, sometimes you're pretty good and sometimes you are wheezing in a dark room with pneumonia, like now. During times like this I watch 100% horror movies, maybe with a movie about beating chronic illness sprinkled in. Don't watch extreme sports. It'll just make you sad. Also, I limit my time on social media that makes me feel left out or outside life. I will be there, again. (That's me - sucking on canned air to breathe. Yay)
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    Remember your cycles
    I know October and November range from sick to deadly for me. I like to look through my pictures from March every time this happens. It's a reminder not to push myself too hard, so I recover quicker. And it reminds me I do have good times and they'll be back around.
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    Lean on your friends
    It's hard to reach out when you're chronically ill. There is a lot of shame built up around being imperfect. Let your close friends know about your illness and tell them when you need cheering up. My friend send me videos at 4am of her pet rooster. That's how much people will support. Once I stopped trying to hide my chronic condition, people understood and stepped up in amazing ways.
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Sometimes, I feel like an alien on this planet.
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    Religion
    I was raised in a super Catholic family. In first grade, I started questioning it and by 12, I left the church. It is the most isolating feeling in the world to have everyone around you believe a whole set of things you do not. It feels like being the last one standing in INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. I had to move and meet new people. I'm still freaked out.
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    Food
    I want food to live. I could live without it. I am freaked out by what people will eat and what they will endure to overeat: stomach pain, heart disease, factory farming, death. I really don't get it.
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    Fear of sex
    Why are people afraid of sex? None of us would be here without it. There was a guy on the news who heard part of a porn movie and was shaking. He said he felt, "violated." What? Really?
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Fine. Some of my friends miss me and I miss them. But the state and I didn't get along and I didn't let the door hit me in the Masshole on the way out.
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    I don't give a crap about sportsball
    Sure, I used to go to Bruins games occasionally, but that was a fight that broke into a hockey game. I don't care who is playing, where they've been traded and I certainly don't want to spend 30 hours a week on it.
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    I'm allergic to beer
    It took me awhile and a horrible allergy test to figure this out, but I'm allergic to beer and I don't care enough about beer to care.
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    F**k foliage. Seriously.
    "Don't you miss the seasons?" No. I don't. You mean how 49% of the year is 10 degrees Fahrenheit with 2 feet of snow on the ground and another 49% is 95 degrees with a billion percent humidity? No. I'm cool.
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