LOL-Worthy. When did you laugh out loud this year?
One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to hear all the same jokes that I told as a kid when my own learn them at school (i.e. “spell I CUP”). Our oldest hit middle school this year, which brought with it the “Yo Mama” jokes. Most I had heard before, but this one had my wife and I rolling. Gotta love that a new generation is adapting an old joke to fit the times.
You wanna taco ’bout how funny this video is? “I’m nacho friend” and “let’s just taco ’bout it” are now official sayings in the Williams’ household. I laugh out loud just about every time. It just doesn’t get old.
Visualize your year.
In 2013, I posted 325 photos to Instagram. Here are the results:
- 44 pictures of food or coffee
- 20 pictures of beer
- 77 pictures of kids/people
- 34 pictures of quotes/signs
- 10 pictures from concerts
- 59 pictures from events/places
- 81 pictures of Random Awesomeness
For comparison, HERE is my year on Instagram in 2012.
What completely surprised you this year?
This was not a sudden surprise, but rather one that has slowly crept up on me. I am more and more surprised each weekend that I would rather do this:
Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy football and am still a big Colts fan. However, if I end up reading the recap in the paper on Monday instead of watching the game, that is perfectly okay by me.
Lifeline: What band(s) did you discover this year?
I always love a good excuse to browse through my Spotify playlists. Here are some of the bands and singers that I discovered/rediscovered over the last year. No insightful explanations, but I’ve added links to one of my favorite songs from each:
- Free Energy: Electric Fever
- Rhett Walker Band: Come To The River
- Jukebox the Ghost: Say When
- The Mowgli’s: San Francisco
- Civil War Rust: Whipping Star
- Swedish House Mafia: Don’t You Worry Child (yes, really)
- Darius Rucker: Southern State Of Mind
- American Authors: Best Day Of My Life
- Lee Brice: Parking Lot Party
- American Scarecrows: Feeling Alright (Woo Hoo)
- Virginia Coalition: Sing Along
- Fit For A King: Warpath
One my favorite finds of the year: Ben L’Oncle Soul’s Soulman
I want my Social Media to look Elf-The-Shelf-Less.
The only mischief this elf is causing is through social media. I’m not even sure when he started wreaking havoc in homes and Pinterest boards across the country, but have you actually read the book?
“At holiday time Santa sends me to you. I watch and report on all that you do. My job’s an assignment from Santa himself. I am his helper, a friendly scout elf.”
Hmmm? Santa’s friendly helper. Does that describe someone who makes messes in the kitchen, dumps out toy boxes or draws mustaches on the family photo.
“Each night while you’re sleeping to Santa I’ll fly to the North Pole…I laugh with my friends and report to Saint Nick…I’ll be back at your home before you awake, and then you must find the new spot I will take.”
Okay, so this little guy does in fact find a new hiding spot every night while the kids are sleeping. But, that goofy smile on his face is not from satisfaction for the trouble he’s caused. It’s from laughing with the jolly fat man himself.
“Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know…I won’t get to tell him you’ve said your prayers, or helped to bake cookies…The gleam in my eye and my bright little smile shows you I’m listening and noting your file.”
This elf has a gleam in his eyes from hearing your prayers. He’s smiling because you helped to bake cookies, not because he just defiled your cookies. So yes, break that elf out his retail box, give him a name and let him report to Santa how good or bad you’ve been…
…but please, stop setting up nudy photo shoots with your elf and the local Barbie Burlesque troupe. And especially stop reporting these erroneously prompted behaviors on my social media walls and boards!
Images by Robinwood Photography
How do you want to get involved in your community this year?
I officially joined the Dreamapolis team back in September to help organize their monthly PitchFeast events. One of the nation’s first crowd funding micro-grant dinners for local entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to help the PitchFeast model continue to grow in 2014 so we can provide even more support for these businesses.
Speaking of Partners in Housing, they now have a full bike repair shop ready to go in their Gladstone property. My goal for 2014 is to help organize bike donations and continue working with the PIH team on programs for the shop.
2014 will be a good year!
Interview someone about their favorite moment(s) of the year.
John C. Havens is Founder of The H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, and the Huffington Post and author of Hacking Happiness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. (Tarcher/Peguin, March 2014). The H(app)athon Project is a non-profit organization, “Connecting Happiness to Action” by creating sensor-based smartphone surveys utilizing economic indicators to increase civic engagement and wellbeing.
It is has been my pleasure to work with John on The H(app)athon Project and get to know him as a friend. In one short year, he has launched the project, written a book, given his first TED talk and led a conference workshop in Dubai. With so many memorable moments in 2013, I was curious, what stood out the most?
What was your favorite moment (or moments) of the year?
March 20 was a highlight for me. That’s when we launched The H(app)athon Project, the non-profit I founded. We facilitated almost a dozen events around the world and launched our overall initiative. I also finished my book, Hacking H(app)iness which was pretty awesome.
Why were these moments important?
Beyond the personal meaning and purpose they brought to my life, my hope is that this work will help others. That’s the goal. So the moments are important as they serve as two profound beginnings in my life that hopefully will help others to experience joy or meaning in theirs.
On the book, was there a single moment that stands out to you?
Writing the last chapter which features my Dad. It basically just flowed out of me in almost final draft form and when I finished it, I cried.
In your opinion, what make a moment memorable?
Mostly I think memorable moments come from meaning. You don’t need to be happy, as in, the mood side of things. But when you’ve put a great deal of effort into something, a project or relationship, and see elements of that work come to fruition, that’s purpose made real. That’s memorable.
Image above by Big Car
What made you hold your breath in sports this year? What team, game or athlete caused you the most inner strife.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Butler Bulldogs: 64
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 63
ESPN GameDay at Hinkler Fieldhouse
Death, taxes and Butler winning close games in the final minute. I am convinced of one thing: For every season I cheer on the Butler Bulldogs, I lose at least one full year off my life. Go Dawgs!
Did you do something new or unexpected? Well, yes and no.
Yes! I signed up for this with Anne-Marie. Kind of strange. Kind of crazy. Kind of nervous. Kind of excited.
No, we haven’t actually attended Camp Grounded yet. That will be in June. But, that doesn’t make our decision to pull the trigger on registering any less new or unexpected.