Yesterday, I had a case of the worries. As I am close to rapping up my undergraduate career in college, so many unanswered questions lay before me. Just like any other period in time where there is a change in routine, I lose the control that I secretly (maybe a secret to some) so greatly enjoy. As I have gotten older and had the opportunity to look back at all my experiences in my expansive twenty-two years of life, I have realized that these changes, although hard to get through, have ended up making me a different, more complex, and interesting individual. I have come to gladly take on change, always wondering where my life will go because of it. However, I believe that there will always be a part of me, like yesterday, that just wants to curl up into a ball and yell, "STOP!"
Now, whenever these moments of worry and uncertainty arise, I always tell myself, and make myself re-aware of the fact that in the past, no matter how scary, hard, or uncontrollable a period of change has seemed, in the end I have made it out onto the other side, and have been a happier individual because of it.
Following my pursuits,
Special thanks to:
Sara Elizabeth Nickalson or Emily Coulter for taking this picture of me atop King Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland
Today's Inspirit post features three print advertisements for the Kölner Zoo in Cologne, Germany. Created by design firm Preuss und Preuss, these Easter posters for the zoo take a playful spin on decorating eggs for the holiday. As Trendhunter.com points out, the cuteness factor is definitely elevated by having parts of the hatching animal complete the drawings on its egg.
Yesterday I had the exciting opportunity to attend Social Slam, Knoxville's first social media conference. When I heard about this event a couple of months ago, I knew on a personal and professional level that this event would benefit me as social media seems to be taking over the world... The conference was highly informative. With guest speakers, panel discussions, and opportunities to chat with other people interested in social media, this event was a great live social networking opportunity.
Chance Vineyard (classmate) and me
The Top Eleven Points that I took away from Social Slam 2011:
1. The Three-Fold Hunger:
-We all want to be heard
-We all want to be understood
-We all want to know that our lives count
(This is driving human behavior & social media)
2. Social media allows us to hear people's hearts and souls
-In the past people's voices would be smothered by traditional media
3. "Social media is the new wild wild west of marketing"
4. The Five Golden Rules
-Measure, evaluate, and celebrate
5. Whatever you post on the Internet is:
=Return on Investment
=Risk of Ignorance
7. Mobile Year in Review 2010
8. In three to five years, mobile devices (i.e. smart phones) will be a first screen Internet device. This means that a smart phone will be an individual's regular first contact with the Internet.
9. We are living in two worlds at the same time
Christina Kerley & Mark Schaefer
10. Augmented Reality
-Optically layering a new world over the real world
- A virtual tour guide while on a real world tour
-Virtual toy collecting
11. The new normal
There were many other interesting points that were made at this event, but there is only so much that I "should" write in order to keep your attention span since we all seem to be multi-tasking in this day and age. A point that was continually discussed and that I am interested to see what takes place, is where social media will be in five years? I must admit that I am unsure, but I cannot wait to find out!
Today's Inspirit post features three print ads from the Mercedes Benz Israel Left Brain Right Brain ad campaign. Created by Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive, Tel Aviv, the image campaign revolves around the two opposing parts of the brain, the left brain vs. the right brain. The Communication Arts write-up about the campaign states, "The message is that Mercedes Benz, like the brain, is a combination of opposites that together create technological innovation, breakthrough engineering, inspiring design and passion." Take a look...
All three print ads feature the following copy and tagline:
I am the left brain.
I am a scientist. A mathematician.
I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear.
Analytical. Strategic. I am practical.
Always in control. A master of words and language.
Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers.
I am order. I am logic.
I know exactly who I am.
I am the right brain.
I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion.
Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter.
I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet.
I am movement. Vivid colors.
I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas.
I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel.
I am everything I wanted to be.
After writing Pursuit four: The Joys of Netflix, I have come up with a new top five list of documentaries and movies. Although each varies in subject matter and personality, I would highly recommend each of these films.
1. The Social Network
The Social Network, a film directed by David Fincher tells the story of the founding of the social networking site, Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. With its debut in 2010, The Social Network has received critical acclaim by numerous critics for its score, screenplay, editing, and overall acting. While the truth behind all the events within the film is debatable, the performances of this ensemble cast had my attention throughout the films entirety.
Freakonomics is a 2010 documentary film based on the book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Being described as six rouge filmmakers exploring the hidden side of everything, this documentary looks inside human behavior by completing case studies surrounding subjects such as the correlation between unwanted pregnancies and the crime rate in cities, discerning cheating within the culture of sumo wrestling, and the socioeconomic patterns of naming children.
3. The September Issue
The September Issue is a documentary that follows editor-in-chief Anna Wintor and her colleges during the production of the September 2007 issue of American Vogue Magazine. Directed by R.J. Cutler, the film gives viewers insight into the effort that goes into making each individual issue of Vogue Magazine. While viewing this film, I saw many similarities between it and the movie The Devil Wears Prada that features Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Anyone who is interested in fashion, design, or the magazine industry, this is a must see film for you!
4. Vice Guide To Travel: Guide to North Korea
Vice Guide To Travel: North Korea is a film from the documentary series in which correspondents form Vice Magazine are dispatched around the world to visit the most dangerous and "weird" destinations. Having not known much about North Korea prior to this film, I must admit that it enlightened me on political and social issues that have been affecting this country for decades. If you are looking to learn more about North Korea from some entertaining yet oddball Vice correspondents, this film is a winner.
5. Best in Show
With its film debut in 2000, Best in Show is a film that portrays itself as a documentary that follows around the owners and handlers of five show dogs, and their trials and tribulations at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Directed by Christopher Guest, this film is sure to bring out a laugh or two. I had already seen this film closer to its release date, however I was in the mood to re-watch it since it has been over ten years since it came out (it was a good decision to watch it again).
While going on an arbor this past Saturday with my dog Smith, I came upon a wide array of artwork throughout downtown Knoxville. After researching more about this spectacle, I learned that this artwork is apart of the Dogwood Arts Festival's Arts in Public Places event. This artwork will be displayed from April 1st, 2011 through March 16th, 2012 in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. So, if you are in the Knoxville area during this time, and are looking for something to do... go out on foot, bicycle, Rollerblades, or whatever your mode of transportation is and try to find the artwork from Arts in Public Places. The Dogwood Arts Festival has many other events going on during the next couple of months, so check out the website: http://www.dogwoodarts.com/
I personally want to enter myself into the Corn Hole Tournament on April 29th : )
Below are some photos that I captured of the artwork...
My name is Ainsley Ayres, and I am a senior psychology major at the University of Tennessee. I am from Memphis, TN but am loving living in Knoxville for the time being!
I have been good friends with Price since I can remember, and was honored that she would ask me to be her first guest blogger! This is my first attempt at a blog, so here we go…
Since the first time I set foot in a yoga studio my junior year of high school, I knew there was much more behind these asanas (poses) than the physical aspect of such an ancient practice. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but moving using my breath to move my body these particular ways made me feel like a light had been turned on inside of which I was previously unaware. My first yoga class was at Bikram Yoga Memphis at the suggestion of my former lacrosse assistant coach, Elizabeth Cooper. (Wherever you are, Coach Coop, thank you!!!) Since that first class, I gradually began to build my practice, coming back to yoga whenever I started to feel unbalanced in my life- whether that be physically, spiritually, mentally or emotionally. Something inside me yearned for the “yoke” of mind, body and spirit I found with each yoga class. Yoga has been the anchor in my life, either consciously or subconsciously, since that very first class. Yoga has gotten me through life threatening health conditions, losing loved ones, life changes and college (so far!). My unending love for yoga motivated me to pursue training to become a yoga instructor so that others might experience the same endless benefits of yoga as me.
Last summer, I graduated from the Glowing Body’s (check them out! www.glowingbody.net) inaugural teacher training program. Becoming certified deepened my understanding and knowledge for yoga, and I will always be learning more. That’s the fun part! Through yoga, I have met the most wonderful people, learned so much more about myself, and cultivated a sense of unwavering peace, compassion and joy for myself, others and the world around me. Yoga means to “yoke”, and taking this gift for humanity off my mat and into the world I constantly yoke all of life into one unending, mysterious and FABULOUS journey. OM!
P.S- Here is my shameless plug… I teach yoga at the Glowing Body on Mondays 11:45-1:15 and Wednesdays 11:45-1:15 and 7:45-9:15, I would LOVE to see you there!