Thursday, August 30, 2007

All About the Tobs

Thanks to all who gave their advice on tough decision-making. I pretty much went with my intuition, took a risk, and, as of September 10th, will be working at tobi.com! I will be the site's copywriter, and I am very excited about this new adventure in my life.

I had worked at the same non-profit institute for nine years (since college), and it had become quite comfortable. My co-workers were a second family. I knew more about drugs than I ever thought I would. I acquired a vast array of experience, from writing grants to publishing academic articles to giving presentations at national conferences. I will never forget what I have learned in these past years--they will always benefit me in both personal and professional ways. But I am ready for a challenge and to start kindling the creative fire within. Sounds like a letter of resignation. Sorry--I'm in that mode.

Is it destiny that I will go to work at Tobi and come home to Toby? Perhaps. In any case, please help to make this fledgling online boutique a success and shop there!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dirty Decisions

I'm a grey person. No, I don't mean gloomy or dusty. I mean that I often dwell in that space between black and white. Therefore, nobody has ever called me decisive. In fact, I know indecision all too well. Sometimes being grey can be good because not everything is clear cut, and I'm a big fan of recognizing the spectrum of things. But there are times when it pays (literally) to be decisive. And there are times when committing to a decision just seems overwhelming.

There are some well-known suggestions offered when having to make a big decision, such as:

1. Make a list of pros and cons for each side and then weigh the lists against each other.
2. Go with your intuition. Do what it is your heart tells you is the right thing.
3. Take a survey. Ask others what they would do in your position and go with what makes the most sense.

What do you do when you have a big decision to make?

Friday, August 10, 2007

Crazy Mutha-uckers

Whatever happened to good sitcoms? I remember pondering this question before my vacation, realizing I missed shows that made me chuckle aloud. I admittedly don't give many shows a chance for fear of being sucked into an endless TV spiral, but I do love a good comedic display every now and then.

I've just recently been turned on to the HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords since the house we stayed in on Kauai had HBO. After viewing just one silly episode, I was hooked and started planning my marathon viewing day at my parents' place (I'm so glad they have HBO). The show basically follows two struggling musicians from New Zealand trying to make it in New York. Here's a little taste for those who have yet to witness the hip-hop styling of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.