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Do It 2017! A Year of Making, Doing, Creating, and more!

January 12th, 2017 2 comments

Do It 2017

The holidays are a time for gathering together with friend and family AND reflecting back on the year that has past.We attended several parties over the holiday season and many other, smaller, get-togethers for drinks or dinner. In talking with everyone, one statement I heard again and again at these events was the desire to actually and concretely DO something this year.

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Maybe they wanted to do more knitting or cooking or reading. Maybe they wanted to work on their new novel , take more photographs or even get more involved with politics. While the desires were quite varied, the desire to DO something was strong in everyone. Creativity is a major part of everyone’s live and when denied can lead to a life filled with dissatisfaction.

“Zorana Ivcevic measured personal growth by asking people about their continued development and realization of their potential (e.g., “In general, I feel that I continue to learn more about myself as time goes by”). She found that people who scored higher in a “creative lifestyle” (those who engaged in more creative acts in everyday life such as making a scrapbook, visiting an art museum, inventing a new recipe, and taking photographs) were significantly more likely to score high in personal growth.” – Scientific American

I know in my own personal case, when my time is completely occupied with “work” for others, I begin to feel an itch, a concern and, in some cases, an increase in feelings of depression and hopelessness. This is why, when you read my blogs, or follow me on social media, you often see a wide variety of content spanning writing, photography, music, technology, gardening and a hundred other areas. This is my defense mechanism. This is my mind screaming out for something creative, something interesting, something fun and, in some cases, something powerful in my life. I am guessing that you feel a similar pull in your life and similar results when you deny it and I feel this is why I am hearing the “create” as a mantra from so many people.

“Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy.  Dr. Kelly Lambert (www.kellylambertlab.com) explored the relationship between hand use, current cultural habits, and mood.  She found that hands-on work satisfies our primal need to make things and could also be an antidote for our cultural malaise.” – Psychology Today

Therefore,

In an effort to spur my own creativity and execution of those creative ideas, I am starting this series, Do It 2017! I’ll be offering up my own experiences and 100 0177 2creative projects, interesting projects I find on the Internet, and maybe even a few interviews with others who are seeking to make something important this year.

I’d love to hear your plans for the year, too. What projects have you itching to get started? Do you need a little push to take that first step? Are you waiting on something to change in your life before pursuing these new ideas? What roadblocks — both personal and professional — stand in your way? Share your thoughts here and let’s build a supportive community of creators that can help each other move forward, even if just baby steps. I know for myself, taking action — even the smallest of actions — is often the best (and only) way of getting started. Let’s help each other take those small, concrete actions that lead to great things!

Here are a few of the projects (and general themes) I want to move forward in 2017:

  • Return to my guitar, piano and harmonica playing. Play music with others more often.
  • Create useful, cool and fun Internet of Things and other technology projects using Arduino, Raspberry PI and other technologies
  • Open a hackerspace/makerspace where I can share my creativity with other and help introduce them to the wonderful (and powerful) world of making things
  • Create other communities of like-minded people to support and challenge each other to do great thingsP7310559
  • Focus on photography more as both an artistic release and financial benefit by creating products of all sorts to bring more beauty into people’s lives
    • Aso, set up a schedule of regular photowalks to dedicate time to creating new photos
  • Find new food and recipes to add to our Recipes in Rotation
  • Travel more to both new places and places I haven’t visited in a long while. This includes some lovely places in northern California and also exotic places like Iceland.
  • Be outdoors more both in my own garden and in the amazing countryside that surrounds Los Angeles.
  • …and much more!

How about you? What are your creative desires for the coming year? How can I and all the readers here help you in your endeavor?

I’ll be posting a new idea of how I am trying to Do It! this year each week here on the blog. Subscribe here on My Word or follow me on any of my social media accounts to join in!

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Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 – COMPLETE

December 11th, 2016 Comments off

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As shipping windows for holiday shipping stat to arrive, my annual Gift Guide comes to close for another season. You may still be able to find some of these gift ideas locally (or get them in time for Twelfth Night on January 6). I hope you have found them interesting, useful and fun. 

Check out all the items in this year’s Gift Guide using the links below.

 Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 - COMPLETE

…and much more!

Previously in the Douglas E. Welch 2016 Gift Guide…

Save $5 on $15 of Book Purchases on Amazon.com until December 5, 2016!

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

I just saw this Amazon.com deal revealed in another blog and wanted to pass it on. Get $5 off book purchases over $15.

It’s only good for physical books, but if you’ve been waiting to pick up that hardcover of your next favorite, this is a great reason to do it now — and save!

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Here are a few books recommendations to get you started in your search.

Find more great books and products on Amazon.com

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

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Sound Seeing: A Wedding in Pedara, Sicily 2016 [Audio]

August 14th, 2016 Comments off

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Our Sicilian family  had taken us sightseeing this day and we were wandering around the small town of Pedara, Sicily, on Etna’s eastern flank. As usual, we were viewing a lot of church’s along the way and — being it was late July — there were weddings in nearly every one. As I entered the church — Basilica S. Caterina Alessandrini — the Ave Maria began, but this was unlike the typical organ or piano accompaniment. A full brass band was providing the music for this service and both there — and the singer — sounded amazing in the wonderful acoustics of the church.

Play this Sound Seeing Audio Clip

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Word now! Stories Podcast – “Cold” – Listen Now and then come to a show! [Audio] (1:30)

February 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Last Sunday we attended the latest performance of of Word Now! at the Fremont Centre Theater in South Pasadena.

The show is co-produced by a close friend and his wife was also presenting a story that evening, so we HAD to go, of course.

It was a great night out and the stories were absolutely amazing. We certainly plan on attending again!


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Word now cold readers

Each show works around a general theme and this month’s theme was “COLD.”

The stories approached it in a variety of ways. Cold weather. Cold People. Cold World and more!

You can listen to the entire show here and I also greatly encourage you to see the live presentation in South Pasadena.

>>> Listen to Word Now! Stories – Cold – Part 1

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>>> Listen to Word Now! Stories – Cold – Part 2

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Word Now! performs every 2 months, so watch the web site for their March dates!


Join us for “Lily the Glitch” A World Premiere Play by Chris Piehler at Providence High School, Burbank – Opens November 13, 2015

November 5th, 2015 Comments off

Joseph is performing in this new play at his high school, opening in just one week. Join us for a fun evening of theater! — Douglas & Rosanne


Lily the Glitch

A World Premiere by Chris Piehler

A world premiere comedy, fantasy, murder-mystery, adventure inspired by and written for the students of Providence High Arts Drama.

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Learn more about the process now!  Watch a featurette by Mario Adriano (PHS Alumni)

November 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th & 21st  at 7pm
Providence High School Theatre

$16 – General Admission

$20 – Priority Seating (Must arrive by 6:40pm)

House opens at 6:30pm for Priority Seating

House opens at 6:45pm for General Admission

*Seating is not guaranteed for guests arriving beyond showtime.

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!

 

Autumn, Fall and Thanksgiving Products for your home, office, friends and family!

October 16th, 2015 Comments off

Autumn has arrived in many places in the Northern Hemisphere and here are a few scenes from my own part of the world, taken over the years. Please share these products with your friend and family!

Available as Stickers, iPhone Cases, Samsung Galaxy Cases, Posters, Home Decors, Tote Bags, Pouches, Prints, Cards, Pencil Skirts, iPad Cases, Laptop Skins, Drawstring Bags, Laptop Sleeves, and Stationeries

Click to see all available products for each photo

Autumn wreath

Autumn harvest Autumn harvest 2

Oak leaves

Wisteria Elm leaves fall Autumn leaves

Liquidambar leaves Red leaves

Some example products

Autumn harvest tote    Oak leaves pillowAutumn leaves mug

Wisteria drawstringElm leaves notebook   Autumn harvet 2 iphone

Autumn wreath cards Red leaves 2 sleeveRed leaves skin

See my entire portfolio of over 80 designs on RedBubble

 

 

Big Twitter Milestone! Can you bring my Twitter to 3000 followers? Just 2 away!

August 25th, 2015 Comments off

I noticed just now that I am only 2 away from hitting the 3000 followers point on my main Twitter account, douglaswelch.

Milestones are always fun to hit, so let me ask each of you to give me a chance to impress you with my Twitter content and give you a host of lovely photos, up-to-date content on garden, careers, technology and new media and more. Tell a friend, too!

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Big Twitter Milestone! Can you bring my Twitter to 3000 followers? Just 2 away!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Welches!

December 18th, 2014 Comments off
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Speaking: Douglas speaks on “A Year of Opportunity” at Tuesdays with Transitioners, February 18 @ 12 Noon, Northridge, CA

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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I’ll be speaking to one of my favorite groups, Tuesdays with Transitioners on “A Year of Opportunity”, a topic based on my recent Career Opportunities column of the same name.


When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 12 Noon – 2 pm [RSVP here

Where: Tuesdays with Transitioners, Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA [Map]

Topic:

Year opportunity

A Year of Opportunity

Every year Douglas E. Welch selects a theme for his long-running column and podcast, Career Opportunities. This year, Douglas believes it is “A Year of Opportunity”

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

  1. Attracting Opportunity
  2. Recognizing Opportunity
  3. Accepting Opportunity

Attracting opportunity to you begins with telling my those around you “what you do and how well you do it.” This can take many forms, but in today’s world it usually starts with social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you develop good connections, share great information and generally help those connected to you, you can’t help but attract opportunity to you.

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor. In fact, if you don’t feel that a project is worth putting in a good deal of hard work, it is very possible that the project isn’t important enough for you to pursue. You may need to look for another opportunity that you love enough to commit to it completely — hard work and all.

Finally, you will need to accept the opportunities that come your way, even if they seem a little wild, a little challenging and even a little frightening. Remember, fear is a great indicator of projects and opportunities that we need to investigate further. It shows that there is a challenge there, a stretching of our thoughts and abilities in new and different ways. An open door can be scary, but it can also lead to a new, better, greater, more exciting, more fulfilling life and career than you can even imagine.


Douglas E. Welch is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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