"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." - Neil Gaiman
It was a rainy afternoon, but still a good day.
We gave candy to students, from disadvantaged school districts in the DC area, on the front steps of the White House with President Obama (dressed as himself) and the First Lady (dressed as a cat).
Yes, it was Halloween. 2009.
A few of us also got to help decorate them the afternoon before.
"Happiness is not a goal, it's a by-product of a life well-lived." Eleanor Roosevelt + my friend Liz Holloway
"Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." - Steven Pressfield
"If you are willing to do something that might not work, you're closer to being an artist." - Seth Godin
My first job - How rain and my dad’s insight on branding yourself well prepared me for my first (and unexpected) interview one minute later, a job that lasted all throughout high school.
Perhaps my introduction to branding or perception management came from my dad.
It was probably no later than 10:30am on this particular Saturday and we were already headed home - likely from an early morning at Home Depot. (Plus, CarTalk starts at 11.) Oh, dad had his projects. Around the house, there was always something to be done. Of course. Even if it didn’t have to be done. Naturally. My dad is an early riser and a hard worker; today still, he often skips breakfast. (Me too, actually. I’m just not hungry until I’ve been awake for 2 hours.) Anyway, at that age, I generally always enjoyed helping him with those projects; still, I did not rise quite so enthusiastically on Saturday mornings. In my younger years, the wafted smell from the kitchen of pancakes with his perfectly crisped edges made it easier, sometimes.
I'd eat 20.
"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." - Mary Anne Radmacher + my friend Liz Holloway
Our AmeriCorps team on Kiva.org has helped 990+ people in 55 countries with nearly $25,000 in small $25 loans since 2008.
The AmeriCorps lending team on Kiva.org that I started in 2008 has now directly helped more than 990 people in 55 countries with nearly $25,000 in small $25 no-interest loans to help improve their lot in life.
Our loans have helped people like Irma Irene in Peru buy school supplies for her children; and Marco, a young father in Peru who will use his loan to buy organic fertilizer for his potato farm. He's focused on serving his customers quality food and his dream is to buy his family their own home.
Join us on Kiva with this link and receive a free $25 to make your first loan - therefore, absolutely zero risk to you. (Full transparency: Yes, I will also receive a free $25 to make another loan as well. Win-Win-Win.)
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from." - Seth Godin
"If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is scared to death." - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Back in Dec. 2012, I spoke with students at East Rockaway High School in NY about AmeriCorps - specifically, opportunities that national service can lead to and the doors it opens.
Here's the audio of my presentation cut to the photo slideshow I shared at the time:
If you do, thanks for watching.
Welcome back. In Part I, I outlined why you need a website. Now, let’s talk about how inexpensive, easy to make, and maybe even fun making a website can be.
Free or, at most, $10 a year and no ads, anyone?
"Aren’t websites expensive? And I don't know code."
Said that too?
For a handful of Tuesdays in the Fall 2009 I was lucky to join a small group of about 10 White House staffers and fellow interns gardening in Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
Okay, fair enough, gardening for me meant primarily weeding.
But still. Awesome.
(quick read. mostly photos after the fold)
- My beer desk @ TOMS
- One Student in Korea
- Korea's Bus Hammers
- 2010: Painted E'ry Day
- My First Job
- Raised $25,000 w/ Kiva
- White House Interning
- My memo to Prez B.O.
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1 Second Everyday
Adam I Need A Website
CAUSE Banana Bread
CREATE And GIFT
Drink Water And Yawn!
Emergency Window Hammers On Buses In South Korea
Teaching English In Korea
The White House
Two Months In 1992
University Of Miami
Young People For
Adam's grateful his 20s were a debt-free decade traveling with intention through work with meaning. Some of that work includes TOMS, The Obama White House, teaching abroad, art and business in the Gift Economy, two proud terms of national service with AmeriCorps, and two terms with the US Peace Corps in rural Zambia, working with small-scale fish farmers.
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