Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sundance People Watching

Ever wondered what kind of people go to Sundance? I was at a Sundance party tonight and saw just about every single one of these people there.

"PIBS" aka people in black. They want to be noticed for their diverse creativity for horrible pornographic, dramatic-filled, yet seems to be considered artistic forms of creating independent films. You also may feel a sort of gagging sensation in your stomach as they begin to talk to you about art and film.

Disco-going blah blahs. Whether or not it's 10 degrees outside or -10 degrees, you will always find these girls in mini skirts with very sheer (if any) nylons on ready to hit up the clubs and dance with the stars... if they can get into any.

Money-makers. You know, the one couple that shows up and the guy wears cuff-links, a pink tie, with a tuxedo, shiny shoes. These guys had money to spend on tickets to a party like this. They want to be noticed. And they're the ones that college girls pretend are famous to confuse their friends later on. (aka JIMBO :)

The "uh-oh's". The ones that realize that this party isn't really their scene. What did they get themselves into...

Old men. This can be confused with money-makers, since most are old men. There's a difference. It seems as if old men come to this for an opportunity to rob the cradle. Get away from me... you were probably on your 2nd divorce when I was playing kissy-girls in kindergarten.

Hipsters. Seriously... hipsters were so 2009.

Drunks. I'm hardly ever around people drinking. In fact, I never am except when I work certain events like Sundance. It's disgusting what alcohol turns people into doing, why would anyone not want control of themselves? That's a rant for another day... I had to hold peoples glasses for them, and it reminded me of when I was in culinary school and had to cook with wine. It was the first time I smelled it and I hated the smell of it, still do. There is not one thing about alcohol that is appealing to me. I'd like a virgin cuba libre in a tall glass please on the rocks, and could you make that a diet?

True Sundance People, granolas, also confused with but very similar to... locals. These guys show up in their beanies they've had since they were twelve, a sweet patagonia jacket and surrells. It's cold outside, they know it, and they're going everywhere comfortable. I like these people.

Groupies. "Oh my gosh!! There's a huge line there! It must be hoppin, there must be stars. Who do you think we'll see?!" I am guilty of falling into this group. I've learned from previous experiences that this star-struck-domness curse that I have must be leeched out somehow.

I love the atmosphere of Sundance, I really do. It's just so much fun being in Park City during this time. Beware of Pizza and Pasta on Main St. though- they jack up their prices during this time of the year.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


So... resolutions. The one time I've actually made a resolution I almost stuck with was when I was in high school working at IN-N-OUT. I decided that I wouldn't eat any fried foods. I stuck with that, with a strong willpower... even though I worked with fries all day. Until November. I have no idea what happened, but I caved. It was so easy. I think there was a huge pile of fries that were fresh, hot, golden, and were going to get thrown away for some reason and I couldn't let them do it. So I broke my resolution. It wasn't a lifestyle change, because I love fries. But, I almost made it.

I've been thinking about goals and things I've been wanting to achieve that are achievable. Things that aren't just a "let's see if I can go this long doing this..." but really something that can help me change my character and be a better person, be a better me. So, as I have thought about goals for over a month now, here's what I've compiled:

1. Never miss an opportunity to make a friend. I just met a number of people today that are amazing, and a couple of them are leaving the country soon. I've seen them before, but never introduced myself. What kinds of friendships had I been missing out on because I didn't stop and say hi?

2. Take more risks, and be more spontaneous. I've often wondered what people mean when they say, "live life to the fullest." What does that even mean? I thought about it and came to the conclusion that, for me, to live life to the fullest is to take more risks. Why not? What's holding me back? Fear of... Failure? Success? Embarrassment? Rejection? I can open myself up to many more opportunities by taking more risks.

3. Take every opportunity given to serve others. I feel like as a college student my life is so much absorbed with me: my grades, my job, my internship, my calling, my comforts, my car, my dating life, my health... when in reality, I'm happiest when I'm not thinking about myself and when I'm helping others.

At first I thought I wouldn't share this because I thought that I needed to keep my goals personal. But honestly, there is no better way to try and keep a goal than to share it with others so that they can remind you of them, and catch you where you might slip.

Friday, January 6, 2012

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

So maybe I'm 4 years late, but I still decided to read this book titled, "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20" by Tina Seeling. It's an easy read, and I would recommend it for any age- not just 20! This is more for me as kind of a refresher of what the book says and things I enjoyed reading and wanted to remember and maybe will inspire someone else to read the book. I would totally gift it to someone graduating high school.

1. Most people in the world that make money are fixing the situations around them. How can you create a great idea from a terrible idea? Bad ideas can always be changed into good ideas.

2. Challenge every rule. Not all rules are set in stone.

3. "Those with a fixed image about what they can do are much less likely to take risks that might shake that image. But those with a growth mind-set are typically open to taking risks and tend to work harder to reach their objectives. They're willing to try new things that push their abilities, opening up entirely new arenas along the way."

4. "Those who are successful find ways to make themselves successful.... They always find was to sway history, as opposed to waiting for history to sway them.... If you want a leadership role, then take on leadership roles. Just give yourself permission to do so. Look around for holes in your organization, ask for what you want, find ways to leverage your skills and experiences, be willing to make the first move and stretch beyond what you've done before. There are always opportunities waiting to be exploited. Instead of waiting to be asked and tiptoeing around an opportunity, seize it. It takes hard work, energy and drive- but these are the assets that sets leaders apart from those who wait for others to anoint them."

5. "If you're not failing, then you aren't taking enough risks. One of the keys to success is not avoiding failure, but to be able to recover quickly."

"There was a man who appeared to have endless luck with women. He wasn't particularly charming, funny, smart or attractive, so it was quite a mystery. One day, my friend asked him how he managed to have such a steady flow of women in his life. He confided that it was simple- he asked every attractive woman he met for a date, and then some of them said  yes. He was willing to take his share of rejections in return for a handful of successes. If you get out there and try lots of things, you're a match more likely to find success than someone who waits around for the phone to ring."

If you push the limits, and are willing to fail along the way, you will very likely find success.

6. "There's a big difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. We often say we're trying to do something- losing weight, getting more exercise, finding a job. But the truth is, we're either doing it or not doing it. Trying to do it is a cop-out. You have to focus your intention to make something happen by giving at least 100 % commitment. Anything less and you're the only one to blame for failing to reach your goals."

"We use excuses to cover up the fact that we didn't put in the required effort to deliver. This lesson is relevant in all parts of your life. There's no excuse for being late, for not handing in an assignment, for failing an exam, for not spending time with your family, for not calling your girlfriend, and so forth. You can manufacture an excuse that's socially acceptable, such as having too much work or being sick, but if you really wanted to deliver you'd figure out a way to make it happen."

"There's a significance difference between being competitive and being driven toward an objective. Being competitive implies a zero-sum game in which you succeed at someone else's expense. Being driven involves tapping into your own passion to make things happen."