got that attitude

a week from today i'll have finished my first day at renegade. so i have a week to get ready and much work to do to get done! you know when you have so much to do you don't know where to start? you just got to do one thing - just start. take it bird by bird....

"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
- from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

i'm trying, really trying, to be focused, do my best, push the rest out. i came across this post, originally from giant robot,
which has been great to live with lately, ....
1. do what you believe in.
people have bullshit detectors.
2. think small. work with a small group of friends who give a crap. with too many people, you'll get nothing done.
3. ends don't justify the means. the process should be as worthwhile as the results.
4. keep the pma**. positive mental attitude.
5. eat well. no fast food allowed-among other things.
6. keep growing. what was good enough 10 years ago shouldn't be good enough now.
7. be a sponge. find inspiration from everything around you, and not just things with obvious connections.
8. keep improving yourself. when you're not training, your opponent is.
9. join the nfl. that means the no fun league. after you accomplish something, don't celebrate. get on to the next project.
10. have fun. if you don't like what you're doing, stop and find something else.

**i want that attitude!!! and that's the goal for me right now- keep the pma!!! and get shit done!


  1. Wow- I actually have that book on my lap right now... I have to read it for summer homework :)

  2. I love that list...that's worth printing out and hanging up. I also love the arctic pics...they make me want to go up north.

  3. I love that list too! man, I'm falling short of it though!
    congrats on your renegade showing! I'm seeing you on best of renegade blog posts everywhere (including mine!)

  4. nicole, i loved seeing your work in person (i had only seen the embroidery) so amazing and i'm really glad we got to talk however briefly...

  5. That is such an amazing, inspiring list. Good advice all around.


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