Just One Guy (can start a movement)

Just One Guy (can start a movement)

This is from the Sasquatch Music Festival 2009…    This guy was all alone in his own little world, while many made fun of him (secretly jealous, mind you) and laughed as he entertained everyone without a care in the world.

Next thing you know… The Tipping Point, which appeared to me to be guy number 3.  Guy number 3 was definitely the catalyst, and when guys 4 and 5 joined… it was on!  People not only wanted to join, they ran to join.

This lone, crazy guy started a dance party all on his own at the top of a hill at the Sasquatch Music festival, as far away from the music and main crowd as you could be….

What can you do?      What can you start?


In order to understand just how far from the stage this guy was, and how small this one guy was on the outskirts of a sea of people… see a longer version here showing the bigger picture…

Elegant Themes (WordPress) Review

Elegant Themes (WordPress) Review

ElegantThemesWordpressI decided to review Elegant Themes WordPress Themes because I use them so much and recommend them all the time to friends, coaching clients, and other folks interested in keeping a blog or building a website for business or fun.  I’ll just tell you now, that this Elegant Themes Review will be telling you how these Wordpress Themes are fantastic.    I just don’t see any negatives in joining Elegant Themes.

The best thing about joining the Elegant Themes WordPress Theme “club” is that you get access to an ever growing and improved set of themes.  Nick actually improves all of his themes all the time.  If you downloaded a them in the past, but notice that one of the new themes has a feature or capability that you think you want… no fear, Nick will almost certainly bring that feature to the older themes with an update in the very near future.  I know, I know… this sounds like he might have paid me to write this review of Elegant Themes…  He didn’t, I’m just a huge fan.

Another thing I really like is the fact that that these themes can be used for blogs (of course), but they can also be used for regular websites, or professional business websites.   Many of them come with option of not looking too bloggy, if that’s even a word :).   I’m always looking for WordPress Themes that don’t look too much like a blog, but instead can be used for professional business websites. 

There are so many options for the use of these themes that its crazy… I used them in many different niche websites that I build or manage.   And, of course, if I need to customize these themes, no problem.  They are built so nicely that some customization can now take place in the actual admin area of the theme itself…  Elegant Themes have built in what they call the “epanel”… which is basically just a boatload of options built into the WordPress Admin area for the theme options.  The page, post, front page, and widget options are numerous and helpful!

Lastly, once you become a member… you get access to the forum.  Each Elegant Theme has its own board and where you can discuss or showcase or get support for each WordPress Theme.  I have even asked for help customizing, and Elegant Themes will actually just upload a new version of the code for me… This wasn’t expected, or asked for… they just did it.  That is awesome!  Now, they aren’t going to customize the crap out of your sites for you and you should’nt expect this either… but I can say that they do go above and beyond… big time!

Well, I can honestly say that I hope you end up joining the club… because I know you’ll be satisfied… it will surely be the best 20 bucks you have spent on WordPress in a long time! 

Best of luck!  I hope this review of Elegant Themes and their WordPress Themes has been helpful!    Once you join, let me know what you think… leave a comment.

Make it a great day!
Shane

Creativity & Collaboration (and fun)

Its amazing to me what we as humans can do when we put our heads together.  I know this is just a simple, silly little video lip synching… but I believe it is these moments (especially when you can put yourself on the internet for all to see) that really make memories.  I find it motivating and inspiring when regular people work together (without even being paid for it), even if it is just for entertainment and fun.

Enjoy…

Royalty Free Music

If you create podcasts, produce short films, make training videos, or any other type of format/use that might have a need for music as an intro, closing, or background…. you need to check out this site for Royalty Free Music. There are full songs, clips, intros, closings, etc… It has every type of music category and style and is even categorized by feeling.

This is a great resource for royalty free music songs and clips….

http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

Enjoy!

Make it a great day!
shane

Free Graphics Tools & Generators

Great tool for finding color schemes for sites and graphics:

http://www.colorblender.com/

Add reflections to any image with this tool:

http://www.reflectionmaker.com/

Create tab buttons:

http://www.tabsgenerator.com/

Generate striped backgrounds for your site for with this free online generator:

http://www.stripegenerator.com/

Create pixel buttons:

http://www.pixelbutton.com/eng

Lorem Ipsum generator (generates random text you can use in website templates or during testing):

http://www.lipsum.com/

Build simple web buttons with this button generator:

http://www.buttonator.com/ 

Create shiney Web 2.o Style buttons with this :

http://www.mycoolbutton.com/

Another free online glass button generator:

http://www.netdenizen.com/buttonmill/glassy.php

Rick and Dick Hoyt

I found this to be very inspirational… Can we all just stop complaining about what we don’t have, what we can’t do, and how lucky “other” people are?

 

 

And just another video…

 

The Ironman Triathlon is one of the toughest events in the world.   The sacrifice a “regular” person has to endure just to train for this race is amazing enough…  It’s unreal that this guy can do this.

Go out and do something!  Be inspired!

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. ~Michael Landon

I just love this quote. Its easy to take it all for granted sometimes… we get stuck in our rut… wake up, take shower, get kids to school, go to work, come home, homework, bedtime… repeat.

I challenge you to sit down by yourself for 15 minutes today and think about the things you always wanted to do… the things you were going to do… the things that you would have, should have, could have done, “if only”.

Make a list of these things, pick something, and do it. Learn a language, play guitar, start a band, forgive someone that wronged you, get in shape, start a business…. I’m sure your list is fairly long.

Do this for yourself! You deserve it!

I would love to hear what you have decided to do now. Please leave a comment and let me know.

Your Life Is An Occasion… Rise To It!

Your Life Is An Occasion… Rise To It!

Your Life Is An Occasion… Rise To It!
~Mr. Magorium

If you haven’t seen Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium… you should. Its a good movie. I loved this line as soon as I heard it. I rewound the DVD to write it down.

Treat yourself, and your life, with respect. Take yourself seriously. Give yourself the time and attention you deserve. You aren’t here forever… make your time here memorable, not only for you, but for those lives around you that you might touch should you aspire to be all that you know deep down you want to be.

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
~Anita Roddick

We all have the potential to inspire, motiviate, change lives, feed the hungry, break down walls, do the impossible… We all have the power to have a huge impact on those around us, whether that be on a local level or worldwide. Never think you are too small, or too insignificant… you aren’t!

Go out today and think about this quote… find opportunities to make a difference… help an elderly person cross the street, deliver flowers to a hospital, just smile at a child…. do something!

I think you will find this most rewarding. Try to do something to make a difference every day. Start with one positive action each day… soon you’ll be addicted and it will be a very worthwhile, lifelong habbit.

Everything in the past has actually been perfect

I just liked this quote, from The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield… alot.

Everything in the past has actually been perfect. Everything in your past has led you to this transformative moment in time. Everyone – including you – has always done the best they could with what they knew at the time. Now you are about to know more. Celebrate your new awareness! It is about to set you free.

It is from the Introduction in the book.

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