September 4, 2018

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“Shane brought everyone hope. Here’s a new day, what are we going to do with it? What are we going to explore?”
– Tony Hawk on Shane McConkey

McConkey is definitely one of my favorite documentaries. It’s hard not to admire someone who commits to what they love doing so fully. Shane seemed fearless in his pursuit of fun and happiness. The man was wildly authentic. He served as an example for everyone to make each day count. Fill it up. Use it.

I think we can all be a little bit more like Shane and stop resisting the things that scare us and instead push ourselves to be ourselves and to explore our passions. Look at each day as a new opportunity to create something great. To explore and to learn and try something new.

So go on an try something new today. And have some fun, too. And check out the documentary. At the very least you’ll be wow’d by the insane cinematography, but here's to hoping it does a little more than that. 

"We've got a new day, what can we do with it, how can we explore” 
Delicious shrimp in 10 minutes? Sold. This quick Greek shrimp recipe is great on it's own, but can be added to pasta, orzo or cannellini beans for a fuller meal. 
Art I Like 
I love Cristina Troufa's art. Born and based in Portugal, Troufa paints her journey through self-realization using art as a means to express her emotions and discover her purpose. Where the subject matter is heavy, Troufa's style is delicate and light. Peep more of her work on IG
A Song I Like

R&B duo WESLEE dropped an album earlier this summer,  9F, and it's absolutely delightful. The project is smooth and alluring. "Sweat Dreams" is the more upbeat track and it's hard not to groove to. Give it a spin when you need a pick-me-up.  
Why did the butcher work extra hours at the shop? To make ends meat.
Crickets are a pretty cool insect. In my family they are a sign of good luck.  Did you know they make their sound by rubbing their wings together? And their ears, or rather auditory organs ('cause they aren't really ears), are located on their front legs. Crickets are also edible and nutritious – the tiny insect is chock-full of protein and vitamins. Neat, huh? Read more about the little bug here
Another Song I Like

Abhi//Dijon was one of my first super dope SoundCloud finds. Hailing from Maryland and now based in LA, the duo is still putting out new, incredible tunes (solo stuff as well), but I always catch myself coming back to their album 2014. Check out the track "Thug Meditation" when you're kicked back and winding down.
From a Friend
This past weekend I went to this crystal and rock fair with my friends Zoey and Stacks. It was super fun. We came across these super gnarly crystals, Bismuth. They look like rainbow colored computer parts. And Stacks informed me that you can make Bismuth crystals at home. Wild! So, if you wanna get your science on, give it a shot. Just be careful. 
One Last Thing
Space archeologist Sarah Parcak created an platform using satellite images to help crowdsource the discovery of ancient archaeological sites across the world. And so far, Parcak's techniques have helped locate 17 potential pyramids and 1,000 potential lost tombs in Egypt, as well as significant discoveries from Roman Empire. Check out GlobalXplorer° and become a space archeologist. The current expedition is taking place in Peru
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