“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.”

-Chris Hadfield

One of my favorite quotes from “The Man Himself” =D

“Decide in your…

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Meeting an Astronaut

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 It was a familiar and simple day at work. I work out of a Candy Kiosk in Grant Park Mall and everything was business as usual, until I noticed more traffic than usual in the mall for a wednesday night. Yes, the grand opening of Target is much to get excited about but there was something bigger happening in the mall that day, something as exciting as a book signing from a Canadian Astronaut! Yes my Friends Chris Hadfield or “The Man” himself as I like to call him. =)

So there I was posted with a friendly smile at my modest Candy Kiosk unknowingly missing the opportunity to meet a very accomplished and inspiring individual, until I had spoken with a very sweet little girl who was about 7 or 8 years old, she had convinced her mother to buy her a Ring Pop, we spoke a bit about our favorite flavor’s of Pop Rocks for a minute then she mentioned a song. A song I recognized and was utterly joyed that she knew it too! It was “I.S.S-by The Barenaked Ladies feat. Chris Hadfield, Then I noticed the book she was holding in her hands and it read….”An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” Chris Hadfield. I was immediately panicked   as it all clicked in my head as follows:

  1. The Book was launched today at Mcnally Robinson
  2. Chris Hadfield was there in person doing a book signing (hence the traffic)
  3. The mall closes at 9pm (i’m done at 9) and Mcnally at 10pm
  4. I cannot leave this mall without a signed copy

I was extremely flustered and unfocused at work from that point on, I started asking every person who walked passed me with a indigo bag if they met him, and how long he planned on staying. They all answered the same. “He is staying until all the books are signed” I was ecstatic then determined. I started to text everyone asking if they could bring me a book, one of my friends came through and brought me my copy. I closed the the kiosk and quickly made my way over to the line that was still outside the McNally Robinson store, and after 40 minutes waiting in line I had arrived, and was so excited to have met a man who had accomplished so much. It was probably the most random thing that happened to me this year, his memoir takes you on his amazing journey  and inspires you to chase your dreams, no matter how wild they may be!

Lori Abraham

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Will You Survive?

Will You Survive?

Is there anything more to say? 

Millennial Girl

Since I am starting a blog and going to try blog weekly, I will begin to tell you about my trust issues! In the internet that is! Finding any good information to use for school or work off the internet is difficult these days, and last week while sitting class I heard my instructor say “We used to actually have to do research in a thing called a library”. There was somewhat of a very serious tone behind his humor that made me a bit uneasy about the way I grew up along side the internet. So I asked myself as a millennial girl, I use the internet as a “Lazy tool” to conduct research for things like school papers, how much sugar to use in a baking recipe, or even just plain old curiosity. Today people use the phrase “google it” or recite direct wikipedia definitions which makes them sound smart right? WRONG!!

The biggest challenge for most millennials is the way we perceive the information we are collecting (I saw it on the internet, it must be true)!

Although these tools and resources are just a click away, I still choose to visit the local library as much as possible. I still collect a wide variety of books and magazines not because I enjoy reading them, but because I remember my mother’s encyclopedia collections growing up. I can’t believe how excited I used to be when my mother would purchase the new editions of encyclopedias. I remember being entertained for hours having all this new information to search through even though we did have the internet. (Remember Dial-Up?) At the age of 10 I took great pride in having my own library card! =D But these days I can barely spare an afternoon to even use my library card, =O SHOCKED? I BET NOT! It is just too convenient to sit at your desk and “google” any thing you want instead of actually visiting a library =( I personally enjoy sitting with a good book and learning something new then being able to cite the author instead of wikipedia. Some people may disagree with Libraries Vs. Wikipedia, and as a millennial girl who is just as guilty as anyone else for “googling” things like “How to’s” and “why is”( you fill in the rest) just a friendly reminder to keep visiting your local libraries and buying real hard-covers and paper backs. And please remember that not all information out there comes from a reliable source. The Internet is great but a book with an actual author is even better!

The tangible experience seems to be losing impact among us millennials and that concerns me, and real soon those boundaries won’t exist anymore and we will lose touch completely in the “real world”. Blogging may just hinder or help my research skills depending on how things turn out “according to the internet”. 😉

Lori Abraham

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