The folks at PRI share the things each month that capture our attention and imagination. PRI enters 2013 with inspirations to share with you. Join us as we resolve, read, innovate, plant, play, and cherish.
|It may be freezing here in New Jersey, but I’m setting my sights on spring. Thinking about planting my first real vegetable garden, now that I have a backyard. I’ve been spending time on SmartGardener.com to figure out what I want to grow and when to plant. Can’t wait for fresh tomatoes and homegrown lettuce.|
|I’m inspired by making every year better than the last, which brings up New Year’s resolutions . . . and setting realistic, specific goals for yourself. If I tell myself I want to “read more” this year, I’ll have a better chance at success if I aim to read 40 books, rather than just more. We all work differently though, and new habits are hard to start, so be realistic—and kind—to yourself. Strive for goals, but don’t set yourself up for failure! Here’s a few articles I found to help inspire my own 2013 resolutions: “5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your New Year’s Resolutions,” from The Happiness Project; “How to Stick With Your New Year’s Resolution,” from Pick the Brain, and “Five Things You Can Do to Succeed at Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions,” from Unclutterer.|
|I’ve been inspired by Ellen Raskin, the multi-talented author/illustrator/Newberry Award-winning author of The Westing Game. Plainly put: she ROCKS. Not only did she illustrate tons of her own books, her minimalist designs graced the covers of many other books. (Neatest meta-illustration work ever: she designed the original cover of A Wrinkle in Time, another Newberry Award winner and a favorite of mine.) I will be savoring this site that goes into detail with audio transcripts from Raskin herself of her design and writing process.|
|The Letterpress App brings me into the world of real virtual play. My niece is hundreds of miles away. She posts “whiskers.” Whiskers! Not bad. I post “theorists.” I am sure I’ve got her now. She comes back with “snores.” Smart kid. Uncle Frank is desperate for a win in words, against his 12-year-old niece. Inspiring all around.|
|I love a good start-up. My inspiration this month comes from the Canadian start-up Uber Technologies. They have developed a mobile app that directs the nearest private car/driver on their Uber network dispatched to pick you up. “Hop into the sleek black car, tell the driver your destination, and you'll be on your way.” After your ride, Uber automatically charges your credit card on file. The app makes excellent use of private drivers’ time who may have hours between calls. It provides the convenience of a private limo and drivers make extra income shuttling nearby Uber-ers. I can’t wait to try this on my next trip into a metro area.|
|I’m inspired by the kindness and graciousness of others. During a recent event—my wedding reception—these virtues were present in abundance. Friends and family handled the invitations, favors, wedding cake, photography, wedding event/planning follow up, and more. That was the best gift my husband and I could ever receive. Aware of my multiple sclerosis, and that my health and energy levels can sometimes be precarious, these gifts were from the heart. In response to this, part of the wedding favors was a donation on behalf of all who attended the reception to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This was a time to cherish in more ways than one.|