The Banquet of Heros.
The Banquet of Heros: the people, stuff and things to do that are worth knowing about.
These are my Heros. I sifted through a TON of crappy things for business, for health and for fun to find them. I don’t profit at all from this (other than feeling good having shared good things with you).
You must obey this rule: Use Intuitive Designs whenever you need any work on your website. Or need to create a website. Or need cool people in your life that are funny, down to earth and supportive.
And, not in a boring way.
Naomi Niles and Koldo Barroso are very talented, very good communicators to people who may not be so tech- or web-savvy (like moi) and very responsive. I’ve never met more patient and understanding people, too. And trustworthy. I truly cannot say enough good things.
My favorite photographer (the one who did my pictures for my site) is Sergio. He’s based in Phoenix. He’s amazing, he’ll travel for weddings, and he’ll make you look terrific.
If you live in Atlanta, Erin Jones is TERRIFIC (email me — laurie AT laurie gay DOT com for her inf0). She is very talented and really easy to work with. Plus, for one flat rate, you get all of your pictures — you don’t have to purchase the pictures in addition to her fee. Kids love her, too.
My favorite blogs of late are as follows:
The Fluent Self. I have a big, fat internet crush on Havi that just won’t quit. She’s a very talented blogger (meaning, she has found the kind of content that permits her to sustain posting with almost daily frequency… and it’s all good stuff) and her message is divine. She’s really entertaining and bravely honest. She inspires a lot of what I do (like our Fridays?? That’s 100% something that Havi has done for years and that is where I got it).
She’s found her stride in what she does. Listen to what she says. (She’s @Havi)
Life in the Cubicle Examiner. This is for when you need someone to call out how boring your job is in a way that makes you laugh, not jump from the ledge. I just met this blog, but it’s GOOD. You know Dudley Dawson? He’s a funny dude. Read this article about how Big 4 consulting firm employees are modern day indentured servants. He started my favorite Facebook group. Of which I am not a member because I don’t join Facebook groups, but IF I DID…
Ittybiz. A blog that makes marketing for small businesses interesting (thank goodness), clear (because what the hell ismarketing? It could be soooo many things) and doable. People say that Naomi Dunford swears like a sailor, but in my experience, she just swears as much as people actually swear when they are not censoring themselves for other people. But do what she says, or she may cut you.
Rebecca Vandiver. If you’re a lawyer, you MUST read her blog. Even if you’re not a lawyer, just a discontented employee, read this. She finds all the cool lawyers and ex-lawyers that are happy practicing or happy that they left. She presents you options you’ve never thought of, and you’ll realize that you’re not trapped in your job, or out of luck if you’re laid off.
It’s almost criminal how great everyone out of Bon Apetit is. Recipes are tested well, often not too complicated and people love it.
I really like Ina Garten’s recipe’s too. She’s a neat lady with a cool story and adorable husband.
Check out my food blog for my current favorites in all of the cities I’ve been hanging out in.
If you’re new to Twitter follow @Recodingjim and @estheribrown. They are funny, point to interesting information and things in the world, and you’ll meet some cool people through them.
You must, must MUST do Pilates! It changed my life. I will take a moment to convince you.
A lot of what I talk about is you getting in touch with yourself, and I mean this literally — gaining an internal awareness of what is going on in your body is the #1 rule to being Youified (To know what it is that is your right work, and be going it the way that is right for you).
Pilates is based on this self-awareness, even more so than Yoga (see below). Just try it!!! If you haven’t transformed your body and your perspective after 21 sessions (sounds like a lot? You know, for a transformation, it’s really not), I will bake you a batch of my special cookies and overnight them to you with an apology note.
- Re:AB Pilates on Bleecker
- Any Pilates by Narween Otto will be great. She’s one super cool Aussie
For privates, go to Hadley at Core. She’s just got a knack for teaching Pilates in a way that you’ll “get”, plus (for now…) she’s affordable.
I can’t find the website for the place I love! Basically, it’s the Pilates studio in the back of Ballet Austin on Lamar Road. The woman who runs it is an ex-prima ballerina, and is so centered, down to earth and wise. Go here first.
I also like:
Go nowhere in this city except for Thinking Body. Cynthia has a strong background in physical therapy and has been in the fitness industry for decades.
- Google Heather MacKenzie and go wherever she is teaching. Also, email me for her info. She’s AMAZING.
- I actually really like the yoga at Equinox (not their Pilates, though, or anything else).
- Again, Narween. She’s great!
I like Springs Yoga, and Ruth Ann is my favorite instructor.
[Hey, Atlanta! I’d love to recommend more Yoga spots, but EVERYWHERE I turn, there is hot yoga and nothing else, and hot yoga is just not my thing. Diversify and I’ll try it all out. Thanks, ATL. I’ll raise it
ATLANTA: Go to Dance 101, and try out classes taught by Kevin, Apollo and Desiree. There may be other great teachers there (I haven’t tried them all) but I am a big fan of those three. The music is great, you’ll get a great work out and it’s for all levels. It’s just really fun.
(I don’t do cardio in any other city. I admit it.)
Those are all my Heros for today. Thanks to each of you! You make my life a better place. Love to you!