• Day 30/90 – Real Conversations

    Day 30 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? Having real conversations with my friends.

    My friends are awesome.
    My friends are awesome.

    Even though these are the 90 Days of Awesome, I have had a few rough days lately with a substantial amount of physical and emotional pain at times. I’ve been a little MIA – mainly because I haven’t been suitable for human consumption.

    When I have the days like this, I’m lucky to have so many wonderfully supportive friends, especially in the recovery community. When they ask, “How are you?,” they want to a real answer. And we can have real conversations – even if we are doing it over email or online chat – and we’ve been having them lately. I love that I can say that I am sad, angry, irritated, anxious, pissed off for no apparent reason, and none of them try to “fix” me. They also get it when I’m struggling and need keep my life as simple as possible. They know to stay out of my way so I can just focus on one thing at a time unless I ask for help. My friends know that I’ll be there if they need me, but that they have to get on my schedule unless it’s an emergency.

    My friends are awesome. I am grateful that we can have real conversations without it being a big deal. On two separate occasions in the last few months, two different friends randomly asked, “How’s your heart?” It’s not something I talk about a lot because there isn’t anything new to say, but I appreciated that they asked.

    Sorry is post isn’t more upbeat, but sometimes that’s just how life is. I am on the mend and will bounce back eventually.

    In case you missed it: Day 29 of the 90 Days of Awesome – Indie Week Lunch at Fez!

  • Day 29/90 – Indie Week Lunch at Fez

    Day 29 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I had lunch with a new friend at Fez during Independents Week (not a typo).

    Photo courtesy of Fez on Central
    Photo courtesy of Fez on Central

    I received a request to meet with a fellow lawyer who is new to Arizona and starting a solo practice. He wanted to hear about my experiences starting a firm and marketing myself with social media. It’s always fun to chat with receptive lawyers about what’s working for me with social media. This guy was brand new to the valley so I got to give him an overview about networking in the Phoenix area.

    We met for lunch at Fez. I picked this restaurant for several reasons:

    • They have awesome food.
    • They’re on the light rail – which would give my friend a chance to try public transit.
    • They’re members of Local First Arizona – great way to introduce this organization to him.
    • And they’re accepting Golden Coupons during Independents Week so we got 20% off our bill.

    I enjoy Independents Week. It’s a week to focus on spending your money at locally-owned businesses so more money stays in the community. It may seem strange that I (an aspiring minimalist) get excited about a consumerism-focused event. But there is method to my madness.

    • Carter Law Firm and Venjuris are members of Local First Arizona, and I believe in keeping my money in my community.
    • Although I’m not a recreational shopper, I do buy things.
    • I’m frugal.
    • Shopping during Independents Week with the Golden Coupon to buy things I’m going to buy anyway lets me get them at a discount.
    • Everyone wins!

    With nearly 3,000 businesses belonging to Local First Arizona, it’s hard to keep track of everyone. Seeing the list of companies that are accepting Golden Coupons is a reminder of some of the awesome local businesses in this state.

    In case you missed it: Day 28 of the 90 Days of Awesome was Less than Awesome.