Nathan Chen

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Nathan Chen won the US Figure Skating Championship this week and landed 5 Quad jumps in one routine. He is only 17.

What’s amazing about this story is he kind of came out of nowhere and jumps into the national scene. All this with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang just over a year away.

It’s so exciting and inspiring to see someone rise up to their talents.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 20: Nathan Chen acknowledges the crowd after his routine that would earn him first place in the short routine championship on Day 2 at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships on January 20, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

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ST PAUL, MN – JANUARY 24: Nathan Chen competes in the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on January 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Nathan Chen lands record 5 quads for U.S. title, believes Olympic gold is possible

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TED Ed

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TED Ed is a new addition to the TED concept. They are educational videos usually no longer than 5 minutes. They ask a question and then proceed to answer it in a short amount of time. Just enough to listen, learn from, and move on in our busy and hectic lives.

I’ve already learned about topics that surprised me. Unexpected lessons: “Why do we feel nostalgia?”, “Why are we so attached to our things?”.

Take a look, you’ll be sure to learn something new.

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https://ed.ted.com/

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is written by Marie Kondo and it a wonder.

Marie has spent her life tackling the issues of attaining an organized and tidy existence. She has tried every type of trick and method to keeping homes and life tidy. In this book she imparts all of her knowledge on what to do and what not to do from her first hand experiences.

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart”

We took her advice and applied it to our Tupperware drawer, which was a nightmare. We put all the items on the ground and only selected the ones we wanted to keep. Once we had selected what we wanted, we had about 40 items we didn’t need or want and got rid of them. The drawer even closed!

What Marie presents in her book is a deeper dive into why we hold onto items and how best to keep and to let go. What works and what does not. She ask you to stick to her strict guidelines in order to not repeat the patterns.

Tidiness is more than just organizing. It allows you to clear your mind and your life.

From Marie:

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

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Quotes on organizing and tidying by Marie Kondo, author of the book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” Watercolor painting by Beverly Brown.

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Google Home

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Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.

Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.

Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”

It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.

The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”

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https://store.google.com/product/google_home