by Taylor Whitney

Archive for December, 2011


Another year, a new beginning. I don’t know if it’s because I want to prove the Mayans (or their translators) wrong, or just an extended burst of motivation; but I have a good feeling about the new year. Plans, lists, goals… I’m excited to begin 2012.

There are two movies that match my enthusiastic mood that I recommend watching. They are Limitless and Yes Man.

Limitless is by far my favorite movie of 2011. I’ve seen it twice and acquired the soundtrack to it. The basis behind the movie is a new drug that was invented that enables you to use your mind to it’s full potential. Anything you have ever seen, heard, or read – even if you had “forgotten” it – becomes at your disposal. Learning a new skill or language is as easy as going to sleep. You become an unstoppable force of logic, finesse, and comprehension. Of course since this is a Hollywood production there have to be side effects, plot twists, and bad guys. But the reason I like this movie so much is just the concept. Not the fact that you can take a substance to achieve greatness, because that’s a load of horse doo-doo. But I like to think of it as a state of mind rather than a drug. Motivation, willpower, and determination are incredible weapons for success. Now you probably won’t be able to triple your money in a day, or learn a language just by listening to it a few times, but the age-old phrase of “You can do anything you put your mind to” holds an incredible amount of truth. Watching this movie always gives me a great boost of motivation and makes me antsy to get out into the world and start living and doing.

Yes Man is more on the comedic side which in itself makes it a good movie (Jim Carrey is always funny.) But the plot of the story is a man who basically hates his life and feels like he has no purpose. He finally decides to try a personal-development system which involves saying “Yes” to everything, no matter what. This opens his eyes to all the experiences he’s been missing out on by being too afraid or lazy to try new things. Of course by the end he realizes that there are some things he should say “no” to, but it teaches him how life can be so much more enjoyable and beneficial if he reaches out, tries new things, meets new people, etc. This is a great concept and a lot of people can learn from it. Too many people just go through the motions each day, each week, each year. Do something new; this is your LIFE. Don’t you want it to mean something? There are so many things to do and see in this world – way too many for one lifetime. So why waste time doing the same things you hate over and over?

My word for the new year is “Fresh.” Fresh as in the exhilarating sense you get when you step outside to a glorious sunset and take a deep breath that smells like dew and new life. Fresh as in a blank sketchbook with limitless possibilities. Fresh as in breaking out of old stale habits and seeking new experiences. Here’s a typographical representation I created.

Here is another version ( in its earlier stages ) that I also liked. Which one do you prefer?

If you have any plans, resolutions, or thoughts on the upcoming year, I’d love to hear them! Happy New Year!


11:11:11 11/11/11

It’s just a date and a time, but the fact that it is the only day in this century that there will be that many 1’s in a row gives it some substance. Unfortunately I didn’t do anything special to commemorate the occasion because I was working during the AM occurrence and had to get up at 5 the next morning. However I did manage to snag this sweet screenshot, and then take a screenshot of it because the file title at the top is the good part. Where were you for 11:11:11 11/11/11? And on a side note, this post has exactly 111 words in it. Count them all if you don’t believe me.