Sunday, September 30, 2012

The countdown is on! New Career Center here we come!

The UC Berkeley Career Center is moving 10/17-10/20, and we open in our new location on Monday 10/22! I can't wait!

Check out our website

for more info and to see some renderings of the new location, as well as a silly video featuring our Peer Advisors.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Onederful" YOU!

This made me smile :) What a fantastic reminder to live fully and to appreciate our unique gifts!

Your World is “Onederful”…


Never has there been another person possessing your combination of abilities, aspirations and experience…nor will there ever be again. This is the one stretch in the infinite span of time when you get to be here. Appreciating the full
onederment of what and who you are boosts your ability to make the most of it.
(Reading time 180 seconds)

You were born lucky. On delivery you had all the innate abilities to live an exceptionally happy and rewarding life. You possess today amazing, truly phenomenal capabilities and the world invites you to connect to it in wondrous ways. Fully recognizing and appreciating those FACTS magnifies your achievements and enjoyments from everyday life.

Here are some of those wonderful facts about you:

You grew and replaced 50 million cells in your body all while you read this sentence.

Pound for pound your bones are stronger than steel. A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support 9 tons.

You have approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels, enough to circle the earth two times.

But your primary wonder instrument is your brain. Between your ears lies one of the most complex and powerful structures in the universe. You possess more synapses, the connections that fire your brain every moment, than there are grains of sand on a mile of beach. Those 150 trillion synapses and the neurons they connect are the keys to your experiencing the universe, storing those experiences and reasoning and reacting to the world around you.

If you compared just your memory capacity to a video recorder, your brain could hold a minimum of three million hours of TV, the equivalent of leaving the television running continuously for more than 300 years. Not that it would be a great use of your brain.

…But You Are Particularly Onederful

So all of us as humans possess amazingly capable brains and bodies. But what makes you unique, totally onederful, is the more than a quadrillion potential permutations that come from the way you experience the world around you every day and your unique reactions to those experiences. You have a phenomenal capacity and the outcome of that capacity is totally unique from what has or will ever exist on earth again. Don’t waste it.

Instead of recording 300 years of television, better to use a small part of your brain to learn and store all the knowledge in the Encyclopedia Britannica or at least the equivalent of what’s most relevant to you. That would leave plenty of room to give a few seconds of focus to retain each of the hundreds of things of beauty, kindness and happiness that pass before your eyes and enter your ears each day.

Still oodles of brain space left to retain all the skills necessary to master any profession you decide to diligently pursue as well as stay current with the world, local and personal events occurring. And after a normal lifetime of learning and growing and using your abilities to embrace life’s marvels, you will still have 80% or more of your mental storage capacity left. Recognize that power you possess inside your head to shape your thoughts, your body and the world outside you to your liking.

And You Are Surrounded By Onederful People

But that’s not all! In addition to you, there is a world of onederful individuals surrounding you that will help you accomplish and enjoy your aspirations in foreseeable and unpredictable ways. Your world becomes a better place not only when you recognize, honor and truly appreciate your own powerful uniqueness but also that of every person on earth, each person you come in contact with today…even if you don’t like them. They are a wonder. Don’t dismiss them.

Because there are billions of people on earth we have the luxury to be selective in our associations. But that should not diminish the great respect we should hold for the awesome, powerful oneder of every individual we encounter.

Imagine for whatever reason the human population was suddenly reduced to just you and one other person…someone you currently dislike. Over time would you not seek out the onederment of that individual’s 150 trillion synaptic connections? As beautiful as nature can be, nothing else that existed on earth could offer up to you the positive possibilities of that one complex powerful human being.

As I was working on this article my wife forwarded me this quote from Pablo Casals one of the world’s greatest cello players and a truly wonderful man.

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?"

Your own uniqueness is one of the few really important things in life. It is of great consequence that you deeply get that, appreciate that, for your own sake. You truly are onederful. Dwell on that fact for a minute.

Then go and share your oneders with those of an awaiting world and help each person you encounter recognize how truly onederful they are as well.


Jim Bird

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Zoey loved her Grandma & Grandma Backes!

What a fun Saturday afternoon we had in Manteca visiting with my parents! Love you mom & dad/grandma & grandpa :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beautiful Pink Sunset!

The other night we had an amazing pink sunset here in the Bay - the whole sky was lit up and Zoey kept saying "Beautiful sky!" I didn't get any good shots of the sunset itself, but I captured my daughter's reaction which was just as lovely. :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

National Talk Like A Pirate Day....Arrrgh!

So for those of you who missed the holiday, Thursday was national "Talk Like a Pirate Day"...Yeah.....seriously. Now that's a holiday! What a coincidence that I was just taking pics of my little Z in her pirate costume. She's all set for Halloween and her 3rd birthday celebration pirate party coming up soon! Shiver me timbers! :)
(haha can you tell I too love pirates? Maybe it's tied to my fascination with Johnny Depp....yes....I think it is) :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Broken Z... :(

So most of my blog readers are also my FB friends, so you've probably already heard the news that Z broke her arm at preschool last week. Ya first I was concerned and upset, but the more I thought about it I realized that accidents happen, and whadyagonnado? Zoey LOVES her preschool more than words can say, and we couldn't be happier with the care she is getting there. And they get to do so many amazing activities like cooking, dance, Spanish, and music classes! We don't feel that this accident has anything do do with the quality of the care and love she gets from her teachers and peers. Ya are kids....adventurous, curious, independent, free-spirited, daring (at least mine is!), and accidents will happen every now-and-then no matter how much we keep our eye on little ones. Luckily Z's break is fairly common and "routine" from an orthopedic standpoint. She has what they call a "green-stick fracture", meaning her bone bent and fractured but didn't crack completely. And given how young she is and how fast kids heal, she should be out of her cast in the next 3-5 weeks without any lasting issues. She's such a trooper, and believe it or not I think she's starting to like her purple cast!

This accident did remind me though how fragile little Z is, and how much we have to be careful (not just with our kids, but in general!) Even though she's a "big girl" now, she is still a baby in many ways (at least my baby!) And it's a good reminder to be careful, cautious when necessary, and to think ahead as parents. We're not invincible no matter how much we might feel that way at times.

Way to go're such a trooper!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Driving to Jonah's House!

David was just a tad hungry last night...haha!

We did our own thing for dinner last night, and when he first sat down I looked over and thought WOW, now that's a plate of food! HAHA guess he was hungry. :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Touring our new Career Center

Hard hats and all. :)

It's still very much a construction zone, but it's coming together nicely! And I got to see my future office which has sooo much light and a view of SF and the Bay Bridge! I can't wait to be there! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Marianna's 4th Birthday!

Last weekend little Miss Mariana turned 4! Always a pleasure hanging out and celebrating with some of our closest friends.