Introducing an Ingenious New Work Desk

by Lindy

At work, I’ve been known to sit on an exercise ball, peddle an under-the-desk stationary bicycle and do crunches while I sit at my desk. I like to multi-task by marking items off the to do list while working on my fitness simultaneously. I’ve always wanted a stand up desk or treadmill desk, but could never justify the cost…until now.

Knowing about my enthusiasm for such health/productivity devices, a conscientious coworker introduced me to a new phenomenon I can embrace – the ‘Hamster Wheel Standing Desk‘!! Even better, it’s a DIY project you can do for a team building exercise.

In the future, I would like to have a ‘fishbowl’ work desk invented: a small swim spa, floating desk and waterproof PC. Can someone in Redmond get on this stat? Heated water, please.

Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

Hamster Wheel Standing Desk


Action Item: Please LIKE Signorelli-Mix Jewelry’s Etsy Store and Facebook Page

by Lindy

“Alright stop. Collaborate and listen! Ice is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly. Flowin’ like a harpoon daily and nightly.” – Vanilla Ice
*Warning: Personal plea for you to take social action below. Listen to Ice Ice Baby while I attempt to persuade you to go shopping for some beautiful, handcrafted Italian jewelry.

Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Signorelli Etsy Store

Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store

    Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Signorelli-Mix Etsy Store

Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store

Janine Signorelli | Signorelli - Mix Jewelry

Janine Signorelli | Signorelli – Mix Jewelry Designer | Etsy Store

Here is my little girl, Annika, modeling her new ‪Signorelli-Mix butterfly necklace!

Please take a moment to LIKE Janine’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SignorelliMix) and her new ‪‎Etsy‬ store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/signorellimix).

Read my previous post describing more about Signorelli-Mix jewelry.

If you like Janine’s handcrafted jewelry, please share it with your friends and family. Better yet, buy some Signorelli-Mix jewelry for your mom, mother-in-law, wife, girlfriend, daughter or grandma! Her jewelry would be perfect for ‪Mothers Day or Easter gifts!


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New Signature Cocktail: Subdued Excitement

by Lindy

I’ve invented a new signature cocktail inspired by Bellingham, Washington’s (my hometown) unofficial nickname, “The City of Subdued Excitement”. I’m almost, nearly, completely excited by my new concoction!

The Subdued Excitement cocktail is comprised of:

  • Kirkland Signature vodka from Costco (Seattle company)
  • Organic grapefruit juice
  • Frozen rainwater (preferably from the Great Northwest) in the form of ice cubes

The Subdued Excitement cocktail is simple, natural, outdoorsy and a little tart – just like Bellingham-sters like me!

Feel free to substitute organic apple juice for the grapefruit juice if it’s too exciting for you.

It’s perfect served in these 2 oz. red party cups because it wouldn’t be prudent to over-indulge. (Unless of course you’re not driving and you don’t have work in the morning.)

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Kirkland Signature Vodka

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Bryan Elliott on Why You Should Pick Yourself

by Lindy

Linked OC - Seth Godin - March 15, 2013

Bryan Elliott, founder of the progressive networking group, Linked OC, emailed a poignant story to our group today that was very touching and encouraging. I know his story will resonate with so many people; we could all benefit from learning the important lesson of PICKING YOURSELF.

This idea of ‘Picking Yourself’ will be the featured topic at the upcoming March 15th LinkedOC with bestselling author and thought leader Seth Godin. Godin will be speaking on his latest book, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Here is Bryan’s Story
(used with permission)

I just finished writing my next article for Entrepreneur Magazine, (working title) 3 Reasons to Pick Yourself where I shared part of an important lesson learned a long time ago and again recently by reading Seth Godin’s new book.

The full article will be published on Thursday this week but I didn’t include all of the personal details and I’d like the share the full story with some confessions and embarrassing truths here with you, my loyal tribe, with the hope that this helps at least one person…

1 out of the 3 reasons to pick yourself (vs waiting to get picked by someone else) is:

1. You are NOT going to get picked.

For me, waiting to get picked always conjures up painful memories of the elementary school playground. I was in 5th grade and loved to play sports, especially basketball. The problem was that I hadn’t hit my growth spurt yet and was one of the shortest kids on the court. I usually got picked last or not at all when we split up teams.

It’s sad to admit but more than 30 years later I’m still kind of pissed at Mr Hamblin, the PE coach, who mocked me because I was in his words, “too short to play” in the coveted Teachers vs Students basketball game on the last day of the school year. This and other times of rejection left me feeling frustrated and misunderstood. I was pretty good at sports (by 5th grade standards) but I was being judged solely on my height. I often sat on the sidelines feeling defeated with resentment and great contempt for tall people!

This pattern continued on into high school and although I worked hard to earn a spot on the varsity team in 3 different sports, I was often ignored or given limited playing time by coaches who preferred to play the bigger kids who were in their minds “a sure thing” to win games. (that’s me below in my freshman year).

Bryan Elliott

Bryan Elliott, high school football

In business I continue to experience the feeling of being ignored, passed over, exploited, rejected and being treated unfairly all the time. I have felt defeated and wondered where my friends were when I needed them most. I have felt desperate and alone. I have felt the resentment and contempt for those in power who didn’t pick me after nailing the job interview; after years of thankless service; for well deserved promotions; new projects or whatever.

I confess that I’ve held grudges–even for things that are ancient history…
During my darkest moments when I lost sight of hope, I was so miserable that I was tempted to blame others or outside circumstances for my misfortune–real or perceived–to the point that I wanted to retaliate and seek revenge.

I’ve heard it said that “holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” It’s true, I’ve had a taste of it.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Some people, like Coach Hamblin, suck. Yes, we will be treated unfairly by unforeseen circumstances or people–deliberately or without malice–and either way isn’t fun. But we shouldn’t be surprised when adversity or rejection come, nor allow the applause or lack of, to determine our worth. This is the journey we’re on.

The path that used to be safe and secure–that cushy, high-paying job at the glamorous brand or position that is never in jeopardy of being downsized–is gone. At any moment the tightrope you’re walking on can get cut out from under you. And there’s no safety net.

Whether you work for someone else and love it, spend your days sending out resumes or are confined to a soul-sucking cubicle, there’s comfort in knowing that there’s an alternate choice: Pick yourself.

Don’t waste time playing to an audience who couldn’t care less about your tune. Don’t waste another breath of air trying to convince the unconvinced. There’s a danger after you’ve been rejected so many times…tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • You want to crawl under a rock and stop trying…
  • You start believing the critics or crickets and settle for less…
  • You get mad or resentful every time you hear the word “no” feeling undervalued and unappreciated…
  • You sabotage relationships or opportunities by rejecting them before (you think) they reject you as a defense mechanism…
  • You start using those in power as the scapegoat or excuse for your less-than-awesome output or performance…

Don’t do this. Don’t give them power by giving in. Keep your chin up, find the right audience or do better work until you get noticed. Never quit.

Seth said this in his latest book, “The Icarus Deception”:

“Our cultural instinct is to wait to get picked. To seek out permission, authority and safety that come from someone who says, ‘I pick you.’ Once you reject the impulse and realize that no one is going to select you—that Prince Charming has chosen another house in his search for Cinderella—then you can actually get to work.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this either publicly on our FB page, or privately by replying to this email.

–Bryan Elliott
Founder, Linked OC

Twitter: @BryanElliott
LinkedIn: /in/BryanDElliott
FB: /BryanElliott

Linked Orange County is about: Connecting. Business. People.

Our mission is to be a hub for thought leadership, entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups with emphasis on helping our members prosper and contributing to the growth of the Orange County economy.

We are a leading business community network connecting the disconnected to create value among our members and in the community.

Our main purpose is:

* Connecting buyers & sellers
* Connecting information seekers with information
* Connecting teams, collaborators and innovators to each other
* Connecting those with similar business goals
* Connecting job hunters with jobs
* Connecting organizations spending money with ways to save money
* Connecting like-minded, passionate people into a movement

What is your story?

Rockin’ the Suburbs

by Lindy

I’ve had almost two weeks with my new Christmas present, my Current Coaster from Ride Current; read my initial post on this new Irvine adult scooter company. It is an awesome set of wheels that is smooth, functional and fun.

Rockin' the suburbs!

Rockin’ the suburbs!

Current Coaster in Equatorial Black color

I’ve found that there is plenty of room for a child to ride in front of me, and they’re thrilled with hitchhiking; although it’s added work for the driver. As an active family of five, riding our bikes and scooters and walking the dog daily is a recreational requirement. My new Coaster makes it all that more fun and laid back – especially with the dandy handlebar speakers which have excellent sound.

After the assembly was complete, my husband took it for a spin (it accommodates up to 250 lbs.) and he said it was really smooth to ride. When I ride it, for added fun and challenge, I switch up my feet placement to the opposite, awkward leg  to get proficient in both; I have a theory that it’s good for creativity, not to mention balanced strength in my legs.

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it so far, online and in person; aside from the comment from my Washingtonian friend who thought I’d gone Amish. (?!) I suppose if Southern California had an Amish community, this is what we would use to get around! We should totally start an Amish community in South Orange County – who’s in?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions remain my own.

Fueling the SoCal Two-Wheeled Lifestyle

by Lindy

Last week I read a great article in the OC Register about a local entrepreneur, Bentley Kerr, who created a grown up version of a scooter called Current Coasters. His sporty scooter fits in perfectly on the beach strand. It was very inspiring to read about someone who had been hit hard by the economy who turned it into an opportunity to follow through on an idea he and a friend had.

Ride Current

Current Coasters – a new Orange County company specializing in a unique set of wheels! Photo Credit: Mindy Schauer, OC Register

More editorial photos from the OC Register are found here.

Bentley explained their business endeavor to columnist Jan Norman:

“I always wanted to start a business from the ground up.”

“I’ve talked to so many people who can’t believe I actually followed through with this. So many people have ideas about businesses to start but they never do it.”

“You have to be realistic about whether your idea will work, but you also need conviction. You have to believe before anyone else will.”

Read the entire interview and article here.

As a bike fan, with a Trek mountain bike, Nirve beach cruiser, a Razor scooter and even a unicycle, I had to take a closer look at the Current Coaster. I’ve been needing wanting some transportation that filled the gap of what I already have. Something that is easy to haul around and store. I ended up ordering the Equatorial Black one for a Christmas present (to me) along with some very important accessories: a bell, cup holder and speakers that mount on the handlebar.

I plan on riding it around the neighborhood when I walk the dog (shall I look for a mushing harness?), to the parks, to work, on the nearby bike trails, etc. I read that it is compact enough to fit in a car trunk, so I’m hoping I won’t even need to use my bike rack so I can keep it handy at all times. Since it has regular bike tires, it should be easy to maintain.

My new big-girl scooter should be arriving in the next few days, so I will have photos and a story to share soon.

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