2014 Retrospective

Every year, I keep a running playlist of the music that I hear that resonates with me, and then in December I pare it down to a playlist to represent the year. Well, December turned into January, which gave way to spring and now summer. So now, in what I believe may be the last compilation to come out of the year, I present you with the Team Soell 2014 Retrospective. I hope you enjoy it.

A Fail Wail Tale

One of the things I love most about being a part of the larger coworking community is the spirit of sharing between people who are still trying to figure it all out.

The first year — or three — can be a roller coaster of victories and defeats, but there are literally hundreds of people out there more than willing to share the things they have found to work for them. During the first year of building our community I was fortunate enough to get endless amounts of amazing advice from veteran coworking space operators around the world and it made all the difference between continuing on and throwing in the towel.

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Turning a coworking space into a coworking community

I have a special place in my heart for coworking space operators who have done it all wrong. It’s a story that I’ve heard over and over since we opened our own space two years ago: “People just aren’t coming back. They stop in for a day and tell us how great it is, but then we never see them again.” They go on to describe how awkward it is, because when people do stop in, it’s just two people—which makes it hard to give people that feeling that coworking has. “How do we get people to sign up? How do we get them to form a community?”

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2013 Retrospective

It’s the time of year when one stops to reflect on what’s happened the previous twelve months, and I’m no exception. For me, this always starts with the music that’s served as my soundtrack for the year. I had to pare down from thirty or so tracks, and what I was left with was a bunch of music that I really, really love—but that doesn’t seem to fit together all that well. Nevertheless, I’ve compiled them together here for your consideration.

So long 2013.

Lost & Found

The moment when you realize you’ve been robbed? It’s exactly how they show it in the movies. You stand in one place, looking dumbly around the room in the direction of where your most valuable items ought to be. This is where I found myself Sunday morning, as I came downstairs to make breakfast for my daughter.

I actually made it all the way through the living room, through the dining room, and into the kitchen before I realized anything was wrong. My first clue was the back door. It was wide open. My dog Gus, always at my side, bounded out the open door like it was the most normal thing in the world, but that was the moment that began one of the most abnormal weeks of my life.

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INDIANA HAS PONIES

A little over a year ago, my dad moved from the house where I (mostly) grew up in Zanesville, OH to The Middle Of Nowhere, IN when his wife took a university position in the northern part of the state.  Going from having him forty-five minutes away to three hours away has been an adjustment, but he finally has his house surrounded by all the grass he can mow in the midwestern countryside. He’s happy, so we’re happy for him.

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Moving On

For those of you who haven’t already heard, Google Reader has been discontinued. If you haven’t heard of Google Reader, you can read a quick writeup I did from 2009. In short. Google Reader is an aggregator that keeps tabs on all the news sites, blogs, and web sites that I read regularly, and presents a concise list of new updates that appear on those sites. When I wrote that article in 2009, I had already been using it for years and years, so you can imagine how sad it is to lose something that’s become such a big part of how I use the Internet.

I don’t dispute Google’s right to shut down a project like Google Reader — especially in light of the fact that it’s a free service that I haven’t paid a penny for. But the loss of Google Reader has absolutely taught me a valuable lesson: Things worth having are worth paying for.

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Summer Face

summer makeup

I don’t know about you, but when Ohio works its magic and the temps go from forty degrees to eighty-five (with a million percent humidity, naturally), my skin goes a little crazy if I’m not careful.  Let’s be honest, my skin is a little crazy without the help of Ohio’s bipolar weather tendencies so I’m always on the lookout for products that feel light but still do the trick.  These are a few of my summer makeup bag staples favorites.  

DAY

Trader Joes Jojoba Oil: The ultimate in natural products for pore-cleansing, makeup removal, and moisturizing.  My face is ultra sensative so I can’t use anything with fancy perfumes OR ELSE. This does the trick on it’s own without anything extra.  It’s awesome for traveling light too.  

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On: I don’t like to wear concealer (at least during the day) in the summer.  It feels heavy and looks bad after a few hours so I am loving this sensative skin friendly eye revitalizing roll-on.  Fast, easy, effective.  Love it. Birchbox introduced me to this gem.

Supergoop CC Cream (SPF 35): Most days I’ll go naked faced during the day, but if I want or need a little extra coverage I love this stuff.  It’s lightweight, has better coverage than other BB creams/tinted moisturizers that’s I’ve tried and the color is self-adjusting. It also has a matte finish for shine control.  

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (SPF 15): This stuff is looks amazing, feels amazing and smells amazing which I know is an odd thing to mention about lip balm, but it’s true so I’m telling you.

Benefit High Beam Luminizer: This stuff is great for adding a little highlight here and there.  It doesn’t leave your face feeling too sparkley or oily.  

Cover Girl Eyeshadow Shimmering Sands: A friend my freshman year of high school introduced me to this eye shadow and I have used it ever since. That means it’s been in my makeup bag for close to twenty years (oh dear, I’m old).  I am forever trying newer fancier shadows, but I always come back to good old Cover Girl.  This color pallate in particular is lovely and works on most if not all skin colors.  I spent the whole of my twenties as a professional bridesmaid and I can’t tell you how many friends wore this on their walk down the aisle. It’s lovely and natural looking.  

The Balm Hot Mama Blush/Shadow: This blush has a really nice golden pink color to it that adds a little pop to your cheeks without too much color.

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara: I love this mascara for both how it looks and it’s price tag. It’s been my go-to ever since Cover Girl released it.

NIGHT

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Pallette: I photograph weddings for a living and this has been a staple in nearly every makeup artist’s bag I have ever met.  It’s super versitile and you can acheive so many beautiful looks with all the different combinations. It’s also $50.  That’s the down side.  But if you want to stay with a natural palette, it’s awesome.  If I want a smokier eye for going out, this is my go to.  

Dior Maximizer Lash Primer/Plumping Serum: A professional drag queen in the NYC Sephora sold this to me for the first time and I wish I could go back and give him a hug.  It.  Is. AWESOME.  I have really light and thin eyelashes so mascara alone often doesn’t do the trick, but I am WAY too low maitence for any kind of regular false eyelash application.  It just isn’t going to happen.  This + a good mascara (like The’re Real below) is the closest you will get to false eyelashes without any glue.  Goes on white, extends lashes, promotes natural growth of lashes.  Try it.  You will love it.  

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: This mascara has fantastic coverage, extends lashes, and goes on super smooth.  It only comes in black and I wear brown during the day, so I leave this for night or special occasions.  It’s all the rage with most beauty editors so I have no doubt you can find a million people to confirm the virtues of this mascara. 

Benefit Erase Paste + Ooh La Lift = bright eyes.  I’m sorry, it cannot help you with your bushy tail.  

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick: This stuff is so great.  It goes on smooth (unlike A LOT of other matte lipsticks), and stays on for a long time.  Color Pictured = Red Lizard.  It’s a full on Betty Draper shade of red.  

Stila Liquid Eyeliner/Nars Pencil Liners are my favorites when I want to add a little edge to my night look, but most of the time I line my eyes with the lightest shadow from the CG Shimmering Sands shadow.  

Jouer Perfume Oil: This technically isn’t for your face, but I’m loving this little rollerball scent I got as a bonus with a full-sized product purchase from Birchbox.  I

So what’s in your bag?