Technology

This Pep Talk Generator is Too Cool

I am passionate about engaging with women who generate ideas and that is what Babe Vibes is about. Babe Vibes is a collection of products, interviews, and publications by creative women. The ladies over there recently launched a Pep Talk Generator  that is so cool I had to share it with you. 

Just go to the Pep Talk Generator read a pep talk and click 'Next Pep Talk' to hear another. 

Day made. #BabeVibes

Here are some example of the pep talks you will find - - - 

One of my favorite lines from these pep talks is 

"Anyone who orders a little bit of ice cream isn't going to change the world"  - Mei Ratz

What's one of your favorite pep talk lines? #BabeVibes


Good Cool Hunting

I started blogging nearly three years ago to document my daily life and have my own little space on the internet to collect images and thoughts that inspire me.  I have gotten away from that as my schedule has increasingly grown more out of control launching my own business. With my crazy schedule I find that a hobby I always make time to do is search for cool things. So I thought I would shift this blog to just simply cool things I find. 

What is a cool thing? 

I define a cool thing as any product, tip, piece of information, book, podcast, tool, business, app, resource etc. that makes my life better, is interesting/ascetically pleasing or is just straight up fun and makes me smile.

Some organizations have people that have the title of "cool hunter". These employees have the task of investigating upcoming trends in youth culture with the goal of being ahead of the curve. While I personally am an early adopter of many trends or products, I have no interest in learning what the kids are saying these days. My goal is not to find things that are solely trendy or new but want to just find things that are cool.  I will still share updates of my life along the way, because let's face it - I want to do cool things with my life. I am going to refer to this new venture as good cool hunting and am excited to get started!

 

 

The first cool thing I want to share is something I use everyday - Quartz. 

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I love news but find it difficult to find world news. Twitter has made that easier but I often miss stories in my feed and even though I still watch the Today Show everyday, all I get from that are pop culture updates and Carson Daily's take on what is trending on social media. Quartz has been an awesome solution for me.  It is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy. You can go to their website to get a list of news stories by topic, latest obsessions, or most recent stories. It is owned by the Atlantic Media Co. which publishes The Atlantic magazine, one of my favorites.  

The part of Quartz that I think is the coolest is the daily brief tool. You can sign up to get a daily email that summarizes all the biggest news stories worldwide. It includes links to more details in each summary and also includes fun stories in a variety of topic areas. It talks about what happened when you were sleeping, current topics of debate, recent discoveries and obsessions of the writers. The writing is creative, witty, and engaging - I promise it is not boring! I can read it in five minutes or spend more time looking into the stories that interest me. I always feel well informed and love that at the end of the daily email it wishes me a productive day.

Sign up for the Daily Brief Here. 

Here is an example of one of the briefs. Try it out and let me know what you think! 

That's My Jam - My Top 5 Free Stock Photo Sites

I have been been on the hunt for free stock photos to use for a presentation I am making this week. I like to use my own photos as much as possible but lately I have been in a time crunch. Instead of just doing a google image search and coming up with odd clipart or dated, cheesy photos with white backgrounds, I wanted to have contemporary images that were complimentary to the style of my presentation.  I did some research and found some awesome websites that have the tone and quality that aligns with my style. It took some digging so I thought I would share my Top 5 with some samples of their work as it may be helpful to others. All of these websites are in blog format and many you can sign up to get new images when they are released.

1. Startup Stock Photos

This website was created by Sculpt a social media agency in Iowa City. This site has great free photos that reflect the startup work life. 

 

2. Unsplash 

This is my favorite. I love every photo on this site. They post 10 new photos every ten days and you can subscribe by email to get the photos emailed to you. 

 

3. Gratisography 

I really like this website because they have some quirky options mixed in.  I also am drawn to the style of the site. The loading icons even make me smile. 

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I also appreciate that in lieu of a traditional donate button, it is a coffee fund that you can donate to. Personally, that makes more apt to donate. 

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4. Little Visuals

On this website you can sign up through email to get 7 images every seven days. You can download each week as a zip file; each week appears to have a different theme. 

5. Picography 

This website has a variety of styles and allows for photographers to submit photos.