Cool Things I Discovered in 2009

Posted on January 2, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Happy New Year!

I’ve been thinking about this blog article for awhile, but thought that January 1st-ish would be a good time to post something about just a few of the cool things I discovered in 2009.


The Blog of Tim Ferriss – Experiments in Lifestyle Design

I first heard about Tim Ferriss when a friend sent me a link to one of his posts — How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself. Whoa! I haven’t read his book, The 4-Hour Workweek yet (it’s on my list to read this year), but Tim is definitely doing something that’s working. I learn something new every week from his blog. (Thanks, Rick!)

Spill the Beanz Coffee Teaque (Central Tucson) – Meeting Space, Work Space, Coffee and Quiet

I love having a home office because the commute is pretty nice. But when I want and need to get out of the house to get work done or meet with clients, finding a suitable meeting place isn’t always easy. Well, I just found my latest office away from the home office. Spill the Beans Coffee Teaque at 2920 North Swan Road, Suite #118 in Plaza Palomino at Glenn and Swan is a coffee shop with a little bit more. Aside from hot and cold coffee and tea drinks galore and some snacks and baked goods, there are lots of tables with comfortable chairs, couches with cushy pillows, background music that doesn’t blare out of the speakers, free WiFi (a must) and a private conference room that customers can reserve for meetings for free! I went there for the first time last week and spent the entire afternoon getting a lot of work done. Spill the Beanz has only been open a month, but I hope that more people will discover it. Oh, and they also sell purses…a definite plus, if you ask me. (Thanks, Dan!)

Cheryl Richardson – Topic of the Week Newsletters

I bought Cheryl’s book, The Art of Extreme Self Care, last December. If you read my post, Jumping Off The Cliff Without A Parachute…and Starting My Own Business On The Ride Down, you’ll know why. The book is a quick read and resonated with me. It helped me figure out solid, simple ways to take care of myself, which I tended to forget about in 2008. I signed up for her weekly newsletter in 2009. Check out Week 46.

Pandora Free Internet Radio

Maybe you already knew about Pandora, but I didn’t. Allowing you to create your own radio channel that plays the music you like or might like, Pandora is very cool. The station I created plays Ray LaMontagne, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, OutKast and a little bit of everything in-between. Sometimes the ol’ iTunes selections can get old. This is a nice alternative, and you get to know new music and new artists at the same time.  (Thanks, Bete!)

Batucaxé – The Blessing of the Beat

Technically, I discovered Batucaxé (pronounced bah-too-cah-SHEH) in January 2008 at a downtown festival. I kept one of their bright pink promo flyers on my refrigerator for months before I actually attended a dance class. I became a member in January 2009, and that’s when I discovered how much I enjoyed dancing, performing and being a part of a community group.

Tucson Carnaval, January 2009 - My first performance with Batucaxe!

Batucaxé, which means “the blessing of the beat,” has had an incredible impact on my life and has given me a new family of friends. My photos and status updates on my Facebook personal profile over the past 12 months are a testament to that. I hope that everyone has the opportunity in 2010 to discover or re-discover something that simply makes them feel good. (Thanks, Jaimie!)

Leave a comment about something cool that you discovered in 2009. It can be a person, place, thing, a website or something a little less tangible. It’s up to you.

If it made your life better, easier or made you smile, it’s worth sharing.

Have a great day and wonderful year!


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6 Responses to “Cool Things I Discovered in 2009”

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I started to volunteer at a horse rescue in 2009 and have met the neatest group of people. I believe in having something good in your life that you believe in and is for our community. It has changed my life and how I see things…but in a positive way! I say, whatever is in each person that is unique to them, find a group to join and let you become a part of making it work! Last but not least, Dream Big…:)

Cindy, thanks for sharing this! What a wonderful way to share one of your passions. I hope you keep following your dreams and keep me updated.

What I want to share is not so much something I discovered in 2009, but rather something I re-discovered in 2009. Like you, I discovered Batucaxe, and while I LOVE the beat and the dance and the energy, what it really bought me back to in the short time I have been coming to class is the feeling of community and support and togetherness. I started my dance career as a young teenager going to community classes, abut as I became more of a professional dancer, I drifted further and further away from that essence. It is so nice to rediscover it. It has bought out in me this innate need to give of myself to others. And I’m going to use my 2010 to do this! Rediscovery…what a blessing!

Community. Support. Togetherness. I like that. Yes, re-discovery is pretty cool, too. Maybe Batucaxe re-discovered YOU!

A website I discovered (or rather my son discovered it and told me about it) is It’s a great place to buy music. What I like about them is that you can listen to any song one time all the way through before buying it. You can also buy a song to just have on the Internet for .10! MP3’s are usually just .89. It’s a great deal. They have playlists and recommendations from other users. In that way it’s a little like Netflix. Lala has a nice user interface too. I find it easy to navigate. I get all my music there now. I love it!

I am checking this out TODAY! A song for 10 cents or 89 cents? I’m there for sure! Thanks for sharing.

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