Jul 13, 2020 • 10M

Motivation Monday #6: Portals to Other Worlds, Where the Streets Have New Names

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Sharon Panelo
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Lady Kia in front of magical portal 851, Pacific Street, Brooklyn.

Where You’ll Find Me This Week

👻 Still going on creepy adventures to otherworldly portals with the Randonautica app (details in this week’s mini-podcast).

🎮 Judging Session 2 of Indoor Recess, in founder Jiamen (Maggie) Peng’s words:

“a virtual advertising competition where students tackle a brief over 2 weeks with help from industry mentors, speakers and judges. Inspired by the wave of internship cancellations and recent grads facing an incredibly tough job market, we wanted to create something for students to showcase during this ‘gap’ on their resume. Running in 3 sessions this summer, we've already had 400+ applicants for session 1 and 200+ mentors/judges. Our first client is Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization!”

👾 The Session 2 agency sponsor is Laundry Service and the client project is… Twitch! Wanna be a judge too? Signup link here.

𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐃𝐑𝐎𝐏 𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐓 - 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝐁𝐄𝐘𝐎𝐍𝐃 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟐 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 —> ⁣@twitch
𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳. 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵... 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘵 — 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 — 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺’𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩, 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘴!⁣

𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀, 𝗼𝘂𝗿 Session 2 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝘁𝗼 create an integrated campaign solving the specific client ask! We can't wait to see what the teams create!⁣
𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗰𝗸! 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀? 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝘀? 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗴𝘀? 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗮 𝗗𝗠
July 12, 2020

Where The Streets Have New Names

A panoramic view of the BLM street mural on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn (photo by Valentina Di Liscia for Hyperallergic)

In downtown Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, Joralemon Street is co-named Black Lives Matter Boulevard, a cultural and semiotic victory for new names and new representation.


⌚️ Ponder: Why time feels so weird in 2020

🐔 Step Chickens and the Rise of TikTok Cults, by Taylor Lorenz for The New York Times, May 2020.

💛 Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope, by Christopher Bollen for Interview Magazine, July 2020

INTERVIEW: What’s one skill we should all learn while in quarantine?

TOLENTINO: How to make someone feel loved from a distance. 


The Old Guard. A politically conscious superhero summer jam about intellectual immortals. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball). Now streaming on Netflix. 📸 byAimee Spinks.


First shrimp boil of the season! 🦐 🌽 🥔 🍋 🍺

Dope Stuff for Your Desk

✏️ Muji 0.5mm Hexagonal Wooden Mechanical Pencil. Continuing my love of modern mechanical pencils and supporting Muji US, one of my favorite stationery brands that’s just filed for bankruptcy.

From the Mixtape

Creativity/Productivity Hacks: Tripleheader


💡 Your collaborative whiteboard.


🎩 Your presentation theatre/show.


↗️ Your cursor is your live face.
(h/t @romy_nehme)

Postcard of the Week

Glacier National Park, Montana. A point of view with some perspective from one of my favorite #vanlife travel photographers @e.mcgrady:

'No regrets.' I used to say that a lot and I Iived my life in a way that was, when I look back on it now, pretty self serving and just chasing one fun thing with another. These days, yeah, I do have regrets. I wish I'd done a better job of learning about history, how to be a better ally, a better listener and that I'd had the courage to use my voice when I saw something that wasn't right. When I was a kid I learned to blend in and found a way to move pretty easily in predominantly white spaces. Heck, I've even had people tell me they don't think of me as Asian but as white. The weird part is that I thought it meant I was succeeding at 'being American'. But it always felt bad. Like I had to check a part of myself at the door to be accepted. These days I don't try to hide my Asian-ness. Or my gayness. Or the fact that I wasn't born here. And it's become a little easier to speak up when I need to whether to take up space for me or to show up for someone else. Still, I'm a work in progress. We all are. And rather than being paralyzed by my regrets I'm trying to put my energy towards learning how to be better. One day at a time. #asianamericansforblacklives
July 9, 2020

Make someone feel loved from a distance this week.

See ya next week!

—Sharon & Kia 🐾