When we moved to Phoenix, I was sad to leave some of my favorite Bay Area books stores like The Reading Bug, a children’s bookstore that is the home of the best adult book club, and Books Inc. where I had been going to their stores throughout the Bay Area since discovering just a walk away from USF in Laurel Village.
One day early in our Phoenix adventures, I was in need of a little soul filling adventure. I happened into Changing Hands in Tempe. So began my newest book store love affair…
I have been lucky enough to see Elizabeth Gilbert speak – TWICE!!!!
Last year, I saw that Lemony Snicket was coming to visit. Since we love children’s literature in this home, I suggested going with D. It was shits and giggle fun that may or may not have involved us getting ummmm hazed (?!?) by him. (will post about this later as I guess I haven’t shared about it yet – a blast and a half!!)
Now, it is quite easy to share with D that an interesting author is coming to Changing Hands and have him whole-heartedly embrace going.
In October, I saw that Jason Segel would be in town for his Nightmares series and suggested that we go. Since it was down in Tempe, I suggested we go to House of Tricks as good friends of ours that moved to Beijing had suggested it.
I don’t think I have any photos of the actual meal as we ended up at the corner of the bar as this girl didn’t realize that she would need to check the ASU schedule…..
Yah, so if you would like to go to dinner at House of Tricks, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND confirming that there is not an ASU anything that night.
The food and drinks were delicious, so we will definitely go back.
Then we headed over to listen to Jason Segel speak at Tempe High School. I loved that it was more interview style than just a speech. He was captivating for a lot of reasons and really offered some great soundbites good for adults and children alike. Here are some of the best sound bites from the evening:
Don’t settle, there’s something more
Do some things that are scary, try some stuff
Instincts when you believe in something – was a script and ended up on a shelf
Acting is a team sport
Writing is creative endeavor that you don’t need permission slip for
On vacation, saw man reading it…. Guy was surprised it was Jason Segel
TV is a passive activity – “binge watch” no other context where binge is a positive thing
Kid is like a director, create it in their minds
Feel smarter and capable after reading a book
When I read, I liked feeling like I was getting away with something
1st book: cannot run from fears
Willing to sit thru something you are bad at to get good at it
Be the kid who is willing to be bad at something
2nd book: can’t numb your fear
Without facing fears, you can’t accomplish your dreams
8-12 it’s like inception, you can still help change their thinking
Kids are sneaky and funny and weird
Talking to kids like they are capable
Complicated kid, a bunch of weirdos make a family
Everything I have is because I did something scary
Try to be best version of myself
Who is your favorite muppet? Kermit! The everyman
So much of your power is in other people’s hands
People who succeed: refuse to wait for permission
Have some faith and do what you can
How I met your mother 24 when he started and 34 when it ended: Everyone became such a beautiful adult
How do you come up with funny yet catchy songs? They don’t have to actually be that good with two verses and a chorus
You don’t have to actually show it to anyone
It’s okay that you are afraid, walk thru it
Acting School: Being in a place where I knew I was safe
My all time favorite sound bite was this:
Be Brave and Go For It!
hence the title of this post.