20 5 / 2013

literaryreference:

You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend.

But…

Been there…

19 5 / 2013

19 5 / 2013

I moved to NYC right out of college. It was an easy move via the greyhound, as my school was in Philly. I’d traveled to NYC often and had interned there the summer prior. 

After a few weeks of apartment-hunting, I chose a 5-story walk-up in Soho that I’d share with two guys I’ve since nicknamed “Frank and Beans.” The allure of the storied loft spaces and chic boutiques outshone the facts that my rent was $1300/month, our floor was so uneven that my dresser drawers flew open, my bedroom window opened to a brick wall, and Frank and Beans and I weren’t a match made in heaven. 

That was five years ago. 

Since that time, I like to think that I’ve matured a bit and have come to understand what it is I actually value. That introspection fueled my move to Austin and my choice to start Refrosh. 

The ups and downs I encountered in my immediate post-grad life would have been softened dramatically had something like Refrosh existed for me then. During those years in New York, making new friends was as big a struggle as getting my wash to the laundromat and coping with the fact that my brilliance was neither apparent nor appreciated in my first job!

I think if I had established a network of pals in my same boat, I would have been better able to understand this period of my life at that time. With Refrosh, I’d like to make that possible for YOU. Whether you’re in your early 20’s and just starting out or in your late 30’s and dealing with issues specific to that life stage, I want you to be able to connect with people who will get you. That’s what this is about. 

<3

Nicole, Founder

07 3 / 2013

new:

People at SXSW, illustrated in crayon.

new:

People at SXSW, illustrated in crayon.

21 2 / 2013

theatlantic:

The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets

Sorry, Louisiana, you are the saddest state. And Hawaii (shocker!) you are the happiest. 
That’s according to a team at the Vermont Complex Systems Center, who posted their new analysis of 10 million geotagged tweets to to arXiv.org. They call their creation a “hedonometer.”
They also found that the Bible belt stretching across the American south and into Texas was less happy than the west or New England. The saddest town of the 373 urban areas studied was Beaumont in east Texas. The happiest was Napa, California, home of many drunk people wine makers. The only town among the 15 saddest that was not in the south or Rust Belt was Waterbury, Connecticut. (Although Waterbury has appeared on several “worst places to live” lists, which seems like mean lists to make.)
Read more. 


what about austin?

theatlantic:

The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets

Sorry, Louisiana, you are the saddest state. And Hawaii (shocker!) you are the happiest. 

That’s according to a team at the Vermont Complex Systems Center, who posted their new analysis of 10 million geotagged tweets to to arXiv.org. They call their creation a “hedonometer.”

They also found that the Bible belt stretching across the American south and into Texas was less happy than the west or New England. The saddest town of the 373 urban areas studied was Beaumont in east Texas. The happiest was Napa, California, home of many drunk people wine makers. The only town among the 15 saddest that was not in the south or Rust Belt was Waterbury, Connecticut. (Although Waterbury has appeared on several “worst places to live” lists, which seems like mean lists to make.)

Read more. 

what about austin?

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20 2 / 2013

kullect:

                                       Giraffes in Los Angeles  

kullect:

                                       Giraffes in Los Angeles  

20 2 / 2013

fastcompany:

Having Friends Could Save Your Life
So grab that drink with your friend after work.

Here’s a new health risk to worry about as you get older: A lack of human contact. According to researchers from Brigham Young University, low social interaction has the equivalent lifespan impact as smoking 15 cigarettes daily, or being a raging alcoholic. Cutting yourself off from others is worse, even, than inactivity. And twice as bad as obesity. So, you better start making friends.

Read the full article here.

fastcompany:

Having Friends Could Save Your Life

So grab that drink with your friend after work.

Here’s a new health risk to worry about as you get older: A lack of human contact. According to researchers from Brigham Young University, low social interaction has the equivalent lifespan impact as smoking 15 cigarettes daily, or being a raging alcoholic. Cutting yourself off from others is worse, even, than inactivity. And twice as bad as obesity. So, you better start making friends.

Read the full article here.

20 2 / 2013

20 2 / 2013

tedx:

Plant walls, bento boxes, innovations, oh my!: TEDxAustin 2013

Above, scenes from TEDxAustin’s 2013 event, which took place February 9 at Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas — the Formula One racetrack right outside the Texas capital.

Attendees were treated to an all-day affair of ideas worth spreading, along with breaks designed to delight the senses — full of activities, art exhibitions, demonstrations, and even a live painting project.

Lunch was especially memorable — served in compostable bamboo bento boxes conceived by chef and TEDx speaker Elizabeth Andoh, master of the Japanese cooking style washoku.

Bottom photo via Jeff Kramer: http://www.jeffkramer.com/

20 2 / 2013

(Source: iloveaustin)