20 slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds. It definitely forces you to find the essence of a story, and limitations like that always stretch our creativity in the best of ways. My talk,”Finding Bigfoot,” will honor Dallas and Wayne, two Bigfoot researchers from my hometown in southern Ohio. They were the subject of my documentary, “Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie,” and making that film remains one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. If you’re in Columbus, come join us to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Pecha Kucha Columbus.
I believe everything we do in life can be boiled down to either acting out of fear or acting out of love.
Anything that holds you back from being your true self, such as anxiety, doubt, or insecurity, represents fear.
Anything that empowers you to share who you are freely and openly represents love.
Are you living from a place of fear or love?
Abundance Thinking says we can both win. Your light can shine, and so can mine. And in the process, the overall light shines brighter. The more freely I give and share, the better off we both are. It says there’s an abundance of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose available that we can all share in. Abundance Thinking is about doing a favor for someone or lending a helping hand without an expectation that that person will do something for you; you give for the sake of giving. Abundance Thinking is based in trust, faith, and ultimately love.
Scarcity Thinking says if you win, then I lose. Or, if I win, you lose. There’s a limit to how much fulfillment, meaning, and purpose exists in the world, and if you’re getting more of it, then I’m getting less of it. Or if I’m getting more of it, then you’re getting less of it. Scarcity Thinking is about keeping score, viewing life and relationships as transactional, and only doing favors for others when you know they’ll do something for you in return. Scarcity Thinking is based in insecurity, doubt, and ultimately fear.
I’m naturally drawn to people who live their lives rooted in Abundance Thinking.
Which sounds more like you?
Since moving to Columbus in February 2014, I’ve developed quite a love affair with this place. It’s easy to love. Columbus is one of the most likeable, authentic, friendly places I’ve lived. Here are a few highlights so far that I thought I’d share with those of you who may be new to Columbus or may be looking to see this city with fresh eyes. This is a work-in-progress and by no means a full list because I know there are lots of cool places I’m not including or haven’t experienced yet; I intend to provide updates as the adventure continues.
- Drexel – Theater in Bexley. I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel here.
- Gateway Film Center – Theater near Ohio State that shows mainstream and indie films and does beer tastings + screenings. Lots of cool screening series here like Documentary Week, etc.
- Ohio Theatre – One of the most beautiful places of all to see a movie; they have an awesome summer movie series.
- Studio 35 – Theater in Clintonville that does occasional beer tastings + screenings. They get extra credit in my book for hosting a beer tasting + screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
- Wexner Center for the Arts – Performing arts center on Ohio State’s campus that shows lots of cool indie films and also brings visiting filmmakers to town.
- Caffe Apropos – European-style coffee shop that serves wine and beer in addition to coffee; great spot to chill.
- Cup o Joe – Local coffee chain with numerous locations in Columbus.
- Mission Coffee – Fun, funky local coffee shop near High Street; they’re serious about their coffee.
- Stauf’s – One of my favorite coffee shop in Columbus; it’s spacious, open late, and located on Grandview Ave. in the heart of Grandview.
Restaurants, Food, Drinks
- 16-Bit – Arcade bar with all kinds of vintage arcade machines that are all free to play.
- Aab – Quality Indian restaurant with two locations: Grandview and Dublin.
- Dirty Frank’s – A fun 80s/90s themed hot dog restaurant with all kinds of decadent dogs. How many places can you go with paintings of Hall & Oates and Michael Jackson on the wall?
- Northstar Cafe – one of the local treasures; they have a few locations, including Easton and the Short North; great for breakfast/brunch too
- Old Mohawk – Cozy neighborhood pub in German Village with awesome food. Famous for their turtle soup.
- Rambling House Soda Pop Brewery – Cool community gathering place serving up homemade soda pop straight up or in mixed drinks and local brews. Live music in a cool, inviting space.
- Schmidt’s – A Columbus institution in the German Village; it’s a German restaurant that makes their own sausages; a few nights during the week, they have live polka music.
- Seventh Son Brewing Co. – Popular local brewery with a cozy vibe.
- Surly Girl Saloon – Fun Western themed bar/pub/restaurant. Their Frito Pie rocks!
- Thurman Cafe – Serious burgers. Not for the faint of heart.
- Tip Top – Gotta try the pot roast here!
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Columbus’s very own, now with locations in Chicago, Atlanta, and elsewhere. Can’t beat the Buckeye State flavor, but it’s best to have a sampling of several flavors before deciding.
- Pistacia Vera – Don’t miss the macarons at this place!
- Big Fun – Vintage toy store with lots of ’80s and ’90s toys.
- Bink Davies – Local gift shop with locations in the Short North and at Easton. It’s a great spot to explore for all of their Ohio-themed gifts and t-shirts.
- Homage – Local t-shirt shop with cool vintage tees.
- Book Loft – 32 rooms! This is one of the craziest and largest bookstores I’ve been inside; it’s in a house in the German Village and feels like a maze inside with all of its rooms.
- Goodale Park – One of the oldest parks in the country, founded in 1851. It’s downtown, near High Street.
- North Market – Downtown public market with restaurants, fresh produce, etc., etc. Goes back to 1876.