May 17, 2012

Get Lost to Find Yourself in Tel Aviv

There's nothing quite as magnificent as getting lost in a big, lively city; wandering aimlessly around the streets; discovering it as you go. "When I travel and in my life in general, I’m always looking for those little surreal and magical moments that make every long journey worthwhile because they are so uniquely awesome." Oh how I wish these were my words. But unfortunately (for me; awesome for everyone else), this is a quote from Shimrit Elisar's DIY Tel Aviv guide that gives you the straightforward answer to "Where do the cool kids go?"

No more staying in the dark; no more missing out on cool festivals and events; no more being unaware of Tel Aviv's most adorable café's and trendiest clubs. After reading the guide from cover to cover, I got more inside info about the city than years of walking-around-until-my-feet-would-threaten-to-fall-off have ever taught me!

My excitement is justified, believe me. For instance, did you know that TAR, the Tel Aviv Rollers group hosts a Tuesday night Tel Aviv roller ride? Or that Pua café in Old Jaffa is also a vintage shop? Or that the Rak Shniya second-hand store is open daily till midnight? Or that Rogatka bar serves vegan, cruelty-free brunches every Saturday morning? There's even a list of cool, up-and-coming Tel Aviv based bands!

And if you're a tourist looking to discover the "city of life", the guide is just shameless enough to be perfect. It tells you everything you need to know for a wonderful vacation - from insight to the morning-after pill to an explanation to what is Sabiah.

So come, by bus, train or plain, and travel, discover and live! Directions are not your thing? Fear not! The guide comes with a map that spots all the locations for you. (Now you can toss your old GPS, or recycle, in the spirit of Tel Aviv.) There is also a blog, which actually initiated the guide, where you can find daily posts about what's hot right now in the city: Do you prefer the aroma of freshly-printed volumes? Then there is good news for you! DIY Tel Aviv guide would be released in it's first-ever printed version this month!

Get the guide from the blog:
DIY Tel Aviv on Facebook:
DIY Tel Aviv on Twitter: @diytelaviv

Have you ever been to Tel Aviv? What is your favorite place in the city?

May 13, 2012

Step #1: IMAGE - Part 2

Click here to read the rest: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4

Keep in mind: 

  • Remember that your personal image is not definite and as you grow and evolve, it would too.
  • Don't forget to enjoy the process, because the "end product" is impossible to reach - there is always room for improvement. 

What other steps would you take to create your personal image?

Want to join me on my quest for personal image? Comment to join or tweet #JGIMAGE to be added to the list!  

May 1, 2012

Step #1: IMAGE - Part 1

Click here to read the rest: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

What is it?

Our image is the persona we project into the world. It holds within it every aspect of our being: starting from the way we answer the phone and ending at whether or not we lead the life we desire to have. 

To clarify, I will quote the undisputed information source of our generation [Wikipedia, that is]: "A person's self-image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, genderI.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about himself or herself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others."

In short, self image is the combination of the way we see ourselves, and the way we present ourselves to others. It is the answer to the question: "What do you want to be?".

Why should we give a D'?

I believe out image is more than just a logo we plan upon ourselves. It reflects our values and beliefs, and manifests our goals. By being loyal to our image - our personalities - we could shape our lives to be profound proclamations. 

  • In order to define the way you want to present yourself to others, and to create that presentation, you need to figure out who you are as a person. Thus, working on our personal image helps us get to know ourselves better.
  • Nowadays, when our lives are displayed online for everyone to see, people determine their first impressions based on the content we put out there. Having a defined image would help us showcase ourselves in the most accurate and most positive way. 

What do you think? Do you think a personal image is important? Have you defined yours? 

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