Tina Mailhot-Roberge – Designer

Tina Mailhot-Roberge is a designer, illustrator, and co-founder of Veodesign. She also does freelance work for Lifehacker.com and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.  This book is a jewel, a must-read for curious truth seekers. Probable side effects of reading Yogananda’s autobiography: Broadening your horizons, opening your mind, feelings of wonder and a deeper understanding and respect for the universe.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman is not only a comic book series, it is a work of art, a masterpiece which explores a variety of themes such as the power of dreams, myths, death, identity, metamorphosis and a lot more. It is a most beautiful merge of art and literature.

Lists of Ingredients.  Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Everything you ingest becomes you. In a culture where junk food and highly processed meals are the norm, and where disease is omnipresent, it is crucial to pay attention to what you put inside your body. If you do not know the food you are eating every day, you are literally gambling with your health. Take off the blindfold, read and research; it will pay off in the long run.

Good things to watch.

The Stars.  Look up; the night sky is full of wonders, shining stars, constellations and planets, making us realize how amazing and grand the universe is. We are travelling on a living spaceship, each of us having a unique experience. If this isn’t enough to cheer you up, then I don’t know what will!

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.  This amazing 13-minute TED talk explores the relationship between performer and fans, giving a voice to crowdsourcing as well as the pay-what-you-want model. It is a fantastic and passionate talk that will have one reconsider the current market/selling model our society currently employs and offer alternative solutions based on trust and support.

Star Trek: TOS.  An always entertaining classic! It is a window on the culture and era of the 60s but also on human ingenuity, dreams and hopes for the future.

Good things to use.

Your Heart.  Listening to your heart and looking within will inevitably lead to self-realization. In our western society, we are often told shut off the heart and focus only on the mind, but this will lead one feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Our heart is, simply put, our purest compass, the door to our intuition and the key to true happiness.

Nexus 4.  I made the switch from iPhone 4 to Nexus 4 back in March and I am very pleased. The Nexus 4 is an affordable, fast and reliable phone which features the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean). What surprised me the most was the camera’s quality, especially with HDR, the customizability (consider using UCCW if you enjoy creating your own interfaces), as well as the widgets, a missing feature in iOS. It serves me well as a companion productivity tool.

A Bicycle.  Biking is for me an exercise and a joy. A bike will take you as far as you want, but you can also simply use it to discover new locations close to home. It is a vehicle of freedom and health, quite literally an adventure on wheels.

Connect with Tina on Twitter, @Vervex.

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