A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower. – Kin Hubbard
Most times, I feel empowered by the fact that I can choose the life I want to live. I imagine a fantastic story in my mind and see it through to fruition. Other times, I frustrate myself with my inability to be still – but like a honeybee – I just can’t seem to buzz any slower. If my nature is to buzz forward at all times the important question becomes “What am I moving towards?”
Here is what I’m working for. Here is what I want: • To see and experience the world through travel. It makes me feel connected on a greater level. • To spend more time outside. It inspires me. • To fill my house with music, delicious food, the smell of spice and lots of light and love. • To become a better photographer and storyteller. • To help lots of authentic companies and genuine individuals through Braid. • To be open to giving and receiving. • Strength and health. • Friendship and family. • To recognize the beauty in everything. From the big picture to the tiny details. • To capture, document, shape and share all of it.
What do you guys want? What are you working for? Please do tell – I really want to know.
I have to have a piece of dark chocolate (like… 85% dark) every single night. In fact, my nickname may or may not be “Chocoslut” around this time of the evening. I pair a few squares with a glass of red wine and feel all sophisticated – like I could be hanging with Gwyneth Paltrow. Except for the fact that I’m singing a made up song about being a “chocoslut” while Jeremy and Mister Boots choreograph a little booty dance to match. But whatever.
So the other night we’re out of chocolate and I had a sweet tooth to be dealt with. So I took stock of what we had on hand – peaches and coconut milk. My friend Mel showed me a recipe for whipped “cream” using coconut milk that she concocted for her Paleo cookbook (that I happen to be designing) when I was down in Austin. I thought I’d try it out. I fried up some peaches and whipped some coconut milk into a cream. The peaches were a little hot and melted the “cream” – but you guys – it was delicious. However, “peachslut” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Am I the only one that needs a little bite of something sweet every day?
First it was Angry Birds. Then it was Words With Friends. Now it’s Tiny Tower. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon when Jeremy starting whooping about finally having enough money to upgrade his elevator. I don’t really know what that means and I’m still unsure whether that money was real or not.
This week: • I ate nothing but fruit on Monday • I worked on a logo / signage for Kendi’s new store • Oh, and Sana’s store too • And in between Braid proposals I worked on Mel’s cookbook • I reassured all of my clients that I’m not going to fire them. I promise. • I put together 27 boards for a showing of my work at a local university • I wrote some posts on Pinterest at the Braid blog • In between all that I fit in some workouts and forced myself to work on push-ups • I drank lots of tea • I opened the windows and let some cool air in
This weekend: • Family time! • One of my nephews is turning 8! • We’re cooking veggie lasagna for Jeremy’s family • Sleeping in (past 6:45 AM) • Jeremy’s going to work on homework (did I mention he’s taking a class for his masters degree in electrical engineering? He is. I’m proud.) • I’m looking forward to some quality time with my new camera (Mister Scooty Boots has clearly had enough with modeling) • Maybe I can convince Jeremy to go rock climbing • Grocery shopping – I always look forward to stocking my fridge with veggies every week
How has your week been? What are you looking forward to this weekend?
I thought I’d share a recent Braid Creative project with you all, if you’re interested. It’s a How To Pinterest video. Now, I know probably 100% of my blog readers are already beyond first base and onto making babies with Pinterest but some of our Braid customers and customers-to-be aren’t early-adopters / Pinterest sluts like all of you (and me too). So we thought this video would help them get to know Pinterest a little better.
I wanted to tell you a little bit about the process of creating this How To: 1. I wrote a basic script. And from there edited it down as much as possible so we were only sharing essential information. 2. From there I brainstormed imagery that could accompany the script. 3. We took stills and shot video with the iPhone. We’re all about lo-fi tools. 4. I gathered screen shots and designed our imagery. 5. Tara edited these assets together in iMovie. We’re thinking about upgrading soon to Adobe Premier or Final Cut – thoughts? 6. We used music written by Jeremy and our friend Colin! It’s actually a work-in-progress – but just right as-is for this project. 7. I then did a voice-over – we trimmed the script on the spot and adjusted the length of certain clips as needed. I learned a lot here.
P.S. I’m pinning almost exclusively to my Braid Pinterest boards now. Follow me here.