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Joanna Waterfall

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Joanna Waterfall is an artist at heart. She started college as a studio art major and eventually changed to graphic design. Yet, when you meet her and witness what she is doing with The Yellow Conference it is clear that the artist is still alive and well. The Yellow Conference  is “a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living,” and Joanna conceptualized it during … CONTINUE READING

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Aaron & Claire Van Holland

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Aaron and Claire Van Holland met while working together at MySpace. Yes, that MySpace – the social media platform that was all the rage before Facebook usurped it. Claire was recruited to work for MySpace from her job in Detroit, Michigan. In telling the story, Claire said that she almost had to cancel the meeting where she met the MySpace executives that recruited her – and had she, she might never have met Aaron.… CONTINUE READING

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Being vs. Doing

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I passed by this message in West Hollywood last week – spray painted on a temporary wall on Melrose Place, located on a part of the famous street that holds a good number of high end stores and shops. The juxtaposition of its location to the quickly constructed message was notable. I’m not sure if that was the intention of the author, but it definitely stood out.

We hear this message so very often – … CONTINUE READING

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Every Single Day

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“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.” ― Jo Walton… CONTINUE READING

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Decide What to Be and Go Be It

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My sister sent me this picture from downtown Los Angeles because she knew that I’d love it. We’ll forget about the fact that it is a marketing campaign for tequila for a second and just focus on the message. I’m kinda wondering if they “stole” the line from the Avett Brothers’ song Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise? Regardless, their campaign is pretty brilliant – it encourages people to stir things up and … CONTINUE READING

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Ysanne Spevack

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I became acquainted with Ysanne Spevack this past summer via the New York Observer‘s daily email, Very Short List (VSL). I started following her on social media, and she reached out to me shortly after. I was intrigued with her story and how her supper club, Kindelish, came to be, so we began corresponding via email. Through this correspondence I came to learn that Ysanne’s Chapter Be story involves a life of … CONTINUE READING

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Street Inspiration


When I was walking around L.A. during my visit in April, I began to notice these spray-painted typewriters with witty, inspirational and wise quotes jutting out of them in several places around town. I am a sucker for street art, and I captured the one above as it spoke to me. I also loved that the artist posted this particular one in Runyon Canyon where many people go to workout (and/or, I’ve since been told, … CONTINUE READING

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