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The Despicable Fig



Matthew 21:18-19

Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May you never bear fruit again!’ Immediately the tree withered.


Sharing the love from my other blog, Connective Individualism.

Connective Individualism

I am a huge fan of Adam Lepzig (I’ll save you my jibber jabber on how awesome he is and send you off to see for yourself).

According to Adam, we live in a culture where financial success has taken the place of aesthetic judgement. “Money = Good” is our country’s motto.

In fact, the exact opposite is true: Business success is not the same as creative success.

I found an inspiring TED Talk with Adam regarding the culture war that we face in America, what truths and myths exist about it, and how we can use our own voice, our vulnerability and our creativity to bring about a shift in our own way of thinking.

I also have to agree with Adam — as I have had this thought myself many times over the years — that ingenuity, creativity and inspired living are an important factor in rebuilding and…

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Happy Music Friday (On Wednesday): Amurrrika Edition

Fireworks Demotivational Poster

My dog (much like this poor child) does not care for fireworks. Nope. Not one itty bit.

No time machines were used during the writing of this post.

It’s just that Wednesday happens to be the Fourth of July and that does not jibe with my usual Happy Music Friday post. Especially when I had the idea to post some songs that somehow relate to America.

No real patriotic jibber jabber here. You will find enough of that on pretty much any available outlet on Wednesday.

This is more of a fun collection of music that loosely relates to good ol’ Amurrrika.



David Bowie – Young Americans

This song is filled with references to the not-so-picket-fence side of America (ghettos, Nixon, racism, violence against women, the Vietnam War). Hooray for realism disguised behind a poppy little number complete with saxophone.


The Doors – L’America (LA Woman)

I need a lava lamp for this one.


Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – American Girl

I always liked this song because of the story it told. Not necessarily a happy one, but alas…that is life.


Bruce Spingsteen – Born In The USA

The Boss in East Berlin circa 1998. Consider this your history lesson for today.


Jimi Hendrix – The Star Spangled Banner

I would be completely remiss if I didn’t include this. I can totally hear the bombs bursting in air.


Team America World Police Theme Song

Because you can’t say “America” without also hearing this in your head.


This is the second guest post on my new blog/project, Connective Individualism.

Connective Individualism

This week’s guest post is by another personal inspiration, Linsi Brownson.

I began following Linsi’s blog, Inspired Design Daily, last year while at the height of my interior design classes. I enjoyed her design insight as well as her honest and witty candor. She made me to want to begin blogging for myself, both personally and professionally.

Besides being in the same industry (design) she also has a knack for social media and marketing which also happen to be two of my other favorite things.

We share the philosophy that creating successful change for your own business revolves around creating connections with other people.

This is part of what led to Linsi and fellow blogger and wardrobe coach, Nicole Longstreath of The Wardrobe Code, to found Spark Collaborative — a team of creatives and social media geeks whose sole purpose is helping entrepreneurs and small business thrive online in an…

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Connective Individualism: We Are All Under The Influence


I wanted to share the new blog that I have been working on over the past few months. It took me some time to hammer out the details, but the idea has been with me for the better part of a year.

Here’s a little excerpt from my first post. I hope you find time to visit my thoughts there from time to time and even feel inspired to include your own inspirations in life.





“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accident of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – Aurelius Augustinus

In the last few years I had lost a large number of friends due to the changes that life brings (promotions, moving out of state, traveling abroad, and the most permanent change of all, death). I still kept in touch with these people on a semi-regular basis and knew the basics of how their lives were moving along, but I really missed the closeness of our collective friendships.

I could always count on seeing them on a weekly — if not daily — basis. We went on road trips and vacations together. We attended one another’s weddings and funerals. We cooked together and threw parties together. We wrote books together, played music together and loved each other unconditionally. We were a family.

As each person’s life grew and expanded, we grew farther apart, even though we all expressed nothing but good wishes and luck in the new endeavors. It seemed that geography would separate us on more than a physical level — it would separate us emotionally and spiritually. As time passed, however, I learned that distance could not take away our connection to one another. It would only change it and transform it into something new.

Yellow Butterfly

Change and transformation are something that humans run from every day. We set up routines in life so that we do not have to experience change. We try to put the inevitable on hold in a myriad of ways by recalling the perceived magnificence of youth rather than accepting our present state of being and wisdom, holding onto relationships or careers that no longer fulfill us, remaining stuck in a behavior or thought pattern that no longer match our current emotional state, and even refusing to better ourselves or create new goals for fear that we are unworthy of the greatness that might lay in store.

We are all caterpillars who refuse to become butterflies. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) for us, we have no choice in the matter. That is to be our fate. It’s sad to resist such a beautiful outcome, but we do it every day, and have done so since time immemorial.

While contemplating my perceived lost relationships, I realized that they were not really lost at all. They had simply transformed into something more beautiful and more real. These weren’t relationships that were to be short-lived and forgotten, or the opposite, life-long and stagnant. They were honest relationships that have proven to withstand everything that the world could throw at them and still come out swinging. They are champions.

Happy Music Friday: Obscure 1980s Edition


It’s Friday, ya’ll! Time to get your weekend groove on with some sweet and obscure tunage from the 1980s.

You’ve probably heard these songs but had no idea who sang them. Well now it’s time to find out!

Open your ears and put your dancing shoes on. It’s time to rock!!! (weedle weedle weedle weeeeeeee)

Now that’s what I call a Power Mullet!

Laura Branigan – Self Control

When I was younger I honestly thought this was Pink Floyd.

Miami Vice, baby!

Freaking amazing video!

Dear lead singer…that red beret was a bad idea.

And finally…the best song to the best 80s movie ever made: NEVER ENDING STORY! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen this movie. I’m shocked to see that the singer is a dude. I always thought it was a chick. When he sings and closes his eyes it’s ahhhhhhhmazing!

Anyway…please to enjoy a trip back in time courtesy of YouTube.

Garance Doré + St. Vincent = Squeee!


Well look who showed up on Garance Doré‘s bloggy blog?


St. Vincent (Annie Clark). The sweetest little songbird that ever was.

I read “Une Fille Comme Moi” like, a lot a lot, and I got so excited to see Annie’s unmistakable eyes shaded behind some gigantic black frames (wearing a navy pea coat and holding coffee) when I checked the blog today.

J and I are going to see St. Vincent later this month in Nashville (and I know they are in France on their tour) so it makes me a little more squeee-ey to see this post.

I would love to know if they actually met up in the street or how this whole thing came about. I will go on believing they bumped into each other at a crosswalk, chatted and went to lunch.

If you like fashion, photography, illustration (or just an interesting read) do yourself a favor and check out Garance’s blog, or read this from Interview Magazine. You will bookmark her for sure.

Follow up this self-favor with some icing on the cake and have a listen to St. Vincent.



This is giving me major inspiration for my commercial design project.

Zaana Howard

In an episode of the US sitcom Better Off Ted a staff survey revealed low employee morale. To solve this, the director Veronica calls Linda, an employee, into her office and asks what would make the employees happy. Linda says the company treats them all like drones and suggest Veronica let everyone decorate their cubicles to let their workspace feel more personal and individual. The next day Linda arrives at her cubicle to find it’s already been decorated with cats. Veronica explains that upper management believed it too risky to allow employees to decorate their own spaces and so each was decorated for them in one of four inoffensive themes: Green Bay Packers, cats, cars, and space.

This unfortunately is not so far fetched from some of our own workplaces where customisation, personalisation and social identity are often suppressed or discouraged. The norm is to assign people a generic workspace…

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