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Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

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…been on a Buckley kick lately. Even though I really like his original work this will always be one of my favorites. It’s sad and lovely I could listen to it on repeat forever and ever.

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Sharing the love from my other blog, Connective Individualism.

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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

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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.

Yeehaw!

 

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.

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

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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

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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.

Cheers,

E

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CONNECTIVE INDIVIDUALISM

“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.

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Happy Music Friday: Obscure 1980s Edition

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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.