17 April 2016

Read. Enjoy. Repeat.

Hello Friends!

With tax time behind us, we can finally get to the good stuff... summer!

So here are a few book recommendations for those upcoming leisurely summer days, when you know you’ll be looking for something to read while laying on your new hammock, hopping that plane to Costa Rica, or sitting poolside in Palm Springs.

Whether you’re a CEO, a marketing specialist, business owner, artist or just someone with a lot on your plate, there’s something for you. The list I've compiled is about the art of business, being creative, getting things done and and done well! If you put just one book on your reading list this month, let it be one of these to spark new ideas, get on the right track or grow your business. And if you finish one of them, let me know how they made a difference for you. Happy reading!


People Over Profit by Dale Partridge
Dale Partridge, founder of Sevenly, is living proof that new, socially conscious business models are not only imminent but also surprisingly profitable. He distills years of personal experience and market research into the seven core beliefs shared by consumers, starters, and business leaders who are breaking the old profit-first cycle and crushing it in the marketplace by doing good.

Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley
Two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives.

Essentialism by Greg McKweon
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. It’s a whole new way of (yes!) doing everything.

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called "Lean In for misfits," Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. The rest is girlboss history.

Persuadable by Al Pittampalli
As a leader, changing your mind has always been perceived as a weakness. Not anymore. In a world that’s changing faster than ever, successful leaders realize that a genuine willingness to change their own minds is the ultimate competitive advantage. Drawing on evidence from social science, history, politics, and more, business consultant Al Pittampalli reveals why confidence, consistency, and conviction, are increasingly becoming liabilities—while humility, inconsistency, and radical open-mindedness are powerful leadership assets. Pittampalli doesn’t just explain why you should be persuadable, he shows you precisely how.

01 January 2016

A Fresh Start

Hello and Happy 2016 friends! I know, it's been a very long time since you've heard from me here. And there's no explanation really other than I really lost steam for writing and blogging and that's the honest truth. It happens, and I've already let it go. In fact, in my New Year's post one year ago today, I said I can do anything, I just can't do everything. And obviously this past year, blogging wasn't a priority. At some point over the last 365 days I started wondering what the hell am I blogging for? Do I want to continue with a blog? Where am I going with my blog? I marinated on it for a while and decided, yes, I do want to continue with my blog, but will make a few changes in the coming months. Which brings me to my 2016 intentions! Last year I set several intentions and I'm happy to say, I was able to bring most of those to fruition. And this year I've got a few more that I hope will bring me as much fulfillment and happiness. So here we go!

1. Learn hand lettering once and for all - This is an ongoing project, a lifetime project actually. And while I took a couple of workshops with the talented Nicole Miyuki and Jenny Rainey, it's true what they say... practice, practice, practice. My problem is, I would much rather wake up and know how to create beautiful lettering. To be continued...

2. Get away from the computer - I've jumped right in for this one and already booked a slot in March at the new Broad museum and I'm already looking forward to it!

3. The 52 Lists Project - I've always been a list person. I enjoy getting everything out of my head and down on paper, it's cathartic and keeps me focused on what I need to do both personally and professionally. Moorea Seal's The 52 Lists Project is something I look forward to doing every week in a cozy spot with a cup of tea.

4. Drink more tea - Because it's good for you and has a soothing quality no matter where, when or how you like it.

5. Learn a new skill - I've been a huge fan of Swedish artist Lotta Jansdotter's work for a long time. So when I saw she was going to be in Los Angeles teaching her surface printing techniques at Poketo, I didn't hesitate to sign up. And just like getting out to The Broad, I'm excited to have the opportunity to learn something completely new with my hands from someone I admire deeply for their extraordinary creative talent!

I wish you all a most enjoyable, healthy and happy 2016! Make it a year to remember and find time to do the things that bring you the most joy, whatever they may be!

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