One Week at a Startup — The Onboarding Process

I’ve worked a few odd jobs in my life, all requiring their unique sets of skills, lingo, and cultural norms. When I worked at a retreat center in California, the same guests I tended to as a supportive guide would see my underwear swaying on the communal clothing line the…

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Creative skills are learned, not innate

Watch this video.   Do you think you could do that? Probably not. I used to feel the same way.   From a young age, I loved to watch The Food Network. It was one of my favorite past times. I particularly loved the baking shows, where the chefs created…

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Wild childhood (and adulthood) dreams

I was a dreamy kid. I loved nothing more than staring out the window of the school bus and getting completely lost in my thoughts and imagination. I’m pretty much the same way now, but I spend a little more time on earth. I don’t think people talk about or…

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My two cents on giving love

One rule for all relationships, lovers, friends or family— don’t skimp on the love. I have a problem with this. I’m totally and utterly imperfect. When I’m hurt, I shut down, get cold, and want nothing to do with the world. I’ve been trying to get better at spreading the…

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How to know you love something

It was my birthday. But I wished it wasn’t. I was in the middle of my Praxis portfolio project. I had decided to create three brand books for three different companies in the span of three weeks. When the month started, I realized just how over my head I was.…

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My formula for writing best-sellers

Truthfully, I don’t really have a formula. Nor any best-sellers (yet?). But I have noticed, when I hit all these points, I write my best stuff. So maybe it will work for you too.   A) I’ve just read and/or watched something incredible. I’m still not sure if anyone else…

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Branding vs Marketing for Millennials

You’re swiping through Tinder when an interesting prospect asks you for a date. It’s the profile of some guy from downtown. All his photos are either taken with a 35mm camera or he just applied some cool filter to make them appear that way. His outfits seem to all be…

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What is a vision board and how to make one

Two years ago, I saved my life by pasting pictures onto a poster board at one in the morning. I was nursing a fresh heartbreak, unhappy with my current life situation, and the furthest from my inner self I’d felt in a while. That last one is the feeling that…

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