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Made in Akron, not Made in China

$15 For A Designer Knock-Off! No Thanks, I’ll Buy Indie – Here’s Why

Have you seen those clothing boutiques that sell EVERYTHING for $15 or less? Here in California they’re popular in beach cities. {i.e. Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego, etc.} Yesterday while walking down the street I was compelled to stop in one. They carried some cute items, BUT, I just couldn’t bring myself to do … Continue reading

Customer Service – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly {Plus 5 Tips on How to Excel in the Customer Service Department}

Think back to your recent customer service experiences. Were they good, bad or just plain ugly? I bet you’re quick to recall “the bad” or “the ugly” experiences you had over “the good” ones. That’s just how our brain works. Knowing that, why is it companies, big and small alike, still fail over and over … Continue reading

free to daydream

What’s Your Fantasy?

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one awake at 3:17am on a Tuesday morning. As I type, I hear a couple of guys talking {loudly} in the distance. Its summer and people are living. Nothing wrong with that right? Life is to be lived. Yet somehow, it seems life is passing me by.  … Continue reading

Looking Back at Vim Trousseau

Creating a brand is like birthing a child. I know my fellow Artreprenuers get what I’m sayin’. Growing, feeding and tending to that child is exhausting, exciting, full of anxiety. But mostly it’s fulfilling. Eventually, for one reason or another, you have to let go. Letting go can be tragic, tumultuous, frightening OR liberating. Inspiring … Continue reading

Date With A Pisces

Allow me to introduce @Kwamwei. He is accommodating, patient, kind, easy-going, intelligent and ambitious. Just as great a listener as he is a talker! We met at Kiss N’ Grind – back when it took place at MJ Higgins {an art gallery by day and speakeasy by night}. I don’t go to that party anymore … Continue reading

Illusions of Choice

Freedom. What does that word mean to you? Independence? Vacationing in Europe for 2 weeks? The ability to vote your government into power? Typical definitions of the word, all fine and good. Personally, these typical definitions leave me feeling quite empty, and far from free. It was only a few days ago that America celebrated … Continue reading

The Value of Drastic Emotions

Today was one of those days. I woke up early, didn’t eat breakfast and spent 2.5 hours in transit. All to get to a job that I don’t like. In fact, it’s safe to say I loathe this job. Then, as if slapping me to my senses, I walk into an ice-cold office. Yay. I’m … Continue reading

Sanity in Minutes {Mindfulness Meditation}

For years i made attempts at meditation. Sitting in the bath tub with one candle lit; focusing intently on the flame {my friend Richard suggested this technique}. Legs crossed on a floor cushion “om”-ing away. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Just focus on the breath, nothing else. Huh? WTF do you mean … Continue reading

Chicken and Mint Couscous with Apricots

chicken breast does not have to be boring, this exotic {easy to make} dish proves so. if you’re fed-up with another night of, blah, grilled chicken breast, then hey, live a little and try this out. i promise it will incite a reaction, The Beau and i both loved it. list of ingredients follows: 2 … Continue reading

My Beautifiul Delirium {Dandelions}

when I was young every time my brothers and i came across a dandelion {aka “a wish”} we’d pick it from the grass and blow off the seeds. {confession}  i still do this. a little wildflower, so inspiring, a sign of spring – new life. full of childhood memories and novel hopes. what do dandelions … Continue reading