Willie Revisited: Lessons from a Legend and Tribute to My Dad

  Tonight, Willie Nelson is taking on the smoke (of the wildfire kind, not the other kind ūüôā ) and playing a show in my hometown of Spokane, Washington. ¬†It is memorable not only because it is my first concert with my mom, but also because it is one of my dad’s favorite musical icons.Continue reading “Willie Revisited: Lessons from a Legend and Tribute to My Dad”

Permission – Who needs permission?

  Permission? Who needs permission? Sometimes us creative types do in fact need permission to create, but oddly enough, that permission comes from with in. I was watching a fabulous video today from the Sketchbook Skool Blog with Danny Gregory and Sabine Wiseman about giving ourselves permission¬†that addressed this very fact. Sometimes I feel aContinue reading “Permission – Who needs permission?”

Week 30: Carrie Fisher – Unapologetic, Badass Girl Figure

In a galaxy far, far away… Always refreshingly candid about the realities of being the lone lead badass girl in the Star Wars cast, as well as personal struggles,¬†American¬†actress Carrie Fisher¬†was¬† a woman of strength. Anyone else remember coiling their hair in side buns to perfect the Princess Leia look? Many artistic pioneers lost thisContinue reading “Week 30: Carrie Fisher – Unapologetic, Badass Girl Figure”

Week 29: John Waite, Indie Bookstore Extraordinaire

Who: John Waite What: Owner of Auntie’s Bookstore and Merlyn’s Comics Where: Main Street, Spokane, Washington Why:¬†John embodies what it means to be a community member.¬†¬†A natural connector who truly loves building up his local neighborhood, but also powerfully reaches out to find common ground where ever you might find him.¬† And that is aContinue reading “Week 29: John Waite, Indie Bookstore Extraordinaire”

Week 28: Leonard Cohen

  “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”– Leonard Cohen Who: Leonard Cohen What: Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist When: ¬†Sep 21, 1934 – Nov 07, 2016 (age 82) Why:¬† An incredible lyrical poet, Leonard is easily one on my favorite artists and I was sadden by his passingContinue reading “Week 28: Leonard Cohen”

Week 27: Naoki Higashida

“On our own we simply don’t know how to get things done the same way you do things. ¬†But, like everyone else, we want to do the best we can. ¬†When we sense you’ve given up on us, it makes us feel miserable. So please keep helping us, through to the end.” –Naoki Higashida,¬† TheContinue reading “Week 27: Naoki Higashida”

Week 26 – Elena Gonzalez Ruiz

  Elena’s family and the weaving traditions of her village of Teotitlan de Valle were the subject of my very first post here on WordPress! Check it out here in my ¬†post entitled¬† Inspiring C*O*L*O*R, published March 21st, 2012. Who: ¬†Elena Gonzalez Ruiz What:¬†Master rug weaver, business woman and educator Where:¬†Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, MexicoContinue reading “Week 26 – Elena Gonzalez Ruiz”

Week 25: Shelli Cummings

Who: ¬†Michelle Cummings What:¬†My first hero, best friend, older sister, and the sweet soul who has the most glorious naturally curly hair (which I wanted SO BAD growing up….she wanted straight hair like mine, and I wanted hers. ¬†Go figure!) Where:¬†Good Ol’ Pacific Northwest in Washington State Why: ¬†Words can not say how much IContinue reading “Week 25: Shelli Cummings”

Week 24: Seth Godin

“…but the bravest thing to do is have the free range kids who are exploring the edges of the universe, but doing it in a way they are proud of….” –Seth Godin   Who: ¬†Seth Godin What:¬†American author, idea man, entrepreneur, and big thinker Where:¬†Born in Mount Vernon, New York Why: ¬†This guy gets meContinue reading “Week 24: Seth Godin”

Week 23: Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver Who: ¬†Mary Oliver What: American poet Where:¬†Born in a small town in Ohio, and currently¬†Provincetown, Massachusetts, Why:¬†I¬†admire Mary Oliver’s enchanting way to express so much powerfully and eloquently using so few words. ¬†Communicating clearly and effectively is¬†something¬†IContinue reading “Week 23: Mary Oliver”