“Look for integrity, selflessness, sacrifice, and compassion. Find those who champion justice and fidelity. But above all, seek men who emulate humility and meekness. Do not, as so many others do, be deceived into thinking it is a weakness. Meekness is strength wrapped in humility, my dear daughter. It is strength under control in a world where so many are out of control.”
A Letter to My Daughter About Young Men, by Benjamin Sledge
I get intimidated all the time. ALL THE TIME! Looks like an interesting read: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. I know, I know: two kids and two businesses and still trying to feel like a grown up. Maybe I never will…
“It’s not about what someone can do for you, it’s who and what the two of you become in each other’s presence.”
Do Your Friends Actually Like You? Interesting article by Kate Murphy.
This coming Friday I will be taking the kids to the Swiss Alps for our yearly sausage-eating-fresh-air-breathing-family-hugging-summer-vacation. Ever since they were little, they have been getting gifts on the airplane. It has been one of my secret weapons to keep them entertained. Simple, tiny surprises, such as stickers, post-itnotes and washable markers, tiny puzzles, etc. They’d get one whenever they would start go stir-crazy. Even though they’re older now and totally capable to entertain themselves, they love the tradition of getting little surprises. They don’t know yet that I will be surprising them with Kikkerland’s Zip & Flip Pillows. It’s a night flight to Zurich so they’ll come in handy. I can already see their smiles…
Tilo (6) would like to take a poll: Would you rather burp glitter or fart confetti?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) August 5, 2016
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“When you write, everything is literature. Your grocery list. The note to your wife. The email to your mom. Your out-of-office reply. If it’s going to be read by someone, you owe it to them to make it worth their time.”
How my out-of-office reply became national news, and what we can learn from that, by Michael Herschel
The Tattly Super Set is a tin can filled with our 100 most popular temporary tatto designs. It’s been my secret INSTANT FUN BUTTON for the last 5 years! My friends and my kids know, I carry one with me at all times. Let me tell you, its contents can turn any boring meeting around. A playdate gone sour? I pull out the Super Set and giant waves of smiles flood over everyone involved! A boring dinner party? I pull out the Super Set and even the most reserved dinner guest will eventually find a good spot to slap a Tattly on. IT WORKS!
Basically, every aunt/uncle, grandparent, boss and college student should own a Super Set. And yes, friends have invited me to dinner and then texted me the day of, gently asking, ‘You’re bringing your Tattly Tin Can, right?’ Whatever gets you to be the popular one, right? FUN TIMES GUARANTEED!
I would totally say yes to these floating HALOS over my dining table. Designed by Martin Azua.
Fontself lets you easily make your own font in Illustrator. Something I want to show my 10 year old…
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."
— Kurt Vonnegut (@Kurt_Vonnegut) August 3, 2016
Given that my companies Tattly and CreativeMornings run on Dropbox, I was excited to see that they launched a new collaborative tool called Paper. It enables teams to collaborate on different projects. It’s a virtual piece of paper where teams can write things down and that can also handle things like YouTube videos, Google docs, and images, all of which automatically appear embedded on the page when added. Interesting.
Woah! Explore Google Maps’ beautiful 3D imagery of the Himalayas alongside a 500 foot Yeti named Verne.
The value of every business is simply this.
PRODUCT – MEANING = COMMODITY
PRODUCT + MEANING = BRAND
— Bernadette Jiwa (@bernadettejiwa) October 22, 2014
“But what can happen over time is this: You wake up one day and realize that you have put yourself back together completely differently. That you are whole, finally, and strong – but you are now a different shape, a different size. This sort of change — the change that occurs when you sit inside your own pain — it’s revolutionary. When you let yourself die, there is suddenly one day: new life. You are Different. New. And no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot fit into your old life anymore. You are like a snake trying to fit into old, dead skin, or a butterfly trying to crawl back into the cocoon, or new wine trying to pour itself back into an old wineskin. This new you is equal parts undeniable and terrifying.”
Tasarım Takarım (I Wear Design) turns children’s drawings into fine jewelry, translating the doodles into small pendants made of silver or gold. Totally doing this.
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
– Dalai Lama
There are currently so many people living with no sense of potential, zero positive vision. We must change that, but not with fueling their fears…