Music drives a lot of the work I do. I love designing for bands, photographing the place that music takes me to, photographing people coming together around music. I think it’s beautiful. In 2006, I went to my first show, and it’s become a small addiction of mine. Just for fun, here’s all the bands I’ve seen live:
alice in chains
all time low [x2]
my american heart
before they were rebels
closure in moscow
edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros
the hold steady
jeb loy nichols
i sea monsters
iron & wine
the low anthem
mad marge & the stonecutters
no trace of presence
one such love
run kid run
the ting tings
Over the past few years, I’ve hoarded this list of favorites. It’s about time I share it with you.
1. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
> This book is awesome. Open it, read a page, come back the next day. Or tear through the whole thing at once. It is addictive.
2. How To Be Interesting by Jess Hagy
Complete with entertaining doodles, this one helps me wipe the winter blues away every year.
3. How To Be An Explorer of The World by Keri Smith.
The title is self-explanatory, you should already be interested.
4. The Kanvess app. It lets you print your instagrams for $0.25, and shipping is $1.50. Talk about awesome!
Goodbye tacky fonts. Don’t waste time looking through bad fonts, just find 20 (give or take) awesome ones.
6. Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
I bought this originally as a textbook for a class and found myself using it often! Great reference and source of inspiration for basic design principles and how to execute them well.
If you don’t have one, get one. You will find yourself seriously inspired with the loads of ways people choose to express themselves. Tumblr.com falls under this one too, but be selective about who you follow or you’ll end up with a bunch of junk on your dashboard.
8. The Spotify App
For $10 a month, you get unlimited streaming on 3 devices. That’s like buying one CD a month! Who could say no?
9. The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory
This book has always made me feel good enough as I am, but made me want to improve. You know how sometimes you pick up a a book and think, “well this would be cool if I could (insert insecurity here)” and you never get your feet wet. Gregory encourages using what you have where you are. I love it.
10. Sark quotes
Her free spirit can be a little too idealistic at times, but I can’t deny that some of her stuff makes me wildly happy.
February 20, 2014
Recently, a family member challenged me to make a list of 100 things that make me happy.
Here’s what i came up with:
2. white fluffy towels
3. working out
5. long car rides
7. taking pictures
8. grilled food
11. blanket forts
12. colored markers
15. shooting a bow
16. live music
18. bare feet
19. forehead kisses
21. the clean laundry smell
22. sunrises and sunsets
24. sweatpants… or no pants
26. movies in the living room
27. long hugs
28. Apple juice, cider, crisp, pie, oatmeal, etc.
29. vanilla candles
30. handmade bar soap
31. holding hands in the car
32. having my back rubbed
34. being outside… preferably over 50 degrees
35. house of blues
38. zip lining
40. carving pumpkins
41. whiffle ball
42. watching football, hockey, gymnastics
43. my mom and my family
44. looking at the stars
45. picking berries
46. story-telling/sharing memories
47. night swimming!
48. a cold beer
49. bike rides
51. windows down, music up
53. the beach
55. the Bible
56. summer corn
57. when the gym is empty
58. full dinner tables with good company
60. that perfect pair of jeans
61. edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros (best concert ever)
62. silver jewelry
63. being tan
64. hosting parties/organizing events
66. trucks and harleys
67. essie nail polish
68. log cabins
69. playing guitar
71. kissing at parties
73. good hair days
74. glow in the dark anything
75. rock and roll
76. cordoroy pants
77. making lists
78. being tattooed
81. flea markets
82. being near water
84. sour patch kids
87. feeling good in my own skin
88. clean car and full tank of gas
90. orange juice
91. floating around the pool
92. coconut sunscreen
93. clear skies
94. the smell of home depot/lowe’s
95. the movie “big daddy”
96. colorful furniture
97. getting my hair shampooed
99. answered prayers
or any combination of these things.
It’s the simple things in life.
we ran through the streets this weekend, party hopping, exchanging thoughts. i live a hell of a good life. i take life and run with it. and im so blessed on top of that. i never thought i could be so happy. this weekend felt like home. waking up and eating a granola bar with you was great. youre the cutest. i think it was a love at first sight type of thing, we just knew we would be friends. youre so clean and awesome.
In the 17th Century, people believed that the class they were born into was the class they belonged to. They believed God determined their race and social class and accepted it. Then, the laws of science proved that it wasn’t God who made the planets revolve, but rather laws of physics. This discredited God in other areas, too. They said, if planets are governed by a few simple rules… are humans really under God’s control? By the 18th century, people believed it was a social problem that “people no longer knew their proper place in society.”
It’s almost like God said, fine, if you don’t like where I put you… figure it out yourselves.
And here we are today… left to find out on our own where we belong, who we want to be, what we want to become.
heated sidewalks can be a lot of fun to talk about.
today my roomate and I questioned whether or not they could exist.
and if so, were they powered by a switch?
and if they really did exist,
why didn’t everyone have them?
we asked our closest resource,
a guy named bill,
"is there heated sidewalks?
do they make them still?”
Bill told us we used to have them,
but they did away with those.
Now they just make everyone shovel
and salt has turned into a real hoe.
They we proposed an idea,
and it evoked a lot of giggles…
what does hail sound like on a heated sidewalk?
does it steam?
does it sound like bacon in a frying pan?
ttttt tttt, ssss!
he gets all the attention, but then again it’s worth it. Such a phenomenon. Such an excitement. If the eyes are the window to the soul, does this mean he’s got two?