Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy Fourth of July: Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July! May your celebrations be happy and safe. If you're heading out to watch fireworks tonight, here are some tips on how to capture the spectacular displays.
 

Star Sugar Cookie and Cookies with Red and White Sprinkles

 

Will you be watching fireworks this holiday?
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

How to Get Started Telling Your Story

Humans are wired for story. And according to Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence (*affiliate link), "[w]e think in story, which allows us to envision the future." In other words, our stories signal to others how we will act.
 

Schedule a weekly writing date. What will you write today?

 

What is a story? Leo Widrich defines a story thus: "[a] story, if broken down into the simplest form, is a connection of cause and effect." Telling a story is the most powerful way to active our brains.
 

In today's world where every device is connected and potentially sending information about us 24/7 (depending on what settings you may have inadvertently set or not realized were set by default when a new feature was added), it's more important than ever to actively curate your story.
 

What's holding you back from telling your story?
 

Monday, June 01, 2015

From the CEO's Desk: Making Time for Reflection and Celebration

Creatives and solo entrepreneurs are incredibly privileged. We're able to define our work days, set meaningful goals, and do work that matters. We've left rigid schedules where we were required to be at a desk during specific hours. We've eliminated the bureaucracy of performance reviews and TPS reports (anyone else an Office Space fan?). But if we're not careful, we can go to far.
 

Reviews can be fun. Add fresh flowers, your favorite candle, and some chocolate. Then sit back and reflect.

 

Without SMART goals and regular reflection on those goals, we can run the risk of being busy for the sake of being busy. Remember that cliche, work smarter not harder? If we're not looking at what's on our plates and asking ourselves if it's taking us towards what we want out of life, we run the risk of waking up one day with regrets.
 

What aspects of corporate life have you incorporated in your business?
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Raising a Foodie: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gates loves to help in the kitchen. When she was putting everything into her mouth this could be somewhat challenging. Now it's less of a challenge, but with these vegan chocolate chip cookies, you don't have to worry about your little one ingesting raw egg.
 

Gates reaches for a vegan chocolate chip cookie

 

Refined-sugar free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Three words that will have a little one turning up their nose before they ever take a taste. But these cookies are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Gates wanted to eat the batter instead of shape and bake a batch of cookies.
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Just Outside the Frame: Taking Your Daughter to Work

When Gates was born, it became important to me that she believe anything was possible. I wanted her to be able to do whatever she dreamed. At that moment, I realized I needed to follow my dreams so that she would have a role model.
 

Gates Plays with a Sea Urchin Exoskeleton

 

Because actions speak louder than words, my actions needed to support my words. I wanted to tell her I believed in what I was doing, that I had dreamed big and hustled. So, I changed my career path.
 

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