Inspired by: street art

While doing some of my internet perusing (gotta stay fresh – I’m known in certain circles for my internet prowess!), I came across this post about popular street art from 2011 (okay, yeah, not so fresh). But wow! Full of impressive and extremely creative transformations (albeit, there are definitely some super creepy ones in there too – like zombie people rising up from puddles in the street…gross), this collection from Street Art Utopia is sure to inspire and delight. Wouldn’t you just love to happen upon some of this on a walk through your neighborhood this weekend?!

I adore that crochet tree and would love to be reading a book underneath it right now (Hunger Games, anyone?!), I need one of those clothespin statues somewhere in my life, the pacman is super cute and clever, and that electrical box made to look like an apartment building reminded me of the scene from Men In Black where we discover our world is kept inside a locker.  Click here to see more of these fantastic photos (creepy ones included), and if you click through to learn more about any of them, you’ll stumble onto other sites that you can get lost in for hours [true story].

Doesn’t all that awesomeness just make you want to go out and find something ugly so you can pretty it up? Good, then it’s not just me. Go forth and make something pretty today, my friends!

Meet Baxter

Our nameless new dog quickly stole our hearts and our household is forever changed. I’m routinely getting up early for walks, talking to the dog like he’s a person, and the matter of canine bathroom behavior is a regular topic of conversation. Definitely gearing up for parenthood, I’d say, and a whole new level of connection with my dear Daddy who really quite seriously treats his two pups like toddlers. It’s adorable and makes you want to roll your eyes all at the same time. And now I’m one of those people, too.

So, now our happy house is home to three, including our darling, mischevious pupster, Baxter.  Here’s what we know so far about Baxter:

  • likes to make chase after bunnies and birds.
  • aforementioned behavior has given us quite the scare a few times over, as we believe Baxter to be a runner.
  • because of above point, Baxter is now microchipped.
  • looks way better shaggy than he does groomed.
  • does not understand “sit,” “stay,” “come,” or any other regular dog command.
  • also, much to our disappointment, does not understand Spanish.
  • favorite ways to be entertained: running up and down stairs, chewing toys, stealing towels, pawing away at a rolls of toilet paper, eating toilet paper, pulling trash out of trash cans, army crawling across grass, watching traffic go by.

Fill your own cup

my new pretty lovely water bottle - beautiful to look at, inspiring me to drink more water!

Have you ever seen something and thought “I have to have that!” but you don’t buy it and then you can’t stop thinking about it?  That was the case with this here lovely. 

I’ve really been trying to drink a lot more water lately and with all the “don’t use plastic water bottle” messages and scary BPA negative health effects, I try to keep reusable tumblers at my desk at work.  For a while my daily routine was a glass of juice in the morning, a cup of coffee (or three) in the office and a glass of wine at night.  I was getting no hydration at all during the day – caught up in work, too busy to even fill my cup.  So now I have this beautiful glass water bottle to inspire me and remind me to fill my own cup

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about stress, work/life balance, being a better manager, leader and employee, serving others better and more effectively and then settled on this: how can I serve myself better?  If I’m happier, more productive, healthy, that’s how I can better serve others.  So, my new question is “what do I need to do today to be happy and feel successful?”  I’d challenge you to ask yourself the same thing.  It’s so often that I get into the office, get wrapped up in answering other people’s emails that I don’t have time to do the most important things I had on my own list of things to do. 

Speaking of which, writing is something I’ve been seriously slacking on too, and I can tell because I feel similarly to how Mumbles does when he doesn’t get to exercise enough – lathargic and kinda cranky. Writing is one of the many creative outlets I love so I also scooped up this darling retro and bold lovely to inspire me to jot down creative inspirations, thoughts and ideas throughout the day. 

the paper has lines of type that say “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – a good reminder to get creative throughout my work day!
What do you keep with you to inspire creativity and good-for-you thoughts and behaviors?