A new band for me

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Has anyone ever heard of a band from Portland called Hockey?

I know that this video is kind of corny, but I'm kind of in love with it. I'm pretty sure this is what Dylan would sound like if he actually tried to sing a melody.

Hockey - Song Away (Official Music Video)

Inspiration #2

I love this...

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

Wanderlust dreams

Monday, September 21, 2009

For a long, long while now I've had a semi-secret dream to buy an old airstream trailer, give it a massive overhaul, pack up life, and head out on an epic Back Roads of America road trip for a year or so.

This is sort of the vision in my head...

I've been getting braver lately about voicing this ridiculous idea out into the void, and I fully intend on actually following through on it some day, so help me and whatever poor soul I rope into hopping along for the ride.

Now, all of this leads me to today, when I was poking around various corners of the internet and stumbled along this:

Turns out someone is already living my life!



Their renovation is amazing, and their adventure is even better. Stories like this just prove that the world is a pretty awesome place, and inspiration actually IS everywhere. I can't wait until I can add my own story to the pile.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

The first leaves are just beginning to turn here in the mountains. Mists are sinking in, scents are lingering, and I'm feeling so inspired I just might burst with it.

Here are some bits of internet that have been feeding into my soul lately.

Check out my ongoing stream of inspiration as it gathers here.

Welcome To The Land Of The Living, Janelle...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So here we are, four months past graduation and leaving Brooklyn, believe it or not. Getting life started is a continual adventure, but I'm getting there, bit by bit. In the latest effort toward that feat, I've officially launched my graphic design entity, and finally got my website up and rolling. I'm so excited about this venture, I feel like it's such an exciting culmination of the what I've learned about design and about myself in and out of school over the past four years, and I really can't wait to see where it leads.

Take a look...

Or just look for yourself.

At this moment

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"There is a moment, a simple moment, before history gets recorded... before it goes in the books, before it appears as a question on a game show, or on a midterm exam.
A moment right before the headline is written. There is a moment when history lives in the present. When we can watch it unfold in real time, right before our eyes, and we can all assume our place in it. Some people live for history. We live for the moment just before."
-CNN News Anchor, on 11.04.08

What an inspiring and truly blessed time to be alive and part of this world.


Monday, October 13, 2008

I had a long, comfy conversation the other night with my former boss and current friend... talking, as we usually do, about boys. In it he made a comment that I haven't been able to stop thinking about since.

He said that the way he defines maturity is that an immature person genuinely thinks that inaction means you haven't had to make a decision, whereas a mature person can recognize that by not making a choice, you are making a choice. In other words, that you are defining your own life every second you live... that every moment, every thing you do or do not do, say or do not say, you're making the decisions which shape your life, and you are responsible for them. Someone who has not reached that maturity truly believes that by sitting very still and not doing anything, things will stand still until they figure it out.

Of course... he was talking about silly boys, which I totally agree with, but I ended up feeling really convicted actually, and I haven't really been able to stop thinking about how that plays out in my own life. I feel like there are so many parts of my life that seem so overwhelming or uncontrollable that the easiest solution I can think of is to just not do anything at all. It's pretty childish, and always tends to lead to a bigger mess to clean up in the end anyway. In fact, it's kind of pathetic. But I still do it. I wish I knew how to change it.

...Just some things I'm thinking about.