What The World Wants From You

November 6th, 2015
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“My story’s not interesting. Nobody wants to hear it.”

How often do you and I think these unworthy thoughts? The sad universal truth is that we all think this way sometimes. We do it a bit too much … and sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re downplaying our significance. We get up each morning and go about our day. It feels like a hectic rhythm that we repeat as the calendar turns day after day. Things that used to feel exciting—moving into a new house, playing a particular boardgames with the kids, volunteering, and whatever you do—begin to lose their sparkle. The things that fill our days no longer seem fascinating, unique, or remotely interesting.

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The risk versus joy of pausing

March 20th, 2015
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Remember the scene in You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan decides to step on the podium and fight Tom Hanks with his Big Bad Fox Bookstore? She’s got her hands in fists, taking little punches and jabs at the air. She’s ready to fight, not just for her store, but essentially everything she believes in.

I adored that movie when I was in high school. It’s funny now to see how my own story mimics Meg Ryan’s. I have a small bookshop, a journal shop really. I have dreams and ideals for living a life that’s about passion, not money. My goal is helping people celebrate their stories and themselves–both my customers and the people who manufacture my raw materials or work for me at Gadanke. And every day, I kind of have to keep swinging, too. I don’t have a Fox Bookstore to battle with, per say. But like any business person, I think I’m not supposed to stop. Ever.

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Office Flooring: Inspired by Germans

August 31st, 2012
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Living in Germany, I was surprised by how logical everything was. I was never feeling this sensation to kick something and complain about how it didn’t work. There were no splinters when I reached for a light switch, no unnecessary packaging for my toothpaste or popcorn, and most incredibly:

a very conscious desire to construct clean and orderly homes and workspaces.

This hangar started out so filthy. I quickly established a few rules, modeling the lifestyle of the German businesses I had interacted with. Martin and I knew that if we didn’t, we’d be spending every year cleaning like we have been:

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