How To Become A Better Person

Weird animation… good virtues

Reminded me of Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues (via Wikipedia):

Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his 13 virtues as:

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Franklin did not try to work on them all at once. Instead, he would work on one and only one each week “leaving all others to their ordinary chance.” While Franklin did not live completely by his virtues, and by his own admission he fell short of them many times, he believed the attempt made him a better man contributing greatly to his success and happiness, which is why in his autobiography, he devoted more pages to this plan than to any other single point; in his autobiography Franklin wrote, “I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit.

Of course, there’s an app for that: Ben’s Virtue App

The Gap

I have definitely felt the uneasiness about my creative work in the pit of my stomach. At times I have been overcome by it and stopped creating.

I felt compelled to create Folklabel from my core. I had no experience in the apparel business or design. But, something pushed me forward. At times I have thought “what is the point in this?”… “they are JUST t-shirts”. The designs I have created hold deep meaning for me, beyond being an article of clothing. But, for the most part, many of the things I create seem to mean more to me than they do to any one else…. but maybe that’s the point… maybe inspiring myself IS the point and I just need to press on creating for me and not worry what everyone else thinks…

Dream On My Friends… DREAM ON

I’m Possible

This urgent mission is for you… if only you choose to accept it:

The world is broken! It’s up to you to fix it. You owe it to yourself and the world to pursue your dreams. Their pursuit enriches your life and the life of those around you. Many choose not to. Not because they don’t want to manifest their dreams… but because they are AFRAID of failing along the way. AFRAID of rejection. AFRAID of ____________. JUST AFRAID. But what if you succeed? Always believe that the IMPOSSIBLE is sometimes possible. It’s right there in the word.. I’M POSSIBLE!

The Journey Will Not Be Easy

Along the way there will be struggle. But, through the struggle you will be shaped and molded into what you dreams need you to be. For “what is to give light must endure burning.” ~ Viktor Frankl. The journey is always changing, ever-evolving, and often never what we expect. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

No The Naysayers

Some people choose the safe, well traveled route while others choose to follow something that shouts “take the risk,” “dare to live extraordinarily.” If you are one of the latter you must develop and understanding that along the way you will encounter resistance. Whether driven by fear or insecurity or just lack of understanding, there will be people along the way that just don’t get it. But rather than leave it at that they will (intentionally or unintentionally) attempt to belittle your dreams and dim your spark. Know this and prepare for it. Surround yourself with people who make you feel that you, too, are made for amazing things.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman.

Dream on my friends… DREAM ON.

The Happiest Place On Earth

A week or so ago I came across an article talking about how Instagram creates a new way of seeing the world. So true! In the past, I’ve really never been that big into taking pictures. In fact, on more than one occasion I’ve found myself saying “enough with the pictures already” when I’ve been with someone who wanted to blast a pic with every passing moment. I guess I just really preferred to hold the experience in my memory and didn’t feel the need to capture it all in a bunch of instantaneous freeze frames. However, when I began using Instagram it made it so easy to capture images on the fly that I would bust out the iPhone to capture things I found inspiring… and with all the great filters you can make just about anything look cool. Otherwise uninspired images transform into filtered poetry in the matter of few clicks. Later, these images helped jar the memories of my experiences, so I began capturing them much more often than before. For me, it’s not about posing beside every random backdrop I step through, but rather capturing bits and pieces of the environment that speak to me…textures, colors, patterns, typography, etc. This has lead me purchasing a “nice” camera (Panasonic Lumix GF1 I bought on eBay) and dabbling with photography a bit. I’m by no means an expert… just really curious.

Last week I was on a family vacation down to Disney, the happiest place on earth. We had a wonderful time… these are some of the images I came home with:

On the escalator headed through the airport on the way down

Random B&W park shots… ’cause everything looks more awesome in black and white!

Animal Kingdom

Colors & shapes

Textures & patterns

Inspiring sign on one of the “under construction” areas

Light in line at The Haunted Mansion

Last day in the parks… chillin’ in “China” @ Epcot