Unraveling the creative process one brain blast at a time.

Find Something That Breaks You

There’s a yoga pose called Kapotasana – or as my yoga teacher calls it, “Little Thunderbolt.” And that’s exactly how it feels – like you have swallowed a little thunderbolt and it’s tearing you apart from the inside out.     You start on your knees with your hands in a prayer position…. 

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Nothing and Everything All At Once: Life and Times of a Project Manager

Over the past few months at LocBox, we’ve been redeveloping a lot of our product and as such, we’ve needed almost a complete overhaul of our messaging. There have definitely been stressful moments, I will not lie. I was often juggling emails between our contractors, sales, engineering, and my own team trying… 

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How to Learn Something New

So you’ve decided you want to learn a skill. For a long time, you’re just trying to figure out how stuff works. What is this button? How do I [draw a line] [open a new file] [save a file]. You pick a point and start. This is all good fun…. 

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You Are What You Charge: What Happens When a Business Thinks Like a Freelance Designer

Throughout college, I worked at two retail stores. The first store was a big women’s clothing company we shall call Fancy Pants. Fancy Pants lived up to it’s name- it was very expensive to shop there for the average consumer. Fancy Pants regularly had huge sales, big markdowns of 40… 

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Patience vs. Discipline

In many ways, the two work together intertwined. Patience is a mental attitude and discipline is the action that helps you get there. Patience is learning to be compassionate with the world, not take things so personally, separate your ego from it’s actions, and above all, respect yourself. It’s saying,… 

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Saying No to the Things You Like

    When I first started going to Detroit Yoga about two and a half years ago, I came across this quote in an old blog post by the owner, Jason: “Discipline in short, is saying no to the things you like, so that you can focus intently on what… 

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In Defense of Frozen Food

It was a cold and bitter night of negative temperatures and endless snowfall when I reached for one of the many Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala frozen meals I had stockpiled in the bottom of my freezer. With a quick jab of my fork into the taut plastic covering and… 

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Perfection is Paralyzing

Jason was out of town so Lisa came in from Royal Oak to teach the Friday afternoon vinyasa class. It was one of those misleadingly beautiful days that make a frequent appearance in Michigan. The sun streamed in through the windows and warmed our mats but you could still see… 

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All-New Brunch Menu at Mani Osteria

I am no stranger to Mani Osteria in downtown Ann Arbor. In fact, between several lunches and dinners, I have tried a majority of the menu and always left satisfied. And when I turned 21, I made sure to take advantage of their full bar. Mani is a good acquaintance… 

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7 Things I Learned at a Design Conference (That Are Not Really About Design)

Was Hike Conference real? Did it even happen? I say this out of rhetoric, of course. It happened. I was there. I have pictures. But it was sort of a blur. It came out no where, ran around for a while getting everyone all kinds of hot and bothered, and… 

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