Be inspired.

Lately I have been intrigued by minimalism and double entendres.  And of course, typography.  (That’s my favorite)

(Disclaimer: None of these designs are my own.  I found them on Pinterest, so I don’t really know who designed them except the one that has his name on it.)

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paper airplane poster

bike typo

 

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On the Concept of “Personal Promotion”

Here are more photos from my beach excursion.

But first, a little rant:

Let me be the first to say that I know I am not a great model.  And I know that my mom is not a great photographer.

But we had fun, and I’m a proponent of being more real on the Internet.  Not all of our photos have to be glamour shots or photoshopped or filtered.

Here is a good quote from a video called The Innovation of Loneliness*:

“So what is the problem in having a conversation?

Well, it takes place in real time, and you can’t control what you’re going to say. And that is the bottom line.

Texting, email, posting. All of these things let us present the self as we want it to be. We get to edit, and that means we get to delete. Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion. Investing hours on end building our profile, pursuing the optimal order of words in our next message, choosing the pictures in which we look our best. All of which is meant to serve as a desirable image of who we are.”

I guess I can’t write a blog post without it being a form of “personal promotion,” but these are pictures of me being me.  Actually, I was trying to be someone I wasn’t**, but it didn’t work.  They all came out as just me.  Little, awkward, cute, silly me.  (And don’t forget Rupert, the elephant.)

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*Quote originally from this TED Talk.

**I never wear my hair like that, I never wear sweatshirts to the beach, I hate wearing sunglasses, I hate sitting crosslegged, and I hate playing in the sand.

 

Kleon Quote

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That’s my word of advice for the day.  Brought to you by Austin Kleon.

Which reminds me…

So I got a Twitter the other day (Go follow me! @clichecreative), and I think it was that same day that my roommate @Cizzlesb (yes, we actually call her by her Twitter name) told me about the Boring Tweeter (@b0ringtweets).

All he does is post boring things and boring statements.  But I have never been so inspired in my life.  Who knew I could be so entertained by the mundane?  He is so boring that he is creative.  I love it.  It’s the simplest form of creativity.

Here are some of his tweets:

“I’m not one to boast but my next door neighbour’s work friend’s daughter’s old school friend’s cousin applied to be on Britain’s Got Talent.”

“I used to wear a watch until I got a mobile phone.  Now if I need to know the time, I look at my phone.”

“I’ve just blinked.”

“Goodnight.  I’ve just turned the light off.” (and then there’s a picture that’s just black.)

Be boring.  Be inspired.

Kleon Quote

I wasn’t going to do a countdown for fear of being too annoying, but then I thought of a bunch of things I could do.  So I’m going to do a countdown anyway.  Plus, it will make me more accountable.

In honor of only 15 more days until I open my Etsy shop, here is a motivational quote* by Austin Kleon, my newest source of inspiration.

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*In honor of the quote, I made this myself because this is the kind of art I want to see on Pinterest.