Posts Categorized: Inspired By…

May 6, 2013

[on a positive note]


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” – Melody Beattie

I’ve had this quote tacked to my office station for about a year, recite it as my mantra at least once a day & rely on it to keep me grounded. Gratitude, no matter the life circumstance leads to an immense amount of clarity. Particularly on those mornings when the difficulty of getting out of bed and ushering in another grind it out week is enough to make you crawl back into bed. Lest you need another reminder what getting out of bed and pursuing those passions will get you…

Make it a good one…


May 4, 2013

Chai’s Picks! 5 Favorite Blogs

When I first began blogging over six years ago, rarely did I glance or ‘follow’other bloggers. Granted, the landscape was drastically different compared to today. Social media, big brand interventions and the speed at which we digest it all is enough to make you weary! But these days, to hunker down and pick a few favorites seems like such a task. Realistically? There are massive amounts of awesome bloggers & creatives doing their thing in the digital realm. Today, I share 5 that I adore & turn to continuously for some uplift, inspiration and to be reminded of why we do what we do.


LOVE. LIFE. EAT.  – I sincerely cannot think of a single blog I turn to as religiously as I do this. Felicia has a miraculous way of spilling the story of her travels and food adventures on the page so as to force you to face your own Q&A’s on life. I turn here to remind me of the craft of blogging and why it’s important  to sanctify your space, be it in the social media realm or behind a brick wall – guard it.

PARK & CUBE - Writer & graphic designer Shini Park is London based & covers everything from fashion to food to some freaking amazing DIY projects. A girls girl, her style always leaves me envious and scouring the webs for ways to pull of a smilar look.

All the Many Layers – I’ve been a fan of GG’s writing circa her old stomping ground, The Write Curl Diary & this new venture feels almost like kismet.  A writer who yearns to “give you tools to navigate your life with grace and guts,” you are immediately tempted to put in the work of becoming your best self after reading.

Oh Joy! - I’ve lost count as to the mounting designer-esque blogs in my feed & on the webs, but  Joy Cho’s efforts leaves a smile on my face each time a post goes live. Bloggers who remain innovative while humble are such a treat!

Party Over Hair - (okay, how cute is this name!) A new favorite add to my Feedly list, L has turned POH into a natural hair & lifestyle blog that’s incredibly informative. & an honest confession? It’s refreshing to see fresh and useful content on a blog devoted to natural hair.

I could really go on with the Blog Lovin, but if you guys have a few favorite daily stomping grounds, do share.

May 2, 2013

That Spring Feeling


Cutie pie desktop wallpaper via Jess

We’re only one day into the month of May and already there’s a strong sense of anticipation in the air as to what the rest of the year will bring. The hippie few seem to always refer to this ‘feeeeling’ as Spring fever because it does feel as if a few tidal waves are mowing you down with each peek of the sun. I LIVE for this.

& whist in the spirit of diving in, yesterday I made an appointment for a LONG overdue trim/cut and breathed a huge sigh of relief in the process. Why had I waited so long?! Foolishness on my part. That, and fear. The big proponent for me starting this blog a few years ago was a dreaded run in with a stylist who wielded her blow dryer/flatiron combo to torture my kinks. It’s taken me quite a while to overcome said trauma. Last documented trim visit to the salon? Circa Summer 2011. Now, if we do the math I’d venture a guess and say that’s a pretty sad period of time to let on neglecting your hair. I’s don’t care whether you’re natural or not, there is no excuse. The care and health of our hair begins with us. The split ends, single strand knots & the increasing difficulty detangling FRO each week had finally pushed up against a wall.

I’m unsure if this unsettling feeling will quietly go away…but the executive decision was made to push through. The growth of FRO has stunted since her ends have been frayed and giving me the sad eye, so onward. Updates TK on the good, the bad….the inevitable.

April 29, 2013

[on a positive note]



I won’t lie, it’s been a busy few days here on the BTC end.  Whew! In between undertaking a few personal projects and meeting deadline after deadline, this thing called sharpening your creative edge has temporarily taken a backseat. I say temporarily because this past weekend I became fed up. The not writing, the still dreaming, the over-thinking, the non-committing, etc., tends to take it’s toll. My creatives understand this itch, yes? The greatness is there, such is your spirit, heart and plight. They mingle together in an odd brew until you wonder what to do.

What do you do?

This is the stuff you save for the Moleskin or handcrafted journal, I know. But once upon a blog, well….folks actually blogged and jotted down this stuff. And because it’s been a long kind of Monday, I took to here to share because it’s something I used to do & kind of missed.

It’s a wee bit late on a Monday night, but hoping your start to the week has been visited by great promise. We all deserve to see ourselves as believers, dreamers & thinkers, even when we continue to doubt the most obvious.

**Hair Note: FRO has taken returned to the pre-poo and delved into this. Deets TK!

April 19, 2013

Hello, Weekend!


Can we all just admit it’s been one of those weeks where, if we come out on the other side, the side where smiles from friends and family (maybe even co-workers) keep us grounded and sane, that somehow it’s all enough for us to give thanks? In this corner, making it a priority to see the good & notice the helpers as well!

Early last week a good friend and I noticed first buds on the trees closest to our home and damn near skipped for joy. It happens every year, the way in which the seasons turn the page showing us something new. But the beauty has to be in appreciating the newness of it each time. It doesn’t get old. My hope is that it doesn’t. Alas, some links for your weekend…!

This week’s ‘Aha!’ moment

What would our lives look like if we weren’t trying to craft them around a career title? If instead we framed our lives in the context of, what do we WANT to do?

Victoria a la SF Girl Bay sums up my thoughts on the pressures of social media to the tee. What do you guys think?

Flourless 3 ingredient choclate cake Banana Bread Protein Bars | fav new go-to snack w/yummy avocados | 11 ways to love Nutella

Time on your hands this weekend? 8 DIY projects with your  name on it

Seriously want to MOVE IN to the Free People/Anthropologie home office. Can you even imagine?!

Tips on How to Tackle your Spring Cleaning (confession, I haven’t started!)

Having fun playing around with this new Beauty Matchmaker product finder! Foxy and I should meet.

Flip the Switch cutie pie sandals

So much to see/do in NYC –> Tribeca Film Festival touches down with much to see | The Soul of Brooklyn returns with a Party | The Blossoms are finally blooming!

New favorite haven on Youtube. WIGS. Original scripted dramas, with all female leads that are simply amazing.

Reminder: You are Desire & More Beautiful than You Could Ever Imagine


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April 16, 2013

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty


This’ll only take a minute. First, grab a pen + mark your calendars = then go see this beauty of a film on April 26th. The buzz has been steady since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival a few months back, and now a slew of screenings have been added to the beat. Please go see if you’re in NYC this month. Click here to see where it may be playing near you.

With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and various styles of animation, Terence explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through his mind during a singular moment in time.