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Inspiration | Do it anyway

I assume most people often feel their efforts in their job or relationships are taken for granted, or even completely stomped all over and muddy gouges being the only form of residual gratitude. Freelancers especially feel this way because we often undersell ourselves in order to book a job. Likewise, based on the ridiculous and disturbing popularity of 50 Shades of Grey, many people must undersell their self-worth in efforts just to have somebody. But in a world of beheadings, genocides, gang rapes, and child slavery, we need to try our hardest to keep perspective and find as much to be thankful for as we can. And by “we” I mean “me.”

So here’s a little inspiration from one of the most generous and loving people of our lifetime and a very beautiful commercial about human kindness.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

[found on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta]

Inspiration | Fun and Funky Functional Art

Functional art is my favorite kind of art. Which is probably why I’m really digging building furniture with intricate inlay designs. I’ve been trying to keep this blog simpler than my retired Sunday School Beauty Queen blog, like avoid regurgitating information that already exists on the web and instead just focus on my travels and a few select hobbies. But I’ve recently come across some inspiring creations on the web that I feel are worth breaking the simplicity boundary and reposting for my readers… all three of them. And  so, keeping in-tune with my pretentious blog tagline (“exploration + experience = creative inspiration”), I’ve started a new category “inspiration.” ‘Cause, let’s face it, we all could use a little more inspiration in our daily humdrumity.

In this post, both inspiring designs are beautifully creative examples of functional art. The first are gorgeous chocolate truffles from an LA chocolatier Compartes. I don’t even like chocolate much, but wow, just wow!

The second is an Austin rooftop deck. The style, the colors, the design—love, love, love. BUT, this functional art slightly misses the mark. There are only a handful of days in Austin when the weather is actually pleasant enough to sit outside, but I imagine with this deck, you’d use it even in the less than pleasant days. And, those chairs… while I love the aesthetic, not sure I’d want striped divots all over my butt and thighs. Also, while the netted lounge is drool-worthy from a design perspective, I think there are some mosquitoes smart enough to fly in over the top opening of the net to feast on you while you’re lying unnaturally still trying not to turn over and roll out of the thin cot, knocking it over and on top of you. I mean, one aggressive smack to kill a mosquito and you’ll bring the whole beautifully-designed deck-tent down around you! But nonetheless, I am uber jealous and want it so very bad.

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