It’s “been said” that it takes a month or so to create a new habit, and through my 365 day project I had hoped to instill creativity into my everyday existence.

And I did, for that year.  After the 365 day mark passed I had a continued desire to keep “doing”, but it only took a few weeks for that to subside.  I became consumed with the everyday mundane.  Lazy, busy, stressed, forgetful, whatever word you want to choose.

Sure, there were days where I thought to myself, “You need a new project Brandi!”
And I’d answer, “Yeah, but what?!”

This question has been heavy on my mind for the last few days.  Searching the Internet for answers…I found none.  There were plenty of neat ideas, but not what I was looking for.  I knew the search would be easier if I knew what it was I was looking for…but I didn’t.

Until today.

A new, year long project starts August 1st, 2015.  I’m calling it, 365 Days of Inspiration.

Everyday I will find something that inspires me.  A poem, a song, artwork, nature, a person, anything goes.  I found through my last project that hard rules limit my creative spirit. 

I want a framework, but no boundaries.  I want to see how far my inspiration can go, and hopefully inspire some other people along the way. 

Join me will you?  It’s going to be interesting, quirky, and most of all inspiring!! :)

Shake The Dust

Today was a great day!

Work was good (minus the almost unbearable heat) and I made lots ‘o money.


After work, I headed to a place near Grant Park called Grocery on Home.  It’s a cute, small, music venue where I was about to see my favorite spoken word poet, Anis Mojgani. 

Wow.  It was a little surreal to see him perform.  I’ve seen so many of his videos, but this was live!  In person!  I actually spoke with him after the show, bought a book (that I apparently already had), and he signed the book.  :) 



Mieka Pauley, a musican, also played tonight and she was great too.  I bought a copy of her cd as well, and I can’t wait to learn more about her stuff. 

Here’s a link to an interview with Matt Arnett, owner of Grocery on Home.

And if you haven’t seen or read any of Anis Mojgani’s work, please check him out.  I promise you’ll love him!



Today, I’m thankful.

I’m thankful to have wonderful, caring managers.

I’m thankful to have coworkers who make me smile.

I’m thankful for the past year I’ve spent with Will.

I’m thankful to have a family that loves and supports me.

I’m thankful to be able to spend time enjoying live music, and to be inspired by it.

I’m thankful for the determination to push through the difficulties of school.

I’m thankful it’s almost over…

I’m thankful to be alive, and to not have to really contemplate that concept often.

I’m thankful for moments of self reflection and appreciation.

I’m thankful for you, I’m thankful for me.

Sun showers


There’s something simply beautiful about daytime rain showers.  Instead of an ominous, dark, dreadful feeling, they are filled with  hope, joy, and feelings of renewal.

The raindrops sparkle with the sun’s reflections and rainbows appear in the sky. 

Even now…days after this event occured…I am filled with feelings of serenity by simply recalling that moment.  It’s refreshing. 

If only I could bottle up moments like that.

You are what you eat


Today I saw a nutritionist.  It’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, it’s that I just don’t do it.

My hope is that by seeing someone regularly, I will feel accountable and stick to a better eating routine.

The good news was that I didn’t have a copay today.  (Yay preventative care!)  This made it possible to buy some delicous, healthy food.  Aldi is the best place I’ve found to get produce for a decent price.  Now…to just eat it!

Flowers of the sun


I love taking pictures of flowers, and I’m lucky enough to have a great boyfriend who buys them for me.  :)

These are some beautiful sunflowers that we got about a week ago.  I spent a lot of time outside with them, and these are some of the best shots I got.

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