In their latest challenge, Minted partnered with PEOPLE and asked designers to create prints featuring quotations about beauty. When I read the list of quotes, one in particular really stood out to me. It read, "If you look for perfection, you will never be satisfied."As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I just had to create a print using this quote from Leo Tolstoy. So I designed something that will never hang perfectly straight on a wall, and totally embraced imperfection. If you'd like to see the design sold on Minted, click here to vote!
Some days I wonder if I was ready to start a blog.Why?Well, for one, I don't have a name for it yet.And two, I don't really have a defined purpose.But maybe that's okay! I once heard a story that when Benjamin Franklin observed one of the first hot-air balloon flights in 1783, someone asked him skeptically what the use of this new invention of flight could possibly be. Franklin responded with, "What is the use of a newborn child?"Touché.So like a newborn child, I am nurturing this blog until its identity forms naturally. And until then, like a newborn child, I just hope it brings you happiness and inspiration.Thanks for sticking it out with me!Benjamin Franklin is super inspirational. This is my interpretation of my favorite quote of his.Tell me, who inspires you most?
I recently finished two great books. Bossypants by Tina Fey and Girl Walks into a Bar... by Rachel Dratch (You know. Debbie Downer? womp womp).Both authors touched upon the top rule of improvisation, which I think is great. SAY YES.As Tina Fey explains it:
“SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created. So if we’re improvising and I say, ‘Freeze, I have a gun,’ and you say ‘That’s not a gun. It’s your finger. You’re pointing your finger at me,’ our improvised scene has ground to a halt. But if I say, ‘Freeze, I have a gun!’ and you say, ‘The gun I gave you for Christmas! You bastard!’ then we have started a scene because we have AGREED that my finger is in fact a Christmas gun.Now, obviously in real life you’re not always going to agree with everything everyone says. But the Rule of Agreement reminds you to “respect what your partner has created” and to at least start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.”
This rule resonated with me because it applies to the world of advertising as well. Concepting big ideas is a lot like improvising. It is about being open to your partner's ideas and running with them to see where they take you. And not shooting them down too quickly, because sometimes ideas that seem ridiculous at first can turn into something fantastic.Later, I realized that this actually applies to real life too. I think we can all afford to say “yes” more often. To say "yes" to the next road trip, the next night out, the next race, the next job offer, the next party, the next date... Fact is, more exciting and fantastic things are going to happen to you if you say yes. Or as Rachel Dratch put it, “No leads to dead ends, and yes leads to possibilities."I leave you with one last quote from Tina Fey that I thought was too great to not make into a poster:So tell me, when someone asks you to go out tonight, what are you going to say?