The Lady In The Middle

Picture this–  You sir in your seat on an airplane next to a short, but round woman. She’s respectful of your space & even gives up the arm rest.  But, as soon as the wheels go up, a neck rest comes out, her seat goes back and she seems to melt. Fully relaxed, her arm…

Blurry Lines

Lines are blurred easily in adult life. Kids movies lied. In Mulan, there was no choice! Her father could not fight and she had to defend her family’s honor!  Bull shit. That shit never happens IRL.  There’s a quote from Winston Churchill I read today that sparked this whole thought process:  Success is not final,…

And you call yourself a dirtbag 

San Francisco, house on a hill, coffee and toast at the kitchen table watching CNN. That was how my Wednesday started today.  In town showing my portfolio and laying groundwork to make some changes, I’m working to become a stronger designer. But can I do that and still be the idealistic dirtbag I want to…

Failing Sucks – Tribalry.com

This week I wrote a piece for Tribalry.com about failing forward and how each failure that we endure takes us another step forward… but also how it sucks.

Bukowski: Laureat of the Underground

He had a handful of quotes that are seriously just screaming at me right now. See list below: Don’t try.  Seriously? How. How do you not try? How do you just LET it flow? Do I have to start smoking more weed? Wtf.  Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead….

The Stigma of Crazy

I want to be crazy, I think. The more I have the opportunity to be limitless, to be free, to be the “wild child” that people have seen in me for a long time, the more I want it. I want to have tattoos that are blatant and visible, I want to wear patches, I…

I WANT

“…Happiness,” the monk said as he kneeled before Buddha.  He is greeted with a long pause, and then Buddha says to him, “First, you must forget ‘I.’ That is ego. Then you must not want. That is desire which leads to greed. And then, you will have happiness.” I have the chance to reset, continue…

No Strings Attached

I was “let go” from my job today. No explanation, just my last check, a 🤷‍♀️ and a cya. Maybe it’s like a thunderstorm, but I felt it in my knees… saw this coming.  But that’s not important. What’s important is that this is the stereotypical place where one gets a college degree, is unemployed…

New Year, Who Dis

…and the Yeti lives on. It (I’ve decided to keep the beast gender-neutral) still needs new tires desperately, and the build-out is still on hold, but I can’t imagine another adventure mobile for me. So there’s that update for myself to look back at and think whatever it is I’ll think next time I come…

The future of the Yeti

Internal Debate: RS (Rational Stella): the truck is expensive to run, needs some love, and impossible to park in almost all urban settings.  IS (Idealyc Stella): but it’ll be great for weekend trips! Great for social media things! RS: it need new tires and brakes! IS: BUT YOU CAN JUST CAMP IN THE BACK! Free camping anywhere, any time!…

Adventure Style in a Sentence

“Could you describe your adventure style for me?” I asked. Not sure what response I would get…  I got a good answer.  But then I thought… what answer would I give in return? Hmm. Good question, give yourself a pat on the back for that one…  “I like travel that’s rewarding and I hate being a…