Author: Kindling Spirits

The Lost Voice

You don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s going… going… gone, right? My fiancé is literally voiceless right now, at home with a sore throat. Of course, with the help of some zzz’s and some prescribed pills, he will be his old self. It’s easy to forget the impact of voice… your voice… those without …

Getting Punked.

I always wanted to rock a cool pair of Doc Martens like these. Photo by AKinsey Foto via Flickr. It makes my heart smile when worlds in which I live collide in cool ways. Last weekend, the hubs and I were enjoying our usual sipping-mochas-and-watching-CBS–Sunday–Morning routine (family world) when this cool segment about the career …

The Founders’ Story

Thanks for the awesome image, Libby Williams! Back in the day, Robbin planned a surprise visit to see Brains on Fire founder, Mike Goot. She hand delivered the very first Brains on Fire book to Mike – the one, the only. She also recorded their visit. Perhaps you’re the founder, the leader of the pack. …

The Passion Conversation Doodles

Speaking of doodles, check out this awesome piece of work from @gapingvoid. Passion Ignites. Ain’t it the truth?! We asked for your inspired doodles and our faces hurt from smiling. Thank you for sharing! AND THE WINNER IS… drum roll please… @HUGHWEBER‘S “Bet on good people doing good things” doodle! (He’s quoting John Gardner, by …

What Do You Do Every Day?

You can’t help but love the spirit in this photo. Kids dancing without inhibition is pure and awesome. Recently I read this awesome book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It is awesome and honest. And probably not what you are imagining. The author notes how many great things are happening in her life …

Put yourself in another person’s shoes

That’s what they say, don’t they? “Put yourself in another person’s shoes.” Who are they, by the way? Whoever they are, they’ve got a point. We as marketers, explorers, adventurers, need to do more than put ourselves in the shoes of others. We’d better grab a pair of socks, lace those puppies up, and go …

Independence and Authors

A happy Independence Day to you! This little gem of a post was dusted off from the BOF archives back on June 14, 2011, Flag Day. Remember, anything is possible, and that’s why we celebrate today, tomorrow, and what’s to come beyond. Thoughts from Robbin, 6/14/11: Okay, once again, I have found myself in a …

Working Backwards

We celebrated on Friday, so here’s your jolt of creative energy today. Good morning, folks. We gather as a crew every Monday morning for a family meeting. We chat and share, and I’m inviting you to our family huddle today. It’s just too good not to share. Seth Godin spoke in New York at Creative …

Beyond A Role

Megan and Ram enjoying one another’s company A friend of mine started at a new company not too long ago. I asked him how it was going and what he does. He told me his job title. I rephrased, and asked what that meant. Who does he work with, what does he do on a …

I Wish I Had Known

I’m the kind of person who lives for the “I wish I had known” articles. I can’t help it- I like learning from others’ mistakes. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to failures everywhere. Inspired by this Businesstips.com post about leadership, I couldn’t help but share. What I have learned …

When Can’t Means Won’t

A kayak parade? SURE! Who needs water?! Just last week we had a lovely little pow-wow as a team. It was so refreshing. We reminded one another, and all the new-ish faces (mine included), about why we’re at Brains on Fire. As Robbin mentioned, we got back to our roots. The WHY behind why we …

Content is still king

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2013/06/05/why-gary-vaynerchuks-new-social-media-strategy-should-change-the-way-you-do-business/ Gary Vaynerchuk now has a person following him around to transcribe all that he says and turn it into social media content. Yup, feel free to read that sentence again, I had to.

Seize the Day: Newsies Edition

Hello, my name is Katie. And I love musical theater. From start to finish, my toes are tapping and my face hurts from smiling. There is nothing like a live performance. In honor of the upcoming Tony Awards (one of the most exciting nights for those on- and off-broadway), I’d like to salute Newsies. If …

What Makes a Manifesto

This cool piece of work is from one of our newest design interns, Joy. A while back, a friend helped me stumble upon this cool little manifesto from design company (and man behind it all) Jonathan Adler. Please read it. It’s cool. The manifesto is honest, brave, fun, and so very Jonathan Adler. How do …

The “You Don’t Need Us Awards” Round 7 – Penzey’s Spices

So this is a little something that we haven’t done in a while over here at the Brains on Fire Blog. The “You don’t Need Us Awards” celebrate the brands and businesses that are doing such an great job already connecting with their customers and advocates that, well, they they don’t need us. I’m happy …

A Beautiful Space

I feel fortunate to have grown up in a beautiful place. When I was younger, my family and I would take the train from the suburbs and head north to the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. I was surrounded by beauty. Even in the dead of winter, the snow gently fell on hundred-year-old buildings, …

When someone responds

I have to brag. I feel loved. On three separate occasions, I “spoke” with four different people from Crate&Barrel. Five if you include the supervisor. I’m in wedding registry mode. It’s been interesting. But this is not a rant, I promise. It’s a reminder that people are awesome. First impression: if you call the customer …

Focus on what’s right in front of you

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been watching the tech world go back and forth about Google’s latest creation, Google Glass. It’s been announced for a while, but the product has actually been shipped out to the lottery winners who wanted to pay 1500 bucks to test it out. If you’re not familiar with …

Design Discussion: Typography

Can we chat about this typography? Dressing up your font, pun intended, is a big thing here at Brains on Fire. Emotions and aesthetics go hand in hand, and design often fills the void when words just aren’t enough. That’s an understatement, yes. We have a tweet to back that up. Kudos, Yvette Yang. I …

Put me in, Coach!

Talents, strengths and weaknesses- we’ve all got ‘em. We are master jugglers of these three very unique characteristics. They make us human, after all; we simultaneously live up to them and sweep them under the rug. Funny, isn’t it? When starting a new adventure, there are certain to be unknowns. They are intimidating. They make …