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Friday Fotos | The Eating Our Feelings Edition

HBD to us! 🎉 Brains on Fire turned 18 this week, so we celebrated in style with tequila @kingofpopsgvl. Cheers to a wild ride thus far and another 18 to come. #weareBOF Today, we send off our beloved milkshake maker. @rebekahrhoden you are a talent and a half, a hand model to remember, and we will miss you.  We’ve …

BOF Newsletter | Spring Digs Edition

  BRAINS ON FIRE | SPRING DIGS EDITION View this email in your browser APRIL 2016 : SPRING DIGS EDITION PARDON OUR DUST Over the past several months, The Firesphere has been undergoing a bit of a makeover. Now that the dust has settled, we’re loving our new-and-improved space. From plants to play areas to …

Be the Interviewer.

Last night I was talking to my “guyfriend” (silly word I know, but it’s what I call him) and he said, “It occurred to me that every time I’m with someone new, I do a better job at listening if I see myself as the interviewer.”  I laughed. He writes beautiful people profiles for magazines …

Friday Fotos | Taters Gonna Tate Edition

Kicking ass and taking names — all day, everyday. (Feat. Emily’s weekly to-do list.) Tools of the trade. #mycreativehabit Fernsday Thursday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s tater time! 🍟 #TatersGonnaTate #NationalTaterDay  

Know What Your Job Is

I recently saw a clip of Bryan Cranston (aka Walter White) in which he offered up a dose of wisdom that makes real sense. And while his insight is geared toward actors, it really applies to all of us: “You’re not going there to get a job. You’re going there to present what you do.”  Which got me thinking. …

Friday Fotos | Pi Day is bae.

Life in the faff lane  ☠ #faffingfriday Hands down, best day of the year. #piday “Women’s.” #wearebof mas chicle por favor “It’s a fast read, a fun read, a smart read. Short sentences, huge heart. Read it. Why? To absorb an important truth from the masters of word-of-mouth movements: Conversations spring from passions, not products.” – …

Just Our Type

A few of us were recently discussing the different ways people handle things around the office — from timelines to brainstorming, conflict to contributing in meetings. Which got us thinking. How can a group of people who work so well together as a team have such vastly different working styles and personal preferences on an individual level?  So …

Friday Fotos | Ceee luh brate good times CAMANNN Edition

All signs point to  ☠ . #BOFLA Will work for cupcakes. Perks of the job ain’t shabby. TY, @susiecakesbakery! “If it truly matters, [your work] becomes a part of you. Like the mechanic who never really loses the oil stains under his fingernails, our work stays with us wherever we go. It becomes a part of …

Space matters.

A while back we took a leap of faith and did an extreme makeover on our space in the INNOVATE building. We love it here, but we were way over due for a bit of spiffing up. Little did we realize that it would transform the way we work and connect. We knocked down ALL our …

Thrive

I’ll be honest. I haven’t thought of the word “thrive” very much. It’s a pretty badass word. Sadly, it just didn’t resonate as word I used in my thoughts and conversations. A recent speaking event changed that. Brian Passon of the Wellness Underground engaged me to speak at their un-conference for wellness professionals. As a …

Word of Mouth. This. Stuff. Works.

I love this statement/manifesto from WOMMA (the Word of Mouth Marketing Association). So much so that I wanted to share it with you. Kudos to Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President at Publishers Clearing House and Current Chair of WOMMA’s Board of Directors, Su Fanning President of WOMMA, the WOMMA board and all the thought leaders who …

Branding Made Easy

The headline is misleading. Branding isn’t easy but it can be made easy. How? By being simple. Yes, simple. The most simplistic brands give people what they want at the moment they want it without complication. And in the process, these brands earn devotion (and dollars) from customers. According to the Siegel+Gale’s Global Brand Simplicity …

Community is good for our health.

The other day I noticed a post on Linkedin from my friend Rich Jones and it lead me to the book Bowling Alone, written by Robert D. Putman. It’s know it was written a while back, but I believe the premise is still relevant.  Putnam focuses on the decline in bowling leagues in the U-S and …

You’re not BUSY.

I have always been a huge fan of Change This Manifestos. The limited format forces smart people to edit themselves and get straight to the point. I know, we did a couple ourselves and it’s great exercise in restraint.  Today I stumbled on one from Anese Cavanaugh called Showing Up: 32 ways. Good stuff I plan …

Friday Fotos | Give Me the Donuts Edition

Those of us doing #januarywhole30 are still at this no sugar thing. And STILL wanting donuts. #monthofhellth #week4 As Community Managers, we LOVE what we do, shaping communities and fostering conversation online. 📲 So obvi we celebrated #CMAD on Monday by commemorating the organized chaos that is our lives slash workspaces for a little #CMADselfie. We …

Friday Fotos | It’s Mostly Shoe Pics Edition

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. // 📷: @rebekahrhoden Find a little time to kick back today. It’s #shoesdaytuesday. // 📷: @genochurch 😍 yeah THAT @familytrails // 📷: @rebekahrhoden Post-lunch obligatory shoe pic. #ihavethisthingwithfloors // 📷: @hartben

An Unsolicited Rebrand of the LA Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are coming home. It was announced last week that Stan Kroenke’s bid to bring his current St. Louis Rams back to the city of Los Angeles was granted by the NFL. And the whole city rejoiced. At their most recent press release, the newly adorned LA Rams introduced their “new” team branding. What was revealed was …

A day in the life.

I’m often inspired by other industries. I believe we all benefit from looking for inspiration outside of our own lives. I’ve been inspired lately watching instragram stories unfold for companies like west elm and raven and lily and freshly picked. I also got to know the folks at Eileen Fisher a bit better recently.  After reading …

Simplifying Storytelling

Last week I had the opportunity see Larry Smith speak. (You might know him as “The guy married to that lady from Orange is the New Black.”) What you may not know is that Larry is an accomplished storyteller and runs a project called Six Word Memoirs. The premise is about simple as it gets: tell a story in six words. …

Friday Fotos | We See You, January Edition

We spy with our little  👀  #ThePassionConversation featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Conscious Company Magazine. #digginit Happy Birthday, Well Walkers! Getting our steps in while supporting @BeWellFans Well Walkers turning ONE years old on Thursday. (Alternate: Looking this good should be a crime.) “But where’s the cheese?” about sums up how Week 2 of #JanuaryWhole30 …