Category: Slice of Life

Lessons from a Telegram to Katie Couric.

My first real job out of college was with a firm that did car dealership advertising. We represented about 22 dealerships in all. Whew. Fun times. One of the men who owned the firm was an interesting man. He had a very nice luxury car (makes sense, right) but he was absolutely TERRIFIED of driving. Part …

My Stutter. My Monster.

We all face something that prevents us being the person we are destined to become. My something is a MONSTER that confronts me nearly every waking moment. My stutter is my MONSTER. For too many years, stuttering stifled my voice and stunted my growth. It wasn’t until I reached a very low point in my …

Meet Alison Sellers

What brought you to Brains on Fire? Fate. And Mary Susan. After spending a year in France working and traveling, I had the luxury of picking a place on the map to start life again back in the States. I moved to Greenville after having it on my radar for years, and while still being …

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 …

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 …

It’s (a)live!

It’s official!! After a lot of conversation, creative visioning, coding and coffee (So. Much. Coffee.), we’re thrilled to announce that Brains on Fire now has ONE shiny, new website for our TWO offices. Check it out, click around, scroll away…and let us know what you think in a comment below. tourabe

Great Storytellers: Rhett & Link

Several years ago, I discovered the dynamic duo of Rhett and Link cracking up the interwebs via Youtube. Over the years, they somehow slipped off my radar. A few weeks ago, while searching for something else, YouTube presented me with a suggested video featuring Rhett and Link — and my evenings have been filled with hours …

Dreaming With Chalk

Let’s Keep TR Beautiful dreamed about a ‘Before I Die‘ wall in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Why stop at one? Why not five? Using a Community Vibrancy grant from Ten at the Top, we were able to do just that. Five walls. Five unique phrases. Five different locations.  ‘Before I turn 25’ @ Travelers Rest High School …

I Swear I’m Wearing Pants: 5 Misconceptions About Remote Employment

I recently asked my social network what kinds of misconceptions they had heard about being a remote employee. These were just a few of the responses: “That when you are not in the office you are taking the day off.” “That it means you either have to work from home or coffee shop.” “That it’s difficult to …

The Flexible Future: Why You Should Focus on Building a Workforce Not a Workplace

Remote employee. Telecommuter. Satellite human. Whatever you call it, there seems to be a lot of conversation going on about the evolution of the workplace – and the workforce – of the future. So much so, in fact, that what began as an idea for a single blog post has evolved into a blog mini-series. …

Refilling the Well of Inspiration

Confession time: my inspirational well has been in a bit of a drought situation over the past couple weeks. We have had a lot going on in the office (a very good thing) and I have had a lot going on home (also a very good thing.) The result? A lot less time spent wandering and roaming — …

Announcing “Good Time”

A few fun facts:  20 percent of companies offer Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs) and that figure has been steadily rising over the past decade. (Source) EVPs have been shown to improve employee morale, productivity, loyalty and recruitment efforts. (Source) 61 percent of millennials report that an employer’s commitment to its community would play a role in their decision to accept …

I hope you get pneumonia.

If I move again, it will be to a really tiny house like this one. About four years ago, I got pneumonia. Trust me. Coughing up blood makes you listen hard to a doctor’s advice to stay in bed. So I canceled my fancy plans to meet with a client on the west coast. And …

#explorer

Thanks to my grandparents, wanderlust was injected in my DNA from a very early age. Weekends with my grandparents were spent wandering and exploring close to home and far away. I’m so thankful my parents allowed those experiences at such an early age. As an adult, wanderlust is always sitting just below my skin. It’s …

5 Awesome Apps for Creatives + Community Managers

Want to transform text from boring black-and-white into colorful content? Meet Wordswag. With just a few clicks of your iphone, you can create gorgeous, pin-worthy graphics. No matter how much you love your coworkers, sometimes you just need to get in the zone. Noisli is a “background noise and color generator” that takes you away from the open-office distractions of ringing …

What gives you energy?

I re-posted the note above from Charme Silkiner’s FB page on my own last week (Seriously. Check out her amazing art/jewelry.) This quote seems to be floating around a lot lately. I think people love to be called Darling, don’t you? The other day I received an order from Lululemon and they included a surprise …

Nobody Likes Timesheets

“Oh, boy! Timesheets? I love timesheets,” said no one ever. In the spirit of full disclosure, I preface this post with a confession: my experience with timesheets has been (blessedly) limited. You know the old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know?” True story. I had always heard agency friends lament the existence of timesheets, but the concept of tracking time in …

A Letter and a Lesson

A friend shared a post on reddit with me last night. By the time I reached the end of the story, it had raised a few questions. Important questions we should all be asking on a daily basis: Are you giving your employees the tools to perform a function? Or are you empowering them with the support and space to do …

Change means being crystal clear.

Photo from 9lives. About four and half years ago I made a life changing decision. I’ve talked about it before, but a friend recommended I give hot yoga a try. I went and barely made it out alive. Then I went again. And again. And again. About the fourth or fifth class, I had an …

Don’t Go With the Flow

It’s 10 a.m. on Monday. Your week is just beginning, and you’ve already made dozens of choices without even thinking about it it. The blue shirt or the white shirt. Splenda or raw sugar. The scenic route or the quick route. Music or NPR. Though it may not always feel like it, we’re experts at making …