Spreading the ✌: Valentine's Edition

Piece of Mind Puzzles was inspired by the challenges I faced during my quarter life crisis and my goal is to support those who are feeling “stuck” and need a little boost of inspiration. I want to continue expanding my vision and make this a place where fellow creatives can seek inspiration from not just my puzzles but from other sources too.

I want to connect with artists and brands that have made an impact on me and share their stories. Each month I’ll post a new feature (and maybe even a surprise giveaway) to spread awareness and peace of mind. ✌

February 2018 - Project Rosé

Sometimes the best ideas come to me during my commute from work. Last week, I heard on the radio a commercial for Valentine's Day bouquets and thought, "Why buy a dozen roses when you can buy a dozen rosés?". I laughed at myself, whipped out my phone to save the idea, and went on with my day. 

The next day I was running a few errands at the grocery store and as I walked past the alcohol aisle, I had a light bulb moment. 💡

Rather than creating an illustration of my clever rosé quote, what if I take it a step further and draw on actual rosé bottles?! I immediately stashed twelve bottles of rosé in my cart and rushed back home to start my project.

While drawing my designs, I realized even on a bad day I was never going to finish drinking all twelve bottles... That's when I decided to turn these into Valentine's Day grams like the little notes we passed out in elementary school, and take this opportunity to work with some of my friends. With these hand lettered bottles, I could go around and pass them out to my fellow Bay Area entrepreneurs/passion pursuers and share with the world how inspirational these people have been to me.

Below are twelve hard-working, passionate individuals that I'd like you to meet!

In order from left to right...

  1. Deb (@drink_gingerlab) serves a delicious line of locally crafted ginger beer, sold at farmers markets and restaurants all over the Bay Area. Deb's ginger beer is fresh, tangy, and definitely the best I've ever had.
  2. John (@whatdrivesjohn) and I met in elementary school before either of us knew what our true calling was and today he juggles ultramarathons, live streaming, and cryptoanalysis, all while living life to the fullest.
  3. Kacie (@hairbykacie1) is an extremely talented hair stylist and has brought so much balayage magic to the Bay Area. In just a few years, she's grown her salon from a team of one to a team of ten and her studio is absolutely gorgeous!
  4. Prosh and Sonya (@pacificpourhouse) are beginning a new venture this year by opening a #PYOB (pour your own 🍺) restaurant in Union City. I had an amazing opportunity to work with these sisters for their large chalk mural and they plan on opening their restaurant this Friday!
  5. Cecilia (@dangcecilia), an old coworker of mine, leads her Vietnamese community's youth group and is passionate about helping kids. She's starting a tutoring center, PEL Learning Center, in San Jose and it's opening next month!
  6. Gary (@mtca.co) is a huge advocate for local artists and small businesses. Him and his team from Might Threads Creative Agency are located in San Jose and work on projects ranging from environmental design, brand strategy, and digital products.
  7. Ariana (@all_aboutari) is a small town girl from Bakersfield and recently moved up to the Bay Area to join the tech scene. She has a passion for photography and writing, and is successfully combining these two interests to run a personal blog.
  8. Sam and Lauren (@voyagercraftcoffee) started their mobile coffee business two years ago after being inspired by their travels. Now they have a full blown cafe in Santa Clara and continue to bring in new visitors with their unique flavors. Sam and Lauren couldn't make it out for a photo op but here's Brianna, one of their many talented baristas, repping the Voyager spirit.
  9. Elizabeth (@paperwheelpress), one of the most bubbliest🍾, people I've ever met runs a letterpress studio in the heart of the Peninsula, while managing a venture firm, running ultramarathons, and parenting three kids (two of them are twins!).
  10. Anna (Author of Truly Global) has made a true name for herself in the tech industry. Her passion for translation and localization has brought her to build communities, run lectures, and even publish a book about bringing businesses to international markets.
  11. Eric (@livingyenfully), ex-Googler and now a full time entrepreneur, has changed his outlook on life since recovering from a severe car accident two years ago. He's now finding ways to inspire others by traveling the world and creating new e-commerce products to improve people's lives.
  12. Britni (@littlethingseverywhere) is a brush lettering artist from San Jose. She leads a local calligraphy community (@caffeinatedletters) to connect female artists and coffee lovers, while supporting Haiti missions with her beautiful artwork.
    Today marks three years since starting Sparkletters and I've been extremely fortunate to have become friends with such ambitious individuals along the way. It's been awesome watching them thrive as they pursue their passions and I can't wait to see what other awesome plans they have for the future.

    Here's to chasing dreams and doing what you love! 🥂


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