Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Do less... be more. Our slow-travel to Michigan.

We are now fully back in Los Angeles after we came back from our trip to Michigan last weekend. We had a really busy week since our return... and I am finally finding some quiet time and space to reflect on the amazing time we had in Michigan with Susan, Kent, Lynn, Ann and lovely ladies who gathered for BK Open Studio in Michigan.

The idea of "slow travel" as a part of the slow movement has been around for a while. I remember talking about it while I was still a design/trend researcher working on projects in a design consultancy world. I remember that I liked the concept back then... The idea really resonated with me.

Fast-forward few years... now we have our humble boutique brand Baum-kuchen which believes in love for analogue and travel for life. "Love for analogue" lends itself to the process that is slower and more mindful than an alternative, more digital ways of doing things. Staying curious and being in a present moment during our travel always bring a lot of discussion about the meaning of life...

I think that this summer... between our trip to Oahu, Japan (The Superior Labor visit, Kurashiki and Naoshima) and Michigan, we have really come close to understand how it feels to experience "slow travel".

While we were in Michigan, we spent 90% of our time at a lovely lakeside Cottage which belongs to Susan's family. Between swimming in the lake multiple times a day and helping the girls nap in the afternoon, I really never left her Cottage. I am so used to be driving everyday in Los Angeles... it was so refreshing to understand how it feels to go nowhere and just enjoy being.

I watched Satchi and Coco swim and play in the lake water, doodled on my journal and tried watercolor lettering, ate Susan and her sister Ann's amazing meals, cooked a few Japanese recipe inspired meals for everyone, watched the sun move across the lake horizon, watched moon set and found so many shooting stars on the dock with our friends Corey and Liam, got a spontaneous career coaching from Ann, talked about life and more life... and did a very special blueberry picking outing.

I feel so lucky that I had a chance to connect with my girls and friends in a real meaningful way. Those moments will be cherished forever and I know that Michigan will always be very special for them in life.

Thank you Susan for sharing your special place with us.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Thank you Amy Tangerine for bringing such a colorful energy to BK Inspiration Lab!

We had a fun Inspiration Lab with Amy Tangerine on 7/31! During the workshop I was able to listen to her story and thoughts on journaling. It was inspiring to hear her say that reflecting on the memory and moments shouldn't be an intimidating task especially when we are working with Traveler's Notebook size. Compared to 12x12 scrapbook size, Traveler's Notebook format is more approachable and easy to carry so we can take the "journaling process" everywhere we go. 

She also showed us how she uses watercolor to bring her pages to life. It's so fun to watch someone who is so talented and artistic to work on the spread right in front of you. All the participants brought in special memorandum from their recent adventures and after Amy's demo, everyone got very busy working on their travel-log page inspired by Amy's fun and colorful aesthetics.

I really hope this Inspiration Lab kick-started some of our guests' visual journaling. 

I got home, picked up my watercolor brush and painting letters ever since then


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