Larger than life Yayoi Kusama takes over the Champs-Elysées
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by Anne Ditmeyer
1w ago
This week I ventured to the Champs-Elysées to check out the larger-than-life Yayoi Kusama painting the original Louis Vuitton flagship with polka dots. You can’t help but pause to look up and smile and see what’s going on. It’s clearly part of a larger campaign, as there are posters around the city with black and white photos with colorful dots. It’s definitely eye-catching, and playful. And like all metaphors for life, it’s definitely worth exploring different angles. I didn’t have a chance to venture to Place Vendome, but there’s an animatronic version of Kusama in the window. I first expe ..read more
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Map on a Banana! (Jan 5)
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by Anne Ditmeyer
3w ago
Come play with me! Join me for my (free!!) MAKE A MAP! FIELD TRIP with Creative Mornings on Thursday, Jan 5th. Get out of your head and map on a banana! And a napkin! And paper! We’ll make 3 maps in one hour. Fun and inspiration guaranteed. Who knows where your maps may take you… It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Banana) but sweet potatoes, squash, lemons, clementines, or anything from the recycling bin is fair game. However, I will tell you that bananas not only have the best texture for mapping, they’re also magic…. (You can read a brief history of banana maps here.) If you can’t join live yo ..read more
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Vision Board Workshop
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by Anne Ditmeyer
1M ago
The first time I heard mention of vision boards, I rolled my eyes. I was not only highly skeptical, I was judging something before I even gave it a try. I had convinced myself that it’d never work. The life I was drawn to was not what was rendered in magazines. I made excuses and avoided even thinking about considering it despite the fact that I saw people who I looked up to singing their praises. Then one year, my Mastermind group decided to make vision boards together as a group activity. I agreed, albeit reluctantly Since that fateful day, I’ve never turned back. I’m a vision board convert ..read more
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Choose Love (a great last minute gift)
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by Anne Ditmeyer
1M ago
On a recent trip to London I got to pay a visit to the Choose Love pop-up store supporting refugees. Choose Love works with 200 different organizations in over 25 countries around the world. All the proceeds go directly to those who need it most. Everything for sale at their pop-up is a representation of what will be gifted to organizations working directly with those in need. You can shop by what’s “most needed” (as defined by the organizations), or buy something that relates to the person you want to gift it for. They also have bundles with multiple things, and there’s even an option to gif ..read more
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A story of magic and the British Pullman
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by Anne Ditmeyer
2M ago
A year ago today I offered my dad a ride on the British Pullman for his 80th birthday. For two Americans who live in the US and Paris, gifting a gift that took place in London was not the easiest gift to make happen. I hadn’t quite considered how we’d be in the same city, but those were minor details. Still, it was a crazy idea I got a few days before his birthday and stuck with it. I didn’t need to have it all figured out. I just needed to tell him about it. It’s honestly something I thought we’d do in summer at the earliest, but the day after his birthday my dad found out he’d be passing th ..read more
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Mapping Your Path into 2023! (Kicks off Oct 7th!)
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by Anne Ditmeyer
4M ago
WHAT IF the New Year was not about resolutions, but an opportunity to catch your breath and get grounded? Together we’ll work on mapping our own paths forward into the New Year—and beyond! All while having some fun along the way, and with the power of the collective. Set yourself up for success—as defined by YOU–so that you’re able to make things happen in a way that is as fun as possible, and feels true to you, NOT dictated by society’s standards. WHAT IF fun was a pre-requisite and anything was possible?! Mapping Your Path into 2023 3-MONTH WORKSHOP + COMMUNITY Oct 2022 – Jan 2023 It all ki ..read more
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Write Your Own Rules (new workshop dates!)
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by Anne Ditmeyer
4M ago
At some point I realized the rules I grew up learning didn’t make sense for me. In many ways they were outdated, arbitrary, and something we never learned to question. I created my Write Your Own Rules Workshop as part of my ongoing mission to ask “What if there was another way?” It’s a way to break the status quo and consider other paths forward, opening possibilities along the way. In this 2-hour interactive workshop, I’ll guide you every step of the way through a series of creative exercises as you write your own set of guiding principles to serve you in work and life. You’ll walk away fro ..read more
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Detours in the right direction: Avignon adventure
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by Anne Ditmeyer
4M ago
Earlier this summer I headed down to the south of France. There was a lot about the trip that didn’t go as planned, starting with my friend I was supposed to travel with having to cancel her trip to France, then learning the joys of non-refundable train tickets (I found a taker for the second ticket), my own inability to judge distances / a surprising lack of connecting trains, and a heatwave and forest fires to top it off. It really was the last leg of my trip where I was set to see a second friend in Aix that didn’t go as planned. I do love logistics and not backtracking, but no matter ..read more
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A Magic Carpet Ride
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by Anne Ditmeyer
5M ago
I wasn’t supposed to be in Istanbul. I booked a ticket with 10 days of notice after hearing a friend would be there for work and knowing I needed to escape the ghost town that would be the first week in August in Paris. I had very little intentions for this trip. A friend was going to be there for work, which was just the nudge I needed. I just had the pull to go for reasons I couldn’t explain. There was a clue on my vision board of a beautiful view with a minaret. I knew where I was going to stay the first two nights (the INCREDIBLE Hotel Mest–see here + here), but beyond that, the rest woul ..read more
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A trip to a snail farm + the season of slow
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by Anne Ditmeyer
6M ago
Travel has always been about unique experiences for me. Little did I know that my recent trip to Ardèche in the south of France would involve a trip to a snail farm! Have you ever considered what a snail farm would look like? Well, now you know! It looks like the picture on the left. The snails like to hang out on the inside of the diagonal planks to stay cool. As you can see (right), they like to huddle. There’s moisture and plants under there too. Now guess how many snails are grown on this farm? 360,000!!! Yowza. These babies are ~1.5 mo. I was sad to not be there for the annual snail race ..read more
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