Dream Work

This Thursday I’ll be speaking to a bunch of entrepreneur majors at Weber State University about Dream Work. I presented at the same Nye Lecture Series last year and my presentation covered some foundational principles for success. This year, I was asked to speak again and was given the deadline of August for my topic submission. I hate supplying presentation topics so far in advance because I dislike being beholden to a topic that I may no longer feel passionate about or find relevant when presentation time rolls around. I purposely selected Dream Work as my topic as I felt it was broad enough to not box me in.

I’d love to start my presentation by asking the students what comes to mind when they hear the phrase “Dream Work?” I’m guessing the answers will include things such as:

Working a job that you love

Landing your dream job

Working toward your dreams

And while I intend to discuss those items, I also want to talk about the importance of doing dream work. I want to show them what I’ve done with my dreams and how I’m literally working them. I want to discuss the following:

  • Working–Here’s a quote I think I created: “Everything works out for those who don’t quit working.”

This principle has proved true for me. I always get on my knees as if everything depends on God and then get up on my feet and go to work as if everything depends on me. Things have always worked out for me and I think it is because I never give up. The obstacle becomes the way for me for in seeking to move it, go around it, or climb over it, I grow, learn, and ultimately, become.

  • Dreaming–Don’t stop believing! I think that is a song by Journey haha. But truly, I want to tell them that they can be and do anything they set their minds to. The universe conspires with those who take bold, persuasive action. We just must simply begin. I believe that each of us was born with music inside. We can’t let it die inside! We must play it! I want to encourage each of them to figure out what moves them. Find out what brings you joy and then do more of it! There is no excuse for mediocrity and to not do what you love. Life is too short. YOLO. Tony Hawk made a living doing something he loved, so did Michelangelo. What do you love to do? As Nike would say, Just Do It!
  • Be a Dream Worker. What does a dream worker do?
    • Dream workers ask, “How may I serve?” not “What’s in it for me?” When we go through life with an attitude of helping others to get what they want, the universe reciprocates by helping us get whatever we want. Yes, serve others, and the universe serves you. We live in an abundant universe. I want to emphasize to the students the power of operating from an abundance mindset and not a scarcity mindset. When we realize that there is enough and to spare, we can give of our time and resources abundantly for we know there will be enough and more to come. We will resist the small-minded manner of hoarding and competing. We will work to unite and share. We will build rather than tear down.
    • Dream workers work their dreams. Working your dreams means working on yourself. Our dreams increase self-awareness. We should stop sleeping through our dreams. I intend to teach the students about the importance of dream recall and recording. I will share with them my Dream Eye Fly journey and what our dreams can teach us. I will encourage them to start remembering and recording their dreams so that they can improve their waking life. I will close with the following:

Dream On. Work Your Dreams. Never Stop Dreaming.

And yah, I’m glad I chose Dream Work back in August for it’s still a relevant topic I’m highly passionate about. Should be good. Wish I had more time to prepare, but honestly, my time is highly occupied by other matters right now.

Day One

Well, today was Day One of what I’m calling my Nutra Adventure. It was really fun. I could hardly sleep last night for I was so excited to get up and get to work. I felt just like a child on the night before the first day of school.

I really enjoyed meeting my fellow co-workers. Nick from HR was great and we had a lot of fun going over my benefits. I have to say that the CEO is very generous and has created a killer benefits package. He explained to me how the new benefits package cost the company an additional 2 million but that he felt it was worth it and important for them as a “health and wellness company” to walk their talk.

My office needs some work. It’s a nice location and I can see out a lovely window across the hall. I don’t yet have my treadmill desk nor do I have much else of anything. Nick and I were laughing as I couldn’t find a pen. He snuck away and returned with a stash of post-it notes, pens, highlighters, paper pads, and a box of Kleenex. It felt like Christmas!  And those were just stocking stuffers because next we headed down to the IT Department where I was given a new iPhone 6 Plus S and a new MacBook. The IT Department isn’t too keen on Apple products so I spent a good 3 hours at the AT&T store getting everything ported over. In fact, I didn’t get home till 6:30 pm.

Oh, this was funny. I was able to introduce myself at the executive meeting at 9am. The equity group had flown in to go over budgets and such.  I was invited to come join and introduce myself and then I was excused. It was funny cuz I thought I was an executive haha. My ego needs a good check every now and then so it was good for me. And after seeing how long everyone was tied up in those budget meetings, I was grateful I was dismissed as it enabled me to make a dent in my “to-do list.”

Then, while I was busy working away, Dave stopped in my office at noon to see if I could accompany him and Chad on a last minute business trip to Tampa. We are on a confidential acquisition mission. I’m really excited about the opportunity and what I’ll learn. I’m also pumped to be able to share my expertise. I had a couple of opportunities already today as Stan and Nic stopped in to get some help and Amazon advice for the international expansion.

I have several items still undone tonight that will require a late night. I’m trying to finalize the transfer of KickFire Classics, Svêlo, and KickFire Marketing. I’ve got a few clients that still need some hand-holding during the hand-off as well. It will be nice when everything is all tied up. I’m feeling super grateful for all my many blessings. I’m excited to get to know everyone at NutraCorp. My mission each day will be to serve the company and my co-workers with all my heart, might, mind, strength, and soul. Here’s to the beginning of another wonderful chapter in my epic life. Day One, such fun!

 

Financial Transactions

I’ve been spending a lot of time at the bank lately in my dreams.  Which I totally know what that means. I’m trying to decide what to do with my many businesses and I’m considering working for a client which would necessitate me wrapping up some of my other engagements. I spend much time in line with my teller from US Bank (which is the actual bank where my business accounts are kept) and we are counting out money back and forth but only some of it is cash. I’m getting large bills $50s and $100s in actual dollar bills, but the small bills are symbols. Sticks of Wrigley’s gum are 10 and 12 cents and brown styrofoam shells that I hang from potted plants are worth 20 cents a piece.  It’s not really adding up and I’m not that concerned about it as it is clearly sufficient. But one of my clients is behind me in line and totally up in my grill. He’s not mad that it’s taking me so long, he’s just there and in my space. I’m feeling conscious of him and apologetic that the situation is what it is but I tell him good-naturedly that some of it is his fault. haha

Prior to this dream scene where I am trying to get help from my US teller and balance the books and payments as I exchange checks and cash and try to balance things out, I’m working at Zion’s Bank in Ogden where Jo Miller is the Branch Manager (this is the bank I worked at in College). I’m helping two ladies determine the worth of their souvenirs they’ve collected as a hobby. Their value to me seems to be based on how much light they can reflect. My analysis with them is preventing me from helping all the other people with “real” transactions in line. I worry that my transaction counts will show how slow I was in doing multiple transactions through the day as this one is taking up the greatest portion of my time. But I love it and am fascinated by what I’m learning. I know that this scene refers to my hobby of studying all spiritual subjects such as astrology, dreams, world religions, paranormal, manifesting, etc. I’m the teller assessing worth at my personal bank. These financial transactions are very telling.

Beyond Reproach

I awoke from my dream with the words “Beyond Reproach” ringing in my ears. My heart swelled with gratitude that I have lived my life is such a way that I have nothing to hide. The dream scene unfolded accordingly:

It was the day of my interview with the CEO of Neutraceuticals. The appointed hour for our meeting had not yet arrived so as we waited Matt pulled out some video footage he had found of the executive team asking around about Janelle Page and KickFire Marketing. The movie screen showed Dave and Chad asking Angie from the Chamber what she thought of me and she gave a glowing review. Next, they were asking Jim Smith and he was equally generous in his praise. I saw them checking my Facebook feed, social posts, and blogs, and I had nothing to fear for I have lived my life in such a way that I am fit to run any race.

The CEO entered the room and we apologized for overstepping our bounds. He simply said, “Don’t let this go to your head. Many a great man and woman has and it has caused them to stumble and miss the gaps.” I recognize the truth in maintaining humility and am grateful for the reminder. I thank them for their kind words and joke that, of course, they had good reports as they only asked people who liked me. I mention that they should talk to my former spouse lol.

It feels like I can have the job if I want it, and a subsequent dream confirms this thought as I’m at the bank cashing checks. My wallet is so fat with cash that I can’t even shut it. I decide that since I’m already at the bank I might as well trade in all these small $1, $2, $3 and $4 dollar bills for larger bills. I trade them in for 2, $100 dollar bills and I still have several smaller bills remaining. To me, this symbolizes the $250k base salary, plus other benefits, I’ve discussed with Dave to make my move to join their company possible.

What is equally fascinating is the fact that Dave told me President Seelos works for their company. He is my stake president, and I really like and admire him. I can’t help but think a company where he works would have an incredible culture. I also know that he would highly recommend me. Before coming to church today I had the premonition that he might be on the stand and he was. I was going to thank the speakers for their talks and he came down at the same time and casually asked me how my business is going?

I wondered if he knew that I was interviewing with his company? I didn’t want to come out and say it so I mentioned that my business partner had a brain tumor and I was actually talking with Dave Bunch from his company. He then responded, “Are the rumors true?” I replied, “It depends on what the rumors are?  🙂

We then began talking openly about the possibility of me joining their team. He assured me that it was a great company. He told me it was likely only a 3-5 year play as the company had recently been acquired by a VC firm that was looking to once again sell. I knew this from my telephone discussions with Alex so it was not a surprise and was one of the reasons I had pushed for a severance package or “golden parachute” clause. President iterated my deeply held beliefs that if we put our heads down and do great work we need not fear what the future brings. He shared some insights about the new CEO Chad Clawson and told me he was a great man–extremely capable and down to earth. I would be joining a solid team and company.

I am not sure if I will get the job offer, but it sure feels like the stars are aligning. I spent a good amount of time today in deep reflection. I love KickFire and my team. We have built something special. I would be lying if I didn’t say this new opportunity excites me beyond measure for I feel I have much to contribute and I feel it could lead to even greater opportunities. I also know, however, that if I stay with KickFire, we will continue to do great work, and I will continue to grow and develop my skills as I lead our team.

Either way, I am at peace as I’m detached from the outcome. Whatever happens will be right. I am, however, flattered I’ve attracted the attention from such a highly regarded company.  I’m also grateful that the Lord provided a little opportunity for me to experience a “mini” life review the other night in my dream. I cannot even begin to express the relief and appreciation I have that I have lived my life beyond reproach. I am not perfect, but I have a conscience void of offense toward God and man. That is a great, peaceful feeling. Amen.

p.s. tomorrow is the big day. 3:30 pm MST. I’ll be sure to post about it!

Rest and Relaxation

I believe in the Divine Unfolding aka Divine Synchronicity. And the more I believe it, the more I see it. And the more I see it, the more I believe it. Shocking huh?

Here’s a case in point.  I dreamt last night that we were camping. I was enjoying the clean air, chirping birds, and beautiful, peaceful surroundings. I can’t believe I ever had a time in my life where I didn’t enjoy camping because I am now realizing how much I crave nature. In fact, I turn to Matt and say:

I realize I love and need the fresh air, nature sounds, and break from the work a day world.

And then this very morning, as I’m on my morning walk, I stumble across this poem by Leonardo DaVinci:

Every now and then go away,

have a little relaxation

for when you come back

to your work

your judgement will be surer;

since to remain constantly at work

will cause you to lose power

of judgement. . . .

 

Go some distacne away

because the work appears smaller

and more of it

can be taken in at a glance,

and a lack of harmony

or proportion

is more readily seen.

I believe in creating pockets of rest and relaxation throughout the day. For it is when we quiet the mind that we create space for the divine to guide and direct our daily decisions. Wow! Did I just write that? It sounds so perfect and poetic. I’m going to say it again so I remember it:

When we quiet the mind we create space for the Divine to guide and direct our daily decisions.

Kill Your Darlings

Kill your darlings is a phrase I hear all the time and it’s always in reference to author’s and their works. Today, however, I discovered the quips universal application for it applies to all creations–excepting children, of course! 🙂

This afternoon as Cory and I discussed the need to release ourselves from the burden of running the toyline, I mentioned how I would have jettisoned it sooner had I known it was draining our resources. Cory’s reply was that there was no way T would have told us the dire straits for he couldn’t bear the thought of us killing his baby.

I’m not going to really kill this darling because I had the revelation of how I could simply give sole custody of our child to Tyler and Rebecca. The KickFire Classics Amazon Store does almost half a million in sales and really just needs someone to manage it full time. The only thing killing its profitability is the warehousing costs. As soon as we get rid of a bunch of the inventory, Rebecca and Tyler could move the goods into her father’s basement and actually run a nice business. It would be something she could easily manage and it would provide for their family.

My second kill your darlings experience of the day occurred this evening as I shared the Obtineo Kickstarter video with my family. A couple of people felt the video was too long and we should just start in the middle where Cory starts explaining the game. Rebecca mentioned it might be a little long and Chad said he felt it needed to be 2 videos as well. Now that I’ve heard it from a few people, I concede that they might be right. I don’t know how to tell Cory that we need to kill his darlings. I’m bad at slaying that which has been birthed. For I know the pains that go into birthing a child.

So kill our darlings we must be willing, for sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.

Log “egg” ins

Last night’s dream was rich with meaning. I’m only going to discuss the scenes from 6-7:30. I’m in a new apartment/house. I’m at the stove scrambling and frying eggs and saying I need Tyler’s logins, but it’s really log “egg” ins. I know immediately what this means even within my dream, but allow me to paint the rest of the scene before coming back to that.

I have long hair. In fact, I look just like my mom did when she first married my dad. I have a teenage son who wants to decorate the blank walls of our new house. He has found art relics that are timeless and classic and he’s hanging them. He’s actually pretty good at decorating and I don’t mind what he’s chosen. Some are not appropriate, but he decided not to hang those ones so I’m glad and proud. A few he didn’t center or hang with care, so I’m taking the time now to do so. I like the look of the new decorations. The pictures he decided not to hang were ones that referred to alcohol and other practices we morally didn’t agree with.

I’m busy and a bit stressed, packing up my stuff for my new job. It’s me, but it’s not me because it’s my mom and I’m also her kid. I want to help her because I see she’s so slammed so I ask, “Mom, is there anything I can help you with?” She says no. I feel this desire to connect with her and hope that maybe now that she’s also working like me we can have things in common. “Do you like your new job? and What do you eat for lunch?” I ask. She says she likes it and really likes the place she goes for her salads. I know she probably hates spending the money eating out, but I’m glad she has that to look forward to.

I tell her to have a good day and she heads out the door for her office. I’m left to get the children off to school and I’m helping as best I can because now it’s like I’m the kid mom version of myself. Gwen, Luke and Page are in the too small kitchen. I’m trying to get them their breakfast fed and pack their lunches. I’ve got the eggs on the stove, I’m starting a smoothie and I’m trying to find the cantaloupe for their fruit in the morning. The kitchen is so packed and so is the fridge. I’m reaching in and I see a little bowl of mac and cheese, a Tupperware of left over peaches, heck it looks just like my fridge right now! Completely full after my last trip to Sam’s Club. The kids are all just standing around as I do everything. I’ve got too many irons in the fire.

I’m washing my hands at the sink and thinking how I don’t have enough counter space, I have a huge roll of paper towels hanging for me to dry my hands off on (which is ironic because the past few days in real life we have all been wondering where all the paper towels are). In the midst of this morning chaos, the doorbell rings and it’s the tall neighbor and his daughter with their new great dane dog. I invite them in. Nate Page is playing the guitar on the couch with Luke and the guy tells him to play the Scooby Doobie Doo theme song. I make small talk and am grateful to send them on their way so I can get back to the kitchen and finish getting the kids off to school.

I tell my mom that I’m sorry about all the Progenex supplements that got shipped back from Amazon. They are for a client and I will have them come get them out of here. It’s totally like the blue comets we ordered back from Amazon.

Back in the kitchen, I’m SO hot and it’s easy to figure out why. I’m wearing my KickFire winter coat. I take off the first layer and then realize I’ve left on the shell. I take off the shell next and have a shirt Becky Clifford gave me. I take that off too till I’m just down to my Progenex tee. I still have the tags on it so I try to pull them off without ruining the shirt. Feels so much better now to not have so many cumbersome, hot layers on.

Gwen and Jane come into the kitchen to tell me that they can’t find Harper cuz she’s hiding from them. I have just seen her so I’m not worried. In fact, I want to tell them where she is, but Harper asked me not to so I don’t give away her location, but I do let Jane and Gwen know that she isn’t lost and I’ve seen her. They are relieved and we head off to school.

I am driving Page and Gwen in the GoKart through the Walmart parking lot to the school and I ask them if they grabbed their lunches. They both only have a sandwich and forgot to pack their chips and Capri Sun. I want to get bugged at them, but I can’t because I feel that it’s both of our faults as all my crazy business (whoa, I meant to type busyness) is what caused the disorganization this morning. No worries, I tell them and myself, I can simply go home and get your missing lunch items and bring it to you at school.

And I will end there for a moment to tell you what I think all of this means. For dream interpretation is sometimes super clear and easy. This dream scene is SO obvious to me. Makes me wonder how obvious it would also be to others who sort of know a bit of my current situation?

The log “egg” ins of Tyler’s tip me off that a lot of what is going on in the kitchen and why I’m feeling so “Fried” and “Scrambled” is because of the mess that’s been made with KFC and his disappearance. Ktichens in dreams are said to represent the creative aspects of our lives or our business/work because it’s the area where we cook up ideas and projects. It’s also to me one of the most important places in my house because a majority of my time is spent there cooking and cleaning and caring for my family. To have my kitchen feel too small and jam packed has a double meaning to me:

  1. I’ve got too many projects currently going–from my many business ventures to trying to get the kids ready and off to school. My fridge is jam packed–all with good things, but it makes it super difficult to find what I need.
  2. I need more space and time to pursue the projects I want to pursue. Right now I’m too busy doing everything everyone else wants me to do.

The fact that it’s too hot in the kitchen is cool because I start to strip off my layers which are represented perfectly by my KickFire Marketing coat. As I’ve mentally decided to sell off NSN and KFC which will help greatly simplify my life, I start to feel better in my kitchen.

My teenage son who is decorating our new space is the young rebellious part of me who never got to figure out who I am or what I believe. That is why he’s now taking the initiative to decorate the house with meaningful pictures. I’m careful in selecting the images that represent something meaningful to me and I want them hung right and centered. It’s clear these are my new beliefs.

Luke’s desire to connect with me is similar to my desire to connect with my own mom who must always have also been busy with her own projects, cares, and concerns. I never felt neglected so I hope Luke does not either, but somehow, subconsciously I must feel we are similarly related.

The tall man showing up at the door in the midst of my kitchen chaos with the Great Dane is definitely Dayne Jensen. He and his partner, Adam, are opening new maxillofacial offices here in the Wasatch Front and have asked me to prepare a marketing proposal. The front room where he enters is much more spacious than the crazy kitchen. In fact, the entry is lovely as it hasn’t had the mess created therein that feels like has been created by Tyler in my kitchen. Dayne is truly a “Great” man. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with him. It would be an honor to market for him. Him asking Nate Page (who must represent the road biking athlete, competitive part of me) to play the Scooby Doobie Doo theme song means to me that working with him is going to be fun and delightful. Completely different than working in the chaos of the kitchen.

All the PROGENEX references in my dream remind me that this whole scene has to do with work and that I do still love PROGENEX. Harper represents some of the annoying little things I’m the only one seeing right now surrounding the Seamons situation and my business. I’ve been asked not to tell and I oblige as what do I care as I’m certain others will also discover her soon enough.

Did I mention the song DJ was playing upon awakening was the Carpenter’s song “Sing of good things, not bad. Sing of happy, not sad. Just sing, sing a song.”

That is a great way to go through life. Focusing on the positive. I think it definitely has been my theme song throughout my life and esp. during this crazy, chaotic time. Looking forward to “unpacking” my kitchen and making more space to pursue my own creative projects. Oh and I love how the last dream scene was Luke standing behind me in the kitchen as I turn around from closing the fridge door and I see him. We are in my current kitchen and it’s all spacious, light, clean and spotless. I know it portends simpler times to come.

The Canvas Effect

I’m listening to another awesome book by Ryan Holiday called Ego is the Enemy. He’s one of my new favorite mentors. Anyhow, today he talked about the Canvas Effect and I love the concept.

Essentially, The Canvas Effect is when you work to clear the way for others to do their most important work. You don’t care about the credit or the limelight, you just work to help find or create canvases for other talented individuals to do their best work. By helping others shine, you create a path for yourself to do your best work. Your path will unfold as you help others clear their own.

I’m not sure how all that happens, but I do believe it has to do with Kharma and the Law of Reciprocity. When you help others or first give value, the world boomerangs goodness right back at you. Jesus said, “cast thy bread upon the waters and after many days it shall return to you.”

When fame is our aim, we often make compromises to please the masses. Focusing instead on our goal, allows us to stay true to ourselves and our course. In fact, when our goal is our aim we gain rewards far greater than fame. We gain wisdom, respect, and friends that help us continue creating paths for ourselves and others. The ultimate reward then becomes creating work that lasts lifetimes, work that will permanently illuminate the night sky rather than achieving one shooting star-like moment of greatness that fleetingly fades into oblivion.

And so I will always remember The Canvas Strategy and rather than focus on finding my own canvas I will help others find theirs.  I will care less about the honor and recognition, and more about the goal and end-game for I know that she who creates the path, ultimately controls it 😉

In fact, if I were to pen words to poetically capture my thoughts concerning this phenomenon I would write:

Care more about the course and less about the credit; for she who creates the path, ultimately controls it.

Bring Him Home

My writing today consisted of putting together this press release in an effort to Bring Him Home!

World Renowned Inventor of Donald Trump Ball and KickFire Classics Toy Line Stranded and In Serious Condition

Emergency efforts are underway to transport partially paralyzed Tyler Seamons back home for medical treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tyler Seamons, COO KickFire Marketing, was living the dream this summer as he worked abroad with his family of 6 in his beloved Italy. In late July, two weeks before their scheduled return, Seamons awoke with a crushing migraine that led to violent vomiting. Tyler was rushed to the hospital where an MRI revealed a mass the size of a racquetball in his frontal lobe. Emergency surgery was scheduled where 95% of the tumor was successfully removed. Unfortunately, the diagnosis came back as Stage IV brain cancer–glioblastoma.

Janelle Page, KickFire Marketing CEO, declared, “The news is devastating. Tyler Seamons is not only my right-hand man, he’s also my business partner and best friend. I’m still in shock! I miss him terribly and can’t wait for him to get home. We need him, his four little children need him, and all the those who have come to love Ty the Diabolo Guy, Phil with Juggling Skills and Rick’s YoYo Tricks, need him too!

Tyler Seamons has quite the resume. From lead singer in a local rock band to world renowned inventor of the wildly successful Donald Trump Magic 8 Ball, Ty the Diabolo Guy, Phil with Juggling Skills and YoYo Trick Rick has youtube channels with over millions of views and hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Parents and children around the globe have come to count on him for tutorials such as “how to juggle 3 balls in under 5 minutes,” “how to do the elevator with a fixed axle Chinese diabolo,” and “how to construct a cradle with a blue recluse non-responsive yoyo.”

The news of Tyler’s diagnosis sent shock waves through his family, company, community, and many fans and followers. “Getting him home for treatment is our top priority,” claimed sister and CFO KickFire Marketing, Tiffiny Appelbaum. “It has been remarkable to watch everyone come together to help. The generosity and support from people have been incredible. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their efforts to help us financially and try to arrange transportation. The cost to get him home on a medically supervised flight where he can lie down (as he can’t sit up right now) is upwards of $60,000. The donations are helping immensely.”

Tyler Seamons has given the world so much, it’s no big surprise everyone in the world is giving so much in return to help bring Mr. Seamons home. To make a donation, please visit Tyler Seamons’ YouCaring page here, or any America First Credit Union – every contribution counts, and Mr. Seamons is not yet done giving.

The Best News is that our campaign to Bring Him Home is coming together quite nicely.

Chihuly Chops

We did a lot today—like rode our bikes out to Bainbridge Island, explored Pike’s Marketplace and saw more Seattle city sites, but what impacted me most today was the Dale Chihuly Glass Garden and Museum. It was so phenomenally awe inspiring. I have acquired a deep love and appreciation for the passions and love of others. Dale loved working with glass and his devotion to his art led him to become a world renowned glass artist. He has created exhibits all over the world and they are stunning and remarkably creative. I wished my kids could see his creations. The underground sea display blew my mind as did his glass ceiling.

I also thoroughly enjoyed watching the video segments about his work. Watching him direct his teams and do his work reminds me of myself as I direct KickFire Marketing and lead my KickFire Crew. I want my children to follow their passions like I feel I’m doing and like Dale Chihuly has done. I find so much fulfillment and joy in my work and I also find so much enjoyment seeing others fulfill the measure of their creation through their creations.

Chihuly, thanks for inspiring me today. You got serious chops.