[Passion Projects]

AB logo with handwritten subtitle

You know when you have something you reeeeeeeeally believe in and you can’t help but be super proud and supportive no matter what the situation? Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to participate in the journey of American Bear. It’s an amazing documentary directed by two of my favorite people, Gregory Grano + Sarah Sellman.

I met Sarah in 2011 when she started working at Pastabilities with me. We hit it off immediately and became fast friends; all my college friends had moved out of Syracuse and Sarah was new to the area. She mentioned this documentary she filmed with her boyfriend. The premise, relying on the kindness of strangers for a place to stay each night during a road trip across the country, really intrigued me, and I instantly wanted to be involved, even if that meant donating services.

Over the last 3 years I’ve designed stickers, postcards, posters, maps, web graphics, ran their tumblr for a year and a half, and participated in kindness events. Greg and Sarah paid whatever they could, but I think I’ve gotten more from them than I could ever give back in design hours. I am now, and will forever be, consciously aware of how much of an impact tiny acts of kindness can have on people. I feel like I’ve become a better, kinder, less selfish person simply through knowing Greg and Sarah, and everything that their film preaches. I can’t imagine not having ever crossed paths with them.


ANYWAY…they need help. Greg and Sarah are planning a screening tour of their film that will hopefully make it around the country. It turns out it’s really challenging to make that logistical madness work! And though they are inspired by the amazing pieces that are already coming together, Greg and Sarah are finding that there some gaps in their journey.

They would love to partner with an organization, university or high school in your current town/home town/college town/dream town to create some kindness magic and critical thinking.

It would be absolutely amazing if you could you introduce them to someone who might want to screen the film. OR you could share this info with your network to help them expand theirs!


Here’s all the info you need to share American Bear’s words and acts of kindness with everyone you know:


facebookAmerican Bear


movie trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5yJtP4IFhU

info packethttp://www.mediafire.com/view/m114xq7y380suw6/American_Bear_Info_Packet.pdf_(beardocumentary@gmail.com)


Please please pleeeeeeeeeeease share this passion project with everyone you can. It will be 100% worth your time and effort.


– S


[302] I’m Falling in Love


Today was fun. I woke up earlyish and packed up a bunch of stuff to take to the apartment, showered, and loaded everything into my car, with some help from my uncle. AND, not only did he help load up the car, but he and my aunt and cousin stopped by to see the place, and help me put the kitchen island my parents sent me as an apartment warming gift. It’s exactly what I was hoping for. The bathroom is completely done; I finished putting the backing on the cabinet, so…yeah, I’m kind of falling in love with my apartment.

After tidying up a little bit I went to grab some snacks and a drink with a friend who came to see the apartment. We walked to The Tin Lizzie Lounge. It was an unexpectedly adorable place where I received an exceptionally strong, but delicious, drink. I made it home alive and am now wrapped up in a blanket, with the fireplace on, and watching Love Actually for the first time. Not a bad Saturday at all, not at all.

– Stephanie


[298] One Down…


All that stuff that I bought at Target on Monday made its way into my new bathroom tonight. I may have had some help, and I may have paid that help in the form of dinner and drinks in my new neighborhood. My gnocchi at Toulouse Petit was delicious, and the view from our table wasn’t bad either.


– Stephanie


[135] Hoe.


Not my finest post title but it accurately describes the picture above. I had a pretty mellow day, except for the part where my aunt and I moved all the old patio furniture around. When we got to the table, that’s heading for the garbage, since we couldn’t get it down the stairs, we kind of pushed it over the edge of the patio, but with a bit more grace, but just a bit, and we didn’t need the hoe.


– Stephanie