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Sculpture of Women by Nnamdi
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Remarkable – Thai Restaurants, The Beetles and Nnamdi Sculptures

This week I visited a Thai restaurant. We go there now that I’ve discovered it has some wonderful chicken curry that tastes just like the kind of Thai curry my Mom made growing up. It brings back memories and helps build more.


photo of a thai dancerAs we were waiting for our meal, the music changed from some authentic Indian music to one of the Beetles hits. It always strikes me as funny how “authentic”cuisine is often accompanied by non- related music. But, hey, who doesn’t like the Beetles?

Apparently the guy in the booth next to us forgot where he was and was swept away. He started humming and then singing. The restaurant wasn’t really full and so it was pretty clear where the noise was coming from.

Yet, it didn’t annoy. In fact, it inspired this post.

Haven’t we all experienced this spontaneous singing? I heard it in the theater at Mama Mia and just today I had my own concert taking place in the car to the Les Miserables CD. I couldn’t just listen. I had to actively participate.

But, this type of music isn’t a fad. The Beetles endure time. They inspire generations. 

They are remarkable.

Purple CowSeth Godin talks about the importance of being remarkable in his book – The Purple Cow. I make a point to re-read it every once in a while.

It reminds me to focus on adding value. It reminds me to work on products and services that will make a difference. It reminds me to follow my own path instead of trying to copy everyone else.

If you get a chance, read it. It is filled with stories, but at the same time a short read. It reminds us to create relationships, products and services that are worthy of remark (remark-able). Or, singing.

Day-to-day there is a bit of a social pressure, especially for small online businesses, to create daily posts, tweets, and status updates. There is pressure to market your site, your products, and your services. There is pressure, surprisingly, to do things just like everyone else – to follow the same processes, tools, and approaches.

Being REMARKABLE  isn’t going to happen that way.

It takes solitary time to create. It takes reflection. It requires thinking differently so that what you produce will be different, will be lasting and will be…remarkable.

The Sculpture

There are a lot of examples around us, but this week I got to experience REMARKABLE from a box that came in the mail. Months ago I contributed to a Kickstarter Campaign for my friend Nnamdi . He creates beautiful sculptures!

As part of the Kickstarter Campaign, contributors would receive a certain gift based upon their contributions. Nnamdi listed incredible gifts for contributors. Far beyond what I think was expected. That was REMARKABLE.

But, even more REMARKABLE was to receive the actual statue in the mail with an authenticity certificate.

The statue is unique. It is truly beautiful. It is bronze. It feels heavy. It has an authentic signature from the artist.

The statue makes me feel like I have real art in the house. It reminds me of past and present friends. It reminds me of my sisters and my mother. It reminds me of the artist. My man even thinks it is a great piece of art and was surprised at the heaviness, the texture, and the meaning the piece conveys.

I am once again inspired to be REMARKABLE.

Nnamdi sculpture


Villager Natalie – Watercolor Painting

Website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/nat88888888

Watercolor flowers by Natalie

Watercolor flowers by Natalie

Another website: http://www.cafepress.com/nataliecardon

http://nataliecardon.imagekind.com/ http://nataliecardon.deviantart.com/gallery/


Natalie has had a life-long passion for painting watercolor! She’s a young mom who continues to share her talents through different online web stores (Red Bubble and Cafe Press) so that anyone can buy her prints and …in whatever format they like (shirts, mugs, calendars, etc.)

She follows some advice she was given about painting – “the bigger and splashier” the better.”

We think she’s following it and that her paintings really do convey the joy she feels with color and nature.

Take a look at some of here paintings below and visit her websites to see (and buy) more!

Welcome to Nudge Village Natalie!







Graphic of Mary Kay's face

Villager Mary Kay – In-Brief Video

Mary Kay Alegre 

Graphic of Mary Kay's face

Artwork by Mary Kay

Website: www.inbriefvideos.com
YouTube: youtube.com/inbriefvideos
Facebook: Search “In-Brief Videos”


What motivated you to start your own business?

A couple years ago I saw an instructional video that I loved. It was different from anything I had ever seen.  I wanted to make something like it. After letting the idea simmer, my husband and I tried making our first video in 2009.  We got out an old video camera, learned about lighting and sound among other new things, and found a topic. When the video turned out to our liking, we thought we’d try making a business out of it.

When did you realize you had talent in this area?

This is my dream job. I wanted to be a graphic designer when I grew up, but pursued a career in international studies and adult education instead, which I love too. So, now, sitting at my kitchen table drawing paper cut-outs that will educate and entertain audiences on topics of importance, like trade with China, and public health issues-I’m living the dream!

Do you do this full-time or part-time?

Part time, it is a perfect part time job—with morning and afternoon school pickups. If I (cross my fingers) get too much work, I’ll find people to work with me-and remain part-time.

What lessons have you learned along the way?

I worked in an office for about 10 years. When the little ones came along it was great to work online, from home. Recently, once the kids were off to school, I had to decide whether to go to work full time (job security, but in a “cube”) or try to launch the business (flexibility, creativity, no job security!). My practical side often wins out on decisions like this, but this time I didn’t let it. I concentrated on my priorities of a work/life balance, and told my husband to hang in there while we lived on only his income.

artwork from the InBrief videos

Artwork from the InBrief videos

We told all our friends and family about our first video via email. We posted it on YouTube. Everyone liked it. Friends shared it. The word was spreading. I prepared for an onslaught of contracts. It didn’t happen like that.  But, I’m very happy with our long “start-up mode”.  I’ve learned a lot, read a lot, and have had time to envision the company focus.

At first I did everything on my own. Created my own very basic website, tried to design a logo, etc.  I read a lot about marketing through social media and business development, but had a hard time knowing when and where to start when it came to my own business.  After getting some contracts last year, we felt we could invest in an outside company to help us. It was a great decision.

How do you market your business?

We’re using online social media and social networking as much as possible to spread the word about our videos and our company–Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn. We plan to add meaningful content to our blog on a regular basis, and to create a new video for public viewing every several months. Also, we’re looking into get involved with local organizations whose members might have an interest in videos like ours.

Any special offers to share with our readers?

Find us a new client, and get your video made for half price through 2011.

Can we come back and interview you again in a few months to find out what “next steps” you’ve taken in your business adventures?

Of course.

Welcome to Nudge Village Mary Kay!


Villager Shirley – Swirleys on Etsy

Website:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Swirleys?ref=top_trail


In our entry  a few weeks ago, we talked about using Etsy to display and sell product.

Shirley has a passion for crocheting and has turned that passion into an online business through Etsy.com.

She’s just starting out, but has a lot of products available and continues to grow the variety of products she offers.

We’ll follow Shirley as she applies different marketing strategies, figures out if Etsy is truly the place to offer her product and other lessons that she learns along the way.

In the meantime, if you’ve got kids or grandkids that need Christmas gifts, take a look at her store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Swirleys?ref=top_trail .