the philosophy of art

Jan Rune Johannessen. The man. The artist. The philosopher.


A native of Sandefjord (Norway), Johannessen is a creative. And like most creatives, he is also a thinker and a dreamer. He lives in a world where art and philosophy collide, an environment of cultural curiosity and creative expression.

Tending to shy away from the typical constraints of time and expectations, Jan Rune lives instead in a reality where things will take as long as they must and as long as he feels they should. (more…)

beauty and the boxer

I love sharing stories that have impacted me personally. And today I’m doing just that.


Daniel, in his boxing days

I don’t know about you, but when I’m active and eating right, I feel so much better. Zack and I look for ways to be more active in our regular routine, including lots of walking and biking. We focus on eating more whole foods, and limiting processed foods and sugars. We try to keep a good balance between work and play, between activity and rest.

We also try to do some sort of cardio workout at least four or five times per week. And we’ve been most successful with home workouts. In particular, we have seen great results from a series we discovered on YouTube last year, Body Project. Last week I had the chance to Skype-chat with Daniel Bartlett, founder of Body Project. (more…)

a story of cafes and clothing

Most have heard the old adage:

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

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To meet someone like Camilla Bilstad Johannessen is to not only see the truth behind this statement, but also the heart and compassion it can entail.

Johannessen is the founder and project manager of an exciting new business in Sandefjord, Norway, Cafe Vintage and Vintage Baby. (more…)

the rise of Phoenix

Before we’ve even sat down to start our interview, I find myself holding a glass of Phoenix Roasters’ newest and arguably most unique offering. As I watch the beverage being delivered from a keg, my eyes are drawn to the cascade of caramel color and the thick, frothy head, quite akin to other keg-dispensed beverages.

PhoenixLogoBut unlike the others, this particular beverage is actually coffee. A cold-brew infused with nitrogen and a hint of chocolate and caramel, Phoenix Roasters’ nitro coffee is delicious, and quite possibly the quickes
t burst of energy I have ever experienced from a drink.

Much like this exciting coffee concoction, Phoenix’s founder is also pure energy. It could be the copious amount of coffee he drinks throughout the day. But my theory is his energy level really stems from his passion for what he does.