Wow, seems like ages since we last visited. In today’s “instant everything” world, it has been ages. While it was summer, it was a busy one for us. The movement we’re building is an iterative and evolutionary process – we’re learning every single day how best to share the message.

Xpelli, as you’ll remember, started with a single drawing and a belief that everyone should pursue his or her dream. Since our launch just a few months ago, we’ve learned so much about what you like (and don’t like!) and have been shaping the business literally on a daily basis.

We’ve learned that our slogan “Dream. Believe. Do.” really resonates with our fans. So, we’re doing a number of things around this message. One is that we’ll be leading discussions about “Dream. Believe. Do.” – there’s a lot for us to share with one another about pursuing one’s dreams and, together, we can encourage one another to go for it. Another is increasing this mantra’s presence across our product line. Regardless of whether your passion is mountain biking, painting or playing the Sousaphone, this slogan works and will accompany our Pellis in our drawings.

Creating, redesigning, moving forwardWe’ve also learned that a more colorful palette would be welcomed. We started with black and white art – they got us launched quickly and we could test the water to see how well Xpelli appealed to folks. We’ve taken the feedback to heart and have been reworking our designs to warm them up through color. You can see the beginnings of what we’ve been up to here and there are more designs and ideas coming every week. 

Finally, it’s time to buy more pencils as we’ve been drawing a host of new Pellis. We have dozens of new designs that will expand the reach of our message to even more instruments, hobbies, sports, passions and – wait for these – even professions. Remember, if you submit an idea for a Pelli that we haven’t come up with and if we create one, we’ll send you a free t-shirt to thank you.

We have a dream to help nudge you toward your dream. We truly appreciate your interest, support, encouragement and business. Please keep those cards and letters coming – we want Xpelli to be relevant for you.

 

Dream. Believe. Do.

Judit and Dennis

P.S. We also have our very occasional newsletter the Pelligraph with more stories and ideas for you. Sound interesting? You can sign up here.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

Amen.

 

It's said that children laugh some 300 times a day and adults laugh only 20 times a day. Why is this? Are our lives as adults so serious? Ok, clearly adult lives have grown-up issues to deal with; we have jobs and bills and need to provide for others as well as ourselves - serious issues indeed but not issues that should prevent us from enjoying ourselves. These are not issues that hold us back from enjoying the simple things in life; from laughing at life itself.

We need to take pleasure all that we do. If we're unhappy with our lives then it's time to change things. We need to get ourselves in a place that makes us happy. We control our happiness - it's not dependent on others. We make our own happiness and how we react to what life gives us is our decision.

And laugh! Mirth is a lovely word for gaiety, being jolly and laughing. We need to feel a good belly laugh daily if at all possible. Not just a wry smile or a nod of approval to something, but a laugh that starts in our toes and rumbles up through our bodies. A laugh that shakes our entire frame as we share it with the world.

What makes you laugh? How do you tap into what you find funny? Share your thoughts with us here!

We all believe in magic.

That moment when things happen, well, "magically" and surprise us. A chance encounter that turns into a long-term relationship. A random conversation that leads to a new job. A wrong turn down a street that becomes a life-changing experience. A brain fart that becomes something cool...

There’s magic in our lives and we, to a certain extent, control how it effects us. By dreaming of what's possible, of what we envision for our lives, we set energy in motion to help make this dream possible. By believing in ourselves and believing in possibilities through good times and bad, we further summon the forces of nature to help us realize our dream. And by doing what we believe in, by taking steps and making decisions that lead toward our dream, we harness the magic in the air to bring it all together. And before our very eyes, the magic happens and our dream becomes reality.

Some of this may sound simplistic and silly; it is a simple concept that requires a lot of faith and perseverance but it's not silly. It happens to each of us all the time, even for every day situations. We just need to remain open to the possibilities and seize the day when those opportunities present themselves to us. Carpe diem!

Please share a magical experience you've had with us here!

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

-- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

So, Xpelli started as a seemingly one-off spark: fotopelli, a combination of word play and placing Kokopelli into a 21st century setting. And I thought that was that, silly me. Add inspiration from my good friend Lee Shiney who, when shown fotopelli, suggested "xpelli" that would incorporate Pelli in any situation. Great idea, thank you, and I promptly bought the domain name and set the whole idea aside for awhile. "Awhile" as in nearly two years. (Note to self: We must constantly ask ourselves what are we waiting for...)

On a walk last fall, my wife Judit and I began talking about Xpelli and its possibilities. We talked about how we could share the concept of Kokopelli with his magic, mirth and mischief to a wider audience; how we could encourage others to embrace these traits for themselves. Hey, we thought, Kokopelli has been relevant for 3000 years so let's help spread the magic!

We broke out our drawing pencils and paper and began sketching ideas, situations, phrases and names:

Now, a few short (and, at times, long!) months later, we've launched Xpelli with a website where we can share the concept as well as the first couple of designs. We have dozens completed already and are drawing more all the time. We'll add them on a regular basis to the collection so please check back and - if there's something you'd like to see - just drop us a note!

Enjoy the moment!