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.

 

Happy Little Saturday, everyone!

“Little Saturday?” you ask. “But it’s only Friday.” Exactly.

For a long time here at Xpelli, we’ve called Friday “Little Saturday”. It’s not that we’re not working – quite the opposite. We typically have the same amount of work that needs to get done before we head home for the weekend at the close of business on Friday. 

It’s an attitude.

 

We discovered that by calling Friday “Little Saturday” it changed the context of the day. Instead of Friday being the last day of the workweek, it is now the first day of the weekend – in our minds and hearts at least.

Just this subtle, mischievous change has significantly shifted our perspective of this all-important day. Just by thinking about it as the first day of the weekend, we find that the work goes a little smoother, we’re mentally more relaxed and when the whistle blows for us to turn off the lights and head out the door, we’re already starting to chill. Give it a try, see how it changes your attitude and share the magic with others! #littlesaturday

Have a great weekend!

We've always believed that rules are really just guidelines. We’re not talking about the serious, underlying rules that govern cultures and societies, but the other billions of rules we’re subjected to. Like not going up the “down” escalator. Or going in the “out” door. You know, the non-malicious rule bending that keeps us young.

And pulling pranks – the all-in-good-humor ones where the victim laughs as much as the perpetrator. Like filling a colleague's workspace with balloons while they’re on holiday. Once, in college, while I was asleep my roommate Allen sealed me in our room from the outside by stacking aluminum cans in the doorframe and covering the wall with newspaper to hold them in place. When I pulled open the door to dash to an exam, the wall of cans came crashing down. I had to punch my way through the paper and headed off to class with a higher-than-expected level of adrenalin! Now that was funny and mischievous.

What rules have you bent lately? Been up to any mischief? Any stories you'd like to share?! Enquiring minds want to know! ;)

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!

How we roll

March 16, 2014

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Well, "roll" is a bit of an exaggeration… 

We're busy completing the next "Pellis" to share with you - drawing, finalizing, uploading new images every week. It's a huge amount of fun for us and we hope you're enjoying the shirts and the messages. 

This is us working at our combination breakfast bar/office. We've spared you our "weekend" faces - believe us, it's for the best!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

 

We love margaritas.

We don't love the syrupy drink you're usually served in a bar, so we've come up with our own, very fresh, very delicious skinny margarita recipe.

In the spirit of Pelli, we want to share it with you. 

 

In a cocktail shaker add:

Juice from 1/2 Orange

Juice from 1/2 Lemon

Juice from 1/2 Lime

2 Tablespoons of agave syrup

1 jigger (2 oz or 50ml) Cointreau

2 jiggers (4 oz or 100 ml) gold tequila

Ice

Gently shake the mix and pour into an 8 oz (200 ml) cocktail glass and serve with a smile. Make 2 servings.

 

Note: Salted glass rim is optional. This drink, while sweet, is way less sweet than the usual margarita-from-a-mix cocktail and we've found the salt unnecessary. 

 

Cheers!

Have a great recipe you'd like to share? Send it in!

“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!