The Natural State

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Travel has been the name of the game for me this year. I have been fortunate enough to travel everywhere from San Francisco to Chicago to Morocco! While all of these trips have been amazing (and very inspirational!!), I often find that my creative energies are most refreshed and recharged when I am here in my home state of Arkansas — also known as The Natural State.

And why wouldn’t that be true?? I am always intrigued to hear fellow designers say they are inspired by landscapes or trips to their country homes on the weekend. The truth is, I have the best of both worlds because I get to enjoy the amazing city of Little Rock, but can also travel just outside of the city to see beautiful rolling landscapes such as this view of Allen’s home, Moss Mountain Farm…

I can pick fresh berries…

Watch the leaves change (on my way to Fayetteville to cheer on the Hogs, of course!)…

and catch a lakeside sunset all without leaving my beloved home state!!

Having deep family roots here in the state with the added bonus of enjoying all of these fabulous “Natural State” amenities make Arkansas the perfect place for me to feel inspired to pursue my passions and take my design work to the next level.

On July 10 I’ll be sharing more about my experiences growing up and growing a business here in Arkansas on “Tales from the South” popular Southern storytelling hour known as “The Tin Roof Project.” If you live in the central Arkansas area, come out to join us at The Starving Artist Cafe for a live reading of my story and dinner. You can find all the details here. If you aren’t in The Natural State, you will be able to hear the recording on this site later in the month.

Oh…and if you haven’t already checked it out, don’t miss Allen’s appearance on “The Tin Roof Project.” You will definitely be inspired by his story and love for all things Arkansas and Southern!

Be inspired! -Tobi

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3 Responses to The Natural State

  1. Michael Bobo says:

    Beautiful! I love Arkansas, too – just don’t get there often enough. Looking forward to getting to Hot Springs next weekend for a family gathering… Nice to “see” you here!

  2. Linda L. says:

    Arkansas is a great place to be. Most of my ancestors came from Arkansas where they farmed and had orchards. Driving through northern (Ozark) region in the fall is just beautiful. There are a lot of lakes for summertime activities, hiking, biking trails and many mom and pop restaurants to try new fare. There is always someone along side the road selling fruits and vegetables. No, I don’t live there, but I try to visit often. Everyone should visit at least once.

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