Hey there, I’m Kristi and I create a lot of the visual design work that comes out of Steadfast. As a designer, it’s easy to be misled into feeling validated based on the quality of work that we do. It can be a hard job and there are a million blogs that can tell you how to stay refreshed and keep creative spirits high. I don’t have “10 Steps To Get Inspired”, or “5 Ways To Improve Your Productivity”, or even “2 Things That Every Creative Person Should Have To Be A Better Designer”, because sometimes it’s good to take a break.

Step away from the screen and cultivate some knowledge that doesn’t exist on your phone, computer, or other various devices, get back to the basics.
What are your interests? What are your passions? What helps you recharge?

I had to take some time this weekend to remember that. I was brainstorming what I wanted to write about for this post, and I was putting pressure on myself to come up with some revelation about creativity and the free flowing tides of inspiration (sarcasm). Then I started stressing about not having any good ideas, then I started pouting because I wasn’t brilliant, and then I just gave up and read a novel about an American girl who grew up in Paris. I love Paris. And thats when I finally knew what I wanted to share.

I want to share what I’m passionate about. Here are a few of my favorite things that make my heart beat faster and that inspire me to learn and read and explore. It was my own self-help exercise that reminded me that I’m an expert in a just a few things, and those things give me unique experiences and revelations that I can’t find on someone else’s blog.

Here is my collection!


Cameron and I got married September 22, 2013. He is the sweetest person I’ve ever known, and he encourages and inspires me on a daily basis. Yes, we’re still in the honeymoon phase, but I don’t plan on ever letting this season end. Marriage is a wonderful adventure and we still have so much life ahead of us!


I have always been in love with Paris, I don’t even know when the love affair began. Maybe it was the first time I saw Casablanca and I realized that Paris could bring out the sensitive side of Humphrey Bogart, or maybe it sprung from my love of impressionism and the succession of incredible art movements that the city inspired. Either way, I had to experience it first hand. I plucked up my courage, rented an apartment in the Latin Quarter and lived like a Parisian for a week. It was heaven! I indulged in history, art, culture, wine, and explored to my heart’s content. I will forevermore aspire to the effortless chic and that certain je ne sais quoi that you can only find in Paris.

Harry Potter

The Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the US in 1998. That year, my mom bought the paperback at our elementary school’s book fair and began reading the story to me and my sister. I’ve been in love with the story for 16 years, and my love has only increased. (This is one of those things in which I consider myself an expert.) Last year I had a very well researched and accurately executed Harry Potter twenty-third birthday party. Earlier this month, me and Cameron got “After all this time?” “Always” tattoos. I always cry when Cedric dies. I am a Ravenclaw.


Okay, first lets just realize that people can survive without the internet and without mobile phones, thats something to admire in itself. I love that my Nana had a fabulous beehive in her black and white wedding photos, and that she was born the year that the Wizard of Oz came out in theaters (1939). I love that my great grandmother grew up in the 20’s, and we actually have a photo of her in a classic flapper dress. I idolize the perfection of Katherine Hepburn in A Philadelphia Story (1940), am dedicated to my fifties music playlist, and treasure the little knick knacks I’ve saved from antique stores. The little black tie figurines in the photo are from the 1930’s, it reminded me so much of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Top Hat (1935) that I had to have them, and used them as our wedding cake toppers! The wedding rings were my grandmothers from 1950’s, and the pink dish was my great grandmothers.


I’m no culinary artist, I just like to try new things. Its another creative endeavor that I can always share, and people are usually pretty excited about it. (Black Forest cookies featured here)

I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in my favorite things for a day and indulging in my favorite loves. So, what is your inspiration collection?
(Photo cred: Cameron Cooper, he’s awesome)

Author Info

Brad Parnell
Founder & CEO

Brad is the Founder & CEO of Steadfast Creative, leading the team in exploring new ways to solve creative problems and bringing direction and vision for the company. His passion is building relationships, providing solutions and empowering his team to send new ideas out into the world. With over 10 years of agency experience serving local and national brands, he is focused on results for his clients and team. Outside of  work, Brad serves on the board of directors at his local Chamber of Commerce and loves giving back to the community and spending time with his wife and kids.