All posts by Jemila Abdulai

    Video Inspiration: Boyhood – A Lesson in Dedication

    Boyhood. Watched this film with two of my former SAIS classmates last night. A story about, well, boyhood. Filmed over the course of 12 years. It was amazing watching the growth in thinking, mannerisms, interests, questions, challenges.  The sibling rivalries, the everyday realities of parenting, the transitions. How everything changes, yet remains the same. LIFE. …

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      Video Inspiration: “Why Can’t We” – Asa

      The Nigerian songstress has a new album out entitled “Bed of Stone” which you can preview HERE. Today however, we’re taking it back to her retro-themed, 50s inspired video for “Why Can’t We” from her sophomore album “Beautiful Imperfection” and – of course – those inspiring  lyrics! Because, really, why can’t we? Enjoy! {Lyrics} You …

        We’ve Moved: The “New” Circumspecte.com

        “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anais Nin For Circumspecte, that day has come: unveiling another layer of possibility I’ve spent the past year preparing for our transition from a blog to a full-fledged website. Photo Credit: …

          The Big(ger) Picture: Landscapes & Backdrops of Life

          I’ve always been fascinated with landscapes; there’s nothing like capturing a good sunset, sunrise, bird in flight, cloud patterns, wave crashing against the shore – against the backdrop of life. It gives perspective – about how small we are, yet at the same time, how important. Makes you wonder what one could see if we …

                    Video Inspiration: The Overview Effect

                    It’s Monday! Here’s some perspective for the week ahead. Courtesy, Earth. (PS: Pay attention to 13’30 – 14’40):    “I believe that what’s going to happen is there’s going to be a greater and greater interest in communicating this idea, because after all, it’s key to our survival. We have to start acting as one …

                        Inspiration: “Tell me, how big is your cup?”

                        I’m currently reading Elif Shafak’s “The Forty Rules of Love”  which imagines the meeting between poet Rumi and his companion, the dervish, mystical Shams.  I love so much about it, but this really stuck out to me – the first time the two met face to face. I think it really captures the question of …

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