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things i’m currently saying to myself

I specialize in freaking myself out. It’s kind of my thing.

{images 1 by Philippe Lhomme / 2 just breathe}

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happy 2012

Happy New Year! I realize that I’m a bit late in wishing well for the new year, but I’m trying to embrace the “it’s never too late” motto when it comes to all things, so here’s to 2012! I have high high hopes for this year. Truth be told, the last couple years were a bit rough to say the least and I think that 2012 sounds like an auspicious year – Mayan calendars and doomsday fanatics aside. I usually don’t make big resolutions for the new year, but there are a few things I’d like to work on this year:

  • get healthier and more fit (you have this resolution too? you don’t say…)
  • learn some new recipes and cook something fancy
  • make time to sketch and/or write each day
  • read more – lately it seems like there are just so many books that I want to read! I’m currently reading The Night Circus which I’m really enjoying.
  • some big changes and creative endeavors that I’m not quite prepared to reveal here just yet, but here’s hoping that 2012 will be a BIG year.
  • blog more, of course – I would very much like to post to this little blog on a more regular schedule, so hold me to it!

And if it would be at all possible to fit some travel into this year, that would be amazing. I do realize that traveling requires funding of sorts and I might need to work on that part first, but at midnight on New Years I still dragged my suitcase with me down the street (in the cold and past some strange looks, I might add) in the hopes of ensuring that this will be a year of travel. It worked for me once and I’m hoping it works for me again. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful new year so far!

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wise words for a new week

Word, ain’t that the truth.

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a very belated boo!

Very belated indeed! I fell off the blog bandwagon and before I knew it November was here and Halloween had passed me by! I barely had a chance to carve a pumpkin, but I hope you had a very happy Halloween (the best holiday of the year!).

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the pressure… is good for you?

I don’t know if I believe this, but pressure sure is what I’m feeling. I need to get myself organized, make some plans, make a move. But it can be all so overwhelming… and scary. I used to be all about the pressure. Give me a deadline and I’ll give you something fabulous. Now I’m trying to figure out how to make something fabulous happen for myself and I’m not quite appreciating the pressure this time around (thus my belated Monday post – my apologies!). So please excuse me while I run off to make some lists, wring my hands, and come up with a plan!

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i can fly

When I was little I had this distinct memory of having once been able to fly. Maybe it wasn’t a memory so much of flying as much as it was of floating. The details were a little bit fuzzy but it was as if my body had this sense memory of what it had been like to be weightless, to just float up off the couch and tumble in slow motion through the air. It’s hard to describe the way I remembered it and I never tried to explain to anyone because who wants some adult to rain on your parade and tell you “No, that’s impossible. People can’t fly”? Maybe you think that I just had a vivid imagination, which I admit I mostly definitely did, but this memory was so compelling and would sneak up on me during the most unexpected moments, that for years I was convinced that I had once had this special ability to fly. If I could just concentrate really hard maybe I could make it happen again. Needless to say, I was never able to fly or float or levitate again and after some time I could no longer remember what it had felt like.

Ok, so maybe you’re thinking that I’m some sort of wannabe Peter Pan nutcase but I swear that’s just the kind of kid I was. I got wrapped up in my own stories, believed in things like magic and fairies way longer than was probably socially acceptable, and even today my imagination sometimes (read: frequently) gets the best of me. And it’s the kid in me that loves these levitating self-portraits by Natsumi Hayashi. They make me so happy. Maybe I wasn’t just imagining things. Maybe flying isn’t so impossible after all.

Tell me these aren’t fun. You can check out her blog for even more photos. She makes levitating look like such an effortless hobby!

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for beginners: wise words from ira glass

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work with be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 

As someone who is still figuring out a lot of things, including this blog, I appreciated this quote so much – it’s honest, realistic, and encouraging advice that you don’t often hear. Even the most creative and talented people start somewhere and, like I acknowledged in my very first post, beginnings can be rocky. And sometimes beginnings can last much longer than you had hoped and can be much rockier than you anticipated. I can relate to feeling like your work isn’t yet living up to your potential so it’s nice to hear that that’s ok. You’ll get there if you keep working at it. And, although I sometimes feel like a perpetual beginner, that’s just what I’m trying to do – work through it, that is. Hopefully, I’ll end up on the other side. Thank you for the wisdom Ira Glass.

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