and a little quiet, introspection and organization did wonders for my mind, body and spirit. Last night I ran out to Barnes and Noble for a book and grabbed a magazine next to the checkout called FLOW. It spoke to me. I woke early this morning and decided a habit I want to create is reading something inspiring in the morning instead of news—aaarrgggh NEWS. I fed my cat, Karen, blended lemon, parsley and ice (after a summer of beer, potato chips and ice cream a correction is necessary), made coffee and sat down to dive into FLOW.
“Celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures.” REALLY?
WOW. I was right. FLOW was utterly inspiring and if I was disciplined and organized enough to publish a magazine this is what it would be. Astrid and Irene are clearly my long lost sisters (and new heros) from the Netherlands. I’m reading the English edition, unfortunately I don’t speak Dutch. I bet I missed out on some amazing Dutch words that were lost in the translation. This is the quote below the title. I need every back issue now.
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle.
No need to be anybody but oneself.” —Virginia Woolfe (1882-1941)
The first article was about positive psychology (which I’m studying) and how small changes in our lives (kaizen, I’ve written about this before) can net big shifts in our lives. The article talked about thinking in terms of solutions, not problems and looking for small ways to bring forth more joy in our lives. LITTLE STEPS, BIG CHANGES.
“It is easier to see things in black and white than to pay attention to all the grey tint in between.” —Dutch philosopher and psychologist, Gijs Deckers
“Big, bigger and biggest often doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s the small things that make people happy.” page 17.
Next was this picture of my hero, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Kahlo’s studio at Casa Azul. Now, I can’t stop smiling by this point and I’m only on page 18…
then this quote. Oh, my sister. I will write about my sister. We have a story to tell.
Then there were interviews with a jewelry artist from Poland, a family living off the grid in British Columbia and an illustrator living in London. That’s as far as time allowed this morning. If I had the whole day, I would throw a blanket in my yard and devour every word. I can’t wait until I get back into FLOW.
On page 33 is an article by journalist Catelijne Elzes in celebration of rainy days…my favorite and most inspiring kind of days, throw in fog and I’ll swoon all day. I can’t wait to read that article. Really, Irene and Astrid, lets do lunch…
I have to get to get to work on my designs for STRUT…I have only 11 days. Picking something up that spoke to me randomly got me thinking about connections. I believe when we’re looking for meaning and connections (threads) in our lives they keep revealing themselves. We just have to be on our toes or we can miss them. I often miss them.
I know a lot of people don’t believe in coincidences, magic or spirits…however, I choose to. I will be searching for little signs of magic all day and I have hunch that I just might be able to find some more.
I hope you have a great day and experience a little magic today too. We all are deserving of some.
Thank you Irene and Astrid. Are you hiring?