Saturday afternoon I went on a little afternoon outing with my pops. After our coffee date I convinced him that we ought to stop by one of my favorite places: the bookstore. Without much thought, I headed straight to the “Self-Help” section of the store where I always find a treasure. This day was no exception. After browsing the shelves for something that stuck out, I found a little black book entitled “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. As I was flipping through the black and white pages I was certain that this book had to become a part of my personal library.
Whether you are an artist, a student, a business person, or a stay at home parent– do yourself a favor and go buy this book. It’s a book about creativity that will inspire and challenge you to take life to the next level.
In his book, Kleon writes: “Take time to mess around. Get Lost. Wander. You never know where it might lead you.” I fell in love with this quote. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every now and then. I am a lover of creativity and thrive off it, however, at the same time I am the queen of to-do-lists. It’s easy to get caught up crossing things off the lists. Every couple of months I get in this place I like to call “The Funk”, where I feel completely uninspired and drained from work. When I take time to actually look up from my little computer screen and little black book of to-do-lists I realize that I’ve given myself no room to be inspired because I’ve been working to cross things off list and not allowing myself to get lost and explore. It’s all about balance. Structure is good and it’s needed to get things accomplished. However, I’m noticing that if I wanna stay out of getting in “funks” then I better be taking time to get lost along the way of my structured schedule.
I’ve always been taught to write things down and put them where you can see them to remind you of things. So, I decided that this quote ought to be no exception. I created a little poster to hang in my room to remind myself to allow exploring to become a priority in life.
So here it is.
Let it serve as a challenge to you as well.
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Today: Live with courage- take a risk.
One Republic wrote, “Oh this has got to be the good life, This could really be a good life.” This is the good life. Life is what you make of it. So today, step out, live with courage, and take a risk. Life ought to be an adventure. Our lives are stories waiting to be written, and YOU have the ability to write and shape your story. So what will you do today to write a story of adventure?
No one great ever accomplished anything by being “comfortable”. All the great men and women that we hear about all had something in common: they took a risk. You see, comfortability is poison. Don’t let the fear of being “uncomfortable” paralyze you from living the life you always imagined. We all have dreams and desires inside of us that are a little… intimidating and maybe even nerve wracking to think about stepping towards. Maybe your dream is to move across the world and do international projects, start a business, write a book, or impact the world through music (obviously the list could continue but you get the picture). We think to ourselves “But what if I fail?”. Here’s a proposal- If you fail. Okay. So you failed. You learned a thing or two- and so you pick yourself back up and try again. But here’s a question- What if you don’t fail? What if you succeed?
The world is waiting for people to take risks. To show them how to really live life to the fullest. To inspire them. Will you be the risk taker that they look to?
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A tea party.
They’ve been around since the the 1600’s.
And perhaps one of the most sophisticated social events to attend.
It’s the event where one brings out the fancy china and prepares delightful gourmet pastries.
The Third Story Apartment has dreamt up the perfect primavera tea party…
Now, the location would be outside. Somewhere whimsical and dreamy.
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Of course the china would be inspired by florals… after all its spring.
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The desserts would be divine. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Creme Cheese Frosting is a must. Perhaps, some blueberry scones…
and you could be sure that we would serve chocolate covered strawberries that are to die for.
As for attire, it is a must that the attendee’s come dressed for the occasion, adorned in beautiful dresses, fancy hats, and jewelry.
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This social gathering will be delightful… after all what is life without community?
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