I miss you, Whitney.
must read this week!
Originally posted on The Fetch Blog:
“As creative humans, we tend to always reach beyond our own limits. We want to keep learning and defy past accomplishments. In essence, we want to transcend ourselves. But we are most fulfilled when we push beyond what we can do alone. Whatever our goals, working with others may be the best path to happiness.” ~Scott Belsky (via 99U)
When do you feel most creative? Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, I bet that it’s often either during or right after collaborating amongst your peers. Community is incredibly important to the process of creativity, and often to the livelihood of creative people. Just look at how Quirky has created an opportunity for makers, bringing their creations to life and into the market through the power of community. Or, how creative talent is discovered through communities such as Behance.
Community is also a key aspect to creative production. According to Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net, the No. 2 habit of highly creative people is participation. Leo says, “This can come in many forms, but it requires connecting with others, being inspired by others, reading others, collaborating with others.” The No. 1 habit is solitude, but he makes it clear that the key to creativity is balancing the two.
Last month, I received a bounty of beauty products to play with for the rest of the year. Yeah, it is that good. I am making my way through the various creams, lip sticks, mascaras, scents, etc. Today’s spotlight beauty product is Sachajuan’s Hair Repair.
Even if I assume a product is crafted mostly for Caucasian/Asian hair, I’m willing to try it once on my 4C hair. What’s the harm? The hair repair appeal (from Birchbox):
This innovative product uses Sachajuan’s Ocean Silk Technology—sourced from nutrient-rich algae—to stimulate hair cells and strengthen each strand for healthy, continued growth. Its forms a non-oily film around hair fibers, much like a bandage, that reduces frizz and enhances shine for a picture-perfect coif.
Healthy growth without a oily film? Light beach smell? Imma need some of that. Although the directions say leave on hair 5-10 minutes and rinse, I gotta be me. That’s right — an overnight deep condition. The next day, I loved the feel of my hair and how the hair repair moisturized my curls after a thorough rinse through. A beauty bonanza win.
…that was some funny shit, right?
I ran to the catch the B38 bus that you were driving. Yes, you saw me in your rear view mirror. How could you not? But you closed the door just as I boarded the bus. Well, either you thought I would give up or you went momentarily blind and insane, but there I was in the door. Laughing, I think in shock. You saw me, opened the door and I boarded.
Oh wait, there’s more.
What made YOU even more fragile was how you refused to make eye contact with me after treating me so rudely. How could you look me in the eye when we both knew that you gave into your pettiness and smallness? I laughed again because your avoidance of my gaze confirmed that we are both human beings working with our limitations.
And now I can…..
If you are reading this, thank you for following and reading.
Whether you check in once a month or year, I’m grateful that you are taking time out of your day to check out my thoughts on life from the pedestrian to the silly.
That’s why I’m happy to take step which is to blog less and do more. Notice I didn’t say feel less? It’s time to take a break from my laptop and focus more on long term projects. Starting next month, I will be updating the blog 3-4 times a month. I cannot say what topics I will cover but I will continue to entertain and enlighten when I can.
I don’t know who said that change is the only constant, but I can say I am learning to agree.
She is all kinds of genius.
Originally posted on The New York Observer:
Interviewing Elaine Stritch is like asking a hemophiliac for a pint of blood. “Everybody’s got a sack of rocks,” she says. Every now and then, she reaches her long, bony fingers into the sack and throws one at you. The best thing you can do is give up and just get out of the way. This is a valuable lesson learned early by astute director Chiemi Karasawa in the captivating documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. You will go away knocked right out of your snow boots.