Ooh where do I begin? From the awesome typography, simple yet bold colors, and sweet user-interface, I am drooling all over this page. And I squealed a bit when I noticed that her profile photo was a hexagon – one of my favorite shapes.
Definitely in my million projects folder to try to emulate. My favorite is when you click on her projects the way it loads is so cool. I’ll stop babbling – go see for yourself:
I told my boyfriend a couple weeks ago that I would love to never have to work. I think people fall into two categories regarding this situation: those who would get bored and those who would be delighted beyond imagination. I fall into the latter category. When asked why, I responded by saying that the plethora of projects I have tucked into the back of my mind could finally come to life. Most of these projects bring me personal creative satisfaction. I am also fantastic with managing my own free time, whereas I know others who fall into a TV-bingeing slump otherwise.
Anyways, why the ramble? I came across Sanda Anderlon, an amazing artist who does work from collages, cute animations, to deep visual presentations. Her collages (see here) are absolutely stunning, and have inspired me to want to collect many vintage magazines to create my own. Dramatic sigh here. I wish I had the time.
This week I’ve felt a little hectic what with interviews, deadlines, etc. Not that it’s new. Strangely enough, I’ve also found my hand making this mudra without any reason behind it, other than the fact I found it somewhat focusing and soothing for my stressed/irritated energy (more and more I also find that I have such a pitta makeup sometimes). It didn’t relax me in the way that a spa day would.
So I checked out what mudra I was making and did a little doodle on it. Posting it before I dive into my essay on mobius strips and the Dao De Jing (ah, procrastination):
Why children lose their creativity
“Instead of growing into our creativity, we grow out of it,” he said.
Fear is the main culprit, he says. We are conditioned through years of schooling to strive for the “right” answer. We are punished for making mistakes. We are rewarded for following rules.
There was much hand-wringing over the research out of the College of William & Mary in 2010 that showed that children’s scores on tests of divergent thinking, an aspect of creativity, had declined over two decades.
Good Mood Foods: Some Flavors in Some Foods Resemble a Prescription Mood Stabilizer
If chocolate can be my mood stabilizer, I’m falling in love with the world even more.
When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally
get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life
here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and
elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our
brief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography of
naturalist Eustace Conway.)
— Elizabeth Gilbert
The Power of Negative Thinking
Even goal setting, the ubiquitous motivational technique of managers everywhere, isn’t an undisputed boon. Fixating too vigorously on goals can distort an organization’s overall mission in a desperate effort to meet some overly narrow target, and research by several business-school professors suggests that employees consumed with goals are likelier to cut ethical corners.
Though much of this research is new, the essential insight isn’t. Ancient philosophers and spiritual teachers understood the need to balance the positive with the negative, optimism with pessimism, a striving for success and security with an openness to failure and uncertainty. The Stoics recommended “the premeditation of evils,” or deliberately visualizing the worst-case scenario. This tends to reduce anxiety about the future: when you soberly picture how badly things could go in reality, you usually conclude that you could cope. Besides, they noted, imagining that you might lose the relationships and possessions you currently enjoy increases your gratitude for having them now. Positive thinking, by contrast, always leans into the future, ignoring present pleasures.
Buddhist meditation, too, is arguably all about learning to resist the urge to think positively — to let emotions and sensations arise and pass, regardless of their content. It might even have helped those agonized firewalkers. Very brief training in meditation, according to a 2009 article in The Journal of Pain, brought significant reductions in pain — not by ignoring unpleasant sensations, or refusing to feel them, but by turning nonjudgmentally toward them.
From this perspective, the relentless cheer of positive thinking begins to seem less like an expression of joy and more like a stressful effort to stamp out any trace of negativity. Mr. Robbins’s trademark smile starts to resemble a rictus. A positive thinker can never relax, lest an awareness of sadness or failure creep in.
And telling yourself that everything must work out is poor preparation for those times when they don’t. You can try, if you insist, to follow the famous self-help advice to eliminate the word “failure” from your vocabulary — but then you’ll just have an inadequate vocabulary when failure strikes.