To Be Unavailable

“To be unavailable means that you deliberately avoid exhausting yourself and others… A hunter knows that he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn’t worry. To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible. And once you worry, you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to.”
—Carlos Castaneda

From Journey to Ixtlan, via Jocelyn.

Fun Babysuits

These onesies made me laugh! Fun sized, I still live with my parents and, I believe you were expecting me.

Swedish Spring Poster

I am in love with this Swedish Spring Poster, illustrated by designer Lotta Olsson.

Human Sized Balloon Bouquet

This photo of Katie Sokoler as a human sized balloon bouquet made me smile.

Rest Poster

Lovely poster titled Rest, by E. Dunker.

A Real, Effective Apology Has Three Parts

A real, effective apology has three parts:
(1) Acknowledge how your action affected the person;
(2) say you’re sorry;
(3) describe what you’re going to do to make it right or make sure it doesn’t happen again. Don’t excuse or explain.

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Friday Link Pack

A waste bin with feet. Made me chuckle.

– I like this simple Yin Yang Hat by Ghostly.

Snurk, you guys keep making me laugh: Invisible Man Duvet Cover.

– This is a lovely, simple dish rack.

– This site is for all of you hardcore pet lovers!

– The fastest way to Brand Assets.

The Power of Listening in Helping People Change (via)

– These rainbow sponge and clouds made me giggle.

Royal Wedding Bag Lip Reading. Made me laugh.

– Oh, this Neon Fluorescent Lamp could definitely spice up some bland spaces. Where to put it?

– In this Hurrly Slowly episode on Feedback Jocelyn speaks on how criticism constrains creativity, while questions and appreciations help it expand. It really made me think.

– What a lovely notebook.

– Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.”

Kindness prompt cards. The world needs this.

– I have linked to Gather before. Deserves another shout-out. Organize your desk.

– What Starbucks anti-bias training day was like, according to employees

– I like this poster by Fanny Schultz.

Jon Burgerman spoke at CreativeMornings/NYC today. My heart is full. If you’re in NYC you can visit his studio this weekend.

– I want to go see this dentist.

– Can’t stop gushing about how much this book has changed my life.

Digital besties.

– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog this week.

Change

“Nobody ever changes when they do things they like.”
— Marina Abramovic

(via Jocelyn)

What Do You Do For Fun?

I was asked yesterday “What do you do for fun?” I had to think. Spend time with my kids. Sit on my stoop. Host dinner parties. I couldn’t come up with a typical ‘hobby’ though. My work is my passion and is FUN.

And then this morning, I read this Tweet:

I need a hobby.

Calamari Will Never Be The Same

The fine folks of This American Life got a tip about a meat plant selling pig intestines as fake calamari. They investigated and now I can never eat Calamari again.

Listen in.

The Feedback Rush



In this Hurrly Slowly episode on Feedback Jocelyn speaks on how criticism constrains creativity, while questions and appreciations help it expand. And, why effective feedback focuses on outcomes, not just opinions.

It made me rethink how I will give feedback going forward. And, it made me apologize to a friend. Thank you Jocelyn! And, Illustration by Yukai Du

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong

Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.” 6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong

Ito Bindery Memo Blocks

I would allow these minimal memo blocks on my desk.

‘Triggered’

“It is a milestone of maturity when we start to understand what triggers us and why – and to take steps to mitigate the most self-harming of our responses.”

How We Are Easily, Too Easily, ‘Triggered’

Role Models Podcast

I appreciate the intention behind the Role Models Podcast: Interviewing women with inspiring careers so more women feel encouraged to aim higher.

And I am honored I was asked to be on it. Here’s the most recent episode with yours truly.

Thank you David for your thoughtfulness and making this so easy for me. Also, I talk a mile a minute.

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EO Shape


Love this minimal poster design by Erik Olovsson.

Wall Mounted Paper Holder


This wall mounted paper holder would look good in my office.

Coral Scarf

This Coral Scarf by Slow Factory is stunning.

Let Your Life Tell You

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”
― Parker J. Palmer

Rattan Table Mat

There is something intriguingly beautiful about this simple Moe Watanabe Rattan Table Mat.

10 Principles for Good Design Poster

Widely referenced throughout the design industry and quoted in countless essays, Dieter Rams’ principles of good design are as pure, honest, and uncompromising as the very products he has authored through over 50 years of work in design. Here’s a poster to remind you, every day.

Window Mounted Standing Desk

You better have some legit solid windows to attach this window mounted standing desk onto.

13 Years!


13 years ago today I started this labor of love. And, I yet have to grow tired of it. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. So much!

Happy my blog birthday to you!