“We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.”
– Steven Pressfield
“The first and truest thing is that all truth is a paradox. Life is both a precious, unfathomably beautiful gift, and it’s impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It’s been a very bad match for those of us who were born extremely sensitive. It’s so hard and weird that we sometimes wonder if we’re being punked. It’s filled simultaneously with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, desperate poverty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together. I don’t think it’s an ideal system.”
Pleasure is short-term, addictive and selfish. It’s taken, not given. It works on dopamine.
Happiness is long-term, additive and generous. It’s giving, not taking. It works on serotonin.
Read Seth Godin’s full post on this topic.
Made me laugh.
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The Glass Ruler grid overlay allows for precise alignment when placed above an existing drawing. Love this!
This CreativeMornings talk by Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the WomensMarch, moved me to tears. Please, give it 20mins of your time. It will light a fire in your creative heart.
“It is the creative community’s responsibility to reopen the heart of America.”
– Paola Mendoza
People of Craft is a growing showcase of creatives of color and their craft in design, advertising, tech, illustration, lettering, art, and more. I absolutely love this! Thank you for creating this resource, Timothy Goodman and Amelie Lamont.
This cleaning GIF by Abbey Lossing made me laugh. (It takes a while to load – be patient!)
Grid Poems Vol. I is a collection of 45 illustrated poems on hope, loss, and expectation. Beautiful!
A Short Trip is a 5-minute interactive illustration by Alexander Perrin that you control by using the left and right arrow keys. Put your headphones on and turn the volume up. So lovely.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
– James Baldwin
(A quote taken away from Paola Mendoza’s powerful CreativeMornings talk in NYC last Friday. I will share as soon as it is online!)
Under what rock was I hiding all this time that I have never heard of Common Sense Media? I told my friends that I made the mistake of showing my kids a movie the other day that I thought was perfectly fine for their age. It wasn’t. Ops!
Common Sense Media looks like the site I should have consulted first.