Cacti Print

Cacti print

I’d hang this Cacti Print.

Love and Self-Love

Alain de Botton says that one of the oddest things we need in order to love is a vital ingredient known as self-love.

Fragile

The Capacity To Be Alone

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”

― Osho


(via Alex)

Things I Didn’t Buy

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I recently started keeping a list of “Things I Didn’t Buy“. It’s refreshing to look back at it and realize how much money I saved and how many of these items would have just become “stuff” in a very short time. Marie Kondo-ing my life last year was one of the best things I have done in a long time and it keeps having a positive effect on my life (and finances). If you are not familiar with her book “The life-changing magic of tiding up“, look it up. But be warned, you might start talking to your socks.

Where Is The Love?

Nearly 15 years after a post 9/11 landscape inspired them to write the original, the Black Eyed Peas have reimagined Where is the love at what feels another critical moment.

Seven Springs Blanket

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I would be totally ok with having one of these Seven Spring Blankets in my house.

Momentum

“Never sacrifice momentum. I might know a better path, but if we’ve got a lot of momentum, if everyone’s united and they’re marching together and the path is O.K., just go with the flow. I may eventually nudge them down a new path, but never stop the troops mid march.”
Ben Chestnut

Friday Link Pack

My friend Bas made this beautiful mini documentary on Vanessa O’Brien.

– Come work with me a FRIENDS! We are hiring a part-time studiomanager.

– Did you know that the George Washington Bridge was voted as the one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the New York Metropolitan Area in 1953 and is the world’s busiest bridge?

– I have zero public napping skills, but the Chinese apparently do.

Love this wall of cabinets.

– Oh, those delivery guys.

Elon Musk’s Break Down on Climate Change

– Woah, this looks like an interesting adventure.

Stolen Dropbox passwords are circulating online. Here’s how to check if your account’s compromised. (Mine was!)

– These slippers are quite good looking. Remind me of the house shoes I had to wear as a kid.

Summer cocktail recipes.

– Some of these abandoned spaces are stunning.

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Shine On!

– “If you get out of the way of your work, your work will tell you exactly what it needs. Usually your work is much more forward-thinking than you are.” Carrie Mae Weems

– What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet. (I am one of them!)

– I didn’t know this: Central Park’s lamp posts have a hidden trick to help you navigate

10 books for adventurous, brave & strong young girls

– The images on this post are weeeeeeird: Photographer Dons Giant Panda Costume to Help Pandas Born In Captivity Be Released Into the Wild

– Lots of food for thought in this long post by Benjamin Hardy. (If only the title wasn’t so link-baity!)

Wait, what? “Of the 1,000 people surveyed, one in 12 said Comic Sans was the most trustworthy font but Times New Roman was the most trusted.”

When politics feels like satire.

This GIF makes me slightly uncomfortable.

Conscious Style Guide is a community resource for anyone curious or serious about conscious language. (via)

– I like these strip-ey blow bubble containers.

19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

The unexpected qualities of great leaders? Productive paranoia, empirical creativity, and fanatic discipline. (via)

Must wear a Taco today.

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This rolling Panda made me smile. Happy Friday everyone!

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Listen To The Whisper

Afraid of Nothing

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.”
Mary Oliver

A Tiny Remote Controlled Tugboat

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This man is winning at life, if you ask me. He attached a tiny remote controlled tugboat to his Kayak to tow him around. I truly hope I’ll be like him when I am older: Playful, silly and obviously enjoying life.

FREITAG Backpack | F251 Kowalski

I just realized that I have owned FREITAG bags for a good 20 years now. Wow! And, interestingly enough, my love for the brand is stronger than ever. Running a product company myself, I understand how hard it is to reinvent yourself and keep pushing. The FREITAG brothers are sure doing a good job at it. Definitely on my list of founders I admire.

During my recent trip to Switzerland I noticed my friend’s FREITAG backpack called F251 Kowalski. The design is minimal, yet practical. FREITAG bags are basically indestructible, one of a kind pieces, made out of truck tarp and best of all, waterproof. Definitely added this one to my wishlist.

SLIM Bookend

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This super minimal, slim bookend by Kenyon Yeh is getting my thumbs up.

Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers

So happy to see my friend Kio Stark‘s TED talk just having gone live. She speaks on the magic that happens when you talk to strangers. By doing so, you’re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life — and theirs. Can’t wait to read her book on the topic.

Retro Japanese Boom Boxes

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Spoon and Tamago’s post on Retro Japanese Boom Boxes made me smile.

The Art of Embracing Damage

I appreciate the concept of the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, the art of embracing damage.

(via Oliver Jeffers)

KENZO Perfume Commercial

Now, this is a fragrance commercial that made me look. Thanks for breaking the mold, Spike Jonze.

Let Your Kids Design Their Own Clothing

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Over on Picture This kids can draw their own fabric patterns, send in the designs and receive a custom cut-and-sewn dress in the mail. So much fun!

How To Make Summer Rolls

I will give this Summer Rolls recipe a try with my kids. Looks so good, and most of all, fun to make.

Glittering Salt Crystal Dress

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This is what happens when you submerge a black gown for 2 months in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A beautiful project by Israeli artist Sigalit Landau.

Operators’ vs Visionaries’ Managerial Activities

Operators vs Visionaries (1998)

This table on Operators’ vs Visionaries’ Managerial Activities really made me think. It’s from a Canadian research paper on two kinds of entrepreneurs as leaders published in 1998 by Louis Jacques Filion, blogged by John Maeda.