Kristina Dam Studio Planters

These planters make my heart sing.

Receiving

“It’s so very hard, receiving. When you give something, you’re in much greater control. But when you receive something, you’re so vulnerable.”

The Mister Rogers No One Saw, By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Hurt Travels Through Time

By one of my favorite poets in Instagram: Yung Pueblo.

♥ / See Design Travel Pouches

The small travel pouch by see design is designed to hold all of the essentials when you’re on the go. It features a 100% cotton canvas exterior and a nylon lining with a top zipper for easy access. It’s perfect for keeping your keys, phone, wallet, or whatever else you need at hand. It is great for storing and organizing chargers. They also come in large.

These pouches are super design-y and fun and make for a good gift. Make sure to check out larger bags and scarves.

The Good Wolf

A member of the community goes to an elder: “I am trying to find my way, but I am struggling with the path and within myself.” The elder explains, “Inside each of us, there are two wolves which fight all the time. One of them is the good wolf which represents love, peace, hope, kindness, bravery and compassion. The other is the bad wolf, which represents greed, anger, arrogance, resentment and fear. And these two wolves fight all the time.” The member of the community reflects and asks, “If these two fight all the time, then which one wins?” The elder shares, “whichever one you feed.”

Cherokee First Nation Origin

Link Pack

WTF Visualizations: Visualizations that make no sense.

– Good On You: Ethical Clothing Brand Ratings.

See Big Tech’s terrible diversity record, visualized using its logos

Basecamp Personal – a completely free version of Basecamp designed with freelancers, students, families, and personal projects in mind. Use it for hobbies, weddings, small events, side projects, volunteer gigs, etc

101 ways to live sustainability.

– These reusable panda zipper snack bags are pretty cute.

Is there a set of questions for creative people that are always interesting?

– The CreativeMornings/NewYork Choir performed for the second time last Friday. Communal singing is such a source of joy. I had no idea.

How to Write a Condolence Note

– I like the Creative Boom 2019 gift guide for artists, designers, makers and anyone who loves creativity. (I meant to blog this before I noticed they featured Tattly at the very end! Gah!)

Writing is listening with your heart. (via Jocelyn)

This just made me gasp.

– I love this so much: A new crop of restaurants is embracing family-style, communal eating, creating a necessary spirit of communication and collaboration for our fractious times. I’ll Have What She’s Having

How to Politely Decline an Invitation (via)

– The air in our office is getting so dry. I am tempted to get a tiny desk humidifier like this one.

Tattly Tins are the perfect stocking stuffers. Yep, holiday season is upon us.

– A big thank you to Traadee for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

– The CreativeMornings homepage got a facelift.

I am “A Too Much” Woman

“There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.

There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.

There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.

She is dangerous.

And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.

Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.

She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.

Here I am. . . a Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.

I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.

And still. . . I rise.”

— Ev’Yan Whitney

Olivetti Valentine

I have a soft spot for old typewriters. Look at this beauty. There’s a plethora of other models here. Jessica Hische said she had a good experience buying from this Etsy Seller. Good to know.

Polaroid Lab

This nifty gadget converts your digital pictures into analog Polaroid prints. FUN!

♥ / Traadee Custom Stock Ticker Pillow

A big thank you to Traadee for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Stock Ticker as never seen before! Traadee.com lets you personalize a throw pillow with colorful designs, turning simple Ticker Symbol into miniature works of art perfect for your couch or bed.

A meaningful gift for your favorite investor or trader—or yourself!

Design Matters: Malcolm Gladwell

In this Design Matters episode Malcolm Gladwell discusses his new book, “Talking to Strangers”—and how we default to truth … but not necessarily the whole truth.

No one does interviews better than Debbie Millman. No one.

A Beautiful Fire Extinguisher

A Japanese company that has been making firefighting equipment for almost 130 years, designed a minimal set of fire extinguishers to encourage people to keep one in their home. Love. Love. Love.

The Cost of Being Wrong

“The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”
— Seth Godin

AirFly

This simple gadget called AirFly connects your AirPods to anything with a headphone jack. In my case, I wanted to be able to use my AirPods during an airplane ride. And it worked. Seamlessly. You could also use it at the gym. Or for your computer games. Well done, Twelve South.

Beautiful News Daily

Beautiful News Daily is a collection of good news, positive trends, uplifting statistics and facts — all beautifully visualized by Information is Beautiful. Celebrating amazing things happening in the world, thanks to human ingenuity, endeavour and collaboration. YES!

Link Pack

Watch two NASA astronauts conduct the first all-female spacewalk in history

Goodness Bot, here to drown out mean and negative tweets with positivity, and help fight the epidemic of cyberbullying! (via)

– OMG! This Ride On Scooter! WANT!

TED Masterclass: An app-based public speaking course that will help you identify, develop and share your best ideas in the form of TED-style talks

– I was told this Confit Byaldi (aka Fancy Ratatouille) is delicious. Saving it here to come back to it.

What was the book that helped you the most in 2019?

– “When Oprah interviewed Michelle Obama, Oprah asked how Michelle got over feeling intimidated sitting at big tables filled with smart, powerful men and Michelle said, ‘You realize pretty quickly that a lot of them aren’t that smart.’ I think about that quote every single day.” What Quotes Do You Love?

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please

– I am crazy excited about Esther Perel speaking at this Friday’s CreativeMornings in NYC. You can sign up, at 11am, tomorrow, Monday November 11th.

When you need to share tough feedback

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb

– I want to visit the library in Helsinki.

Fireworks that are far too beautiful to burn. (via)

– I am currently really digging the Eucalyptus Tattly. It’s scented.

– A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

CreativeMornings has a new homepage. It makes me happy.

Moon Ribas

I am currently attending The House of Beautiful Business in Lisbon and one of the speakers that stopped me in my tracks was Moon Ribas. She has implants that let her feel earthquakes happening around the earth. She is the co-founder of the Cyborg foundation, together with Neil Harrison.

Fascinating.

Credit

“If you don’t care who gets the credit you can do a lot of good in this world.”
— Esther Abraham Hicks

Saying Goodbye to the Person You Used To Be

SoulPancake traveled to Springfield, Missouri to visit Kyle who is putting on “A Funeral for the People We Used to Be.” He is collecting submissions from people of all the things they want to let go about the past so he can burn them in a cardboard viking ship. Submit yours here.

Kyle is the person who had a Viking funeral for his 20s.

Virtual Choir

Composer Eric Whitacre started the Virtual Choir; an experiment that connects singers from every corner of the globe. What a moving experiment. Love everything about this.

♥ / Ode to Things

A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Ode to Things is an online store for the discerning collector, featuring quality home/office goods and accessories. Its founders believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. They have sought artisans, makers, and designers from around the world to source products that are inspired and meaningful. Every piece is created to be timeless, using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

Get 15% off your order at odetothings.com with offer code SWISSMISS. Good opportunity to add some style to your Thanksgiving.

Fireproof Document Bag


I don’t know how I stumbled upon this Fireproof Document Bag, but here I am and I am impressed. It’s super good looking and protects your most important documents from water and fire damage.

This Could Be Our Future

Yancey Strickler wrote a book and I can not wait to read it. The book’s main message is speaking to my heart, showing a vision for building a society that looks beyond money and toward maximizing the values that make life worth living. YES!

Drink Rocks


Oh, I love these Drink Rocks. They keep your spirits as they should be: undiluted. These shaped stones are designed to be chilled in your freezer before being admired in your evening cocktail.