I have rediscovered Again by Lenny Kravitz. Playing on repeat. So good.
“Living unapologetically… You don’t have to apologize because you want to live your life a certain way.”
— Jessica Hische
Brené Brown says our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. Her research has reminded the world in recent years of the uncomfortable, life-giving link between vulnerability and courage. Now she’s turning her attention to how we walked into the crisis of our life together and how we can move beyond it: with strong backs, soft fronts, and wild hearts.
On my walk home from work yesterday, I listened to the most recent Hurry Slowly episode. It completely stopped me in my tracks, to the point where I would catch myself standing on a street corner, completely immersed. The minute I came home, I sat down on my couch and started the episode right over again, taking in all of Adrienne Maree Brown’s thoughtfulness and questions. Are you satisfiable? What does it mean to be satisfiable? How do you recognize when you have “enough”? Questions central not just to our own well-being but to attaining a more just and equitable society. Have a listen, it’s nourishing and thought-provoking.
“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
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.
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.
“You certainly can’t lead from behind a desk, and you can’t lead with email. It’s a human enterprise. It’s the same reason you can’t parent through texting. You can’t coach a baseball team with email. You’ve got to show up.”
— Simon Sinek
Listen to this wonderful conversation between Debbie Millman and Simon Sinek.
There are some real gems in this conversation between Russell Brand & Brené Brown.
This really got me thinking. Are people doing the best they can? I want to believe they do.
This atmospheric record has circular grooves on its “drop” side, allowing raindrop sounds to loop endlessly. Lovely.
Completely mesmerized by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir.
(I recently started a real life choir, inspired by James Sill’s CreativeMornings “talk: last December!)
Two remarkable women in conversation: On Jocelin K. Glei’s latest Hurry Slowly episode, designer Debbie Millman brings the real talk about her struggle with being an over-achiever. In a world tailored to deliver instant gratification, how do we accept the idea that making anything worthwhile takes time?
The OGs of the internet, Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder interviewed me for their wonderful Cool Tools podcast. In this conversation, with a lot of giggles, I share four of my favorite products: An inflatable FREITAG Travel bag, a Raclette grill, a blow dryer and my favorite thermos tumblr. (Quite an experience to talk with two men about a blow drier!) You can listen to the episode above and see links to the products here.
A few days ago I had the pleasure to meet musician Kaki King. What a force! Her music has been on repeat ever since! Look her up!