I am currently staying at a cozy lakeside Airbnb in upstate NY and had the pleasure to strike up a conversation with the gentleman next door. Turns out his name is Richard Scherr and he is an accomplished architect and artists.
As I was gushing about his beautiful cabin on the lake he spontaneously invited me to tour the inside. His cabin includes a small art studio filled with his beautiful sculptures.
I swear my heart grew three times its size and here I am with a new life goal: At some point in my life, I want to live in a beautifully designed cabin on a tiny lake and make art.
In 2010 I accidentally, for funsies, created a simple to-do app with my studiomate Cameron Koczon. We jokingly called it TeuxDeux. This trusty companion has kept us organized ever since!
A few weeks after building it, and just Cameron and I using it, friends kept asking to get in on it. We decided to make it available to the public and has since attracted an incredibly loyal and committed fan base of humans who love to cross things off.
The concept is simple: Make an app that feels as close to a paper list as possible, but that is with you at every step of the way: On the go on your phone but also ready to keep you organized when you work on your computer. (The secret is to set your browser landing page to teuxdeux.com so you’re being reminded what you need to do every time you open a browser window!)
Cameron and his team spent the past few months rebuilding the app from scratch and, drumrolls please, added the long awaited Android app! (iPhone users, we gotchu too.)
If you’re familiar with TeuxDeux you’ll notice the new and improved user interface on the app and the much faster and reliable syncing thanks to a complete rebuild of the back-end.
“Regard yourself as a cloud, in the flesh, because you see, clouds never make mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? No, they always do the right thing. But if you will treat yourself for a while as a cloud or a wave, and realize that you can’t make a mistake whatever you do. Because even if you do something that appears totally disastrous, it will all come out in the wash somehow or another. Then through this capacity you will develop a kind of confidence. And through confidence you will be able to trust your own intuition.”
— Alan Watts
– My remarkable friend Jocelyn Glei launched Radiate, a collaborative learning community dedicated to exploring, integrating, and radiating transformative change. It’s like interval training for transformation: Three phases of deep community, with lengthy breaks in-between. Sign-up ends today, Saturday June 26, 9pm EDT.
– Female Design Council (FDC) is an action-oriented leadership organization dedicated to providing a strong professional community for all womxn irrespective of color, race, gender or sexual identity in the design industry.
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
– Mary Oliver
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
– Mary Oliver
“The female warrior knows how to fight without violence. She knows when not to raise her sword, but instead hold up her heart. Her shield is not a defense against others but a shelter for all.”
― Riitta Klint
What does transformational leadership require? —An awareness of the shifts underway in your world —A purposeful vision for what could be —A commitment to bring your vision into being —The creativity to leverage the shifts at play —The willingness to start with yourself
A few months ago I ordered it it, unseen, nervous whether I would like the feel of it. I am happy to report the material is AMAZING! And, the entire set is super sturdy and visually pleasing. (For those of you who don’t like to sit on no-back-support-benches, you can also get chairs!)
“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
Rumple makes Puffy Blankets that roll up like a sleeping bag. I am especially intrigued by the super small size they offer: The NanoLoft Travel Blanket combines Rumple’s proprietary down-alternative insulation with the same technical materials found in premium sleeping bags and insulated jackets to keep you warm and cozy on the go. Who doesn’t want a blanket for everywhere? (Love that Lisa Congdon designed one of these blankets!)