“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
— William Penn
This interactive art piece at the Mexican / US border wall is incredibly moving. It connects children and adults in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side. Way to bring light to an incredibly dark situation.
This is going to be a fun thing to try with my kids: How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand!
My kids and I are currently house swapping with a Swiss family. We have been doing so for years, every summer. What I love most about it is that I get to dip into someone else’s life and the products they use and love. The family we are currently swapping with owns a Rocket Coffee Maker and it makes me want to change the locks and never leave. I get the sense it’s the Porsche of Coffee Makers. I admit, it makes my heart sing every morning when I get up. Check out this beauty. The coffee is A+!
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In case you’re not familiar with Tattly: It’s a high-end temporary tattoo company I started 8 years ago. The designs last 2-5 days and are printed with vegetable based ink, here in the USA. We license art from professional artists and they get a generous cut of every single sale.
I remember how the buttons felt on this Walkman. It was my most priced possession. And my heart broke when someone broke into our car and stole it. Happy 40th Walkman Anniversary, SONY!
I love a good swimming hat. This one is 100% natural rubber and beautifully old-school.
My kids would totally love this reusable, telescopic stainless steel drinking straw.
“Life is about the management of energy, where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza
This graph from a Standford University Paper on “How Couples Meet” caught my attention.
Having been single for a few years now, it seems as if apps have become the socially accepted and expected way to meet a partner. But what if the way apps work and feel is really not your jam?
I am determined to help reverse that “meet through friends” graph.
When you get introduced to someone via a friend, there is instant common ground and trust. Tapping into the “web of love” as my friend Sharon Lee calls it, is where the magic happens. When a friend introduces me to someone she/he holds in high regard and loves, I show up differently, open-hearted and less garded. (By the way, this also works in a work context!)
When you meet a stranger on an app it takes a lot of hard emotional work to figure out if that person can be trusted, is a good human, is who they say they are.
Looking back, when I was still married, I realize I was so busy being married and coupled, I didn’t pay attention to who was single in my circle of friends and if I could help make an introduction.
Seeing now just how hard it this to meet someone, I wish I helped my single friends more.
The IRL enthusiast that I am, and struggling with dating apps, I started asking my friends if they can think of a single friend they *love*. If they do, I ask them to write me a little paragraph about them, share their name and email so so can add them to my ever growing secret list of wonderful singles. Then they get invited to fun small gatherings. We had one so far and it was an absolutely delightful event. We are not labeling them as a singles event, we just tell them in the beginning that we all have one thing in common and they’ll probably figure out by the end of the night what that is. We are just getting started with these, Kyle and Christina are with me on the organizing committee. Best team ever.
Let’s bring back IRL and reverse that graph by tapping into our “web of love”.
(You can read the Stanford Study here: Disintermediating your friends © Michael Rosenfeld, Stanford University *, 2019)