Hello, friend! How are you? Well, one month into my new job, I just helped my employer pass our most recent external audit. It was both stressful and exhilarating, and involved a 5am – 2pm workday to accommodate the Eastern time schedule. This meant afternoons were spent in a frenzied state of sewing madness, with six project underway and a dozen more that I’m itching to start. I feel like, perhaps, I may be developing creative ADHD, if that’s a thing.
Next week, my parents’ sweet little foster kitties will be (fingers crossed!) accepted into a no-kill shelter and (fingers crossed!) find wonderful new homes. Then, next weekend I’ll be taking a trip over the long weekend to cabin in the woods, which is always lovely this time of year.
I hope that your the week ahead is good to you. Here are a few links from around the web. Feel free to share anything interesting you’ve stumbled upon in the comments.
- Food for thought: “How we spend our time is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how our life goes. How our life goes determines whether we thought it was worth living.” — Keith Yamashita
- From the archives: Leveraging Your Most Valuable Resource. “Time is your most valuable resource. Unlike any other resource, you are always spending time. Everything you do at work or in your personal life takes time. And no amount of wealth or influence can buy you more time. Since you are constantly spending time, there is not neutral behavior. You are either using time wisely or foolishly.”
- Enter The Flow State: “When talking about the Flow state, many people believed that we were making use of a greater amount of our brain in tapping into this state of consciousness, when in all actuality, we were actually using less. Much like with any performative venture, its usually FAR harder to concentrate with a lot of excess noise and/or static. The Flow state can be considered to be shutting down a lot of that excess noise both externally and internally, making the focus on the task able to be devoted a FAR larger amount of energy.” Wisdom from Malcom Flex.
- Fun fact: “During the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, Palisade (named for the valley that obstructed the railroad’s construction) was the site of an elaborate hoax during the early 1870s staging lifelike gunfights and bank robberies during the 1870s in a bid to attract tourists. The idea was allegedly born when a train conductor told one Palisade resident that his passengers were always disappointed that the West wasn’t as wild as the stories proclaimed.” I’ve been watching documentaries on railways, so this tickled my fancy.
- Mistakes as lessons: 34 Mistakes on the Way to 34 Years Old from stoicism author, Ryan Holiday. Lots of wisdom here. The points that resonate are those in the vein of not worrying. In my youth, I spent a lot of time worried about what other people thought. The stress and anxiety are not worth it. All we need to do is show up, give our best effort, and then pat ourselves on the back for trying. That’s enough, really.
- The Norman Door: I read Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things when I was considering pursuing a master’s in Human-Centered Design & Engineering. I am fascinated by how small details can make once-burdensome tasks more pleasant (e.g., vacuuming with a low-profile Dyson, disposing in a simplehuman stepcan, sitting in a Herman Miller office chair). Good design needs to build on existing mental models: Is it possible to even figure out what actions are possible and where and how to perform them? How is the product supposed to be used, and what do all the different controls and settings mean?.
- Composting corpses: “I asked her what it was like to have her husband home again, piled up in her driveway. ‘Well, it’s compost,’ she told me. ‘It’s still precious because it was his body. But it’s also compost.'” A vision of the afterlife as becoming a field of poppies. When my time comes, I think I would like to be turned into compost, given the postmortem to keep nurturing my loved ones.
- Sewing Stuff: There is nothing better than fall sewing plans. It’s peak outfit opportunity! Loved this post on the True Bias blog covering Kelli’s future makes. Over the next year or two, I would love to hone in on discovering my “style” and then creating a small but perfect-for-me wardrobe.
- Wildlife Photography: The Natural History Museum in London has announced the winners of the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.