I was out to lunch with a friend yesterday, and she asked me how I was. My answer was:
“Brilliant. I gave up social media. I don’t browse the internet anymore. I only check my emails twice a day. I feel more inspired, creative and content than I have in YEARS.”
And of course, when I talk about it, people always have questions:
- But how do you find out news?
- How do you market your business?
- But… like… HOW?
As though this screen-ridden life is not optional, it’s mandatory.
And I get it, because I felt EXACTLY the same way before I did it.
My only answer is:
Just try it. Do it for 21 days. See how it feels for YOU. And while you’re at it, read Digital Minimalism or How To Break Up With Your Phone. It will give you the fuel you need, a way to glimpse a better life.
And I figure these Scrapbook posts are a great way to prove as well just how inspired I am. How I might not be browsing the internet or scrolling social media anymore or spending anywhere near the amount of time I used to on screens… but the QUALITY of what I read is wildly different. I used to do link posts all the time back in the olden days.
And then at some point, I didn’t have anything to put in them. I’d think back on the last week of online life, and could not remember one single, important, inspiring thing. I didn’t have anything to talk about because I was reading the equivalent of mental junk food. Re-orientating myself from social media to reading blogs using a blog reader (I use Bloglovin currently) has been a game changer. I read wildly thoughtful, inspiring pieces and itch to get creating. And I can’t wait to share with you some of the incredible things I’ve discovered.
“The challenge of this show was that I was an odd combination of journalist, archivist, anthropologist, historian, museum curator, biographer and fact checker — with artist being the umbrella term that allows you to do all of these things,” she said. “I’m not bound to the same final destination as a journalist or historian would be, but there is a sort of ethics to this project for me.”
Veronica Roberts, a curator at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, who organized Katchadourian’s 2017 show “Curiouser,” pointed out that “being curious is her job as an artist.” She continued, “I love the way she follows these irrational ideas rather rationally, all the way to the end.”
- The new book publishing power club of hugely talented BIPOC peeps is brilliantly inspiring. And stupidly overdue.
- Excuse me while I link to every Swiss Miss post because they are just so breathtaking:
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich
For every tough time, we call on the wisdom that we gained from tough times past, and use it power through. We remember that we made it once before, and all evidence is that we’ll do it again. We look for the light, and remember that we can do hard things.
- This book art is stunnnnnning.
- What is disabled motherhood like? Beautiful and thoughtful.
- Cal Newport: Steinbeck’s Productive Inactivity:
Steinbeck was “productive” in any practical sense of the word: he wrote 33 books and won a Nobel Prize for his efforts. But he wasn’t busy. In our current moment, by contrast, ambition is intertwined with overload — as if aspirations can only be alchemized in the heat generated by frenetic, hyper-connected digital motion.
- via Swiss Miss:
will land in the hearts
it’s meant to
you won’t be for everyone
but you are for someone
and to that someone
what you have to give matters
and that’s the beginning
- John Do: History of Pandemics (F A S C I N A T I N G!)
- I read a profile on Jayne Hrdlicka (new CEO of Virgin Airlines in Australia) in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, and came across this fascinating tidbit. That would be a fucking COOL university experience I reckon. That’d work bloody brilliantly for my Autistic brain!
So then of course I had to do a wee bit of a deep dive to learn more about the Colorado College approach:
- Austin Kleon: 7 Questions Nobody Asked Me About One Bad Year
- Craig Mod’s creative intentions are so inspiring.
My main goal is embarrassingly simple: A continuous and rigorous production of book-shaped projects until I’m dead … And so, whenever I embark on a new membership-adjacent project — walk, newsletter, members-only zoom session, podcast, et cetera — the main question in mind is: How does this help us make a book?
- These photographs of nylon swathes on a beach by Thomas Jackson are breathtaking.
- MacSparky: The never-ending inertia of habits:
While we may think that habits are intentionally formed, habits are more often unintentionally formed.
- This is so stupid and so great all at once.
- Kelly Rae Roberts: How quitting social media is changing everything for me.
- These art journal photos from Roben Marie make me want to run to my sketchbook.
- Swiss Miss’ taste is impeccable:
“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee.
It blossoms and the bee comes.”
– Mark Nepo
Life is so scrumptious and SO GOOD.
Thank goodness for all these incredible creators for inspiring us so!
Go make your shit. It’s important. And I can’t wait to read it.