"Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path."
What To Know At 25(ish), Shauna Niequist
"The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. Write a song on your lunch break. Paint a painting with only one color. Start a business without any start-up capital. Shoot a movie with your iPhone and a few of your friends. Build a machine out of spare parts. Don’t make excuses for not working — make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now."
Invaluable advice from Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. More wisdom from the book here.
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. Buy it here.
Yesterday my heart was missing this city like no other.
This weekend my lifelong best friend got married. It was a beautiful ceremony and fun reception. There has been so much anticipation for this big event. They’ve been dating for 6 years, for goodness sake! But now that the to do lists, and frantic running around have stopped, it feels strangely quiet and I’m honestly stuck in this state of reflection that hovers between melancholy and anticipation.
Seeing your best friend get married and enter into a new stage of life marks the end of one stage of life and the beginning of another. So I suppose it’s natural that I’m reevaluating life goals, hopes, and dreams. Naturally one of those dreams is to be married myself one day. I have been in a two year stage of living the single dream, and thought I would want to continue this for a few more years. But now, although I still have dreams of traveling and living in different cities for a time, I think it would be nice to find a partner that has similar goals and dreams.
I have been dreading the thought of going to teacher’s college this fall. Like absolutely dreading it. I know good things will come of it, and that it can only offer me the opportunity to gain experience for the things I want do in life, but I hate the thought of one more year of school, papers, and exams. I just want to be in the stage where I can focus on a job and social life!
I’m craving my own space, where I can unleash my personal style and unpack all the boxes labelled ‘items for my future home.’ I would love to have a space to unpack all my art supplies, and dedicate to my creative pursuits.
But, all these things require patience. Because the time has not come yet. I’m still waiting, and trying to not become impatient with continuing on course. I’m trying to trust God that he knows my heart even better than I know it myself. And that he also knows what I need better than I know myself. So I am fighting the urge to yank the reins outs of the hands of the one who knows best. I am fighting the tendency I have to make decisions out of impatience and not trust in my heavenly father. I am trying to rest in his love for me and to bring him my feelings of loneliness, frustration, and uncertainty about the future. I am also asking in my heart of hearts if I am truly ready, the woman of God that I want to be for my future husband. Am I truly rooted in God’s love and grace, or am I easily shaken by circumstances and the business of life. If I am honest, I don’t think I am quite ready yet. So take me deeper into your love Father. I think I have a while to journey alone with you just yet.
I don’t know where the next two years will take me. Maybe I will be in Canada teaching somewhere, maybe in Vancouver, maybe back in England….but I place my trust in God and know that he loves to bless us with incredible stories if we let him walk with us and we ask him to guide us through all of life’s decisions.