I am really fascinated by habits and routines. I have a morning ritual of getting up, walking the dog, making and eating breakfast with the fella, then sitting down to read and write before I get ready for the work day. I love starting my day this way (it even happens on the weekends), and when I can’t do at least most of these things, I get fussy. I’ve found that I need to move my body, have human connection, and make space for reflection or growth in order to center myself for what is to come. The absence of these things upends my world a little.
Because I know this about myself, I’m always curious about how this shows up for others. I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work at the beginning of 2015 to get a sense of what others (here, artists) have done to create and shape their day. I read Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit (and I’ll probably read it again this year) and have been inspired by her approach to creating beautiful choreography.
I enjoy hearing from friends what habits and routines help make their world go ’round. Everyone is different. I have a friend who gets up at 5:30 every morning and works out. Another starts the day at 8am, sans alarm. I think there are as many different daily routines as there are people, so I’m curious to know, what’s yours?
This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox. Today’s prompt: “Think of things that have piqued your curiosity. What leaves you with more questions than answers? Who or what do you wish you knew more about?”
2014 has been a pretty great year. Also: busy. So, for 2015, I’m looking forward to being less busy. I’m also looking forward to more weekends that look like this:
And most of all, I’m looking forward to our wedding ceremony and trip to Italy! It’s gonna be a good year.
This post is a part of Think Kit. Today’s prompt: What are you looking forward to in 2015?
(I think I managed to rant AND write an open letter in today’s Think Kit post.)
Dear women of the world,
You are beautiful. You need to do nothing to “achieve” beauty. You already have it. It is a damn shame that right now we live in a world that would lead you to believe that if you do not fit into a very specific description of what beauty looks like, then you are not worthy as a human being. That you are not enough if you do not look a certain way. That our appearance and the shape of our bodies are somehow open territory for others to judge freely and publicly. That the first thing many people comment on when it comes to other women celebrities (and often other women) is not about their intellect or their accomplishments, but rather, what their hair looks like, or what dress they are wearing, or even how much clothing they’re not wearing.
Well. I call bullshit. And I invite you to call bullshit with me.
Let’s make a pact. Let’s decide that we are going to lift each other up whenever we can. Let’s agree that we will recognize the inherent worthiness in each other and that it has nothing to do with our outward appearances. That we can love dressing up, or we can hate it, or we can be somewhere in the middle, and every bit of that is absolutely okay and falls right in line with what it means to be human. We can love to run, or swim, or hate both of those things but think that walking is right up our alley, and all of that is perfectly right. We might want to get our nails done every week. Or we might want to get them dirty every day. Both: awesome and valid choices.
Let’s agree that there is a whole spectrum of womanness that exists. And let’s commit to honoring the whole spectrum. Not just the part that is shown to us in the movies, on TV, or in magazines.
We really have better things to be doing, don’t you think?
This post is a part of Think Kit. Today’s prompt: Get on your soapbox. What issue, idea, or stance were you vocal about this year? — and a Lifeline: Write an open letter to someone. Anyone. …even yourself!
What would I transform, create, or make disappear next year? This is a tough one. The big picture part of me says that it’d like to transform the world such that people have greater awareness around their belief that they are separate from one another. Not to get all woo woo on you, but I subscribe to the Buddhist notion that this belief contributes to suffering and/or conflict in the world. And if more people became aware of it and worked with it on a more meta level, I wonder what our world conversations would be like. Would we have so much conflict? Would we inflict so much pain on each other? On ourselves? If I could wave my magic wand and find out, I would.
This post is a part of Think Kit. Today’s prompt: “Wave your magic wand – what would you transform, create, or make disappear in 2015?”
My workmates, as well as a few friends, have long been interested in vinyl records. I’ve heard many a conversation about its merits, along with talk of excitement about an awesome album find in the used section of one of our local music stores. For long time, I didn’t really get it. I didn’t want to jump on that wagon — I’m not a big collector of stuff. Why buy a physical record when I can just download it? It seemed wasteful and unnecessary.
But this year, something changed. I had listened to a few albums on vinyl at friends houses and something about it started to pique my interest. It felt… different than just playing the album from Rdio (or Spotify, if that’s your thing). So, we (the fella and I) said hello to our first record player. And it has been one of my favorite new additions of the year. One of my favorite moments this past summer was when we threw on a Miles Davis album, grabbed a glass of wine and just listened to it. We did nothing else. No making dinner, no working, no reading, nothing. We simply sat and absorbed all the nuances of the soundwaves traveling to our ears. It was magical. It reminded me that I love paying attention to the craft of music. So, bring on the vinyl!
This post is a part of Think Kit. Today’s prompt: “What did you say goodbye to this year? Or! What did you say hello to this year?”