If last week's announcement of Me Made May has thrown you into a bit of guilty panic, please settle down and relax yourself.
It's supposed to be fun, afterall.
Yet I feel anxious.
Make a cup of tea and pull up a chair, dear Makers and Menders.
This is composed as much for myself as for anyone else who may feel their reality often falls short of their beautiful, dreamy dream of splendid handcrafted wardrobe gloriousness.
May I present for your evaluation, material in three parts:
Time: Mohsin Hamid on OPB’s Think Out Loud
Stress: How to Prevent DIY Anxiety via Colette
Permission: Big Magic, a book and podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert
In a culture whose baseline pulse is “busy”, how do we carve out more time?
A couple weeks ago I heard
Mohsin Hamid speaks so thoughtfully
on our modern condition - er, relationship to technology and time.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
“Time is our most precious currency, so it’s significant that we are being encouraged wherever possible, to think of our attention not as expenditure, but as consumption.”
“So much information coming into us
"... technology is reshaping us as organisms, as beings,
Hamid described his phone wallpaper: a homemade image declaring to it's viewer, "No Safari!" - referring to the web-browser installed on his phone. Perhaps this is something that might help you find time. I'm often scrolling the various feeds, for there is always something very interesting to learn and in turn, share with you on this blog. I've been trying to hold myself more accountable lately by limiting the time and being more discerning about the quality of information I'm reading. I'll let you know how that goes.... In the meantime, you might check out http://e.ggtimer.com (H/T: Tim Ferriss, The Four Hour Work Week) to help set time limits on your browsing too.
Listen to the full interview on Soundcloud here.
Read his NYT essay, "How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience?"
Colette, in typical fine form, published this guest post over a year ago, but it's contents are just as relevant today:
How to Prevent DIY Anxiety
by Annaliese Fidgeon at adevotednovice.wordpress.com
(also, please see her 3/15 post, "Finished Projects: New and Old"
for some stress relief and lol action. oh wait, we're supposed to be getting off the internet already and conquering life...well, just a leeeeeeettle bit longer, won't hurt, will it?
Finally, if you are feeling stuck in your project, or just life in general, check out Elizabeth Gilbert's, Big Magic.
I never read or saw her best-seller/blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love,
but after seeing her TED Talk, on creativity,
I'm definitely on that train,
Obtain the book if possible, but if you can't get your hands on it, no worries. Listen to her short podcast series here or her TED Talk below.
Bonus: listening free's up your hands and eyes for valuable making and mending time! +500 points!
That's a wrap this week.
Next week, perhaps something less wordy...
In the meantime, I will be working on this gem of a matching set I found a couple weeks ago at Goodwill.
Should pads out: check!
Ok, one last thing.
If you do want to be officially enrolled in Me Made May,
you may be in luck yet if you ask permission via Zoe's site: So, Zo...What Do You Know?
Which is another great resource for info and inspo.
Log off, already!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of