Alright, I've got to start by saying a sincere thank you for all the support and kind words this week! It's a bit scary for me to put myself out there like this...to start identifying as an artist and pretending to own it, all the while inwardly second-guessing myself and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Thank you for the sweet emails/texts/phone calls, for helpful advice and encouragement, and for giving me grace as I figure this whole blogging thing out as I go. I really and truly appreciate each and every one of you. :)
Today I'm introducing the last and final series of the blog: the Inspiration Series! I have less of a concrete vision for what this will be, but I'm thinking it will become a place for me to share the books I'm reading, podcasts I'm listening to, quotes that rock my world, etc., with the hopes that they'll help you too. I may also use this a forum for writing more in depth about ideas/projects I'm working on/why Adnan is innocent/the unhealthy and unjustifiable obsession I have with #waltergilmore.
This week, I want to share some books & resources that have helped me stay focused, motivated and organized. Let's work our way around the photo above in a clockwise motion, starting with the top left.
1. The Five Year Diary: Friends, I am not a diary person. I've had a few attempts to start diaries in my youth, all of which have only served the purpose of embarrassing me upon finding them years later in my childhood bedroom. But I kept hearing great things about this one so I thought I'd give it a go. The premise is that each page of the diary is devoted to one day of the year and subdivided into five sections (each with its own space for notes), so that, as time goes by, past entries can be read as the new ones are written. I hope to turn this into a nightly ritual to quickly jot down some thoughts and reflect on what I'm thankful for each day. I love the idea of being able to look back on years past and see how I've grown and changed.
2. Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon: Lisa is an illustrator whose work and story I really admire. I just started reading this one a few days ago, but I already know that it will live up to it's promise of revealing how to make a living by making art. It's full of practical advice and stories from other artists who have been been there. I'm looking forward to digging in to this book a bit more in the coming weeks!
3. Coffee. Duh.
4. Rife Paper Co. Weekly Desk Pad: I'm a shameless type-A lover of lists. I love crossing things off lists so much that I'm one of those weirdos that writes things down that I've already done, just to cross them off. And I don't get the same satisfaction from doing this digitally. No. I need to put pen to paper and have those to do's sitting in front of my face, begging me to cross them off. Are you freaked out? What I'm trying to say is that I love this desk pad. And it's pretty. Well played, Anna Bond. Well played.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: Kind of hilarious that I've written three blog posts so far and I've mentioned this book in EVERY SINGLE ONE. Have I made it clear that this is a must-read? I don't think my words will do this justice, so just know that it's honestly the reason that I'm blogging and actually making a go at this business. My copy is covered with notes/underlines/dog-eared pages and I know I'll reference it for years to come whenever I'm feeling fearful, self-conscious or unworthy of devoting my career to making art.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again for making this week so special.
Love & Respect,