Amidst two incoming weeks of pure busyness, and in dogged pursuit of absolute productivity, I — rather aptly — crossed paths with this quote by Socrates, again:
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
It struck me, once more.
Of course, there’s a need for duty, and honouring commitments, of not expending energy and effort on things that a) are not bringing long-term joy, but just zap time; and b) are meaningless to you, and take you nowhere you want to go.
I like my projects. I like trying new things, creating — again and again. Yet, I see the need for more hard no’s.
That project that sounds cool, but you don’t really care for, and won’t learn much from? No.
That mini idea that “inspires” you JUST as you’re supposed to be doing something super important you’ve been working on for years? No.
That bait to pursue some meaningless metric? Namely, making stuff that you know people will like, will probably be popular, BUT you won’t be proud of? No.
I can remember numerous instances of the latter: spending hours on something that I then find myself not seeing worth anything more than the vanity metrics it caught. I’d much rather have spent MORE time making something I’ve always wanted to see. Even if hardly anyone else did.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the certain mouthy, quick-talking “style” YouTubers take to attract the masses, the in-your-face “Top 5” articles or all the Instagramers with a very similar, “urban cool” aesthetic.
Sure, “it” got an “internet following.” So that’s what people want?
Till the next thing comes along.
And our tastes change. We change. As always.
I’d rather slow down and figure out what I like. What I want to create.
Trying to catch up with a train to nowhere only leaves an aftermath of anxiety-ridden, aimless, aspirations.
What means something to you, will probably mean something to somebody else.
And that’s what matters: sharing your truth.
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Today, I had my first official design meeting!😄🎉 To be able to create a space that’s not only beautiful but functions for the family, is such a rewarding experience! My favorite part is sharing my vision for their space and seeing it click for them! I seriously wouldn’t trade this opportunity for the world, and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to intern with Richard and Monica! 😊 -Hannah
TBT New York City, November 1998.
Times Square at night shot with my Pentax K1000 and Kodak Black and White film. Happy I found these photos back. Will post some more of this archive stuff in the future.
Pair of Antique Bronze Windows out of a bank in California. Swipe left to see what one looks like after being refurbished in our wood shop adding a mirror to it to go in between a his/her closet for our clients home. Have one more left in stock. Window is 37” wide by 88” to the top of the crest.