Name It

We like to talk about the notion of better. Of doing better and being better and making better things. We also like to talk about change. About making change and being the change. What we forget is that both of these things are relational. Better than what. Change from what. We are so enthralled by the notion of progress…

The Best Thing About Your Art Is That It’s Not For Everyone

Let’s read that again, shall we? The best thing about your art is that it’s not for everyone. While deeply true, this is definitely one of those lovely-in-theory-difficult-in-practice sentiments.  When people don’t like our work… When they don’t understand it or don’t understand us… When they unsubscribe or unfollow us… it feels personal. Social media…

You Can Do Hard Things

Making art is hard.Doing something people don’t understand is hard.Therapy is hard.Lifting weights is hard.Grieving is hard.Paying off debt is hard.Creating work we’re proud of is, almost always, hard. So many of the worthwhile things in life—the things that ask us to meet ourselves and bring us closer to others—are so very hard. But we can…

The Humility Of Art

One of the hardest parts of building something new is having the humility to do things that might not work. That’s art. And art isn’t linear. When you’re doing something that hasn’t been done before with the intent of creating change (change in others or in a system) you’re going to face pushback. They’ll be…

When The Going Gets Tough, Change Your Metrics

The other day I was talking to a friend who was having a pretty rough week anxiety-wise, and she mentioned that she’d been working out and going on a hike every day. My initial thoughts were, “Damn, girl! Working out twice a day even when your anxious?!” I was impressed. And perhaps… envious? Of her obvious willpower? I told…

How to Tell if You’re Doing the Right Thing

How to tell if you’re doing the right thing, a definitive guide. OK OK, my definitive guide. Yours will be different. The only thing consistent about your twenties seems to be change. (It’s nice to have something you can count on, right? That and my unwavering love of coffee.) Change means decisions. Decisions about jobs, about relationships, about…

Tracing Threads

Well, I’ve finally taken the time to start a blog (I deemed the internet wasn’t riddled with enough of them). It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, likely for the same reasons most people start blogging, I wanted a place to share and explore my passion. That passion, I’ve discovered, is making…