Twenty-thirteen was such an amazing year for me. Though I went from being super focused on a specific goal to once again feeling lost and unsure of my plans towards the end, I feel very confident and excited about what 2014 will hold for me. I pretty much summed up the year with my return post back in October so I want to focus on my new dreams, plans, and goals in no particular order (some vague, some specific) along with the quotes I want to carry with me.
Over all I want to travel a LOT more. get lost. make more art, see more art. ruin plans, make new ones. reach goals,
make new ones. maybe blog, maybe not. be young, disconnect, don’t worry. and continue to change my mind..
**all images are from my tumblr archive. if one is yours and you feel some typa way let me know!
The girls over at B U N C H (an inspiring indie print magazine) shared a round-up of some of my favorite things. Since they couldn’t include them all I’ve posted the rest here. Happy Holidays!
I am OBSESSED with Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason’s (of AphroChic) new book, REMIX Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul! It’s filled with beautiful colors, vibrant well-decorated rooms, a cute dread-head (love em’) notes on the culture and more. The typography and layout is great too— which is pretty much how I judge books. These are a few of my favorite spreads..
i’ve been so productive lately and as a result i’ve had an overflow of ideas that i needed to get out somehow— so i started making collages again. there’s something theraputic about moving around images and writing down thoughts with my hands verses a mouse and keyboard.
Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I’m just now discovering the work of Yayoi Kusama— “a reclusive, colorful, and endlessly intriguing character.” How I didn’t see her collaboration with Louis Vuitton last year—and fall in love then—or during college, is BEYOND me. but oh well. I’m ashamed. She’s amazing. I’m obsessed. and now I just have to decide which book to purchase.
God I hope I’m this fabulous (and still doing what I love) when I’m 80.
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About a month ago I finished reading “Three things you need to know about rockets,” a memoir by Jessica Fox, and for the first time in a while I tore through the book and dogeared close to every other page. These are a couple of my favorite quotes/passages.. but the entire story is definitely worth the read.
“The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him; on the one hand, the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life and on the other, a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire… There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” — Carl Jung
“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed. At that moment all of Will’s choices existed at once. But to keep them all in existence meant doing nothing. He had to choose, after all.” — Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
“it occurred to me,” I continued tentatively, “that the Holy Grail is not the treasure but the dream, like the carrot before the horse. It’s the impulse that gets you off the couch and propels your journey. The problem arises when you don’t allow your dream to change. In that case, if you seek it, hopefully you won’t find it.”
“Well, that would be a mid-life cries, wouldn’t it? You finally get what you want, but didn’t realize that the journey to getting it has informed who you are, so the grail you once dreamed about, that was supposed to bring perfect happiness — whether a car, house with a white picket fence or dream job — is, not likely, not going to make the current you feel fulfilled.”
The Hindu concept of Dharma came to mind, what I understood to mean that we each have a responsibility to follow our own path — unique to ourselves, our interests and talents — for by doing so we give the space and opportunity for others to do the same.
(Conversation copy omitted)
By leaving to follow my dream, I was making room for someone else to follow theirs.
The back cover is a bit cliche/wanderlusty BUT I love that kind of stuff. “A book for anyone who has ever thought “What if” — a true story about a woman who dared to follow her dreams..” perf.
Getting new magazines/books in the mail is literally as good as christmas to me. I recently picked up Man Repeller by Leandra Medine, The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls, MUUSE, and the Rookie Yearbook Two. Four COMPLETELY different publications, but delicious design goodness nonetheless. I especially love the rookie yearbook. I have the first one (of course) and wish these had been around when I was 13-16. I would have poured over pages (a la Amelia’s Notebook anyone?). Reading them now is definitely nostalgic– and in the back of my mind I’d love to hold on to them until my hypothetical daughter/niece hits her preteen years. HA.