I celebrated the 4th in this rad sweater my grandma gave me! Our holiday was pretty mellow because if you have a pet, you know how scared they can get when fireworks are going off so we spent most of the time keeping Rocky company.
This week, a fellow design acquaintance asked me if would have the time to contribute to a column she just started. I had seen the first edition and loved it. I was already overextended but after reading this article (which is sadly true for a huge chunk of America these days), I responded with, “I hate making excuses that I’m too busy. I’ll make the time to make it happen.”
We are our own worst enemies when it comes to saying yes and overextending ourselves. I fell into a nonstop routine out of sheer necessity a long time ago back when I was in college — I was in class two days a week, interning at an agency three days a week and then worked a retail job on the weekends. When you never have time off, you start thinking it’s normal and that the rest of the world lives the same way. We all define our own version of “normal” and if we keep up a routine for long enough, it becomes just that…a routine. Reading that article was a huge wake-up call (and I saw quite a few other people linking it all over the place this week, too). I’m still not sure what I’m going to change but I think it’s good to start with being self-aware and deciding what’s most important in life.
I just picked up a sketchpad. I haven’t had one in forever and usually just do thumbnail sketches in my lined notebooks. So nice to have a big, empty white space to go crazy with for a change!
So everywhere I go, I hear people talking about Salt & Straw. It’s like a cult of ice cream zombies out there! I hear of nonstop lines at all hours of the day and exotic flavors. Of course, I wanted into this ice cream cult and stopped by the cart in S.E. yesterday. I ordered sea salt & caramel and yes, it was good. And yes, i’ll be back. I’ll probably be dreaming of it nonstop in the meantime…
Yellow, yellow, yellow. It’s showing up in every corner of my world.
Weekend routine: grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I also like hanging out and planning projects at the dining room table, which used to be an old workbench.