Happy New year!! I’ve pretty much been MIA since I’m spending the holidays in majestic Scotland. It’s been a beautiful and whiskey filled trip. I’m vegging out pretty hard today and reflecting on the past year. 2012 was a year of big transitions. My three year rendezvous with Amsterdam ended which was pretty hectic and confusing but thankfully my transition back to Austin has been relatively easy (and tasty).
I’ve also had some big career changes. After leaving the Amsterdam magazine world, I finally pushed myself to get a studio and start selling my own designs/photography which has been amazing. I’ve barely scratched the surface but I really want to make a big push to make and sell more work this year. Along with my photography print shop, I plan on opening a second design shop to sell all my handmade creations and I’m super excited to see where that goes.
2013. Lets do this.
What are your plans?
If you have read my blog you might have noticed my love for the successful creative who wears many hats. Obviously this has a lot to do with me trying to figure out my place in this creative world and my varied interests in so many mediums.
So If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate Jonathan Adler’s sentiments.
“Strategy, you don’t need it.”
On making pottery:
“People have preconceived notions of what pottery is supposed to be. I just wanted to make whatever I wanted to make. Fuck it, I’ll make it.”
Advice for others:
“Anyone who is starting a job, starting a business, or approaching any creative project should have this attitude which is Fuck it, There’s nothing to Lose, nothing to gain.”
Of course he does eventually talk about his strategic approach but for the first years of creating, he kept this casual attitude to making pottery which he found very liberating. When he became more established, he branded his work as “Happy Chic” so he could then move out of just pottery and design anything he wanted for the home.
An inspiring talk for people who feel stuck in their work or afraid to jump the gun and create what they really want. Listen to Adler. Fuck it.
I used to love looking up ranks of countries with the best quality of life and trying to figure out why some cultures/people are happier than others. Obviously war and famine stricken places aren’t as happy as peaceful and economically stable ones. But regardless there’s huge fluctuations in happiness among people with similar lifestyles. The documentary Happy explores the levels of happiness among individuals on the psychological and sociological level. Its interesting to see how genetics, geography, socioeconomic status, and relationships all influence one’s state of well being. And how surprisingly little some factors (like money) have on your happiness.
Interesting fact: People who put themselves in the state of “flow” tend to be happier. Engaging in flow means involving yourself in activities where you are so focused, so lost in the moment that you lose your ego. It can be active like rock climbing or creative like painting or writing.
(image via The Oatmeal)
Wow what a month! I went from going a million miles per hour to pure gluttonous sloth-like laziness. Thanksgiving eased me right into this transition and I think I may have entered the in-between. The in-between is the time you have to catch your breath before you dive into another project/job/move. Its a chunk of life that seems almost unattainable when you’re drowning in work and errands and parties, etc and you make grand proclamations that if you ever had this time you would surely spend it training for marathons or writing a cookbook or painting a master piece.
Well let me tell you about me during the in-between. I finished my studio tour and design contract only a week ago and I have gone from a buzzing happy bee to an insomniac who munches on turkey legs whilst watching travel documentaries until the wee hours of the morning. I think to myself, “Hey! I should write on my blog, or work on my etsy shop, or work out!” and every time the next thought that enters my mind is “Yes! You will do all those things, but since you’re sooo free, just sleep in a little and relax….FOREVER.”
So I guess I’m very lazy when I want to be and very productive when I need to be. But my erratic schedule throughout my twenties have shown a pattern: When I’m busy, I can conquer all. When I have no obligations, I can barely make it to the post office.
My motto in my in-between is “The post office will be there tomorrow right?”
When I’m busy, I’m like a whirling tornado and little errands just get sucked in and scheduled around my other commitments and all miraculously gets done.
The only thing I do know is I might as well enjoy this pajama wearing time because another storm is likely to come sooner than later. What about you? Do you use down time to catch up on things? Or is it spent staring off into space like me? I’m curious!
I feel like a news journalist. This is Sarah Moore, live blogging at the Up Collective for the East Austin Studio Tours. I’m still frantically hanging frames and running around while strangers walk in and out but the vibe here is great! Lots of great art everywhere, interesting conversations, music, and even dragons! Feel free to stop by and see my work!
When: The tour will go on til 6 pm today and from 11 am -6pm tomorrow. Doors will be open again on Nov 17 & 18 from 11-6. And lots of other events are happening all week long!
Where: 2326 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
I’ve added to my reindeer postcard collection with two more snowy Norwegian scenes. All available now at my shop!
Took an impromptu day trip to Wimberley, Texas. It’s a sleepy little tourist town an hour south of Austin. Ate Fudge, hung out with some miniature donkeys, and went to a winery. I’m loving Texas these days.
You know all those awesome handmade objects you covet on pinterst? Well you can find these things (and the makers) IN REAL LIFE this weekend at Feliz Sale! I’ll be doing a lot of my Christmas shopping here and I’m excited to meet the artists/artisans behind the many online shops I’ve been stalking the past few years. There will be meet and greets, creative workshops, and the main sale at the Palm Door on Sunday November 4. Woohoo!
Wall decals by Shanna Murray
Want these earrings, by Stone & Honey
And probably need this cactus tea towel by Leah Duncan.
“The amateur, seeing how the professional having learned all that he’ll ever learn about writing can take a trivial thing such as the most superficial reactions of three uncharacterized girls and make it witty and charming—the amateur thinks he or she can do the same. But the amateur can only realize his ability to transfer his emotions to another person by some such desperate and radical expedient as tearing your first tragic love story out of your heart and putting it on pages for people to see.”
(via Jessica Stanley )
I only took me a decade to stop acting like Zack Morris with my 1992 cell phone and enter the new millenia. And like most of you iphone owners, I’m hooked on instagram. Follow me if you like! @sarahnatsumi