I began The Color Studies and The Friday List during a slow period, work-wise. I began them to keep myself inspired and to share some of that with you. But the lull in work ended and I have been busier than ever. I chide myself for using busy-ness as an excuse, because I have had this sharply on-point article, The Busy Trap, on my mind for weeks. He calls all of us out on our excuses and our desire to fill up our lives with commitments and obligations, sometimes as a hedge against what goes on if we have unstructured time – a hedge against our fears, or loneliness, or anxiety, or doubt. I love that guy for reminding me to take myself less seriously. And to stop using being busy as an excuse. (Still guilty of that, clearly!)
I was so flattered when Aran graciously referred to my Friday List as inspiration for her own. It reminded me how much that has been neglected lately. So here’s a little of what’s inspiring me right now.
1. Sarah of The Yellow House created a beautiful meditation on the reality, value and grace of weeknight cooking, and how much of a struggle it can be in our busy lives. It is a GEM of a thing to share with the internet at large. Go spend some quality time with it. I hope it inspires you as it has me.
2. Nicole of Eat This Poem launched a really awesome campaign to bring awareness to the grim reality of American slavery in tomato farming. All the more reason to buy your tomatoes from your local farmers.
4. This conversation about yoga with Seane Corn. She is such a badass.