Hello! Links I’m loving this month.
As always, not in any specific order. Let me know what you think of the format. I found weekly link lists too cumbersome. But I’m now thinking that monthly round ups are too overwhelming. Maybe I should just do daily footnotes? I’ve always liked how Amy at Angry Chicken does that. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
There’s some really super ones in here….
- A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great | Brain Pickings
- 10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy | Brain Pickings
- Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing & Daily Creative Routine | Brain Pickings
I want to learn to write better. These 3 articles look to be a great starting place.
Organizing and Focus:
Love this. Looks exactly like what I need. Also, I’ll write messages to myself under the post-its like “Finished!” “Sweet, you did it!” and “FINALLY. You rock!” for fun, positive reinforcement. Now that I think about it, this seems like a great way to do the boys’ chore list, too.
I think this article is super important. Especially to anyone pursuing big changes in their life, the creative life in general, or being an entrepreneur. I recently read an article that said more people should look at focus, time management, and energy management the way elite athletes do. Since the creative life is very much a mental and emotional journey this made a lot of sense to me. The way makers and artists are constantly talking about and looking to reach and maintain peak creative flow sounds a lot like how athletes talk about maintaining their special training schedules. This article hits on these ideas when it focuses on follow through and creating the right environment.
Helpful Info and How To’s:
I need to freshen up my about page. This will help.
I love, love, love studying color. (Surprise!) I would especially love to have the Guggenheim art palettes!
I had never heard of this technique and love how it looks! I think it would be perfect for some funky spring napkins. I’m going to try to bleed flower designs.
This pretty much looks like the purple hat that took me too long to figure out. Here’s a free pattern for you to save you the trouble!
The Creative Life:
I wouldn’t put myself on the level of Renaissance, but I certainly have a lot of interests and want to check out what this book has to say.
I found some of this list really helpful.
Great questions to tack up somewhere to keep the creative juices flowing.
Interesting post on the different types of activities we do and how that affects us. Thoughtful comments, too.
This post is huge and could save you all sorts of emotional, angsty hours. HUGE. Applicable to all of life. It reminds me of one of my most favorite talks ever given by our preacher. He was speaking about the faith journey and the overwhelming choices we all inevitably face. And then he brought up back to the fact that we are only in today and only responsible for today. And rather than freaking ourselves out over trying to see down the whole path, when we can’t anyway, to ask ourselves, “What’s the next right step?” So good. So freeing. This article’s question, “Have I ever solved a problem like this before?” is such a good piece of that.
While I think one of the values of being your own boss is actually getting to eat a decent lunch, I did appreciate this list of smaller tasks to help move the business along.
Our Economic Times:
This article is long, and thoughtful, and totally worth your time.
I’m fascinated by channels of distribution and how things get from here to there. The craziness that goes on in big businesses to dominate and how that affects us all is in here. Tons of interesting comments, too.
I want to meet more people offline, so I liked these lists.
I love that this is happening. I want to buy there stuff. I absolutely hate not knowing where stuff is coming from!
So many thoughts after reading this. It’s its own post, really. Read it and let’s talk about it Thursday, okay?
So much to think on here. Happy Monday and a creative week to you!