I left Facebook and Instagram. I can easily get into addictive loops and so I had to admit to myself that using these tools was doing more harm than good. First, I noticed how much I was comparing myself to others. Second, as a recovering “good girl,” it seemed like every “like” and “comment” became approval crack flooding my veins. I would find myself unable to let my mind wander and rest, and have to constantly reach and check.
As a non-believer in willpower (e.g., if there’s chocolate cake around, I’ll eat it) and as a believer in behavior design, I decided the best solution would be to deactivate and I’m truly enjoying the results. But I realized one of my favorite things to do on Facebook was capture and share resources with friends.
Well we don’t need Facebook for that! I’ve decided to make a special curated list here called The Moon Paper (expect 1x/month for now). These are the things that inspire and move my work – both old and new: podcast episodes, articles, research studies, poems, teas, talks, yoga classes, playlists, quotes, and products I love. These are the gems that get my mind and heart ticking, which I often recommend to clients. And now I’m sharing them with you so that they can inspire you to go deeper too.
My favorite part is when Liz and Sarah pow wow and talk about “allowing” versus “trying” to make inspiration come to you, while trusting that nothing in your past, history, or experience is “ever wasted.” It will show up in your art sooner or later. Deep sigh of relief.
You might be interested to read this article that captures wisdom from Julie Zhuo, Brit Morin, and Leila Janah I interviewed on the recent Women in Design event at Medium. All about handling criticism, which is so hard for many of us to do and a large reason why we hold back from leading in the first place. Thanks to Nathalie Arbel for helping with this piece.
This is some fascinating work that suggests girls literally become more quiet over middle school, along with possible causes (fearing backlash being a top one). I’ve had several clients describe middle school, ages 11-14 as a “turning” point in their lives with waves of impact up into their 20s. Maybe this happened to you? Worth checking out.
I listen to it in the shower, on my commute, while I’m getting dressed and doing work. It’s just solid and versatile all around for you indie lovers.
“Work your throat center, the fifth chakra and ether element. The seat of expression and creativity. In the yoga tradition creativity is linked to consciousness. As you awaken and direct energy, you can move through blocks related to personal expression and creativity.” If you haven’t done Kundulini, give it a whirl and see what you think. It’s quite energizing and clearing, so go very slow in the beginning (trust me). I enjoy its focus on breathwork and harnessing prana throughout the practice.
apricot trees exist, apricot trees exist
bracken exists; and blackberries, blackberries;
bromine exists; and hydrogen, hydrogen
cicadas exist; chicory, chromium,
citrus trees; cicadas exist;
cicadas, cedars, cypresses, the cerebellum
doves exist, dreamers, and dolls;
killers exist, and doves, and doves;
haze, dioxin, and days; days
exist, days and death; and poems
exist; poems, days, death
early fall exists; aftertaste, afterthought;
seclusion and angels exist;
widows and elk exist; every
detail exists; memory, memory's light;
afterglow exists; oaks, elms,
junipers, sameness, loneliness exist;
eider ducks, spiders, and vinegar
exist, and the future, the future
– Inger Christensen
That's it! First Moon Paper. Shall I go on? Do you want more like this? Do let me know, sister.