You may have seen subtle references to "The Great Discontent" but I have to admit I haven't really wanted to share the site with you all. I know, I am so darn selfish?! I have been hoarding inspiration and well.. there is just no excuse. I can't quite recall how I stumbled onto The Great Discontent but when I scanned their "about" section I immediately found myself enthralled... I mean who doesn't turn into a sap reading a quote like this:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!” - Jack Kerouac, On The Road
The Great Discontent was launched by Ryan Essmaker and Tina Essmaker to explore the creative process. They publish a new interview every Tuesday and some of the interviewees who have been featured on the site include: Seth Godin, Collin Hughes, Dana Tanamachi , David Bazan and countess others... The Great Discontent interviews are a wealth of inspiration and as you read them you will notice how much preparation the authors put into their research. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"I would go window shopping at restaurants and go home and eat macaroni and cheese. " - Seth Godin (I feel like this might be me when I move to New York)
“The desire that we have to do something that’s never been done before means that the people who are around you generally will not encourage you to do it…if they were encouraging you to do it, then other people would be doing it already and it wouldn’t be unique.” - Seth Godin
“Don’t be scared. When you’re scared, you don’t allow yourself the freedom to explore and test your limits…Find something you can believe in and follow it down the rabbit hole.” - Collin Hughes
“A full-time job provides stability so that you can take more risks on your dream. In our culture, we’re prone to demonize our day jobs and exalt our dream jobs, but we fail to see that the former can be a platform for the latter.”- Dana Tanamachi
“When someone sees something in you and they have the courage to speak it out, it changes everything… Our words hold a lot of power.” - Dana Tanamachi
I have just begun to skim the surface of the site, but I look forward to reading each and every one of these interviews. I feel like this site is truly a gem and thought you might want to know where it is hidden.
Ps- If you like what you read, please "Like" their Facebook page,last I checked they only had 273 Likes.
What do you think of when you first see these photographs? Alice in Wonderland immediately came to my mind. I love seeing brilliant ideas implemented and that is precisely what Boy_Wonder does. I know that the thought must be since he is "Boy Wonder" that he should be in the majority of the photos but I just imagine my own Tim Burton style characters taking over some of the scenes (remember the Vogue photo shoot shot by Tim Walker).
Lately, I have been walking around in a bit of a surreal haze. The clock keeps ticking and the days are flying by. 11 Days till New York. If you were to catch a glimpse of me walking down the street, or sipping from my cup of coffee, you might wonder where precisely I am because you would see a far off look in my eyes. I am trying to pin memories to paper.. I am soaking up every "last before New York", the "last" time I will.. have a spontaneous photo session with my sisters, go to breakfast with my Dad, have my mom sit with me while I pack, walk into Arabica Lounge, visit to Le Panier with Katrina, adventure with Meg, chase pigeons with Morgan & Adam (wait I didn't do that?!), explore with Kelsey, hold a wee little Aice in my arms, look for treasures in a vintage store with Jen, spend time at the beach house with the Clines, go to a movie with Courtney, and on the list goes..
I don't know if it's because I am seeing everything around me with so much reverence right now or what.. but I feel ridiculously blessed. I keep asking myself "Is this my life or am I in a movie?" . Let me explain...
Friday evening at Elisa's birthday, dinner was followed by ice cream from Pepperdock, giants pulling chairs out of trees trees, finally settling in on Alki with a teeny tiny movie and the backdrop of the setting sun and sounds of waves..
Sunday, we had the Unger family over for dinner.. because the house was so toasty my Mom said we should just take the kitchen table into the garden. Why not? Everyone does that right? I felt as though I was a part of the eccentric/artistic Wellwood family, hosting one of their midsummer night parties from A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book. Next, I was sure I would be pulling a bottle of some sparkling beverage, out of the stream, where it was being kept cool..
Elisa hung mason jars in the cherry tree and the lights were still twinkling when I took one last look before going to bed. That night, I feel asleep with a contented smile on my face, wondering if the evening had a been a dream.
Tuesday evening was an Italian themed dinner, hosted by my lovely friends Meg and Katrina. I arrived to fresh limoncello drinks served in vintage glasses and then settled into the family room snacking on delicious appetizers while listening to Nat King Cole tunes float out of the record player...
I will forever cherish the conversations we had about dreams, "romantical", "Holly Lobby" and "photographers stalking sunrises"...
I consumed so many olives I was pretty sure I was going to explode...
Can you see how much I loved the Limoncello fancy drink?
Not only is this girl cute, but she sure can cook!! Thank you Meg for slaving away in the kitchen and make us such a delicious dinner.
Katrina helped me eat the olives.. and we talked... and talked... many rabbit trails.. my favorite. I had to keep the tears from bubbling up because at the back of my mind I kept thinking how much I will miss our conversations.. It is so rare that you find someone who challenges you creatively and is also willing to run with you down fantastic rabbit trails, laughing like a little child with eyes sparkling, at the treasure you just might uncover.
As I walked out the door that evening with my little Italian goodie bag in hand, I had to keep myself anchored to the pavement, because my head was in the clouds.. It was as though the girls knew just what my heart wanted most but I could have never put into words. So many moments lately have been magical and I feel utterly overwhelmed. I am storing each and every one of them away in my heart and will pull them out to keep me company on the rainy cold days that will inevitably come.
"To know that a choice will bring you life, and also bring you tears, and to choose it anyways - that is courage.
This is what I am learning from a particular couple of people in my life right now. To choose pain in order to bring you closer to another, or loneliness to come closer to a dream. Neither can be done without great strength, great love, and courage. To know this will hurt, and decide it is worth it." - Katrina Hope
Earlier this year I started a Pinterest board "30 for 30 in 2012" and one of my goals was
"to write more letters" I had no idea when I created the board the unique way in which this would become a reality. I never imagined a move to New York would be the key to my goal, but I am most looking forward to the letters that will come and go from my little place in Brooklyn. There is just something about writing to friends across country and around the globe for that matter that causes a person to want to speak more clearly, more beautifully. Perhaps you know when putting pen to paper that your letter may survive for generations? You begin to evaluate what is truly important, what is worthy of mentioning? Letter writing causes one to look at life through a different lens.
Favorite quotes about letters/letter writing:
To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"
What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call. ~Liz Carpenter
The one good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters. ~Svetlana Alliluyeva
I consider it a good rule for letter-writing to leave unmentioned what the recipient already knows, and instead tell him something new. ~Sigmund Freud
I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter. - Steven Wright
print source: galaxy eyes
One of the brilliant bloggers I follow, The House That Lars Built, just hosted a lovely workshop "Blog'n'hagen" and I am drooling over the visit the attendees took to Royal Copenhagen and Royal Cafe. Doesn't everything look so vibrant and magical?
I would love to host or participate in a similar event in Brooklyn, New York. What do you think? Wouldn't it just be amazing to explore a city with fellow creatives...If you could choose any city to explore with fellow creatives, what would it be?
"In NYC, you can find a job with anything you’re passionate about. I went to a tea cafe once and the guy behind the counter was explaining all the different teas to us and said he was a “Tea Whisperer” so if we told him what flavors we liked, he could match us up with a great tea. Other than the fact that this guy was a little weird, I was amazed that this guy has so much passion about something random like tea, and there is a perfect job for him in this crazy city. It’s amazing. I just don’t know if I actually have that much passion for anything. I can’t say I want to be a travel writer as much as people want to make it big on Broadway or in fashion. I don’t know. I really, really,really want it, but is that enough?" - Honest Hotelier
Photo by: Vincent DiPietro in Union Square (2011)