Friday, May 4

words can set me right

Some days when your car is towed for the second time in 48 hours and the rain makes for short walks and wet dogs, when you are halfway through a blog post and it gets deleted, the mail is stacked higher than your elbows and you can't seem to get the spinning globe to stop for

just. one. blue. minute--

you stumble across a blog post that provides a crack into the next world-- the calm world, the world of clarity-- and you breathe a bit easier.

For me, that post today was Keri Smith's ecstatic flailing.

"Creating work out of that pressure, doing all of the things that you have been taught by others, and listening to that voice in your head that tells you you need to be better is not what will create that success you are craving. The true work, (meaning the work you are here to do), comes from a completely different place than this.   This energy of pressure actually does very little to move you ahead and into the place where you desire to go, and in some cases can even lead you in the complete opposite direction. I know your head is telling you you need to do it but really that is just dogma you have been taught by other people who are scared of going to their own true place (doing the work that they are really meant to do), so they go on repeating what they were told by other fearful people, and so on and so on."

me and michelle glass
bisous, e


  1. beauty everywhere in your words & photos!

  2. Those photos!! Wow.

    I'm nearing the end of a crazy week, workwise, and am perhaps not in the best mental space. Clarity is much needed right now! This is a good reminder for me to stay centered and true to myself in the work that I'm doing. When I look back through all my designs, the ones I like are the ones that are really "me". The pieces I made when I was trying to do something different and "better" make me uncomfortable. I'm not so fond of those. Everything in that quote is very true.

  3. I love this post! I am reaching the end of my semester, therefore that "pressure" is think. I am so looking forward to the "after." That's when I can linger in the fun part of my job, searching for better ways and better books...having important conversations and those elusive "Ah-ha" moments. But to grade those tests!

  4. i'm speechless and in love....the quote by Keri is right on and these photos are to die for....and you and Michelle being in Italy ..togtether and you get to go again! sigh....sigh...sigh.... i refuse to be jealous but to be happy for YOU and all the greatness that you offer the world :) so much love darling! so much love! xxx

  5. i think a lot lately about my "true work" ... appreciating this quote from keri so very much.
    such fun and beautiful photos...ahhhh, italy!


thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e