With so much pain, brokenness, ugliness in the world, attention to beauty, joy, & wonder is absolutely necessary!
Beauty may not solve problems itself... A stunning photograph will not end famine or war. Banksy's graffiti art does not solve Middle eastern contested-land conflicts.
But, the restoration, hope, and inspiration that come from creativity and beauty are like gas in the tank — fuel for the drivers & changers of the world.
dignify sells unique, artful kantha blankets. The beauty is in the products themselves, which provide so much inspiration just by their existence.
But, as a marketer — a conduit to get the colorful blankets from Bangladeshi workshops to your homes — I need to produce beauty as well. Words, images, communication that creatively expresses the best of what kantha offers.
As a creator, I need beauty & creativity to make beauty & creativity. I've been trying to intentionally make time and space to seek out and receive those things. Here are a few sources of creative inspiration for me lately:
Heather Day, Seven Thirty-Two, 2017
What inspires you? What do you find beautiful? What spurs your creativity, or gives you gas in the tank to move forward? I would love to hear. Share below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The threat of technology to our humanness is no new fear (hello, Blade Runner! …actually: goodbye, you are a super boring movie 😆). But, there seems to be an acute crisis of our current cultural moment, as we relate to technology.
Here is just a fraction of writings from the past month addressing this:
We don’t receive a lot of returned items, but it does happen. Of course! There is some degree of risk in shopping online, always.
Stores take different approaches to return policies, sometimes with great sophistication in how it will impact your willingness to purchase. Here's a little peek at what I've learned over the years (as a customer and also as a retailer) about return policies.
Lately, I have often found myself in conversations that wend their way into sleep troubles. Maybe this is just a reflection of my age/stage of my peers! But, I think that the burdens of life, the weight of covid & its out-workings, and the expectations of the day have compounded and contributed to sabotaging our sleep health.
We’ve all heard plenty of the same advice reel: don’t drink caffeine too late; keep a pad of paper beside your bed to write down stressors in the night (? is this actually a thing people do?); have a bedtime routine…
And, maybe these have been helpful!
But, I've also come across some more *quirky* tips & tricks about sleep health, and I wanted to corral all of these into one spot... for me, for you, and for all future reference and conversations!