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
Birthday gifts! For any age, receiving gifts is a delight.
But, giving gifts... can become overwhelming. Like a wave that comes reliably and relentlessly, everyone has a birthday every year!
Here are some ideas & tips for streamlining awesome birthday gifting.
It all started with a wedding.
Did you know that the first blanket we ever bought was for a wedding gift?
We knew about Basha, and I loved the blankets. But, we were living the student-life at the time; I wasn’t spending $4 on a coffee, much less $100 on a blanket — no matter how much I loved it!
This is a question I was posed by someone I love, someone who knows me and what I do. But this was a rant borne, I think, of the powerlessness and overwhelm of learning more about the world; of being faced with the cruelty & despair of suffering; of coming to see — and really feel — the frustration that some people with money, power, & influence, continually wield it unjustly with no end or recourse in sight.
Do I know what a big problem human trafficking is?
Yes, it is a big problem. Yes, I am aware of it.