For at least 3-4 years now, I’ve been looking at these words everyday. They come from an advertisement in a yoga magazine I tore out, framed and put up by my coffee machine.
“Aim for the stars, reach for the wall” – Lulumelon website
There hasn’t been a day in my life since finding this that I haven’t followed the advice to do one thing a day that scares me in some way. It’s the one quote that stands out the most for me.
The copy I have is slightly different from the one shown (available on the website here: http://www.lululemon.com/about/manifesto). My copy has the quote about doing one thing a day that scares you presented in a white box but this later version accentuates “creativity is maximized”. It shows how the philosophy of the company has evolved and grown since they no longer focus on the fears and are now driven more from their creative point. This is, to me as a consumer, highly valuable knowledge. It brings me to trust the company more as well.
I found this manifesto incredibly effective. The most valuable thing to me is doing something that scares me each day. It builds up resistance, increases self-courage and shows over time how unnecessary those fears were to begin with. While the results don’t always lead to success, the attempt in itself becomes the success.
But interestingly, in writing this, it occurred to me that perhaps it’s time for me to evolve the focus as well; go from facing fears to maximizing my creativity. Nice realization.
I suggest you get a copy of Lululemon’s Manifesto and put it in your bathroom, by your bed or computer or by the coffee maker. Just look at it each day and pick one manifesto to live by that day, or like me, for several years.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to where you want to go so long as you keep at it until you get there. You will.
Seems after the struggle to modify my hand strokes into smaller movements on a series of small artwork I’ve been working on, I couldn’t stop. I’m still not a huge fan of small art (to create, not buy) but I do like the fact that they only take a few hours instead of a few days and the challenge has turned out to be a tad bit more of a relaxation point in the chaos of daily life than expected.
Here’s my latest little pastel painting available for purchase:
9″ x 12″
Pastels on paper
I snapped with through a car window in the rain. It’s fuzzy and dreamlike, which is what I like about it. One of my favorite things to do is snap photos from the passenger seat of a car. With a quick finger, you’d be surprised what cool photos you can capture. It beats staring forward onto traffic alone and the movement sometimes makes the shot.
Another small pastel erotica piece! I know I said I was really into the flow a few weeks back when I created “Zen Keeper” and went on about watercolors; however, the pastels have taken over. Sometimes following the flow means giving up control and doing what feels right rather than doing what you think you should do.
That follows into real life too.
9″ X 12″ Pastel on paper
This just screams “Bavaria”, doesn’t it? A drive through the Alps is full of artistic treasures by local tradition. Totally worth it.
No matter who you are or how you define beauty, this photo of Raquel Welch is astonishing when we factor in she’s 73 years old. Holy crap! I know there’s some plastic surgery and probably a bit of Photoshop but there are few, few, few women who can pull of sexy at 73. Ladies, it’s a bit high maintence but it’s possible! Age plus self care equals “Wow!” factor.
Here’s the photo source & text blurb.
Raquel Welch @ 73 years old.
Did you know Kate Moss has her own sushi box variation named after her? When I was in Luxembourg I noticed it at Sushi Shop. How creative, I thought, because usually supermodels attach to clothing, some form of design or acting. Know what I mean? Sushi variation isn’t where I imagined Kate to go but I think it’s great she’s “out of the box” while still in it. (sorry for pun)
Here’s a simple sketch inspired by a photo of Kate Moss. I wasn’t exactly going for it looking like her as much as I was focusing on the shape of her features, which if you haven’t noticed, in some photographs makes her stunning. In others, ugly. She just has that kind of face with a lot of range and that’s valuable in the world of fashion and beauty, materialism and capitalism.
I think what is most striking about Kate Moss is her simplicity which contains within it a twist of complexity, just like sushi. I’m not sure I’ll ever think of sushi the same. Or Kate Moss.
9×12 inch, pencil on paper
Here’s an example of some street views in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. So, so pretty.