5 random things

I needed a little dose of inspiration this week. If you were hoping for sarcasm please try back soon.

1) I went against a lot of advice in order to A) go to an art’s school for college and B) move across the country to pursue my career. Even though things have definitely NOT turned out exactly like I had planned when I was 22, I sleep well at night knowing that my choices, for me, were the correct ones. Quotes like this help a lot:

Even if it’s only as a hobby, I think everyone should go into the arts.

2) This a post from Seth Godin’s blog that I am totally stealing. If you don’t know who he is, subscribe to his site now. For reals.

Out on a limb

That’s where artists do their work.

Not in the safe places, but out there, in a place where they might fail, where it might end badly, where connections might be lost, sensibilities might be offended, jokes might not be gotten.

If you work with artists, don’t saw off the limb. Don’t waste a lot of time explaining how dangerous it is, either. No, your job is to quietly support the limb at the same time you egg your team on, pushing them ever further out there.

3) How To Be More Interesting – I don’t really think I need to offer any more explanation. And this was written by Forbes, so you know it’s a fact.

4) I have been debating some upcoming decisions that need to be made with my life, and the common denominator is that all of them involve a level of fear. I am afraid of making the “wrong” choice, of failing, of things not working out how I want. And that is why I need to have this painted on my ceiling:

Seriously, I need to remember this every day before I face the world.

5) If you haven’t seen the full version of the last lecture by Randy Pausch, you should make time for it in the near future. Describing it as “inspirational” doesn’t really do it justice. You’ll cry, laugh, and want to conquer the world after you watch it. To see some of the highlights, here’s a summary he did on Oprah:

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3 Thoughts on “5 random things

  1. Lisa M on February 11, 2012 at said:

    Another quote that keeps me inspired…..What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

  2. "Earnest" Nikki on February 13, 2012 at said:

    You have no idea how much I needed to read your post today! Thank you! I found you via A Cozy Kitchen, who I discovered just today via Pinterest. I’m the girl who went to art school and is yet again at crossroads in her life. In some ways, I am so thankful that I was true to myself and in others I wish I had chosen differently so that career choices would be simpler. I don’t know what the future holds and it may look like there is a lot to lose. But these 5 Random Things have shown me there is much to gain and the only loss is in not trying! Good luck in your endeavours! May we be the “unicorn” in someone’s boring day!

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