What are we made of?
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff."
– Carl Sagan
The last few months have been tough.
My dad passed away in December, 12/21/2017... the Winter Solstice, the metaphorical and literal darkest day of the year. Since then there has been a lot of soul searching and honing going on. Losing a loved one really puts into perspective what is important and what isn't anymore.
I am still pursuing design. I am still taking classes and expanding my skill sets, but the drive behind those pursuits has changed. I approach each day with feelings more centered around what I would like to accomplish in my life rather than in my career.
I'm taking a steady look at what is aligning with me, what is resonating, and what is not, and simply parsing out the pieces that are no longer serving me and recycling them.
It's time to be honest with myself.
I'm not a great designer, but I can be. I'm not a great business person, but I can be. I am flawed and I have a lot of work to do in order to straighten out and be ready to start my own business without the support of a side gig or working part time for a design studio.
However, this is all to say that "it's okay to be a work in progress" and "don't let the fear of failure get you down." These types of sentiments have been rattling around in my head quite a bit lately...
Healing takes time.
"But it all begins with acknowledgment and profound appreciation for the most rudimentary fact of human existence: “we are”. Joni Mitchell said, “we are stardust, we are golden” and in the workplace we are so much more than “Humans Doing” …we are “Humans Being," with all the wonderful gifts of our unique person-ness right there for the sharing. If we are to develop as conscious, inspirational leaders, capable of engaging this unlimited potential of human creativity, we must tap into our place of deeper knowing, embrace the sublime secrets of connectedness, risk the high corporate thought-crime of interpersonal curiosity, and begin the hard work of evolving relationship into collective intelligence."
Watch Joni Mitchell perform "Woodstock" in 1970: https://youtu.be/cRjQCvfcXn0
"Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: https://youtu.be/HKdsRWhyH30