What & Why….And Knowing the Difference

This week was intriguing and thought provoking.  There was a lot to consider and ponder while at the same time life flew by.  I found myself enjoying some ‘big thinking’ for a while which has become increasingly rewarding for me over the years. I used to be a “check the list” kind of gal, but as I grow older I am more intrigued by the things that are larger than me.  Maybe it is because checking things off a list isn’t challenging anymore for me OR maybe because I have grown past the need to account for my status in such a way.  There is a judgment in the list checking…I am good because I finished all the items on my list.  Or, I am bad because there is still a long list of unchecked boxes.  I find myself listening more and talking less.  For those of you who know me….that is a surprising development.  I may still talk a lot, but maybe a little less.  It’s not like I have transformed or anything….well, maybe I have changed a little.  Maybe it is age, maybe it is stress, maybe it is just life.

I have been toying with a question for the last few days.  Why I do what I do?  I know, it is probably the age old questions of “why am I here” repackaged.  But, maybe not.  As my career progresses, it is harder and harder to explain “WHAT” I do.  Years ago, it was easier to explain, but it now seems a little less concrete and more squishy.  They call that “management” and “leadership” I guess.  I think the harder it is for me to describe WHAT I do makes it easier for me to explore the WHY.  There are a lot of reasons I “like” what I do.  But, I don’t know I have completely landed on the WHY.

I didn’t just stumble on this big thinking all by myself.  I was inspired by a meeting with some people that got my creative juices flowing who then turned me on to this 18 minute presentation by Simon Sinek.  Click on the link below to view it for yourself.

Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action

This video, in turn, opened another door to a great inspirational resource. TED Talks….Check out this amazing site and organization that collects the great thinkers of our time to educate, inform and inspire us.  You can go to About TED   to learn about what they are and why they exist.  There are presentations on a myriad of topics that will inspire you and get you thinking.  I downloaded the talk above onto my iPhone and listened to it on the way to work.  It was a great way to start the day.

Back to my soapbox…WHY???  Not the what, but WHY?  I am still trying to clearly understand WHY I do what I do (whatever that is) and what inspires me to get up everyday and try to do the very best I can do.  I have even challenged my own staff to better watch the video and to think a little bit about WHY they do what they do.  I am excited to hear their feedback.  And, I am excited to understand more about me and what makes me tick.

Heavy thoughts for a Friday night before a long weekend, but also a little fun and inspiring.

Hoping you have a creative and relaxing weekend.




Here are a few of the things that make me take a second look right now….

I am particularly intrigued by the look of the old and the new together; the modern and the aged look all at once.  I am finding that I can mix these two things in my house and in my life and get a pretty cool result.  I have added a few things here and there over the years, but am just now realizing that combing your tastes makes for a great style.  I am currently looking for some vintage letters for a spot in my house that is already picked.  Pictures will follow when I find the right mix.  Half of the fun is the hunt I think.

Vintage Letters

 See how cool this looks…I love it.  Lot’s of interest.

Red and white quilts.  I love them.  They are crisp and clean and you can’t miss the amazing workmanship that goes into these.  Last year in New York City at the Armory there was a quilt show of over 650 red and white pieces from one amazing
collection. The story of this show is here.

Here is a youtube video that tells more about the show:  Red & White Quilt Show.

I am still bummed that I missed it!

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I am sure that this is no surprise, but I like the idea of a quilt anywhere.  And, there is a rich history in our country of the quilt barn.  In fact, there are trails that criss cross the United States in search of quilt barns.  Go here to American Quilt Barns to find out more.

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I wonder where I can paint a quilt block….without having a barn of course.

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 These vertical gardens are everywhere … and I love them.  They are so cleaver and really cool.  I also like the door wreathes made out of live succulents.  This is on my project list.  Here is a great “how to” … Vertical Succulent Garden.

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 It’s almost summer.  I got my first pedicure of the season.  Tory Burch.  Sandals.  Need I say anymore?

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One big moon…makes you realize that we are part of something way bigger than we know.

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 Still can’t get away from this color….love, love, love.

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Saying of the day…

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Now, that was a whole lot of fun.  Have a great day!!


Timeless Creativity

The next month will be a challenge to maintain my creativity in the ways that I really love….sewing, baking, etc. There are perfectly good reasons for this, but I still want to stow away and create.

But, the reality is that there will be very little time. Between the crazy deadlines, complex issues that I can’t even begin to make sense of, presentations and travel, there won’t be much time to cozy up to my sewing machine. Oh…one thing I forgot to mention…we are moving in the midst of all this craziness. However, the reality is that these are the things that make me feel alive and vibrant. The things that make me lean forward into life. They are also the same things that scare the crap out of me at the same time. It is this that makes me human.

So, during this crazy time when the next few weeks are sure to be a blur of activity and stress, I will have to find my creativity in a different way. The reality is that every day I am creative I just don’t call it that. At work, creativity is called strategy or negotiating or planning. All of these have creative elements, but for some reason we don’t label them this way. The reality is that there is creativity and inspiration everywhere. We just have to see it for what it is.

Here’s to being inspired by everyday things….

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