We make choices we call practical without questioning what it is we wish to practice. We give away our "one wild and precious life," as Mary Oliver called it, for comfort, but do not ask what it is we feel we should be comforted for.
When I had an idea to quit my job to use mytalents to produce stories about civic engagement, people asked, "What's your return on investment?" and, "How are you going to support yourself?" All relevant, but not the right questions at that time.
"You don't become a designer because you took a class in design, you become a designer because you're a slut for design." I said this to a group of 300 design students at Michigan State University and posted it on my Facebook page.
Gillian specializes in modern takes on nostalgic items, reinventing recipes using high-quality ingredients for things you loved growing up: devils dogs, pop tarts, pies and bundt cakes. She has a beautiful story to tell.
It transports you back to great loves, crippling breakups, perfect summer nights, endless road trips, or the birth of a child. There is nothing in this world that even comes close to the associative power carried in song.
If you ever want to lie awake at night, go ahead and think about your "one thing" -- the one thing you were born to do, the one career you were built to succeed at and the one person you were destined to spend the rest of your life with.
Rachel Hazell is a traveling bookbinder who believes "everybody has a story inside of them." She's trottin' across the globe to inspire people to dig deeper within to share their stories through the art of binding handmade books.