Improvised Life is an ever-expanding gallery of ideas and tools that inspire surprising solutions to everyday challenges, from home design and cooking to productivity and self-expression. It is designed to help you shift your thinking and see the possibilities around you.
Improvised Life was founded in 2009 by Sally Schneider. She has worked as a journalist, editor, syndicated columnist, radio commentator, teacher, stylist, small-space consultant and professional chef, and once wrangled 600 live snails for an Irving Penn photograph. Her very improvisational work has been the laboratory for this blog. Please check out her award-winning cookbooks A New Way to Cook and The Improvisational Cook.
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Improvised Life Manifesto
Improvising is a powerful operating principle.
You don’t have to be an expert to improvise.
Improvising is a practice, like yoga or cooking; the more we do it, the better we get at it.
Creativity can be cultivated.
We can learn what we don’t know.
We believe in asking “Why not” when we have an interesting idea, and trying our idea out.
We can be afraid to do something and do it anyway.
Mistakes are often paths to unexpected solutions.
Making mistakes is the way we learn.
Perfection is over-rated.
Constraints are challenges rather than limitations — whether money, space or materials.
Making a mess is an essential part of improvising.
Improvising is an antidote to limiting ideas.
Improvising guides you to the solutions you are looking for.
Improvising is a path full of richness and discovery.