Improvised Life » Mindset http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Practice: Forgive Yourself and Keep Trying http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/forgive/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/forgive/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:51:43 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45288

Just about everyone we know is pretty ruthless when it comes to judging THEMSELVES. And those judgments can derail projects and creative process in general, stopping us from pushing through to doing what we need to.

We loves this simple practice from wise old Seth Godin. (more…)

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Honoring 9/11 http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/honoring-911/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/honoring-911/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:22:06 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45379

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Last night for a short while, we could see the memorial lights from the World Trade Center streaming straight up into the sky from our terrace at the other end of Manhattan. In a moment we realized where we were in September, and remembered where we had been when the towers were struck on September 11, 2001.

Everyone we know remembers exactly where they were at that moment and will relive that today, along with their private view of its meaning.

We’re going to take some time out to stop, reflect, say a prayer.

This little memorial graffiti artist Banksy made in 2013 a few blocks from (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/honoring-911/feed/ 0 An Improvised Roost to See What’s Around http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/improvised-roost-see-whats-around/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/improvised-roost-see-whats-around/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:04:43 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45181

Sometimes we like to climb up on whatever’s around to shift our view and perspective. Do-able just about anywhere.

Image curated by Holton Rower

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Our FIX for the Flawed Cos Backpack http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/annals-bad-design-fix-flawed-cos-backpack/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/annals-bad-design-fix-flawed-cos-backpack/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:00:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45163

Sally Schneider

In July, we posted a compelling backpack we’d bought from the stylish COS site only to discover that its design was profoundly flawed. If you put all but the lightest items in it, its magnetic closure instantly popped open, inviting strangers to dip their hand into the bag and steal our wallet (image below).  In that post, we experimented with a possible fix by using binder clips. Since the approach seemed workable, during our recent break we hacked the straps and sewed on sliding holders. We’re proud to say our fix WORKED: a lesson in trying ideas out, and flexing our own untrained design muscles to make things better or at the very least learn a few things.  (more…)

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The Wakeup Message of Little Accidents http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/wakeup-message-little-accidents/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/wakeup-message-little-accidents/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:53:21 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45293

maria robledo

During many years as a professional cook, I burned and cut myself numerous times. Over time, I came to view these small injuries as a sort of early warning system with a clear message:

Slow Down, Take Care and Be Mindful that you are a bit “off”.

LISTEN to yourself to hear what’s really going on.

Invariably, when I checked in with myself, I’d realize that I’d had a sleepless night, or was worrying about something. There was always a reason I was preoccupied and not on my game.

SMALL accidents —dropping a treasured dish, spilling things, tripping, small cuts — to me are (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/10/wakeup-message-little-accidents/feed/ 2 Why Walking Helps Us Think + Create http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/09/walking-helps-us-think-create/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/09/walking-helps-us-think-create/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:32:38 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45240

Richard Tuvey

In this week's New Yorker, Ferris Jabr describes research that shows why walking goes beyond being a great physical exercise, but a catalyst for creative thinking as well. We go for a walk daily in the park we look out on. Every time, we discover something new AND find our mind shifting, ideas sparking, problems beginning to yield. Nature reminds us of possibilities...]]>
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Ikea’s Knockout Video on the Power of a Book http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/ikeas-knockout-video-power-book/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/ikeas-knockout-video-power-book/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:03:08 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45276

(Video link here.) Ikea’s creative team is rivaling Apple’s…AND using Apple’s classic myth-making approach to its latest technology to describe the…power…of…a…BOOK.  This brilliant ad for IKea’s 2015 catalogue lays out just why REAL books are so wonderful.

With thanks to Susan Dworski for making sure we watched a video we’d ignored!

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Formula for a DIY Donald Judd-esque Sofa http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/formula-donald-judd-esque-sofa/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/formula-donald-judd-esque-sofa/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45005

Farrah Sit/Rebecca Atwood

Artist Donald Judd's austere, organic, ultra-simple furniture has been inspiration for lots of knockoff's and diy's and straight-out ripoffs. His iconic sofa, below, inspired the $6,000 Maple sofa, above, a collaboration of Brooklyn-based industrial designer Farrah Sit and textile designer Rebecca Atwood. Sit and Atwood have made improvments on Judd's design, from a practical comfort point-of-view. The sofa is definitely DIY-able.]]>
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Gratitude Where You Don’t Expect It http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/gratitude-dont-expect/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/gratitude-dont-expect/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:06:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45106

Joanna Pan/Flickr

Leaving Manhattan on the commuter train the other evening, we were surpised to see a billboard towering above the South Bronx amidst the bleak industrial landscape. It says simply “GRATTITUDE.”

This teeny video —best viewed with chirpy music OFF — captures the expected and somehow remarkable experience. (Video link HERE.): (more…)

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Tiny-Vacation: Cosmic Flower Unfolding http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/tiny-vacation-cosmic-flower-unfolding/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/tiny-vacation-cosmic-flower-unfolding/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:00:22 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45022

(Video link HERE.)  Though we”ve had our “official” vacation, we’re still feeling the need for escape. Ben Ridgeway’s Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms: two minutes that takes us AWAY.

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GIF of the Week: LEGO Wave http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/gif-week-lego-wave/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/gif-week-lego-wave/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45015

 

 

via 31media.tumblr Thanks Holton!

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Reorganization as Soul Cleanse http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/workspace-reorganization-soul-cleanse/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/workspace-reorganization-soul-cleanse/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:54:33 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45132

A 48-hour disappearance into the depths of my studio was finally interrupted late yesterday by a well-meaning friend. He peered in to find me on hands and knees wiping out the lowest shelves with damp paper towels.

“Jeez. Still at it?”

I swiveled and growled like a rabid dog, sweat pouring down, hair plastered, eyes raccooned by melted mascara. “I can’t stop now. This is important. This is soulwork” He faded without a word.

Panting, disheveled, covered in cobwebs, I sat back on my heels. WTF? Why did this reorganization seem like a matter of life and death? Taking a swig of ice water, I collapsed on the floor. Presently, it came to me why it was––and is––such a big deal. (more…)

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Trees with Ladders: Tree Climbing for Adults http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/03/climb-tree-adults/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/03/climb-tree-adults/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:20:11 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45184

E. Sanders

Every day we go to the park across the way and enjoy the huge, hundreds-years-old trees. We WISH we could climb them, as we did as a kid, and wondered, in our minds eye, WHY NOT just put a ladder up to one to give our creaky adult selves a boost up. Then we stumbled on images of L’Arbre aux Echelles — The Tree with Ladders — an installation by French artist François Méchain.]]>
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Inspiring Signs Written on a Random Wall http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/03/wall-messages-first-post-back/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/03/wall-messages-first-post-back/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:40:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45052

Ellen Silverman

Photographer Ellen Silverman has a particularly fine eye for inspriational adhoc street signs. We love this wall she sent recently, whose messages resonate deeply with where we are right NOW. They are at once like stripped-down haiku, meditations and essential reminders… (more…)

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