About IL (What IS Improvised Life?)

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Improvised Life is a sourcebook of tools for inventive living, 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.

It was founded in 2009 by Sally Schneider, an award-winning journalist, editor, syndicated columnist, radio commentator, and stylist who once wrangled 600 live snails for an Irving Penn photograph. Her very improvisational work has been the laboratory for this blog. (Read more about Sally here.)

It is a rare clear space with NO ads or branded content; it is supported solely by readers.

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.

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