The most stunning gift I’ve ever received - a trailblazer’s toolkit. Curated by Joe and Zach, knolled by Alison, and emblazoned with gold by Josh. So, so lovely.
These past 8 months have been a whirlwind. I lost myself, but found other parts of myself in the process of coming back. I’m grateful for this amazing place, these incredible people I have the pleasure of calling my friends, the opportunities I had to explore. I’m ready for this next adventure.
Love you, ChIDEO. Thanks for all the good times. See you around.
"If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive."
Made a big life decision this week. Onwards and upwards.
“They are taking control of the water supply. They are breaking dams, and flooding crops, and destroying the food supply of an entire country. They are forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. It seems that there is a hand behind all of this. They are very calculating. They are making their moves very carefully to destroy the human soul. They want to rob an entire people of food and water and homes, as if to wipe them from the pages of history. And when they take the homes from these people, the children have no place to play. The children have no place to be young. No physical space, and no emotional space. They have no place to be a child, so their only frame of reference is war and fighting. And when that’s all they know, how can they grow up to be doctors and teachers? All they can possibly know is the desire for revenge and hatred for their enemies. I wish people would understand that Iraq is filled with intelligent, civilized people. This was the cradle of civilization in the Ancient World. Even the Garden of Eden was here. These aren’t dust covered, nameless refugees being forced from their homes. The refugee camps are filled with architects, and musicians, and teachers.”
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
"I can’t wait for the day you realize just how beautiful you are. It’s not going to happen immediately; you’re growing into it a little every day. But the day you do, you’re going to be limitless."
Thankful for friends who see me not as I am, but as the person I could be.
Picked up a new pot of succulents.
"Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it."
— John Eldridge (via awelltraveledwoman)
(Source: purplebuddhaproject, via awelltraveledwoman)
Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon (2010)
"This photograph depicts a classified ‘listening station’ deep in the forests of West Virginia.
The station is located at the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometers in West Virginia and parts of Maryland.
Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.
The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called moonbounce.
Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.
The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.”
"Be content in your discontent. You will always be restless."
— Tina Essmaker
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
— Henry David Thoreau (via awelltraveledwoman)
(Source: theunquotables, via awelltraveledwoman)