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May Mood Board

May is tricky. It's almost summer but not quite, it's still Spring but feels like even that should already be past. This may for me is about systems. It's about organizing by type, by emotion, by color. Lately, I've been into wearing all one color, and creating mini-color study sets. It feels a little redundant, but I think it's important to rediscover old concepts again. Somehow, color can always seem fresh. I like the idea of being surrounded by one type of thing. Even if it's a set. You are the alien, and the color is the majority. It can be a feeling of total immersion. 

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Articulating Screen by Sasha Sykes

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Alba Yruela

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Example: When I was 17, I spent and entire day covering every surface in my bedroom in white. White sheets, white objects, white clothes, etc. I wore all white and photographed myself in my room, which at this point really wasn't my room anymore. Then, I wore all black. It was an entirely ordinary, homemade set and I was just an overly creative teenager, but it felt surreal. Being in someplace familiar, but no longer feeling familiar myself. Visual comparisons are the basis of how we ground ourselves in reality. Things make sense because of comparison. I guess right now it's al about playing with that dynamic. We only understand things in relation to each other.

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Ann Collier

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Mayasa Chiba

Sunday Book Review

Book review time! 

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I just read straight through The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson. I'm not too shy to say that when I started this book, I was in a rut. A pretty deep rut, actually. And obviously, reading a book doesn't entirely change your life. They help, but you are still responsible for the heavy lifting of actually enacting change. But for what it's worth, Manson is an honest and upfront voice that makes you want to implement his tools. He doesn't talk around things, and he's willing to get into some of the nitty-gritty that is hard to write about. I mean literally, the main chapters of the book are called things like: Happiness is a Problem, You Are Not Special, and You're Wrong About Everything. The list goes on, but I feel like we all get the gist. 

Manson finds creative ways to make harsh realities seem inspirational. He turns them on their head in a way that is uplifting, but still centers the responsibility on you. My personal biggest takeaway was about personal values, and the importance of creating internal values. That means if your value is "I want to got a promotion", that centers on someone else taking the action to decide to give you a promotion. No personal responsibility, and once its achieved, you'll be without a goal again. Having to come up with new goals again and again make them superficial, and if completing your goal depends on someone/something else, it's going to be frustrating, and ultimately unfulfilling. By comparison, if your value is something like "Be honest with people", it depends on fully on you. This means that you can make the choices to live by that value again and again, and be proud. of yourself for following it. It have no end, so you can go by it forever. It is a value that you can both have and chase, which is the mark of a good value.

ANYWAYS, I could go on with lots of other great point from this book, but you should go and find them for yourself! Ok. book rant over! Happy Sunday guys!