I watched the film Sparrows Dance last night, and it made me consider all the ways I trap myself in my own head and heart. The movie beautifully captures fear of the unknown (and perhaps more poignantly, fear of the known). And it reveals how vulnerability and personal connection can make safer these scary places. A lovely film, if you’re looking to add to your watch queue.
To balance the confining, suffocating feeling of Sparrows Dance, I pulled together some links to articles, ideas and videos about exploration, mapping, charting life. Enjoy.
These are amazing modern-day Age of Discovery maps - Your Road Trip, Reimagined as a Glorious 16th Century Map
In my most present-minded moments, I close my eyes and strain to hear all the sounds around me – Sound Is…
This choreography makes me want to explore (and then dance in) every empty dance studio in Boulder - Yanis Marshall – Illusion
On charting our own careers—and those who we work with - Letter to a Junior Designer
On the power of shared warm drinks, conversation, and respect for our elders - Days of Tea and Honey: Memories of a Quiet Iraq
I get squeamish just watching this - Living without air: Notes from the world’s best freediver
I’ve been measuring, taking count, noting moments of life.
During my work days, I’m a list-maker. I write to-do lists mostly because I have a miserable memory. But I realized they weren’t helping me see my overall progress. So I started keeping a “Today I Accomplished or Created….” google spreadsheet. It has two columns: date column, and Accomplished or Created column. I keep it simple and specific: “Outlined next week’s blog post with partner” or “Drafted v1 sponsor satisfaction 5-question survey.” After just a month of making these notes, I’m noticing patterns and gaps in my day-to-day. Surprisingly, this silly practice has seduced me out of the forest and onto a mountaintop. Forget about getting lost in email or having my focus interrupted by pesky tasks; I’m now making darn sure I can say I accomplished or created something significant each day.
On the topic of measuring, this article is so good. “Almost every 8 day included some element of novelty” - I tracked my mood every hour for a month. Here’s what I learned about happiness
I miss working with Sarah Bray, but fortunately she’s always cooking up cool projects - Hello, Month
The powerful ways in which we are capable of forgiving—and reconciling - Portraits of Reconciliation
I spent 5 years working in the restaurant industry. I still learned some things about tipping - Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping
This essay knocked the wind out of me, then pulled me back to my feet and gave me a swift kick in the britches - When You’re at the Crossroads of Should and Must
I’ve been obsessing over France. I even created a Pinterest board (and we all know that means business) - Why French Women Wear Scarves