If my mood is controlling my actions, then I'm not acting freely.
I am, then, exactly that ... controlled.
How shocking to truly consider how abstract things steer tangible things but how little I consider which ones are; a mood or a decision.
What might it look like, how might it play out, if my actions were steered by a decision?
A decision made in light of a vision or direction and not by a momentary, fleeting feeling.
Am I a decided person?
How empowering it is to consider that I am only a victim to my feelings if I decide to be.
What have I decided to be or do today? tomorrow? the next day? in light of where I am going.
What have you decided?
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If there was one headlining takeaway for me from my time away, it's that my focus requires just as much thought, intentionality, machinery and precision as anything else that I craft. I learned that focus isn't fleeting, it's the result of a considerable amount of preparation and care.
The last few seasons, I have put my all into every endeavor I could dream of or join in to. And while some were fruitful, most failed and failed hard. So there is also the element of learning to trust myself and keep trusting myself. There are many more failures to come. How do I know? Because I'm overflowing with ideas! Thus, beauty of PROCESS!
For the last 3 months, I was a full time student at Scuola del Cuoio in Florence, Italy. I spent 6 hours a day under the instruction of two master craftsmen in leather handbag production, alongside 18 other students from all around the world. The rest of the time was spent exploring the city, other areas of Italy, museums, building relationships with my international classmates and learning a new way to live (in a foreign country)....