One. Whether creativity is at the core of what we do for a living, or just at the periphery, to keep us sane and interested, Elizabeth Gilbert has an interesting take on it. “You can’t get rid of fear but fear is boring” strikes a particular chord. Ms. Gilbert has written a book and given a Ted Talk on the subject but here are her 11 tips, condensed.
Two. Jane Fonda wrote a very personal piece for Lenny on finding feminism and how her idea of it evolved over time. Among her reflections, two thoughts are particularly sad: “The culture that incubated in me since childhood insists that to be loved, a female has to be perfect: thin, pretty, having good hair, being nice rather than honest, ready to sacrifice, never smarter than a man, never angry. This didn’t matter so much when I was a strong, feisty tomboy during childhood. But when I hit adolescence and the specter of womanhood loomed, all that mattered was how I looked and fit in. My father would send my stepmother to tell me to lose weight and wear longer skirts.”
“I continued to try to be perfect on whatever level the man I was with wanted, willing to forgo emotional intimacy and betray my own body and soul if honestly speaking with my true voice might mean losing him. (Trust me, my Oscars should be for my private life.)”
Which goes to show that it is never too late to find one’s voice and all that shines is not glitter or some such (you can read the entire piece at Lennyletter.com).
Three. A young and talented girl goes to work for an ad agency. She finds the work financially remunerative but soulless. How she goes about changing that, becoming the Artful Vandal is inspirational and quirky. Found by sofagirl in her internet meanderings.
Four. Italian food has conquered the world – touting my own horn here. Authentic Italian food maybe less so. And in a quest for authenticity when it comes to food, many cooks look to the source and travel to Italy where cooking schools for foreigners have sprouted up everywhere. But if a travel budget is not in the cards, you can find the same experience right here in LA, where Roman born and bred Elisabetta Ciardullo will unlock the secrets of Roman cooking and other Italian delights. Her private and group lessons are a lot of fun – and you get to eat the bounty at the end (and if you are not into cooking, her company also caters).
Five. When I go too long without gazing at art, my soul nudges me and tells me it’s time to find some solace, and I made a promise to myself not to let a week go by without some art in it. It doesn’t have to involve museums, or money, or world renown masterpieces. Art can be found anywhere: a tucked away gallery, a mural, a book. Art makes us better humans and it makes the world a more worthwhile place. The Phoenix Art Museum, where this sign is hanging, agrees with me.