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Election Day, 2016

I got an email newsletter from my yoga teacher Stacey Rosenberg today, which had a really great line in it. I thought I’d whip up a graphic to share on social media today.

“Whether you like Hillary Clinton or not, a vote for her rejects the hateful rhetoric of her opponent. A vote for her sends a loud and clear message about what kind of country we want to live in. It tells the world who we are. A vote for her shows that LOVE trumps hate.”

LOVE trumps hate

Pinterest, the new form of hoarding?

I’ve spent ‘many an hour’ getting sucked into adding images to my Pinterest account. I love that I can stumble upon images that speak to me in a variety of ways, and ‘pin’ them to rediscover later. This process has replaced tearing photos out of magazines and adding them to a giant storage bin (or, more realistically, a pile of clutter that may sit around my living room for months). So, this transformation is a good thing for my daily living environment.

The downside I’ve noticed is that I can literally spend hours going through blogs, or my Google Reader feed, clicking into posts and pinning images┬áthat catch my eye. I do enjoy this. It’s like the weekend morning ritual I learned from my mom–it’s a great thing to do while sipping coffee and taking in the morning sun. And now that the images are glowing on my computer screen, I can look at them during other times of the day without being affected by the unpleasant yellow glow of light bulbs.

So, I spend many hours collecting, collecting, collecting. And then what? I close my laptop and move on to something else. I guess I’m saving my new inspirations for another day somewhere in the future, when I can look upon them and actually use the inspiration for some creative endeavor. Or will I?

As a creative and visual person, I find myself stimulated by the process of collecting inspiration. I love the idea of curating a collection of beauty–it’s a way to showcase my taste and visual aesthetic by showcasing the amazing talent I see in others. It sets me apart from others like me, since no two people have the same outlook on what is considered beautiful.

As I tag images, I automatically sort them into collections, to make it easier for referencing later. If these collections begin to develop a sub-theme, I then sort that theme into it’s own collection. I definitely do reference my collections for inspiration when doing creative work, so I know the whole process is beneficial. The part I get hung up on is spending large amounts of time in one sitting, and not having anything physical to show for my efforts. Have I just spent the past few hours hoarding? Is this a digital form of collecting clutter?

I really want to fight against the notion and physical sensation of the act of hoarding. I don’t want to gather for the sake of gathering. I want there to be a real purpose, since that is my intent of collecting in the first place. I do not want my time collecting beauty to become a way of avoiding the unexciting needs of my daily life. I can be inspired by these images. I can make a workspace that looks “like that”. I can have a home that looks “like that”. The common thread I see in all the interiors I’m inspired by is the lack of clutter. Ironic, isn’t it?

I guess the thing I need to remind myself is that I do have great ideas, and great intentions, and the ability to bring these ideas to fruition. I just need to turn off my computer, and go do it.