We are fashioned by what we love…

finn and a storm

Last night’s storm left a dreary morning sky. It didn’t even change at two pm when my room usually lights up. It is nearly five pm now, and the sky looks the same. Days like this mess up my internal clock and stunt my productivity.

I spent two hours prepping the mini-sketchbooks for shipping and took advantage of the daze-day weather with Finn. I brainstormed a few new project ideas and made some decisions.

No. 1
November’s goal is health + fitness, but I’m a quitter.

My monthly goals are suppose to help me become the best Emelie possible. In my book, the “best Emelie possible” is a refined and disciplined version of whom I am now.

I learned Emelie Sanders is not athletic and would prefer to spend early mornings making art, not running in cold weather. So, I’ve changed November’s goal into achieving personal health. As in, getting plenty of sleep, eating portion sizes and choosing healthier alternatives. An example of personal health is replacing cow milk with almond milk and eating half my weight in ice cream, not my entire weight.

I am not perceiving this as a failure, but a success. I am learning what goals may be unnecessary and adjusting them.

No. 2
Guy-brows” are so IN right now, and I love it.

I have almost-black hair, but my eyebrows are basically invisible. Naturally, they’re straight, and “guy-brow” shaped so instead of keeping them perfectly plucked, I like to fill them in with eyebrow gel/powder. This slightly weirds out my family, but I love it.

No. 3
A proper artist is a collector, not a hoarder.

A collector selects carefully, with a purpose in mind and a focus. Austin Kleon says,

There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.

I realized this is applicable to more than finances. The people I surround myself with and the items or memories I choose to hold onto influence me. If one wants to be a brilliant writer, one must read and practically live amongst books.

My desire is to contribute to the arts. So, I need to selectively choose the influences in my life. Similar to how I’m a remix of my parents’ genes, I’ll be a remix of my surroundings.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” -Goethe

One Comment

  1. Maggie wrote:

    I’m really in love with the natural eyebrow trend. (Though that partially comes from my desire to not mess with my hair/face/body due to expectations.)
    The idea that we are shaped and fashioned by what we love and, more so, what we are surrounded by, is fascinating. People’s behavior in relationships tends to stem from the relationships they are surrounded with, their taste in music is either influenced positively or negatively by what their family and/or friends enjoy, etc. Surroundings have so much say in who you become.
    I’m also a quitter when it comes to health and fitness. You are certainly not alone. I’d much rather curl up on my bed with a good book than go out and run a mile.