Letters for Creatives #19: Work-life integration and mental wellness
You are taking a risk if you are not taking care of yourself
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Being able to not think about writing for 2 weeks is incredible. I am not going to lie. It gives me much more space to think, instead of panicking about what to write about next. The quality of the newsletter went down with all these links. I do not particularly like writing these posts with all the links in it. It does not feel right.
I could not change that since I either was interacting on social media, finding resources for you, thinking about or writing the newsletter. It takes away all the time where I do nothing and create. The last time I wrote poetry feels so distinct to me.
Importance of priority
This is when priority becomes important.
Which project do you want to finish first? Put more time in that project. You cannot have it all. Limit your time on social media if you have important projects. You can always go back and catch up. Again, you cannot catch up on everything if you follow more than 600 accounts. Try your best and do not feel guilty. All these advice are for me but also for you if you are burnt out.
I am fascinated by how work will evolve in the future and how ads captivate my attention. It is inspiring to see companies evolve and take employees mental wellness into account.
Future of work
This podcast on the future of work is incredible. Reza Saeedi had a great chat with Nick de Wilde on the future of work. It is so fascinating to hear what others think about the topic. If you are interested in the topic, definitely give it a listen.
This lecture by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull is about how Pixar and other companies work to succeed. It requires a lot of things but having people who work well together is the main component that makes the company a success.
Catmull said that we should copy bad products and make them better, instead of copying the great ones. It reminds me of this James Bond ad that Peter McKinnon did. Even though the ad is great but I think McKinnon made it more dramatic for an ad. McKinnon is a master of making short films and I am fascinated by every short film he made.
At the end of the lecture, Catmull pointed out that something revolutionary happens when artists and technicians work together. It creates something new when you collaborate with someone from a different industry.
I released January prompts in December. Emily wrote an incredible piece using my prompt ‘awareness, growth, purpose, responsibility and forgiveness - peridot’. There is no capitalization and a full stop at the end of the prose as she intended to show the piece this way.
If voices had colours
you would have a silky golden voice, liquid to touch like sunlight glowing in the summer golden hours between strands of hair and trailing off as dusk settles against the tarmac
her voice would look like the glistening white of the first snowfall, cracking ice on a Canadian pond, the rustle of a wedding dress laced with hope and the squeak of cheese against her new teeth
his voice is made of beige hotel walls, bare trees whispering and snapping in the winter wind and rasping with cigarettes from the pack on the mantelpiece
her voice ages like fine red wine, full of berries and oak, rich until death and fragility makes her voice as ragged as the threadbare red kitchen rug, the tassels no longer demonstrate fancy finery
they had a truth which rumbled with purpose in peridot tones, forgiving sins and relinquishing responsibilities in a green reserved for dawn, for olives, for natural and unnatural stones
you will have a voice flooded by African violet petals, so small and so vibrant, you are full of growth and you put down roots immediately, you are so full of ideas.
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Hope you are well.
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