The (lovely and adorable) blog The Little Things We Do posts fill-in-the-blanks for everyone to answer and post to their blogs every Friday... Here are my answers for this week.
1. My favorite quote is: Oh, I have so many... Anais Nin has said some of the best, I think. Two favorites from her are,
"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and stay in it."
One of my other favorite quotes is from the author Joseph Campbell, who said,
"We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
2. A bad habit I have is: bottling things up. I'm a private person and I really don't like being angry or upset, so sometimes I just ignore those particular emotions. Usually this works fairly well, and I'm generally very happy, but it has the unfortunate side effect that when unwanted feelings do start rattling their carefully locked internal doors, it can turn into a riot with everything insisting on being heard all at once.
3. The first time I felt like a "grown-up" was: when I started developing routines for myself at school-- tea in the morning (and afternoon and night), getting fresh flowers for my room every week, and going up to the High Line park to read and journal and people-watch. ...Okay, and the first time someone asked me for directions in New York, that was pretty exciting.
4. Weekends are: when I'm at my most productive. I like having long stretches of uninterrupted time to do schoolwork and make things and edit photos for my Etsy shop. I also love how quiet the city is on weekend mornings.
5. When I was a child, I wished my name was: Julia, so that the song John Lennon wrote could be about me. But then I read The Beatles Anthology when I was ten or so and found out it was about his emotionally distant mother and then I was perfectly happy just as Julie.
6. I wish: that courtesy would come back into style. I know this is going to make me sound old and cranky, but I haaaaaaate it when people are rude, and it seems like so much of what makes up popular culture right now is based on the idea that being rude and mean and snarky is funny. It isn't.
7. A secret I have is: I do my best preliminary design sketches when I'm in my big blue cozy chair, with newsprint and a 64-count box of Crayola crayons.