You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else - that's how you'll get ahead. (p. 19)
Kleon, A. (2012). Steal Like An Artist. Ten Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. Workman Publishing Company: New York.
When I feel overwhelmed or stressed or lose my center, I draw on one or all of these things. Be kind & be useful. Slow way, way down. Let the world speak to you. Rest your mind on your breath. I am only as good as the company I keep. How can I best support my own vulnerability. Compassion is the highest form of critical thinking. My life—which includes my work—is only as good as I feel. Try to put how you want to feel ahead of what you want to be or even do. This is what I'm doing, this thing, right now; drop the words, stick with the feeling. Be ready for opportunities & openings as they come along; change is the only constant. Go toward the good—the good people, the good moments—& let the rest of the static, noise & drama fall away. While we're breathing—which is miraculous, and won't be happening some day—all we're doing is learning and growing. That's all, learning and growing...
Six simple rituals:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh.
2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete.
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.
4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things.
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?”
walking is the most ordinary of activities [but] no one is ever praised for being a good walker
At school Jing “was the type of nerd that loved assignments, because I always needed parameters or a prompt to get started,” similar to the process between an art director and illustrator. Jing also gravitated towards “the problem-solving aspect of illustration”, as an attribute in-line with her personality.