Inspiring People

Dear Laura,

I have had a few days in a row to work in my studio.  It is delicious time.  I have been very busy creating work for the Charleston Supported Art program as well as our upcoming exhibition in May at Studio M in Mystic CT.  I have been very inspired by listening to some of my favorite people and thought I would pass along these resources to our readers as I take a break from my work.  I know some of these people are your favorites too.  Many of these podcasts come from On Being.  Thank you Krista Tippett for bravely taking on these topics!

As we create community and connections with one another Laura (and our audience who are reading this), Seth Godin brilliantly explains why this work is so important to our current culture. How our culture of mass production from the 1950’s on, has turned to small niche communities of real connections.  Click on this picture to listen to his interview.

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Next up is Jon Kabat-Zinn.  His interview is titled “Opening to Our Lives and the Science of Mindfulness”.  One of my favorite quotes is “Silence and reflection could actually tap into deep sources of wisdom and understanding that don’t come through the traditional ways to the intellect”.  I have always valued the intuitive understanding of the world more so than the rigid book and fact method I have been drilled to believe.  His words of wisdom about culture and stress hit the heart of the matter.  I am going today to get his book Where Ever You Go, There You Are.  

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Lastly, I want to share Brene Brown’s thoughts on vulnerability.  She has an excellent way of explaining her own journey on vulnerability having a very type A personality.  Her thoughts on parenting and relationships are so good and have helped me think about how to be a better parent, wife, friend, and co-worker.  She speaks about the importance of adversity through hard times, truly listening to another person (and not trying to solve or fix their problems), and the excellent quote “hope is a function of struggle”.  “Hope is not an emotion, but a cognitive behavioral process.  That we learn hope when we experience adversity, hold relationships that are trustworthy, and that people have faith in our ability to get out of a jam”.  She has one of the most watch TED talks.  Check it out HERE. Click on the picture for her interview by Krista Tippett.

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One more thing.  This little boy makes me smile.  Listen to him.  Take a deep breath.  ~Tina~

“Life is not about who you are.  It’s about what you DO.”- Kid President




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