Why This Blog Is Likely To Bring Me More Joy Than You

From as early as I can remember, I loved to write. In school it was the one topic that never, ever gave me anxiety. Numbers weren't my thing, which ruled out a real love for math and science, and art was known as something people were supposed to judge critically, so my lack of natural talent made me nervous. Therefore, writing was my thing. In my career, every single day, I write. I write for clients and I write to communicate. But, I never make time to do any free writing.

For someone who has had the (eternal) hope of becoming an author for as long as she can remember, but can't seem to focus on a single topic, I'll happily submit content for a blog. Content without parameters, where I can ramble without critics (maybe I'll disable the comments just to be safe?). Maybe I'll share stories about our screen printing business, or maybe I'll tell you about life in Austin or what it's like to be a working Mom who'd love to make the world a better place. If I'm feeling philosophical, maybe I'll write about things of intrinsic value. If I'm being really honest, I know you have too much to read and endless knowledge available at your fingertips on topics I'm completely unknowledgeable about, so that's why I can say with confidence that this blog is likely to bring me more joy than it will bring to you. I hope that's just as fine with you as it is for me. 

I'll also point out that there's a 100% chance that the only contributor here will be me (Jennie), because my husband is unlike me in more ways than just gender. He is good at math, science and art and he's likely off designing something, building something or screen printing tee shirts. So, come back as often as you want. I'll look forward sharing a tale with you from time to time. If you want to chat about something we've shared or about screen printing, Austin or a topic we have a real opinion on, email us at hello@kindredhandicrafts.com. 

For today I'll leave you with this, I think it's meant to be shared. Twice yesterday, twice, this quote popped up right before my eyes. And, I think it was the first time I've ever heard it. Once, the shortened version was attached to my tea bag "plant kindness, gather love" and the second time was when I thinking about what it means to me to spread kindness and looked up a quote on said topic. Obviously the second time wasn't so random, but random enough that I stumbled upon it twice in one day so I thought I'd share it with you (see full quote below, I'm likely to go on another tangent here). In light of living in a world where unfair, tragic things happen and everyone is seemingly angry at anyone who disagrees with their politics, religion or choice of anything all the way down to the food we eat, I'm trying to find balance. Balance that helps me accept that we are all different, we're all important and both sides of every equation is necessary for the other. I do believe there's a right and wrong and I think at our core we all want the same things, but I think something about kindness is the only way to achieve understanding and settle the "score" of each side. I don't know, I definitely don't have the answers, but I do think, if I can "plant kindness and gather love", that I need to become a better gardener or at the very least figure out what that means. 

"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." -Saint Basil

Oh, and back to writing a book. I once had a professor in graduate school who taught a course on Creativity that I was lucky enough to take, for fun. The man was a genius, a leader in his field and someone I looked up to very much. On the topic of writing a book he said even with 15 minutes a day you could write a lengthy book in a year. When he broke it down it made mind-blowing sense, but it's been 13 years and I still haven't written that dang book. But, I'll share the formula with you. And, you'll laugh when you realize it's so simple. Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired and write your book before me. I'll applaud you and we'll move on to the continuous cycle of me telling people out loud I'm going to work on a book (as if it'll motivate me because the world is counting on me) and then I'll get wrapped up into something else and I'll delay my start again. Anyways, what he said was that we (if you've made it this far, I know you're in this with me) should spend 15 minutes writing with wild abandon each day. In a year you'll have 365 pages. You'll likely cut out half and then edit that down a bit, but the actual writing will be knocked out in a year. Heck, you might have enough for a sequel by the end of the year. At any rate, I wanted to share that anecdote and this seemed like the right place for it. In my best AOL voice, "Goodbye". 

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