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There are a lot of inspirational people in our world and Tania of The Writing is one of them. She shared this nytimes article that resonated with us because it's a topic that we cover with our clients all the time- PERMISSION

Whether you are looking for internal or external validation of your ideas- very often the biggest roadblock to reaching our desired outcomes is giving ourselves permission to do them. 

It can sound trite and oversimplified- but we are constantly challenging ourselves to do "the thing" and hopefully this article can do the same for you. 

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today's inspiration

We miss Sir David Bowie more and more everyday, here's a little inspiration from the man himself about authenticity, creativity and how to push yourself. 

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inspiration: what is colour?

 

Maison Martin Margiela Interview Script (1998)

What is colour?
An intensity, a temperature, a clash, a harmony.

AND

How do you use it?
When it asks.

What is black?
An absence, a presence, a mood, a mantle.

What is red?
A blush, a flush, a fever, a command.

What is skin?
A protection.

What is fabric?
A Medium.

What is texture?
A result of time.

What is construction?
A means to an end.

What is function?
A reply to a need.

What is art?
A Need to reply.

What is craftsmanship?
A fruit of time.

What is clothing?
The final layer.

What is fashion?
A series of propositions.

What is recycling?
Another chance.

How does recycling fit into your work?
By Nature.

How does a concept develop at Maison Martin Margiela?
Time, a question, a reply.

How does a concept develop at Hermes?
Time, another question, another reply.

What would you like to develop? Besides Clothing?
An understanding.

What words do you live by?
We.

(Ends)

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2016

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.
and there never was.

-Charles Bukowski

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