David picked up Vol. 2 of Cereal for me yesterday whilst in London. I’m looking forward to spending the weekend nestled between the pages, reading about our staple tabletop seasonings (salt & pepper), Welsh getaways, and fiery Korean condiments.
Also this weekend, I’m planning on finally making some DIY business cards (my linocutting skills are about to be truly tested), creating more sharable content for The Etiquette Shop, and taking a long walk to TN2 to buy some cheese. I have some homemade, chilli-infused honey sitting in my cupboard and I think it’s about time I crafted a cheese plate to pair it with.
Before I disappear for the weekend, I just wanted to share a few things that have inspired me throughout the week.
- “Connection is why we’re here.” Brené Brown‘s TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, reinforces everything I believe about sharing content and running a small business in the digital age.
- “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” 15 Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss– so creative and so spot-on.
- ”About herself, she said, ‘I’m very kindhearted, naive at times. I’m lost and scared.’” I’ve carried Chris Arnade‘s stories of addiction, brokenness, honesty, and hope with me for over a week now. His lens and words give us a window into a world that is all too easy to ignore and by telling the stories of the Hunt’s Point addicts and sex workers that he’s come to know, to care for, he’s giving them a voice and empowering them. Empowering them to be recognised for what they are, human beings with insecurities, ambitions, families and sorrow, and empowering them to hopefully get clean, get well, too. By ignoring stories like theirs, we simply perpetuate the problem. Let’s not do that. Let’s encourage people who are struggling, who have ugly problems and need help, to do better, be better, and let’s make this world a more beautiful place.