Mags Loves Jimi

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” ― Frida Kahlo

Busy Beings… | Note to Self

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I lied and said I was busy.

I was busy;

but not in a way most people understand.

 

I was busy taking deeper breaths.

I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.

I was busy calming a racing heart.

I was busy telling myself I am okay.

 

Sometimes, this is my busy –

and I will not apologize for it.


– Brittin Oakman Poetry, Anxiety Doesn’t Knock First

*via The Artidote

#Untitled 48 (Two of a Kind)

 

We stand, two of a kind.

Drawn in by numbers and figures –

dates for data (minding our pasts).

I saw her in you as you saw me in you. Were we fools, to begin with, or has love done something crazy (immaculate)?

I see not her, but me in her… (I guess a past of the past too.)

If I could visualise a space where we too could meet, right at the middle, it would be because we’re two of a kind.

So then, do you remember which one

is me?

Free Yourself | Today I Will…

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Working for free (but working for yourself)

Freelancers, writers, designers, photographers–there’s always an opportunity to work for free.

There are countless websites and causes and clients that will happily take your work in exchange for exposure.

And in some settings, this makes perfect sense. You might be making a contribution to a cause you care about, or, more likely, honing your craft at the same time that you get credibility and attention for your work.

But just because you’re working for free doesn’t mean you should give away all your upsides.

Consider the major publishing platforms that are happy to host your work, but you need sign away your copyright. Or get no credit. Or give the publisher the right to change your work in any way they see fit, or to use your image (in perpetuity) and your reputation for commercial gain without your oversight or participation…

Now, more than ever, you have the power to say “no” to that.

Because they can’t publish you better than you can publish yourself.

It doesn’t matter if these are their standard clauses. They might be standard for them, but they don’t have to be standard for you and for your career.

Here’s the thing: you’re going to be doing this for a long time. The clients you get in the future will be the direct result of the clients you take today. The legacy of your work down the road will be related to the quality of the work you do today.

It’s your destiny and you should own it.

Freelancers of all kinds need to be in a hurry. Not a hurry to give in to one-sided deals and lousy clients. Instead, we need to be in a hurry to share our bravest work, in a hurry to lean into the opportunity, in a hurry to make work that people would miss if it were gone.

Via Seth’s Blog

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Sending Signals

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All journeys are solitary. For me to say I need you to come along is misplaced faith. You don’t meet people on your journey, you meet them in theirs.

Balancing Act | This Month I Will

This month I will:

Keep no record of wrongs (or at least try). Be more accountable with time management. See stress as awareness. Hug my brother more. Allow me to be parse with my goals. Learn how to engulf myself in everything I love without being selfish – a balancing act of plans and goals.

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Face/Off

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#theunsaid

“In every person’s life, around 27 to 29 years old, the stars and the planets align themselves to exactly the way they were when you were born. You’re faced with yourself. There’s no running away.”

Lykke Li

Art by Archan Nair

via Berlin ArtParasites

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The danger in pretending is not the quality of our imagination but the slow decrease of our true destination. Life will always remind us of the kind of people we are, deep down. The kind of mechanics we have that keep us moving. It can be a harsh glow of the fragile, tiny yet extensive vessels we are. We run into ourselves while simultaneously trying to escape from ourselves. We ask, and then question, the different states we reside in. Never truly believing in our victories and fallacies.

Is this what I think I am feeling?

Am I who I say I am?  

Or are we only ever who we try to be? -Trying to be the you that you want, while understanding that one can only ever be…

oneself.

We are not just who we aren’t.

So then, who are you?

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New Year, New You | Seasonal Semantics

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Around this time of the year we all want to relax – to reflect on what we already know, what we have come to know and to whom we have shared this with.

Mags Loves Jimi is a space for reflection and curation and always has been. In this space I am free to let go, unwind, unravel, encompass, entertain and most importantly, create growth through retrospection – all of which added to the good year that was 2016.

I have had my ego bruised, vindicated, inflated and acknowlegded throughout the peaks and valleys of the year. I came to discover a new found sense of freedom and confidence… accompanied by an overwhelming sense of responsibility. As I delve deeper into my late late 20s I am constantly reminded that we are all a working progress that knows nothing except either we want to change or not. My prayer is that we all continue to be present in our loved one’s lives – the people who uplift, propel, enrich and protect us as we do them. If 2016 showed us anything it’s that life is shorter than we believe, that our pain matters and that laughter is a truly amazing gift.

So I hope as you read this you are reminded of a moment where you laughed so hard you thought you’d cry (and maybe you did). As always I am appreciative of the journey thus far and I hope this shows not only in the pretty and nice words but in thoughtful action.

Happy New Year!

Bottoms up… Or down – depending on how you like it 😉.

No judgement.

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“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”

Fancy You Should Say That | #AdviceToWriters

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We Fret About Words

We fret about words, we writers. Words mean. Words point. They are arrows. Arrows stuck in the rough hide of reality. And the more portentous, more general the word, the more they can also resemble rooms or tunnels. They can expand, or cave in. They can come to be filled with a bad smell. They will often remind us of other rooms, where we’d rather dwell or where we think we are already living. They can be spaces we lose the art or the wisdom of inhabiting. And eventually those volumes of mental intention we no longer know how to inhabit will be abandoned, boarded up, closed down.

SUSAN SONTAG

#AdviceToWriters

Harder, Stronger, Faster

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“Hard is not relative. Hard is hard. Who can tell me that explaining to someone you just declared bankruptcy is harder than telling someone that you just cheated on them? Who can tell me that his coming out story is harder than telling your five-year-old you’re getting a divorce? There is no harder, this is just hard. We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else’s hard to make us feel better about our closets and just commiserate on the fact that we all have hard.”

—Ash Beckham

Acts of the Spirit | Spotlight on Ursula K. Le Guin

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Leave Room for Acts of the Spirit

All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.

URSULA LE GUIN

via Brain Pickings