This is me trying to have a better attitude about heat but Cold Girl Summer next year please
Hi from Ireland :)
*updated with current hair*
*LIFE HACK* One book of postcards = 50 small prints! I don’t sell prints, but I DO have a postcard book called Little Gestures, and you are not obligated to use them as postcards. •You could frame one and give it to a friend as a last-minute gift. Cheap! Nice! •You can pin one above your desk at work as whimsical office décor. Cute! Colorful! •You can fold one up and make a paper airplane. I don’t know! It’s your life! Available at big and small bookstores, and now @target 🕺🏽
*Vanessa Carlton voice* Back to San Francisco! I’m delighted to be going to one of my favorite cities to have a conversation at @ciis_sf with the lovely @nicolejgeorges. Come!! Tickets at bymariandrew.com/events or...you know where the link is ^
I’ve blocked out most of high school from my memory so just guessing there
As I watched @skii's docu-series #Timelines, which profiles young women from Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and New York City who are breaking tradition to create their own timelines, I was struck by how rich all their lives were. Joy, fulfillment, richness, success and love come in so many different forms. Above is my personal timeline for the milestones that have been most fulfilling to me in my 32 years! #changedestiny #skiipartner
Today I had the honor of speaking about something very dear to my heart--women defining their own milestones--in celebration of @skii's new Change Destiny campaign along with Katie Couric, Elaine Welteroth, Sophia Amoruso, and Halima Aden. We chatted about marriage culture, our own experience with pressure to conform to societal norms, and the many joys of creating our own timelines. Watch the short film Timelines to hear perspectives from around the world in my stories today! @skii #changedestiny #timelines #skiipartner
Scenes from my workshop over the weekend at @1440multiversity: Before I arrived, the concept of solo teaching over three days was a bit daunting, but I quickly realized how egotistical it was to assume I would be the only one teaching. There were attendees in their twenties, attendees in their seventies, and trees in their...thousands. There were John O’Donahue books in the gift shop, Walton Rotz sculptures around the retreat center, and Lianne La Havas songs playing in the cafeteria. Among all of those phenomenal teachers, every person there brought their own emotional landscape, mental map, and wealth of stories—the wisest teachers we have. It struck me once again how MUTUAL the relationship is between speaker and audience, artist and viewer, writer and reader, forest and wanderer, etc etc. I’m so grateful for the generosity of everyone who gave me their presence, insight, wisdom, and life experience over the weekend; I learned so much from you. And if you wanted to come but couldn’t, you can learn just as much this week from walking through some trees or—my favorite—taking a subway ride in your city. Teachers are all over the place. :)
Also wearing mittens or a hat with a pompom
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, holding these treasured lives and many others in memory with gratitude as we take up the fight for justice for LGBTQIA+ people around the world. Grateful for the transformative and healing work of: @glsen, @immigrationequality, @translawcenter, @redcircleproject, @queerologypod, @sageusa, @smug2004, @rmnetwork, many more
I’m trying to have a better attitude this year 🤪
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I’m writing the schedule for my weekend workshop in July at @1440multiversity, and thinking about these concepts which have been transformative for me. I’ve also been thinking a lot about what it means to lead a workshop or give a talk, because I’m not an expert on anything and I think it’s pretty clear I’m not a trained artist. So I’ve decided what these teaching opportunities really mean to me is that I’m just on this journey with you. I don’t have any knowledge that you don’t already have in you. I can’t teach you anything you don’t already know, deep within your fabulous soul. You do not need me or my art or my words to help you. Any revelation that anyone has guided you to is something you already knew in the back of your heart or mind. What I CAN do, and what I’m VERY grateful to do, is walk alongside you, and what a privilege. Speaker-audience is such a mutual relationship and I am so grateful for the trust, vulnerability, and grace that people have when they attend my events. I do not take your attention for granted, and there’s a good chance I’ll remember your face for a long time. :)
2019 is my ‘year of curiosity’ which means I’ve been saying yes to absolutely every damn thing (so long as it’s aligned with my guiding values) and...it’s getting a little bonkers. It’s beautiful! And bonkers. I’m a person who is anchored by ritual, so I do this little routine whenever I’m feeling frazzled, or out of my gratitude: 1. Slow down 2. Ask myself if I’m making the person in front of me (even if they’re in my phone) feel valued 3. Appreciate something 1. A lot of people think of New York as very fast-paced, but I’ve found it’s helped me slow down tremendously because it’s increased the meaningful interactions with strangers and interesting things to notice in my day-to-day. When feeling stressy, I try to slow down for a second and notice something, even if what I’m noticing is my own thought. I take a breath, look up, and blink my eyes before I say or do the next thing. Game changer. 2. Sometimes I’ll find myself in a conversation thinking about how I want the person I’m with to perceive me, which is not only self-centered but also useless because you cannot control what people think of you. But you can control how you make them feel. No matter if you’re with the love of your life or the bus driver, asking yourself “Does this person feel valued in my presence?” is a good way to work on that. It can reeeeally shift a conversation or small interaction or text when your goal is to make the other person feel worthy and valuable. 3. When a state of gratitude feels a bit daunting or even out of reach, I ask myself “What can I appreciate right now?” Sometimes it’s ‘the color of my apartment’s wall paint’ as I check my email and sometimes it’s more along the lines of ‘the fact that music exists.’ As I type this, it’s raining, and I really appreciate that I’m inside and that there’s a dog in a yellow raincoat within my view. And sometimes that’s all it takes, you know?
Cooking Joys for @greatjones (I illustrated their care card which comes with every order! 🥘)
Oooo what an exciting month! World Pride in NYC and I can’t wait to see a whoooole lot of internet friends! 😍
Postcard from my post-TED vacation on a Greek island 😍 Taking a small break here but I’ll see you when I get back!
What a beautiful experience speaking at @tedxathens today. The audience was so engaged and lovely and I was so appreciative for their attention! I was also so nervous I forgot the T in the word “night” but I remembered the important things :) It still feels surreal, but I’m grateful and excited now to explore a bit more of Greece! PS. I’ll share the video when it’s available 💗
All my creative energy this week is going toward my talk at @tedxathens, but here is one from the archives as I’ve been thinking a lot about what it might look like to treat these bruises.