I’m not a DIY-er. I’ve never been to Maker Faire. I get takeout too often, and I buy things on Etsy I could make for 1/10th of the price.
But on the rare occasions (outside of work) when I do create something myself – be it a pie, an origami crane, or an HTML birthday card for my boyfriend – my brain shifts gears. I feel more satisfied, more curious, and more energetic when I’m making than when I’m consuming.
And so…I’m embarking on an effort to make stuff more often. “Make stuff” is a pretty nebulous mandate, and I aim to keep it that way. I don’t want to define any particular kind of product. It’s much more about relishing logistics, finding purpose in details, and being intentional about your actions.
My goal: make at least one thing a day. I’m not too worried that it be something new or challenging. I just want to do it.
In that spirit, I started with chocolate chip cookies tonight. I’ve made them dozens of times in my life, but I still found it gratifying. I loved the poof of flour when mixing it into the butter, the mini crisis of baking soda vs. baking powder, the uneducated guess about when to take the cookies out of the oven. I loved those moments even more than eating the results.
Here’s to making. To making consistently yet unobsessively. To making joyfully.
Last week at SXSW Interactive, I led a panel called “Why Can’t Startups and Advertisers Play Nice?” We had a great conversation and a great turnout.
Above is the graphic recording of the panel, courtesy of Ogilvy Notes. If you want to hear the full podcast of the event and read more about the panelists, check out http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_IAP6015.
Why Can’t Startups and Advertisers Play Nice?
Speakers: Charlie Taylor, Gloria Lin, Jay Adelson, Kaitlyn Trigger
Captured by: Stephanie von Dressler
I need this for Tartine Bakery. Any willing engineers?
A new two-for-one book deal in India makes Count Vronsky’s behavior a little more understandable. I also wonder what Roger Moore would look like in drag.
Too close to home?