Inspiration! Roundup: Beautiful News, The Wall, Being Wrong, and More!

A person standing in a snowy forest with the Northern Lights above, lighting the sky up with green and yellow lights.
This Week's "I want to go to there": I want to see the Northern Lights! EVEN THOUGH it means going where it's so so cold.
Photo by Kwan Fung.

Beautiful News

The website Beautiful News Daily takes uplifting news and illustrates it through beautiful infographics. It's a real treat.

The Wall

To mark 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down, artist Patrick Shearn was contracted to make an installation piece - he used 20,000 ribbons to create this beautiful canopy where the wall used to stand.

Being Wrong

“The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”
— Seth Godin

For the Best

I could post one of Asja Boros' pieces every single day and that would be enough inspiration to get me through. I LOVE her work! This is the first one I encountered and it captured my heart:

Too Much Woman

“There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.

There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.

There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.

She is dangerous.

And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.

Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.

She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.

Here I am. . . a Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.

I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.

And still. . . I rise.”

— Ev’Yan Whitney, from The Sexually Liberated Woman

Oooooooh boy. Did that get you in the gut? It got me in the gut.

Kinetic Characters

Get a nice giggle out of Lucas Zanotto's adorable kinetic character animations:

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