The early morning before Seattle wakes up is my favorite time of the day. This morning I left my house at 4:00 AM and drew this chalk mural under the aurora bridge a couple hundred paces away from the Fremont Troll.
The quote reads, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (it is an anonymous quote, however many people believe Albert Einstein coined it – he didn’t).
I hope we can stop judging people by our social norms and start appreciating individual talent and passion. We are constantly comparing one another to traits that can represent only a fraction of our society . Everyone has something to offer; everyone can be a genius in their own right. Let’s start encouraging that type of thinking instead of marking off boundaries on what is “successful” and what is not.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” Theodore Roosevelt
I love you. Go out and follow your passion!
logo provided by Union Gospel Mission
This spotlight is on one of the most amazing places I’ve volunteered: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.
Yesterday I had the chance to volunteer with EarthCorps and help with the restoration of Kiwanis Park in Kirkland. The park is located on Lake Washington and it is simply beautiful. I wanted to do some environmental volunteering and EarthCorps has opportunitites all over the greater Seattle Area.
On Thursday night, with the help of my friend Michelle, we strung see packets on a big oak tree in the middle of Trolley Hill Park in Queen Anne.
This is one of my favorite parks because of the community garden and the beautiful flowers and trees. It is fragrant in the spring and summer and the perfect spot to have moments of deep meditation, to have picnics, or to drink wine with your best friend until late into the night.
It is also the perfect place to find some unexpected magic hanging from the Giving Tree.
The signs were made from recycled cardboard and the seed packets varied from sunflowers to tomatoes to cucumbers to basil to favorite flowers of the honeybees.
I hope the gardeners who share the community garden took some of the seed packets to plant in their patch. And I hope whoever else stumbled upon the Giving Tree found some sort of happiness from it.
Tomorrow I will cut the rest of the seeds down and take home the signs.
P-Patch Community Gardens – Seattle
How to Plant Seeds in a Seed Tray
How To: Vegetable Garden
The Giving Tree – Amazon Link
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement when pursuing our dreams.
Painting was found at Goodwill. I used paint markers to draw on the quote and a permanent marker for the border design. I wrote a few notes on the back to whoever finds this painting. It is located somewhere in Capitol Hill. Hopefully someone decides to take it home!
I hope you have a wonderful day! I love you.
I don’t turn on the radio very much, so I can still listen to Pharrell’s Happy song for hours on end. I hope someone else enjoys it as much as I do still. Or at least cracks a smile if they happen upon these signs.
Located on a one-way street somewhere in Queen Anne.
Signs are made out of cardboard I received from QFC. Cardboard is arguably my favorite medium because it is versatile and free. If you’re in need of cardboard head to your local grocery store and ask for free boxes and they will be happy to give you some!
In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday this post is dedicated to my mother (and father).
This act I did not complete; my parents did. They welcomed a new member into our family on Saturday – an 8 year old dog named Willie Nelson. Continue reading