For January’s book club, we’re reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I started reading the book during the holidays and was so inspired by it that we had to switch our schedule that we included first in our line up–it’s that good. Her view on “becoming” is that you are not static and always in the process of becoming something more or better–a new and improved version of yourself. It couldn’t have hit home more because it’s something I’ve been focused on the last few months.
I really got behind this idea especially after assuming a new identity this last year–mother. The past few weeks I’ve really been trying to focus on WHAT and WHO I want to do/be because my time is not always my own and I need to make better choices in how I spend it. This past year I’ve mostly been in survival mode as I navigate the transition into managing a new human being along with a group of people to help me watch him (turns out, managing childcare is like managing another company) all the while trying to be good at my job and admittedly, not doing a great job of it. I’ll talk more about my experience later, but it got me thinking about all the things that we can BECOME. And I wanted to provide hope in that idea as it’s seemed overwhelming to me recently. As I was thinking on the subject, I was thinking of those who I would love to talk to about my personal dilemma and then I thought, WHY NOT ASK THEM?!
SO, I decided to put our normal crafting calendar on pause and serve up some interviews with people whom I admire and find out their thoughts about becoming. We all take such different walks in life and I find it useful to learn from those who have gone before me. I love learning about failures and successes so I can make more informed decisions myself. Thus, we have about twenty interviews lined up over the course of the next few weeks. They touch on a variety of subjects in the creative world and come from different backgrounds, races, and ages. BTW, if there’s someone you’re really wanting to hear from, let me know in the comments and we can reach out to them.
I’m kicking it off with an interview with the OG design blogger, Design*Sponge founder, Grace Bonney. Grace announced last week that this is the final year of the long-running (15 years!) Design*Sponge. Her announcement comes at a time when a number of blogging and digital publishing pioneers are massively changing their existing structure and I’ve been actively interested in learning the whys, hows, what nexts about each one because the same pains they are going through are what we’ve been going through here at Lars. Learning from design publishing giants like Grace is one way that I can pay homage to the great work she’s contributed for it is because of Design*Sponge that I started Lars. For that I will be forever grateful. She elevated digital publishing with carefully constructed content, pushed for equality people, and stayed true to her values–something you don’t see as often these days. With the size of her platform, she could have done a great many things to make a lot of bucks, but she preferred focusing on creating meaningful and original content.
We are so pleased to kick off the series with Grace today.
Becoming: Interview with Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge
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