"do what you love,"
perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur,
the linchpin and maker of change might be,
"love what you do."
If we can fall in love with serving people,
building valuable connections
and doing work that matters,
it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.
- seth godin
we came to austin to do important work
and maybe a little bit of boot shopping...
we quit everything to start over and "do what we love" for a living 10 years ago.
we learned you have to love what you do in order to do what you love.
most of us do hard work that is not the slightest bit highfalutin.
people think we shop and chop pillows all the live long day.
what we really do is...
decide where all the stuff should go
move the wicked heavy stuff
help people let go of the notsogreat stuff
search for the cool stuff in hot attics
iron and steam the wrinkly stuff
wire, measure, and hang the stuff on the walls
assemble the stuff with bazillion parts
organize the stuff
try not to get sweat on the stuff
clean the stuff
take the garbagey stuff to the dump
vacuum under and around the stuff
take and edit photos of the stuff
write about the stuff
squeeze into tiny spaces for the sake of the stuff...
we gotta do the hard work if we wanna do the important work.
when our hard work is done, people come home and see the beauty in their stuff.
peace and contentment follow.
we already have everything we need to live a beautiful life.
glennon doyle melton calls this awakening of gratitude for what we already have
i guess that makes us
by christina britt lewis
photography by angela statzer
stop buying stuff.
reject retail therapy.
ignore the aisle of perpetual temptation at target.
most of us have everything we already need to make our house our home...
a better lamp is not the secret to a beautiful home, a better PLACED lamp is.
so when you are feeling all notgoodenough
skip the store and shop your home
start by emptying the room of everything but the furniture...
place your furniture so that you can easily see and hear the people you love
the real people
not the tv people
only put back...
stuff you love
stuff that tells your story
stuff that makes you feel all warm and happy inside
give away whatever is left
donate therapy trumps retail therapy
so hop in the car and go straight to goodwill
gotta feeling you are gonna love coming home
christina for all
when i walked in her home i think i may have offered her a job.
she has impeccable taste, makes her own window treatments, and feels all kindred spirity.
i think i may have tried to convince her she didn't need us,
but she convinced us right back that she did.
'cause the thing is...
she didn't love coming home.
so we helped her love what she already had all over again
by rethinking, recycling, repurposing, rearranging, and redesigning...
their little people are a hoot and a half
look what she made with an ikea frame and some fabric and spray paint
i mean, seriously.
see what i mean?
what we did with that authentic cart coffee table tomorrow
happy wednesday, beautiful people
christina for all