everyday life

A good resolution

Published by Lori Pickert on January 2, 2012 at 09:15 PM

hat tip: Maria

Capacity for wonder — check

Published by Lori Pickert on September 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM


Over the past week I’ve twice heard twenty-somethings wonder whether kids growing up today, kids who were practically born with iPhones in hand, will still have the capacity for wonder. Yesterday as a present for his first day of second grade I brought home an erasable gel pen for my iPhone savvy six year old. After a brief demonstration, he spontaneously hugged me, “I’ve been waiting for this pen my entire life!” I think the kids are alright. — Raul Gutierrez, via Bobulate

This made me smile. Have a good weekend, friends.



Published by Lori Pickert on August 9, 2011 at 01:43 PM

From yesterday’s post: “[I]t’s another [thing] to experiment with your own children.”

Just a few ways I’ve experimented with my kids lately:

• Tracking down a thrift-store typewriter for the son who’s writing detective stories.

• Letting my 11-year-old turn my only closet into an animation studio.

• Underwriting hosting costs for the 14yo who taught himself to build sites with Drupal.

• Getting them a microphone for podcasting and film editing.

Have you experimented with your kids lately?

Creating an encouraging workspace

Published by Lori Pickert on September 23, 2010 at 03:24 PM

One thing we mentioned in A Work of One’s Own was creating a workspace that reminds you of your goals.

Just as we create a workspace for our child that gently reminds her of her own goals, we want to make ourselves a space that

- celebrates what we love

- reminds us of our goals

- encourages us to continue working

Ideally, our workspace should inspire us daily to keep doing the important work of becoming our best selves.

Making this effort sends the same messages to ourselves that we want our children to get from their space:

– you are valued

– your work is important

– this is what you care about

– this is what your hard work looks like

– you still have more work to do

– there is joy in work and learning

Our space tells us a story about our daily life and work, about our values and priorities, about our plans and dreams.

What story is your space telling you?

We are designing the lives we want to lead by living and working where we’re happiest on projects that call to us.Jessi Arrington

Sketching together

Published by Lori Pickert on April 8, 2009 at 03:40 PM

We’ve been going out twice a week to sketch together, driving the winding country roads till we see something we want to draw. I like the idea that when we’re done, it will be a book filled with things we see all the time, places we identify with home.