Инстаграм @thenoisyplume Jillian Lukiwski
I was hoping to stock my shop shelves tonight but must postpone due to patchy rural WIFI. Forgive me. Please pop by tomorrow, November 16 @ 7PM MST, for what will be my final scheduled shop update of 2018. After tomorrow, I’ll be listing new work as I have it made up until I take my Christmas break. ➕Of The West➕
Something I deeply appreciate about Robbie is the way he approaches learning with a beginner’s heart. He doesn’t keep and foster a chip on his shoulder. He brings no ego to the classroom. He’s ok with starting with rock bottom basics and working hard. He enters into learning with energy and openness, takes correction and values it, changes his technique as it’s required and strives to be excellent. I’ve really noticed this in him over the past few years and while I think it’s a part of his personality, I also think it’s a product of his training as a smokejumper (which is ongoing education). Not all smokejumpers are nice guys/gals, but 99% of them are!!!!!! They’re amazing people. While I am definitely biased, I think Robbie falls under the rank of amazing. He’s been helping me with a couple things in the studio these past few weeks and while the learning curve is steep, his smile always looks like this. So many people love you, babe, but no one loves you more than me.
I find the pace of North American culture exhausting. Few of us know the simple pleasure of doing nothing at all. I rarely know that pleasure. I am self-employed as a metalsmith, writer, photographer and farmer. I have a to-do list that grows daily like an irrigated zucchini plant in 95F weather (which is to say, exponentially). I’m not complaining, I love my work and my life, but I do have to force myself to rest. Resting requires some self-control. Working hard is my habit, resting is not, but I like the idea of allowing myself rest before I’m desperate for it. Our aspirations rarely consider or include rest and taking time off tends to be framed as time lost. What if one full day of rest every week allowed us to burn brightly through our work days instead of burning out? Quality rest boosts productivity, it’s good for your body, mind and spirit so go ahead and get some. Everything will be alright. #antihustle @chamachairs . . . I have two questions for you today: 1. Do you keep a weekly sabbath? A day when you allow yourself total rest and the pleasure of doing nothing at all so you can enter your work week without a hitch in your giddy-up? 2. Unrelated but always important — what are you reading right now? Help me curate a book list in this comment section we can all reference and be inspired by. Documentaries and music recommendations are welcome, too. Swipe right to see my current reading stack. . . . Thank you to everyone who contributed a book title to this reading list! You’re super and we all appreciate you so much.
The best part of my day (my guiltiest pleasure) is always horseback, above my section of the Snake, when the canyon is spooling up the last light of day and the quail are calling out before going to roost. There’s no other place I’d rather be. . . . 📸 by @a_leighsmith for @havstadhatco (miss you lovely ladies, and you @idahoney)
From earlier this fall when the weather was warmer, the garden was booming, my pseudo-twin @bethcblackburn was here and Hawk allowed us to double up. Coincidentally, @beccaskinner took this photo. One of my favorite life experiences is when I get the chance to introduce my dearest friends to each other and I witness strangers become fast pals. It’s a testimony to the fact that there’s a ribbon of cohesion that runs through all my relationships, there’s a common thread that unifies the people I choose to have in my life. I’m never surprised when my friends meet each other and love each other, it just makes sense and there’s something so satisfying about watching a circle complete itself. Love you girls. Thankful to navigate life alongside you. Miss you heaps. #hawkthewalker