NEW GROUND

There's something to be said for the act of pathfinding. The first time I headed off into uncharted territory, I was hauling my life's belongings in a box truck across the country, living out the story of my twenties. My young, free spirit struggled between excitement about the new adventure and anxiety about the unknown - the ultimate paradox of change.

What typically followed was a long, counterproductive effort to overcome the discord in my mind. Thankfully, my observations of the natural world eventually taught me that opposing forces are actually vital to a dynamic system. Without embracing the divergent parts of anything, we can never appreciate its integrated whole.

Today I see the dualities of my life not as conflicts that must be resolved, but as signs of self-respect. They're important reminders that I'm living in my truth, allowing both the thrills and the vulnerabilities to enrich me as I grow.

 

Create Your Own Ritual:

Building Blocks, a modern day smudge kit that offers a tangible way to identify what's no longer serving me and MOVE ON. The idea is to read the engraved phrases, and use the enclosed pencil to write your answers on the back side of each reclaimed wood block. Then release these biodegradable chunks of pine into a fire pit, on a hiking trail or in a body of water through a symbolic act of letting go. It doesn't matter if you do it alone or do it with friends. It's your ritual...one step toward letting the optimist have the final word.  $32 for the set.

 

Art With A Hidden Feature:

Freshly installed at the new interior design headquarters for Dawn Cook Design and Bluelens Design, my latest wall feature, "Hive" serves a dual function. Besides providing a visual interpretation of the place where these busy minds connect and create, the piece also includes customized magnets and inset steel shapes so the designers can magnetically pin up swatches, photos, or concept drawings as they meet with clients. See more photos... Earthminded Inspiration: Every now and then I like to feature images that share a glimpse of the world through my eyes. Most of the time, I find inspiration in natural or industrial environments, but sometimes it's in the simple settings of every day life. Here, dripping dew on my bathroom window created repeating irregular contours that will probably inspire a future project.  

 

Earthminded Inspiration:

Every now and then I like to feature an image that shares a glimpse of the world through my eyes. Most of the time, I find inspiration in outdoor environments, but sometimes I find natural beauty in simple settings of everyday life. Here, dripping dew on my bathroom window created repeating, irregular contours that will no doubt influence a future project.

Susie Frazier

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