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Hey gang,

Here today, gone mañana. No newsletter next week! I'm going to Mexico with Laurie and Andrea.

xo, avw 

Happiest with paintbrush! 

I am trying hard to relax into painting. There are other projects that the guilty part of me keeps shouting and pointing towards. ...sigh, 1st year zine. Truth is, the only thing I want to work on nowadays is painting and this newsletter. So here we are. I really enjoyed this week's progress. Want to peruse my newest paintings? You got it. 

Also: I'm obsessed with this collection of shots from Paris Fashion Week. I'd love to paint some of them in the near future. (Sharing for some level of accountability/putting it out into the universe.)

Big Magic goes POOF. 

I tend to methodically chew through one book on creativity at a time. I just finished Big Magic. One bite I’ll remember it by is this quote by our friend fierce trust... 

"You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don't understand the outcome." 

I was going to ask what ya’ll for the next book, but nah. I have one teed up and rather overdue. After a number of IRL serendipitous mentions Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds is next. 

Did you know...? 

San Francisco has a Poet Laureate. (News to me!) Kim Shuck is speaking at The Ruby next month, and I am stoked/curious. 

A favorite follow... 

Author Rabih Alameddine regularly shares poetry, art, and gif perfection from his Twitter account. I can't stay away from the platform (oh, the horror) so what he collects and puts back into the world is much-needed grounding levity. If you could use more of the same, follow @rabihalameddine.
Breathe in and out a couple times. It'll help.

If you know someone who would enjoy something tangentially related to this, forward it to 'em. 

Thank you, friend! 
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