unsolicited advice

  • We can't go back to yesterday

    "We can't go back to yesterday", 12x16 inches. Watercolor and graphite. 2016.

    You keep looking behind you, to get back to this moment. When your heart was full, you had more money, you were more naive. But looking back, at that period in time, is only keeping you from building something better. Don’t use that as your measurement for greatness. 

    You can stand taller, reach farther, more assertive, be more vulnerable. Even when you know you’re going to get stung again. But that willingness to be hurt, to be vulnerable, is strong and beautiful. I hope you recognize your worth. If you don’t, allow yourself to take opportunities you don’t think you’re good enough for. 

    Make friends with people who seem cooler than you. They might be thinking the same thing about you, honestly. That you’re too cool for them. And while we’re being honest. Ditch those friends who you’re constantly there for, but aren’t there for you on the small chance you ask for help.

    You’ll ache for a while, be a bit lonely. But once you start to realize what you need, better people will come to your life. Make a new measuring stick, make a better life. You’ve outgrown your old one.

    (Pssst, this is my piece for “Camp is a Tender Feeling”. So if you’re in Montreal in July, please attend our Camp gallery/ pop up shop. I'll also have small prints and a selection of enamel pins!)

  • I want you to fail

    Everything you create must be life changing. The best thing anyone has ever made. Something people will write about, praise you for, and roll money into your bank account. You will be an innovator. 

    Here’s why that’s complete bullshit. Making mistakes is fantastic! We can create if we don't think hard, for hours and hours. You might come up with something funny, charming, or beautiful in a few minutes. Once you’re relaxed.

    When you start to think about what people will think of you (or what you want to get out of it). This thing you want to create has to be perfect right? When you focus on the result, rather than the present moment, you become stuck.

    Perfection is a trap that kills your creativity. It creates fear. You become immobile.

    Suddenly incapable of creating, even if you’ve done it your whole life. Please, give yourself permission to fail. Give yourself permission to fail a lot. You might learn something. It might lead you to something stunning by accident. But when you count on it, you won’t make anything.

    So go out there and start failing. Just start. Now.