I am a girl with terrible habits. I forget to drink water, sometimes for days at a time. I ignore parking fines, while they double and triple in amount as they remain unpaid. I don't eat breakfast. I watch too many movies, sometimes propping my eyes open at 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning just to see the end. I never service my car. I buy magazines and books that I never find the right moment to read, the stack steadily growing at my bedside until something gives.
But my very worst habit is this - I fill rather than feed. Now, I'm not speaking of food (though, Lord knows, that's a whole other story to be told!) but rather of INFORMATION. I am your consummate consumer. I'll be working on my laptop, reading off my phone, listening to an album and cueing up a Seth Meyers political comedy skit on YouTube, all at the same time. I am constantly pouring in information to my poor little mushy brain from websites, blogs, articles, books, people, social media, and more - it's a habit I've formed. We are the Google generation, after all. And, in the same feeling that follows an unhealthy McDonalds meal, I find myself constantly bloated - stuffed full of sugary, unimportant, distracting "junk".
I have to go to Perth semi-regularly for doctors appointments, and I have found that the four hour round trip is made to feel much shorter by one of the following - a good phone conversation (very naughty, though I promise it's only hands free) or a good podcast. A couple of years ago, a friend recommended I try the Clever Podcast, run by Jamie Derringer (of Design Milk fame) and Amy Devers (a "designer, maker, and Emmy award-winning TV personality") - these gals are based in the US, and they interview some of the most fascinating creative people in the world, from all sorts of disciplines. My first blog post on here referenced a podcast by Clever featuring arts patron Terry Crews (what an amazing man, so interesting), and other favourites include interviews with people like Aussie artist Gemma O'Brien, American interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and filmmaker/photographer/entrepreneur Gary Hustwit.
But yesterday I listened to the Clever interview with designer, Swiss Miss blogger, and Tattly creator Tina Roth Eisenberg and something about her struck a chord. Firstly, I was so inspired by her ethos as a person and a creative. She champions the "crazy aunt", that unapologetically creative person in your life (for her, a literal aunt) who shows you that it's possible to do, create and conceive of a madcap, colourful life. She is raw and honest. She chooses not to conform to a traditional business model and hands creative control and opportunities over to those she mentors. She MENTORS! She operates using a rule where, if she catches herself complaining more than once about something, she has to either let it go or do something about it. She advocates problem solving with a "flip" - turning the problem on its head to objectively find positives that can come from it. I heard, in her interview and her responses, things that I related to on such a personal level - she even talks about the challenges of her divorce, and her absolute commitment to being a great co-parent. I get it. I got HER.
BUT - Tina and all her wisdom were not the revelation. The revelation (which I conveniently get to have over and over again throughout my life) was how much goodness some real, healthy information can bring to my "diet". And I ask myself as I ask you - are you filling or are you feeding? Whatever the answer is, it's ok - I will never be an advocate for control, regimes, and a strict diet of ONLY practical, wholesome information. Let's face it - a little sugar is fun sometimes. But I think that, for me, the gals at Clever and the words/thoughts of the wonderful Tina Roth Eisenberg have kicked off a time of change for me. A new menu, per se. A stand against mindless consumption, and a greater enjoyment of every "meal" I am lucky enough to sink my metaphorical teeth into!
If you would like to listen to this particular podcast too, click here and do let me know how you think it tastes. Bon appetit!