Katherine's journey to Europe continued with a visit to France. Keeping with her visual inspiration of design and color, the fusion of bright white stone and light blue accents caught her eye and begged her to document the experience.
We’ve all had days when celebration seems inconsistent with our true circumstances: when merry-making and festivities may be alright for them but is a misrepresentation of how we’re truly feeling that moment. When this happens, we find ways to opt out, to stay home, to withdraw. And why not? We don’t feel like joining in.
A few years ago, I flew down to South Carolina for my grandmother’s birthday party and surprised my whole family there. I jumped out from behind a pillar as my parents were arriving, and seeing their faces was priceless. I have long loved surprises. It could be the simplest thing — like a new pen or dark chocolate bar from a friend — but if it’s a (good) surprise, I love it.
How about you? Do you love surprises or hate them? Any stories of a time a surprise went really well or time it was a total disaster? We'd love to know!
As a child growing up in Southern California, my experience of seasons was limited. Passing time was marked by a new school year and a new soccer team, little else. It wasn’t until I moved away at eighteen to pursue a liberal arts degree in the Midwest that I saw my first snowfall. It was October 16, 2002, and on that day I became hopelessly smitten by the novelty of changing seasons.
Laura and Madison are on a fall break trip with friends, and their days have consisted of more jokes and pumpkin beer and less news and opinion. No Five & Five today. Hope you had a great weekend, and we'll catch you next week!
In her recent venture overseas, Katherine was able to capture the unique vegetation of the Scottish Highlands and English landscapes. The natural beauty stretching for miles with its rugged, moody landscapes inspired her creative eye to contrast the differences between the wild Scottish forestry and the serene English countryside.
Madison Peace and Avery Reed are the tag-team duo who make the inner workings of In Earnest happen. The friends plan and edit content, reach out to authors and illustrators, connect with different artists, and make each day at IE happen. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how In Earnest is run.
For more than the last 365 days, I’ve been taking myself more seriously.
I’ve been making art.
Madison “Editor-In-Chief” Peace emailed me on May 31, 2013, and pitched an idea to me for a series on their yet-to-debut magazine, In Earnest. She said she would like someone to handwrite a vocabulary word to demonstrate IE’s value of learning. I’m sure she asked me because she knew that Ginger Oakes and I had been practicing our calligraphy for a while. So I agreed. It sounded like an invitation to do something and to be a part of something special.
After working late one recent Friday, I was catching up with my boss when she arrived home at the end of the night. I told her that I had several family members in town for a wedding and had been busy hosting and sightseeing with them for the past few days. As I went on about the “glitch in my schedule” this visit was proving to be and how I was sure I could feel a sore throat from the previous week relapsing, she asked earnestly, “But isn’t it . . . nice?”
I assured her it was and quickly moved on to asking about Monday’s work schedule. My boss scolded me that Monday was a whole weekend away and said, “Enjoy the celebratory times!”
This week, Laura helped launch an exciting new project that we are now going to shamelessly plug! Shared Trade is a global coalition of social enterprises committed to creating healing work environments for women survivors of trafficking, addiction, violence, and extreme poverty. Hop on over to SharedTrade.org to shop for bracelets and necklaces, purses and iPad covers, bow ties and books. In other news…
1. Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever this week for sharing her story and campaigning for girls’ education around the globe. In Earnest’sown Avery Reed wrote a profile of Malala last fall. The New York Times covered the story this week.