Know Thyself

Do you pause and reflect? Go go go, make make make, sell sell sell, buy buy buy is how our modern life goes these days. It is so easy to be constantly distracted and always focused on the next thing. But that pace is unsustainable and unhealthy.

Taking time to pause and reflect on you and your efforts is an important part of the creative process. What worked? What didn’t? What did you enjoy the most? The least? If and when you do it again, any changes? Who loved it? Who hated it? Both views are valid and need to be heard.

So this week, take 30 seconds to 20 minutes, sit quietly and contemplate your efforts and energies and goals for the past day/week/month. Be proud of your accomplishments. Be humbled and learn from failures. Be eager to accomplish and fail again. This isn’t easy, but worth it.

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year! We’re trying to buckle up and enjoy the ride ’round these parts.

My retailer list has drastically shrunk since being dropped by Natural Grocers and the Akinz pop up shop closing after its whirlwind one month. Online sales are still alive and well. Since soap takes a long time to cure (and apparently gets better with age per my source) I will need to have more soap on hand for the holidays. That said, I still have a few bars of Bacon and Beer Soap that did not sell in the Akinz store, so just add Beer and Bacon if you would like that bar for your future soap orders.

I’ll be updating more and giving things a good sprucing yo around here for 2019 and beyond!

Also I’ll be working on a vegan mustache wax for this lovely gentleman I ran into at the Portland Apple store.

Serving

How do you serve your fellow man and community? It can be as small as picking up a piece of trash to starting a multinational nonprofit.

Today I’ll be doing my civil service and showing up for jury duty. That counts too!

Try and serve everyday. How do you like to serve and give back!

ManCraftival benefitting Alliance for Suicide Prevention

I’m putting together a Father’s Day Market in Fort Collins on Saturday June 16 from noon to 4 pm. It is to celebrate men, manliness, masculinity and those masculine of center. There will be makers selling their handmade items, vendors with top notch products, food trucks and performers (hopefully, I can juggle if I can’t find anyone).

June 16 has historically had afternoon showers, so hopefully it will be a nice cool day and we can beat those thunderstorms!

Please email me if you would like to be involved in some way or just want to help out! Sethswax at gmail dot com

Thanks and hope to see you there!

So Thankful

My life is not perfect. The best any of us can do is to try to improve it. Learn, do, go, jump, bike, help, heal, rage*, destroy*, mourn*, reflect! Action Verbs! Decide to improve and do it. I’m still struggling to make putting the dishes away a part of my day. Tiny steps are WAY better than no steps. It will be uncomfortable. It will be a daily, maybe hourly, struggle and it will pay off in the end.

I’m sharing my workspace today, just to show my classic/modern struggle. Print newspaper and books, in the library, with smartphone stand and Bluetooth keyboard. Cleansing snacks and tasty beverage.

#KnowThyself #TinySteps #Work #JewishRespect #LimonLeader #IntermountainJewishNews #CSUMorganLibrary

Excellent Kid Biking Picnic and Creek Spot

Picked up an electric bike to make my 8 mile commute to class easier and more fun. One portion of the ride is on the Spring Creek Trail which parallels and gets flooded by the Spring Creek. Just off the trail under a shady willow tree, the creek bends. Mallard’s Nest Natural Area is one of the few natural areas on the Spring Creek in that section of town, so it’s a respite for the local birds and reptiles. We saw a crane, baby snapping turtle and many insects and arachnids*. Super shady under the willow tree, kid friendly, dog friendly and nice and cool on a hot day. Invite some friends and go for a bike ride! Maybe I’ll see you there!(*Not a biologist) #FoCoSpots #KidFriendly #DogFriendly #WaterSpot #ShadyEscape #TravelTip