I am not sure why it’s so important for me to define what I want to happen in 2017, but I feel like there is a very visible line in between today and tomorrow. Perhaps it has to deal with the fact that I felt I was aimlessly walking through 2016, just letting shit happen randomly, and that I want to buckle down for them roosters that will be cock-a-doodling at my door in the next year.
One goal I have in mind is to be more thoughtful in some of the products I make. I’ll still keep my current product line, but I think it is equally important for me to do some think-tanking and be artistic. Using my design philosophies of simplicity, whimsy, and trying to reduce the amount of waste I create (this is coming from a girl who regularly poops two to three times a day), I feel like that will challenge and inspire me to keep going and not let Luuee stagnate. As a result, one of my resolutions for 2017 is to make sure I set aside one week per month to work on something new. It might be horrendous and make me question my abilities, but a little humbling never hurts.
I also want to start connecting some other philosophies in my work. I have been agnostic probably since I was a teen, but I devoted quite some time in university studying religions and I paid a little more attention to Buddhism just because I figured it was something that I could get on board with for every day life. It followed that I spent a significant amount of my twenties agonizing over compassion. How was it possible that you let go of everything, all your desires and needs, but still keep compassion? When I finally asked my uncle about this, he said that this was the struggle that it takes to reach Nirvana, the tipping point between getting there and failing miserably. If these guys can’t figure it out, heck if I have any chance. In any event, I’ve always felt it a failing in me that I am not more compassionate. Going forward, I will try to design things that connect these ideas, as well as my culture. With the way the world is going, I think now is the time to stand up and showcase what you believe in and fight for it.
That is the artsy part.
The fartsy covers all other aspects of my personality. A solid 85% of my chemical make up is sarcasm, so you’re probably going to see that come through in my work as well.
Happy new year everyone, I hope you’ll try with me to be a better version of yourself in 2017.