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Updated: Nov 29, 2023

When you find something that feels familiar, keep following it.

When you encounter something brand new that whispers

“you’ve needed this all along”, go and hold it.

When you get sick of all your old favorite patterns and words and ideas, know that new ideas can fold into the old, and further along you’ll walk in on them conversing with each other.

When you find a person speaking your language, slow down and savor the conversation.

When a place feels like yours, don’t question it for long, slip in and start your work there.

When someone’s been feeling the same itch as you, scratch it together.

When home gets a roof leak, stay and fix it.

When too many complaints surround you, block it out with a favorite song.

When you need something new, look for it.

When you find what you need, celebrate it.

When you do not understand, take stock.

When you do understand, tell about it.

When you turn into chrysalis sludge, know you’ll emerge in a new shape, but with the same memory.

When you are lost, look for a light.

When you are found, turn the porch light on.

There may never be a map for you.

Until you write it out.

Borrow as much as you need. Tools, muscle, ideas.

Love who you are as a traveler, not just who you might become.

Let good homes bend you in ways you didn’t plan as you set out.

“Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.” - Corita Kent

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is..” - Kurt Vonnegut

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