The eclectic collection at SchatziSF. Photo by BP.
I was on a mission. On the heels of revealing this revamped blog format Sunday, March 8, aptly our day to spring forward, I felt a new found energy, understanding, and excitement for my website. Though I committed myself to “sticking to it”, I knew I couldn’t be in the corner of my dining area one day longer adding dots, moving things around, editing on the computer, and making more notes with the help of blue tape headers and colored sticky paper squares. “No no no,” I said to myself, “you must head out and explore. It is time to refill the well.”
Do you do that often enough? Refill your well? Chatting with Oddsauce recently, we referred to it as Inspiration Addiction: workshops, books, articles, and podcasts. I am particularly hooked on Grace Bonney’s and Jess Lively’s podcasts, and anticipate my weekly Marie Forleo You Tube fix. Discussions on process, method, and motivation are things I seek out constantly. I have also been listening to a favorite soundtrack since I was a girl, Hannah and Her Sisters, on a loop. Roy Eldridge and Bobby Short have a way with me, I guess.
Rumi said, “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” When a woman is on a mission, there is no other way to live. I jumped on the bus to the Mission district and hopped off near a furniture shop sign reading, Schatzi, that I recognized from my Instagram feed. It was as well curated and groovy chic as I thought it would be, with the coolest, co-owner, Kelvin, with whom I was able to chat, joke, and talk about “Just doing it!” It’s all about the hustle, when you are on a mission. Think big and move big. Of all the pictures I took, I forgot to take one of Paper Jam Press’s canvas bag, “Every day I’m Hustlin'” One day I will deserve to sport that tote.
I headed out for my tea date with EsselleSF just around the corner from the shop. Sherry and I had been acquainted on Instagram with friends and acquaintances in common, thus the non-stalky vibe. We’d tried meeting up for at least a month by now, and I was grateful for her time. Of course it was worth it. While sipping on chai we spoke easily about work, creativity, lessons learned, and expectations. Generous conversations with insightful and confident people have a way of revealing your own work intentions to yourself and make you want to make them happen.
Before parting ways, we headed back into Schatzi to greet Kelvin, to drool over his merchandise, and to share a few more laughs. After strolling another block of the Mission we discussed missions of our own before we said goodbye til next time.
I thought to myself, “Inspiration is addictive indeed.”