Sunday, July 31, 2016

Calligcast #1: Choosing curiosity over fear

After probably two months without much calligraphy—just a few envelopes here and there—I used a chunk of my Sunday to finish up my Amy Style worksheet set.

I remembered, this time, to use the pairing technique which I'd discovered worked well for me earlier in the year: I'm more likely to practice calligraphy when I'm listening to a podcast.

I thought occasionally I could share these "calligcast" sessions for a couple of reasons:
  (1) to show the "before"—aka what my calligraphy looks like now, as a beginner
  (2) to share what I learn from whatever podcast I listen to
  (3) to help me track how often I'm practicing

Today I listened to an episode of On Being which featured Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear," among others.

The podcast: "Choosing Curiosity Over Fear" (Elizabeth Gilbert interview) — On Being

Below you'll find quotes (spoken by Elizabeth Gilbert) of the parts that stuck out to me the most, interspersed with pictures of some of the words I practiced.


"Curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it's a very gentle friend and a very forgiving friend and a very constant one.


Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, not so forgiving, and sometimes not so available.
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If you don't happen to have a passion that's very clear, or if you have lost your passion or if you're in a change of life where your passions are shifting or you're not certain and somebody says "Well it's easy to solve your life just follow your passion" you know, I do think that they have harmed you, because it just makes people feel more excluded and more exiled and a little bit like a failure."



"Curiosity is an impulse that just taps you on the shoulder very lightly, and invites you to turn your head a corner of an inch and look a little closer at something that has intrigued you.
And it may not set your head on fire, it may not change your life it may not change the world it may not even line up with previous things that you've done or been interested in—it may seem very random and make no sense and I think the reason people end up not following their curiosity is because they're waiting for a bigger sign.

Sometimes following your curiosity will lead you to your passion. And sometimes it won't, and guess what, that's still totally fine!"


"I think motion is a big piece of it.
I learned to give myself all the credit in the world simply for being in motion. Did you do something today toward this thing? Then you're good. Was it great? No. Was it fun? No. But did you do it, did you keep the ball rolling, did you keep another step on that path? Well then you're fine, that's it."


Do you have any podcast recommendations for my next calligcast?
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