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Lucy Liu photographed by Emre Guven
Throw away their lives lusting after things,
Never able to satisfy their desires,
Falling into deeper despair
And torturing themselves.
Even if they get what they want
How long will they be able to enjoy it?
For one heavenly pleasure
They suffer ten torments of hell,
Binding themselves more firmly to the grindstone.
Such people are like monkeys
Frantically grasping for the moon in the water
And then falling into a whirlpool.
How endlessly those caught up in the floating world suffer.
Despite myself, I fret over them all night
And cannot staunch my flow of tears.
- Taigu Ryokan
having a hard time. they told me it would be a struggle but i underestimated the amount of life-consuming stress. this is not ideal, friends
Your needs don’t make you too much. They don’t make you selfish or weak or greedy. They make you human. We all have needs. And those hungers aren’t something we should feel ashamed of. They’re normal, we didn’t get enough of them as children hungers. Affections we’ve been deprived of by the people who are supposed to care for us. Connections we needed to feel whole and spaces we needed to feel safe. Cravings we’ve been taught we didn’t deserve. Appetites we’ve learned to suppress and fill with guilt. Again and again we’ve neglected our needs because we’ve been taught that they were too much— thatwe were too much. But we don’t have to any longer. You don’t have to.
Whether you need emotional support, alone time, physical affection, more communication, a connection with another human being, validation of your feelings, compassion, or reassurance that you are loved — it is more than okay to ask for what you need. Making your needs known isn’t about being demanding or selfish. It’s about self-care. It’s about creating a safer space for yourself. It’s about using your voice and speaking your truth. It’s about giving yourself permission to take up space. It’s about listening to your hungers and honoring them. It’s about letting go of the harmful messages you’ve internalized and trusting that you are deserving, worthy, and enough.”
there are many kinds of burdens i bring upon myself. i am starting to feel so heavy to those in my life, and i am tired of saying sorry for feeling this way and sorry for needing you and sorry for being sad about the distance. i am sorry to be sorry and tired of being sorry but the tiredness is like one sleepless stretch of time and it has no end.
A moment of love
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition (Live on KEXP)