August is the eigth month of the year. To us, the number eight is signficant for many personal reasons and also for its relationship to infinity & all that continues on & on & on & on. Derived from Latin, the word August translates to respected & impressive. Thinking of these concepts together, we decided this month's theme is kindness. Kindness in culture, in thought & in relationship to ourselves. Kindness is something we want to generate, emanate & see passed on & on & on. Leading with kindness changes everything. Expressing through a lens of kindness means honoring yourself & your boundaries all while caring for others & the collective body that we all inhabit. Kindness is for everyone, everywhere.
Rei Kawakubo founded Comme des Garcons in 1969. She lives between Paris & Tokyo, she rarely attends her own fashion shows & she is known to be the first to her office & the last to leave. One of the greatest artist's of our time.
Suhaylah H. is an artist I came across over instagram. Her landscapes are drawn & painted with mostly oil pastels on paper. I instantly fell in love with her work, check out her original work that she sells on her website. Her prices are very reasonable & her work is really special.
Joy Yamusangie is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working in film, illustration, drawing & mixed media. As they shared in the article linked, "I want to document my story, to promote equality and show that, despite the lack of representation in the media, I exist.".
Julia Haart's story is beyond incredible. Her ability to break free from religious chains with the mission to free other women & help them achieve financial freedom is just the tip of her iceberg. This 50 minute podcast will leave you inspired & with your jaw on the floor. Don't miss this woman's story.
Erica Chidi sits down with clinical pyschologist, spiritual meditation teacher & author, Tara Brach. Tara & Erica discuss how to recognize the value within ourselves. They share how we can see the goodness in others without abandoing our lived experiences. Realize your belonging.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. This haunting, romantic novel was recommended to me by my 90 year old grandmother who is a voracious reader. Seriously, she can read you under the table by a lot, a lot. Anyway, you will enjoy Ruta's writing & this incredible book.
Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass is one worth returning to over and over and over again. From her classroom, to her garden, to her lab & a rainforest in Oregon she shows us how to reimahine our orientation to nature. Her writing is lyrical & she so generously shares wisdom from her traditions as an indigenous woman of the Potawatomi Nation.