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Do you feel like the tumblr generation is too wrapped up in creating pseudo-jobs (such as craftswoman, storyteller) to get them out of having to get actual jobs, and if so, how might this phenomenon affect society at large in the future?

A question by Anonymous

codiannthomsen:

Let me clarify something with you.

I am the sole proprietor of a small business. It is a registered business in the state of Illinois. I pay taxes, I have a separate business bank account, a nifty certificate just like yours and I pay myself just as any employers would pay their employees.

Within my job as a business owner alone, I am experienced in the following: designing and producing products, investing in other small businesses and artists therefore providing jobs, work and exposure, product photography, styling, customer service, web design, market management, business administration, creative directing, communications, branding, writing and editing and so, so much more. On the side, I work as a freelance illustrator and photographer. My go-to description of “story-telling” is an actual job. I research, teach classes and facilitate workshops on connection, the human experience, emotional trauma, etc. I use letter-writing and sharing my own hardships as a guide to help others talk about what it is that they’re experiencing. Even if I didn’t get hired to hold these workshops, I do it because it gives me purpose and I feel as though I am serving in some way, shape or form. These are all valuable skills that I have gained, learned and created for myself.

Also, please educate yourself on how critical and essential small businesses are to our economy. Really. Type in “how small businesses effect our economy” into Google. Do your research. Look up how many jobs small businesses create in the United States alone. The SBA’s Office of Advocacy literally calls small businesses “the heart of the American economy.” I’m sorry but the world doesn’t consist of just office jobs. We live in an ever-advancing, creative and technological world, and the world as you know it wouldn’t exist without creativity; without people bending the rules a little bit. We’re created to advance and adjust as our surroundings and circumstances do. If this is what our economy is calling for, then yes, we’re going to do it. So long as entrepreneurs, freelances and small businesses keep doing what we’re doing, and the more we educate folks who have perspectives like this, our future will be a bit brighter than we left it.

considerthewldflwrs:

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considerthewldflwrs:

SO proud of our guests for #wldflwrinkworkshops October Florals. What a talented group! Big thanks to our hosts + teachers. Stay tuned for our December workshop announcement. (at KORE +nashville)

(via youlookintomyheart)

“ One of the most terrible losses man suffers in his lifetime is not noticed by most people, much less mourned. Which is astonishing because what we lose is in many ways one of the essential qualities that sets us apart from other creatures.
I’m talking about the loss of the sense of wonder that is such an integral part of our world when we are children. However as we grow older, that sense of wonder shrinks from cosmic to microscopic by the time we are adults. Kids say “Wow!” all the time. Opening their mouths fully, their eyes light up with genuine awe and glee. The word emanates not so much from a voice box as from an astonished soul that has once again been shown that their world is full of amazing unexpected things.
When was the last time you let fly a loud, truly heartfelt “WOW”?
Not recently, I bet. Because generally speaking wonder belongs to kids, with the rare exception of falling madly in love with another person, which invariably leads to a rebirth of wonder. As adults, we are not supposed to say or feel Wow, or wonder, or even true surprise because those things make us sound goofy, ingenuous, and childish. How can you run the world if you are in constant awe of it?
Of course there are exceptions. One need only look at the astounding success of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and the novels of Neil Gaiman (the list is much longer, thank god), to see that people really are hungry for wonder. Still, most adults wouldn’t fess up to that hunger because they don’t want to admit how gorgeous it feels to sit transfixed in a movie theater or reading chair, thoroughly absorbed in a world ten times more interesting and vibrant than their own. The human heart has a long memory though and remembers what it was like to live through days when it was constantly surprised or enthralled by the world around it. Unfortunately we have been taught control, control, control all our lives by parents, society, and our education. If you can’t control something, then get rid of it or get out of it or get away from it.
Yet we know that both the heart and the imagination really are most alive when they are *not* in control of things, flying through the air without a safety net below to catch them. To live immersed in wonder means both the unknown and the thrilling surround you, as in a great love affair. ”

—    Jonathan Carroll

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agentlewoman:

First day back in the city in our new neighborhood. Excited to call Andersonville our new home!

agentlewoman:

First day back in the city in our new neighborhood. Excited to call Andersonville our new home!