Issue No. 16: This Is How You Know

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes"

With images of a pottery wheel, the finish line of a marathon, and the view halfway up a beginners climb in my head, I recently looked over at my husband, Matt, and stated: “I need a hobby.”

He didn't miss a beat: “You have a hobby, politics.

Politics?! “Politics is not my hobby—politics can’t be a hobby," I insisted. "I’m just being an engaged citizen."

And then, I thought about it:

  • I talk about politics with my friends, my family, with Matt, with anyone who will listen.

As if that wasn’t enough, I then had the strangest dream: I involuntarily met Senator Ted Cruz (because, in the dream and only the dream, he was strangely related to my sister’s boyfriend) and told him, proudly, that if I could still vote in Texas I’d vote for Beto O’Rourke. (Because I 100-percent would.)

Seriously. Friends, this has gone way past being informed. This is how you know that politics is your hobby.

I'll be honest, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the idea. Politics, a hobby? For most of my life, I’ve ignored politics. I simply wasn’t interested and keeping up with it always felt like work.

That said, I’m also well aware that people can change. A yoga teacher of mine once said that the only constant in our lives is we’re always changing, always evolving. We’re different one moment to the next. It’s true.

But it’s not just me who is changing, the times are, too. And at this moment in the world, in this country, it feels that so many of my core values—honesty, sustainability, accountability, kindness, respect, curiousity, self awareness, equality—are being challenged. 

So, apparently, for the time being, I’m editing politics into my life—at least until 2020. And since I’m going all in →Please Vote Save America. Get involved. Donate. Vote. Make sure everyone you know (who is eligible) votes. Go big.


P.S. Not to worry, politics will not take over The Art of the Edit. I may include political edits here and there but promise to keep it true to the spirit of the newsletter. 

The Edit

  1. Admiring Jolene Dobson, the owner of the new zero-waste store in my SEA hood, who quit her career in advertising to help us live more sustainable lifestyles. (Her online shop is ready when you are.)

  1. Saying YES to this conversation between master interviewer Krista Tippett and the ever-thought-provoking Seth Godin. 

  2. Rooting for the two women chefs in Utah fighting for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  3. Contemplating new power vs. old power and determined to put the former to use for good.

  4. Thrilled to have a decent airport dining (and coffee) option at SeaTac in the form of Cafe Floret. Did someone say Stumptown Coffee, a La Marzocco, and legit plant-based food at an airport? I sure did.

  5. Getting all imperfect with my produce. You can, too. (Credit goes to Julia.)

  6. Sprinkling Smoked Maldon Salt on grilled everything to tasty results. Thanks for the tip Ed—my uncle who shares my appreciation for simple yet appropriately seasoned foods.

  7. Mesmerized by Simon Sinek in his eloquent and spot-on analysis of Millennials. It’s not what you often hear about this complex generation. For the record, I'm a Millennial. Barely, but I am.

  8. Considering a move to Switzerland—just kidding. But seriously, maybe? (Shoutout to Marcella for this one.)

  9. Trying to decide which magazine to start with first from this roundup that keeps the IDEO team inspired.

  10. High-fiving The Ruby, a women’s coworking space in San Francisco, for combining women-supporting-women with and the power of food. Together and well-fed there is nothing we can’t do.

  11. Make someone’s day: It’s called snail mail. Remember it?

  12. Recommending: Staycations. (More on that to come … )