WH #163 • February 14, 2019

"How do we stand on the edge of that vast ocean, and pull in for ourselves a most magical fish? How do we make sure that our creative and wild-hearted muse is always in the room with us when we bring a new piece of work into the world? "

Drawing on the teachings of authors and artists who have inspired Samantha Van Der Merwe's life, her time working with and learning from children, and sharing examples of how working in that liminal space has animated her work, Samantha shares four lessons we can all use to defend the wild muse within.

Video by CreativeMornings/Portland
Photo credit: Sam Reynolds

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Living near your grandmother has evolutionary benefits.

On finding certainty in an uncertain field.

The practice of letting go.

Lessons learned from quitting social media for 30 days.

You have to notice when the universe is cheering you on.

How to keep a long-term client relationship fresh.

Starting a new hobby? Buy the cheap things first.

The value of mind wandering in solving difficult problems.

Why the Hellenistic sculptures captivated people for centuries

How to stop feeling jealous of other people's success

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A free course from +Acumen on how to know if your work is making an impact.

4 tips for addressing and embracing tension.
These quotes are discovered by our Talk Watch Squad—an online community of learners and tastemakers that help us curate inspiration from talks around the world.
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COLAB is hiring a UX Strategist and Drupal Developer in Richmond.

AngelList is hiring a Product Designer in New York and San Francisco. 

Radish Lab is hiring a freelance Multidisciplinary Designer Brooklyn (remote friendly).

Artscape Daniels Launchpad is hiring two part-time Studio Technicians (Woodworking/Digital Fabrication) and a full-time Lead Studio Technician in Toronto.

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