It's Friday afternoon and it's raining outside. This morning, when I arrived at my studio to begin checking through my stock list, filing my invoices (and a small backlog of accounts) I turned on a great YouTube series I've been listening to called 'Good Life Project'. This particular episode starred one of my all-time favourite designers and critics, Debbie Millman, who discusses what really makes us happy.
Here's a quote that stopped me in my tracks:
"You have to make your own happiness, wherever you are. Your job isn't going to make you happy, your spouse isn't going to make you happy, the weather isn't going to make you happy, a restaurant isn't going to make you happy. [...] Make what you need to do to be happy."
So I popped my lever-arch files down and sat at my desk (aka my happy place) and set about designing. Nothing in particular, just stuff from my head, and minutes turned into hours. It's now past midday and I feel refreshed and above all... happy!
There's nothing more wonderful than taking time away from your daily tasks and finding that one thing that you can do that makes you feel more like you. Whether it’s ten minutes, or a few hours, it can really help you recharge and reboot.
Millman sums up the interview with how she achieves 'happy':
"Imagine immensities; try to pick yourself up from rejection and plough ahead. Don't compromise. Start now. Start now, every single day."
So, what's your 'happy'?