When I first started this blog, I was super focused on minimalism, mindfulness and positive change. I was sitting on a barstool in our kitchen while Brenton was making dinner, brainstorming and name-checking available domains. Punctuating my atheism, I started thinking aloud about how we have this “one life” so let’s freaking design it. Several iterations later, I landed on One Splendid Life … and it was available in coveted “.com” form, as well as an IG handle. Huzzah!
However, in the months following this huge naming decision, OSL didn’t feel quite right. I realized that despite my intention behind this naming, it had this boastful ring to it. As if, look at my splendid life ovah here! And that’s not what I was going for. At all. In fact, I want to showcase the weird, the raw, the fascinating and the inspiring aspects of life (my life and beyond).
And then some interesting things happened IRL. My career took a surprising pivot to focus more concepting and design. I realized that a minimalist approach to certain things is excellent (material items, for instance), but that I needed a maximalist approach to creativity. Because when I’m indulging in creativity, whether from my own little brain or from absorbing the creations of others, I’m all lit up. Mentally. Spiritually. Even physically.
Instead of cultivating a “lifestyle” blog, I want a creative space to share what feels urgent and important. I like the idea of there being a surplus of creativity. It rains down from the sky and forms in puddles and collects in rain barrels. Sometimes it’s dirty and strange. Sometimes it’s pure and clean.
Austin Kleon writes in his book Steal Like An Artist: “The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.”
And that’s sorta my manifesto for this blog’s pivot. Creative Runoff: a curated collection of everything weird, wonderful, and beloved.