There’s something to be said for strength in numbers.
As a part of the millennial generation, we’ve found ourselves on the front-lines, facing a new transitory period in our world’s history. I will preface this post, by saying that the tone isn’t all gloom and doom, but we have collectively realized changes need to be made now more than ever. Despite the looming uncertainty that surrounds many of today’s issues, fortunately there are innovative minds coming up with creative solutions that can help foster a new approach to thinking.
Whether we like it or not, there is true responsibility that comes with pursuing passion. I think that’s why I’ve been such a big fan of FEED Projects, which embodies these values. Lauren Bush Lauren has created a dual brand and community whom are able to utilize design as a method of garnering awareness and impact for world hunger. Their recent initiative, FEED Supperset a month-long goal of raising 1 million meals by World Food Day. They surpassed this.
The Style Line stands for online discovery and offline connection, and with that being said, I decided to get involved and host our own supper. Taking cue from FEED’s design-inspired approach, we asked a few fine artists from our community of interviewees to join in, donate and create one piece of art for our table-setting. (You can see the photos here!)The evening was filled with delicious food, beautiful art and inspiring conversation. It was a chance for five amazing and creative people to come together and meet without the distraction of a screen. (Although I will say there were many Instagram photos to be taken!)
The point of sharing this is not only to recap our event, but to encourage you to think about the impact you can make, simply by doing the things you love. One of the biggest things I’ve learned through pursuit of my own passions, is how big of a role the creative community plays in the big picture. We forget things like fashion and style are incredibly multi-dimensional, and can be used in many different ways to move us forward.
I will say that from experience, one of the best parts about this, is being able to make strides with the people you care about most… You never know how much change you can affect, especially when you come together.
- RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN
How are you making/how would you like to make a difference?
Desk Diaries: WHY IT'S OK TO BUILD A "HOME" IN YOUR 20s.
Our lives are informed by a perpetual stream of content and information. The internet is the pixelated equivalent of that party you find yourself dreading, but despite this, can’t seem to let your self miss otherwise: Upon arrival (whether you like it or not) you’re bombarded with questions, comments and concerns. In this case, the internet’s saving grace is the built in ESCAPE button that’s literally at our fingertips. But in matters of offline pursuits, that’s another story.
I find myself at a loss with how much I’m exposed to online. As much as I enjoy living vicariously through friends and peers who are leading fabulous lives abroad, there is a present (and seemingly constant) reminder to get the soul-searching out of your system while you’re young… After-all, when are you ever going to have the chance for a sweet escape, if not now?
There is a rising collective awareness around the idea of living fast and leaving the past behind. We’ve become conditioned to think that there is always something better, somewhere else. I’m not saying to settle or to harness your curiosity. But it seems we’ve confused the allure of discovery with the reality of distance. You can run but you can’t hide…
The accessibility of being so connected has created an unrealistic expectation of the solace we find in starting over in a new place. One of the most rewarding aspects of travel is experiencing a place in it’s most natural state, especially when things feel out of sorts in our own lives.
I wholeheartedly believe travel and exploration are a necessary part of life. I can’t wait to <em>really </em>see the world for myself. But 3 states and 15+ moves later, plus intermittent trips in between, I’ve come to realize how important it is to stay in one place for an extended period of time. When you’re able to do this, you come to realize that you can commit to building a life with longevity.
Give yourself the opportunity to -
Build your network: Of people, professionals, support, wisdom, knowledge… You get the point. It’s easy to forget the importance that comes with not only valuing yourself, but those around you. If you stay in one place long enough you’ll have more of an opportunity to strengthen these bonds. Absence makes the heart grow fonder is only applicable to a certain extent.
Contribute to your community: The more time you spend in a certain place, you’ll be able to better understand what you can do to give back. Life is a two-way street and if we can establish an understanding of how to appropriately provide for our community, then sky’s the limit in terms of what we can accomplish. It’s hard to personally thrive when your environment is struggling. This can’t be ignored.
Get to know yourself: Having an element of structure and consistency can reap huge reward, even for those who believe there is no better way to live than on the edge. One of things I’ve really been trying to do through my website The Style Line, is explore the dynamics between people and their environments. After-all, that’s what builds culture, and in order for it to thrive, traditions and values need to be established. This all takes time.
Find your strength: And in turn make your community stronger. As much as I advocate for the individual, there is great responsibility that comes with individual pursuits, which poses the question: <em>How are your dreams and in turn, decisions impacting the landscape as whole?</em> Considering what your community has to say will offer new insight and will inevitably strengthen your personal values and point of view. You can’t be an island.
Travel informs our perspective and our pursuits, but let’s not forget to think about what motivates our movement throughout the world. We can be together even when we’re a part, but at the end of the day there’s no greater success then finding a place with people you feel connected to… And that you can call home.
This post was updated by Rachel Schwartzmann on 10/19 @ 11:39 PM.