I am a curious person. (I love the double meaning of that! ) I love exploring topics and themes, discovering tidbits and tiddles of information. Growing up, I lived mere blocks from our main public library. I would spend hours there each weekend, wandering through the stacks, letting myself find new things to read, to learn. The internet and google are a blessing and a curse! I can get lost for hours, jumping through rabbit holes, dashing off to find the next bit of curiosity.
I also love sharing my discoveries. In a former iteration of my online presence, I had a regular Friday post called The Scattered Life Collective where I shared what I was reading, listening to, watching and interesting links I had found online. In considering a return to that practice, I have been thinking about the idea of a curiosity cabinet and how it is a reflection of who a person is. I think that's why I love compilation posts so much. It is a way to discover who a person is, what they like or dislike, what challenges them, what delights them,
In my growing up home, we did not have a curiosity cabinet. We had a what-not shelf. It stood in the corner of the living room and held a variety of ceramic shoes, tiny vases, and tea cups. As a child, I thought the best day was dusting day because I was allowed to take all of the pretties off of the shelf, clean everything, and put them back. Later, my vision changed and all I saw was clutter. Now, I see that this was my mother's way of collecting beauty. Her what-not shelf is here with me now, in the corner of my dining room. Empty. It is time for me to fill it with my things, my curiosity, my what-nots of beauty.
As I reached toward redefining this sharing that I want to do each week, I thought about calling it My Cabinet of Curiosity ... but my goodness, that is a lot of syllables in the mouth! It sounds a bit too formal for my taste, as well. Instead, I am drawing from my own life and the what-not shelf.
Today, I welcome you to the first offering of What's Up and What-not!
Each Friday I will be sharing what's going on in my life and a few of the things that are capturing my attention and curiosity.
On January 1st, I began a new 100 day project. My original plans were for something that would allow me to practice some drawing skills but most of my art supplies are packed up and waiting for the studio to be set up. On an impulse, I decided to devote 100 days to reading. Once a devoted reader, I had allowed myself to slip into hardly reading at all ... especially fiction. I had not cultivated the joy of losing myself in a story. I believe in the power of story but I wasn't reading stories!
My challenge is to read at least ninety pages a day. Most days, I have been exceeding that limit because once I get started, I cruise along with the just-one-more-chapter mindset. To document my project, I am writing down a quote each day from whatever book I am reading and posting it to instagram. ( if you aren't already following me there, I sure wish you would!)
If you love compilation posts as much as I do, here are a few fuel your curiosity:
Something for the Weekend by Susannah Conway
Something good from Jill at Thousands Shades of Gray
Positively Present Picks from Dani at Positively Present
Links I love from Anne, Modern Mrs. Darcy
Things I Love Thursday from Kaleah Bee
This is Real Life from Liz Andra Shaw
and Austin Kleon's version of the cabinet of curiosity.
Tell me. What's up in your corner of the world? What are you finding curious this week?