I would name three actions that have guided me for the last five to seven years: moments when I would deactivate my social media pages to gain mental clarity, a top question I would get asked is, "how do you remain tapped in?”
I chuckle because the internet is so vast: I am not shy of asking Google to show me the information I need. Any time there is a desire to do something, or I am curious about space, I ask Google.
I toggle back and forth between Google and DuckDuckGo as my search engines.
Newsletters are my favorite; the average website has a newsletter- when I meet new people or become aware of an exhibition/showcase, I research the space and sign up for their email list. I dedicate a separate email specifically for this reason.
In the morning, or the afternoon, I check my email and decide what’s engaging and if my calendar will offer me time to explore lectures, film screenings, opening showcases, and public events- this makes being off of social media so much fun—-because the real world expands beyond my iPhone screen.
I began using my Google calendar at the top of this year in tandem with handwritten to-do lists in my composition book.
This visual aide allows me to practically look at how my time is allocated. Instead of offering my time misguidedly, I typically respond with an “I’ll circle back with you,” as to not double-book myself.
I appreciate the time people set aside for me, so I have made it my duty to ensure that any time I set aside for others is not rushed or haphazard. Between a good newsletter and my calendar, I mark up everything I could be interested in--and show up. Even when I get a bit nervous, I turn it into an exploration—-I ask, “who can I be when I show up?” I become an extreme observer of people and the environment.
I allow my curiosity to lead the way, it presents me with a set of new eyes and possibilities.
In the back of my mind, I always have it set that I will speak to at least one person: a new person. If I see a familiar face, I acknowledge them. Typically, I walk up to someone, or someone walks up to me—-I find that setting the intention opens up my body language to be receptive to the possibility of an open conversation.
I would like to believe that these actions have assisted in my overall growth as an adult in the spaces I envision myself to be.
Some of my favorite Newsletters that keep me engaged:
Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Gagosian Quarterly (all locations)
Blum & Poe