Hey there, Pollywog!
Today I’d like to introduce another regular feature, and one that I’m especially excited about: Fantastic Finds.
Like a lot of polymaths, I spend plenty of time on the Internet. I read blogs, I watch videos. I pin things to my various Pinterest boards. It might look like aimless puttering to the outside world, but to me, it’s a whole lot more than that.*
It’s research. It helps me explore my interests and answer specific questions I’m having, like is there a better way to re-root all these dolls??? It turns out, there is.
It’s inspiration. It gives me ideas for new projects to try and interests to pursue… like art journaling. It shows me how other people think and create and solve problems, which makes me want to create more and think better.
It’s fun. It brings a sense of wonder and play to my life with brightly painted furniture and every spinach artichoke recipe ever. As far as I’m concerned, there can never be enough wonder in the world.**
But also? It’s community. I know, it sounds corny, but hear me out. Admiring awesome things is great, but what I really love is using them to connect with other people.
To say… hey, you make awesome stuff! This person makes awesome stuff, too. You should be friends. Or… you like dolls and beads, too? And you want to combine them? Let’s start a Pinterest board!
And that’s why I want to share the best of what I find with you, my Pollywog pal. I hope these links will help, inspire, and delight you as much as they have me. So without further ado, here are my latest Fantastic Finds:
- How to Make This the Most Prosperous Year of Your Life. Via the Unmistakable Creative podcast, with guest Philip McKernan. I’ve been a fan of Unmistakable Creative for years, and this is one of my favorite podcast episodes. Philip seems like an amazing coach — the kind who pushes people when they need it because he genuinely cares.
- Wonderlass. Allison’s blog is gorgeous, and her tagline is perfect: Embrace your inner weird to grow your blog and business. Doesn’t that just have polymath written all over it? Here’s one of my favorite posts, all about getting over comparison and envy.
- By Regina. Regina’s site focuses on making a living as an infopreneur — someone who sells information in the form of books, courses, etc. She also happens to be a multi-talented person. Here’s a post I love, all about how she started making a full-time blogging income.
- Spartan Life Coach. Imagine there was someone with Eddie Izzard’s sense of humor, a degree in Psychology, and a knowledge of personality disorders based on firsthand experience. Now imagine that this person offered practical coping strategies for victims of Narcissistic abuse. And to top it all off? He used an intelligent, multi-disciplinary approach.*** That’s Richard Grannon.
- Vet Ranch. Veterinarian Dr. Matt and his team rescue shelter dogs with severe medical issues and give them the treatment (and love) they need to become happy, adoptable animals. Before you watch his videos, I should warn you that they often show severely neglected animals… and surgical procedures. At the same time, they almost always have happy endings. You will go aww. And you might cry.
- Dina Brodsky. Dina Brodsky creates the most amazing miniature paintings — the kind that would take any doll house to a whole new level and make any doll very, very happy. Here’s one of my favorites.
- The Gnomist. This short film also appealed to my love of dolls and miniatures, but it isn’t just about people making fantastic tiny things. It’s about people making fantastic tiny things to make other people happy. Once again, you’ll go aww.
- Chilling Tales: The Podcast. I’ve been following the Chilling Tales Youtube channel for over a year, and it’s my favorite source of scary stories. I’m excited that they now have a podcast to go along with it.
- John Brown. Artist John Brown makes welded insects out of salvaged metal scraps. His work is seriously cool and shows just how awesome creative reuse can be. I’d love to see him as an artist at the next Hatch festival.
- Damien Escobar. Damien Escobar makes the most beautiful music with his violin. He literally gives me chills. It’s my sincere hope that he’ll team up with cellist Zoe Keating, but I’m a little worried that the world would implode from so much awesome.
- Emergent Glassworks. Trevor Sinnock, the artist behind Emergent Glassworks, makes tiny glass octopi. And they blow. My. Mind. This one has a Lovecraftian feel to it.
And that, Pollywog, concludes my list of Fantastic Finds for this month. But don’t worry! I have plenty more to share with you. Just wait and see.
Now it’s your turn: what are some of your Fantastic Finds? Share them in the comments!
** Or spinach artichoke recipes. Give them to me! Give them to me now.
***And to really top it all off? His adorable dog Max often appears in the videos. I want to pet him and snuggle him and give him all the squeaky toys ever.