Hello again, reader—our reflection curated this week by Monika Kanokova of This Year Will Be Different
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Through a short 5-minute video, dancer Karen X. Cheng observes that there always seems to be a terrifyingly large gap between our work and that of the talented people we admire. We never get to see what their first moments look like, when they're still learning. So she shows us her first moments, learning to dance every day over a year.

Artist Austin Kleon notes that his work is built on the dedication to something small, every day. "Building a body of work (or a life) is the slow accumulation of a day’s worth of effort over time." 

"People often ask me, 'How do you find the time for the work?' And I answer, 'I look for it.'" 

Calligraphy artist Lindsey Bugbee recognized that when it comes to teaching her craft, a direct 'how-to' tutorial might not be as useful as simply sharing how and why she came to it herself. How I Learned Calligraphy is a little bit about the mechanics of the art but mostly about the things in her life that inspired her to spend all the time practicing them in the first place. 

As part of my own efforts to remain diligent each day, each Composure scarf is made and worn to reflect on the stories of people in my life with perspectives worth embodying. Scarves and stories at

Diligence daily, 

​A brief note: This is the first of an ongoing practice in which the creative people on this list help curate these reflections—my many thanks to Monika for offering to be the first, and others I've spoken to who you'll see over the weeks as well. In my dream world everyone on this list becomes fantastic friends and collaborators with one another; this is one way to help make it happen. So over time I hope you do get in touch. In the meantime, if you'd like to curate a future newsletter, simply email me at (THX!)

Uncertainty plagues all meaningful pursuits; if we are to do our best work in the face of uncertainty, perhaps we must first hone perspectives that allow us to stay the creative path. So in these notes, a series of reflections on various themes. This week, diligence.
Curated this week by Monika Kanokova—her newly Kickstarted book This Year Will Be Different is for and about entrepreneurial women building creative independent businesses.   

Quality scarves in a rare balance of silk and wool, handmade in NYC.

Alongside each scarf, vision and virtues for the development of creative independent business.

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