I can’t believe I never posted about The Minimalists on here before – I guess I just kept it to Facebook + IG. I just saw they’re coming out w/ a brand-new Netflix documentary, Less Is Now – available on 1.1.2021. ✨
In the meantime, their 2016 documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, is still currently available to stream on Netflix.
I really don’t remember how I stumbled upon them in the first place, but I know I started reading their books back in 2014, although unfortunately (very much in the spirit of minimalism), I lent out most of their books, which haven’t been returned to me, so am currently only in possession of a few. 😅
I’m also in a Minimalist Facebook group + attended a meetup + discussion a few years back at an IL suburban library, which was a great opportunity to connect w/ some likeminded people. 🤓
They also have a podcast + YouTube channel! If you’re interested in beginning to live a minimalist lifestyle, check out the video introduction below or skip right ahead to playing the 30-day Minimalism Game! 😉
When I first started selling a lot of my possessions back in 2015/2016, I used eBay, but now I’m mainly only selling clothing items + like using the DePop app! I have a rule that I’m not allowed to buy something new unless I “get rid of” something old/something I don’t wear anymore, but to reduce waste + get some of the $ back, I try to sell my items to a new owner.
It’s very simple to list for sale + I choose to ship through DePop, so all I have to do is print a label that’s sent to me when an item is purchased, put the item in a box + place it in the mailbox for USPS to pick up. The payment comes in through PayPal, which is really easy + convenient. Items that don’t sell after some time are usually donated to The Salvation Army.
This year, instead of a 2-day in-person event, our team connected over an hour and a half lunch, beginning w/ some company updates, ending w/ breakout small-group discussion sessions in Zoom meeting rooms + in between, were surprised w/ an unconventional + extremely inspirational guest speaker.
Our guest speaker was Jeff Miller, a friend of someone on our team, + a passenger on the July 19, 1989 United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago, that crash-landed at Sioux City, Iowa’s Gateway Airport after a tail engine explosion + subsequent loss of hydraulic control.
The point of Jeff sharing this story w/ our team specifically at this point in time (mid-pandemic) was to hear a firsthand experience of someone who lived through something intense + traumatic in their life, as well as to hear the key takeaways + what he learned from it.
Ever since hearing this story, I’ve been in a deep YouTube hole, watching tons of videos about it as well as digging up a bunch of articles on the crash, so I’ll share some of those links at the end in case anyone reading this is just as interested as I am!
(side note – my dad is from Iowa, and told me that one of his friends’ father was one of the four pilots on this flight + one of the people who survived – but not the captain shown in the video below)
Jeff begins by telling us there was a really loud explosion at the back of the plane when they were about 40 mins. away from the destination (Chicago), but the plane wasn’t falling out of the sky and no one seemed to be reacting much, so he just went back to reading his book while the flight attendants were collecting lunch trays. Everything seemed fairly normal.
He says then there was an announcement made that they’d be making an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa, but he figures ’emergency landing’ was the airline just being precautious due to the explosion, because everything was going as per usual since then. They were also informed they may be instructed to exit the aircraft by sliding down the emergency slide + he was looking forward to getting to use this slide you always see in the emergency instruction videos + pamphlets because how many people get to do that?!
So, he says, the passengers were expecting a hard landing + he was expecting to be slightly delayed from arriving at his destination due to this one additional stop they needed to make. He wasn’t really concerned until the crew yelled out “Brace, brace, brace!” right as they were landing + everyone was told to bend over + grab their ankles.
The plane then stood up on its nose, did a cartwheel, and the wings fell off, the tail fell off, and it slid 1.8 miles down the runway. It finally landed upside-down in a cornfield to the right of the runway. Jeff says no one was panicking, that he saw, at any point – before or after.
At this point, he was still buckled into his seat + was hanging from the ceiling. His white gym shoes were still white, jeans were spotless, hair still looked combed + didn’t have a scratch on him. Only 13 people walked away that day w/ zero injuries.
(In case you’re a nervous flyer like myself, he told us he was sitting in Row 16G.)
The news first reported that everyone was dead. His parents saw the reports that there were no survivors. Right when they were about to relay the news to his wife + children, he called on the phone to tell them he’s alive/what happened (he wasn’t sure if they even knew or had heard anything about it yet).
Jeff was the only person not to sue the airlines. He was probably the only person on the flight to not experience any loss – incredibly, he even got his luggage back. He also added that he wasn’t originally even going to be on this flight + chose it because he knew that a DC-10, which is a wide-body… would have a better lunch. 🤯
“I believe I survived to talk to you about this today.”
He said whenever he is available + can possibly speak about this, he does, because in a brief moment of the crash, when he realized what was happening, he had made a promise to God to tell his story if he survived. He hopes even one person hearing it will be inspired, think about the world differently + change something in their life.
“Everyone has a purpose, but it’s up to you to capture it.”
He explains that your destiny very well may be different from what you think it is.
“You become what you think about.”
If you believe things will never be okay, then they won’t be. If you think negative thoughts, you’ll live in negativity.
“We are all here at this time for a reason.”
Respond to your current situation/the pandemic in the best way you can.
The Power Of Forgiveness –
Ask for forgiveness. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Free yourself. Let people know you forgive them, even if they don’t ask for it/reach out to you to apologize.
Be Kind –
Be thoughtful. Go the extra mile. We don’t always need to be setting people straight all the time. Smile. Talk to people nicely. And talk to people wherever you go.
Threewalls gallery is showing Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s exhibition, “The Uncertainty of Signs” from November 2- December 15, 2012. Maciá’s work consists of five large-scale collages, twenty-six smaller works, and a furniture piece.
Although Maciá uses many different materials, she used mostly felt in this collection of works. In the piece titled “Nomadic Future” (Figure 1), Maciá uses pieces of felt shaped as rainbows, stars, smiley faces, butterflies and hearts, along with big red x’s. In this piece and the rest of the works in the collection, there is a definite sense of connectivity. This piece has lines that intersect some of these symbols and other symbols are placed between the lines. Overall, there is a definite theme of lines in her work. Some of the other pieces also had similar connections. For example, another piece consisted of a grey background with red lines going off in several directions, with bits of black and white scrap felt added on the lower right corner. Again, the viewer is offered this sense of connectivity where everything inside the vicinity purposely connects or touches in some way.
One of the larger canvases appeared to be created on a type of cloth that was meant to be a sign. It has holes around all the edges as though it would be tied to a structure instead of placed on a wall. This piece contained very little color, except for the two small felt rainbows. There was also one black “x” or a cross on the bottom right corner. The other geometric pieces placed on the canvas seemed to resemble both the outlines and inner workings of an intricate spider web. This piece again conveyed the sense of connectedness because the web-like structures drew viewers’ eyes in towards the close center. The twenty-six smaller pieces were titled “A-Z” because each tile was supposed to reference a letter of the Latin alphabet. This is not an easily observed purpose since the only actual letter portrayed is a red letter “a.” Mainly from these works, there was again the sense of connectivity and a sense of distortion. The distortion stemmed from the fact that a few of the textiles included photos that were altered or placed in an unusual way. One also portrayed part of a flower painting but was interrupted by paper and felt. Many of these textiles had multiple layers of material. Another interesting thing about these twenty-six smaller works was that a lot of them also involved sewing and needlework. This is rarely seen anymore. There were several textiles that included felt being sewed both to other pieces of felt and paper as well. Many include themes of line, some with and some without vibrant colors palettes. The small textiles do not all have the same frame lengths or style but the collection is aesthetically pleasing because of the color palette and theme of lines.
The artist’s furniture piece, called Let x=x (Figure 2) very closely resembled one of the twenty-six smaller textiles in design. It appeared that the small textile was a blueprint for the construction of the furniture piece; however, two of the colored benches were switched around in order. This piece consisted of similar color shades as the rest of the works “thereby referencing the fabric in a physical, touchable way” (Sorkin). This shows viewers how Maciá changes up her work and isn’t afraid to play with designs and patterns. This again gives the audience that same sense of connectivity but instead of tying everything in one piece together, two pieces in the same room are connected.