On Slowing Down

We’ve been thinking and talking a lot lately about the concept of slowing down. Motley desires to work with communities to create intentional spaces that cause you to linger a little longer, to facilitate public art that makes you stop and look up, to design town logos and brands that make you take a second glance.

We live in an incredibly fast-paced world where we often feel like we are just trying to get from point A to point B. But we want the journey from A to B to be something engaging and worthwhile. It can be a good thing to spend time romanticizing the details of your life. To find your morning commute to be adorable. To think your Tuesday night dinner plans are exciting. To be ten minutes late because you needed to watch the sun come up.

Life can be difficult and sometimes romanticizing the little things can feel naive. We’re immersed in start-up culture, surrounded by entrepreneurs who are constantly talking about the “hustle” and the “grind” of it all. Through our conversations, we’ve come to agree that the hustle and the grind aren’t things worth romanticizing at all.

Working through meals and missing lunch for the sixth time this week is not beautiful.
Hustling through the holidays and missing out on time with loved ones is not beautiful.
Spending every day in the office from sun up to sun down is not beautiful.

Work can be beautiful but it is surely not all we are. Reclaiming our humanity is invaluable. See a movie. Walk to work. Call your mom. Eat some cheesecake. The every day, unimpressive stuff, that’s where you make a life.

It’s great to dream and aspire to more for yourself and your work, but there’s something to be said for having allllll the heart eyes for your life right now, just as it is. Be okay, or more than okay, with where you are because you’ve created something wonderful in the here and now.