As a teenager growing up in the city, I would regularly escape after school to an abandoned farm just outside of town. I went there alone, to slip the emotional armor required for teenage survival and just be free. At the farm I would swing on an old tire swing and watch the barn swallows dart from hayloft to smokehouse and back. I would wander through the waving fields, sing to the open sky, and explore the secrets of a forgotten farmhouse. This place was, to me, a sanctuary – a place to still my anxious adolescent mind and contemplate life, nature, and beyond. There were no screaming city sirens. There were no tangles of telephone poles or barking billboards. There were no frantic traffic snarls or stressed out citizens – only peace and beauty. The farm was as holy as any church to me, and it was a source of tranquility and inspiration. It stirred my soul where the aspirant artist and writer were being drafted. I knew that if I went to the farm, I would receive goodness.
As a grown woman, living in this stress-soaked mile-a-minute existence of ours, I believe we all need a “farm” to go to – a place where we can step away from the chaos and find quiet inspiration. Few of us can afford to physically escape adult life everyday to do this, but there are sources of inspiration within our reach. While nothing is a substitute for real life experience, much can be gained from a few moments of reflection and illumination as we watch or read a compelling account of an inspired life.
For us, a most favorite source for this kind of escape into goodness is, The ANTHROPOLOGiST by Anthropologie. For those who are not familiar, Anthropologie is a purveyor of beauty for person and home. They specialize in unique and extraordinary items from around the world. The store also has a website devoted entirely to the goodness known as inspiration. Listen to their own beautiful description of this website.
“The Anthropologist is an online space for inspiring works and inspiring individuals. It is a testament to the idea that revealing the passions and pursuits of one person can result in the progress of many. Our premise is simple: we illuminate those who move us in order to move you. We champion the idea that sharing sources of creativity in turn kindles it.”
We couldn’t agree more. And we are thankful each time a new segment is released because we are so enriched.
Each segment of The ANTHROPOLOGiST is a unique adventure into a person’s life, art, passion, or all three. We particularly appreciate Derek Henderson’s relaxing float down the Waikato River in his native New Zealand, Jim Denevan’s arctic art on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and the fantastic fairytale world of Urnatur. To have the privilege of visiting P.E. Guerin’s establishment, which happens to be the oldest decorative hardware firm in America, was to see true artists and craftsmen/women at work. The Little Ballerina, David Eustace, Andrew Zuckerman, the list goes on…there is not one segment without merit and value.
We encourage you to step into this beautiful world and admire the moving and thought provoking stories that the ANTHROPOLOGiST tells. It might turn out to be a little “trip to the farm” for you. We think you are sure to be inspired. The harvest of goodness awaits…
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Take your time and explore The ANTHROPOLOGiST, then come back and tell us what inspired you and why.