I’m headed to the lake this weekend, which means it’s time to pull out my favorite all-purpose tote bag from Lands End. This is one of my favorite gifts to give and a summertime “must-have”. Other than being incredibly practical, these heavy duty canvas totes are very sturdy, inexpensive, come in tons of colors and sizes, and *heeeyoo!* can be monogrammed! I even spilled red wine on mine last year, and was able to wash it out. As it happens, Lands End is currently offering 25% off a single item. Go nuts!
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“You gotta hustle!”
This phrase gets tossed around a lot in my world. It’s a favorite among independent artists such as myself and other creative types. I gotta be honest — I’m kind of sick of it. I know what people are trying to say when they use that phrase : you gotta work hard and persistently for what you want. I actually agree with that whole-heartedly. The problem is that’s not what “hustle” actually means. Dictionary.com has several definitions for the word, and all of them make me feel kind of gross:
1. Hustle : to proceed to work rapidly
2. Hustle : to push or force one’s way
3. Hustle : to be agressive, specifically in business dealings
Here’s Oxford Dictionary’s definition. It’s not much better:
Hustle : to force (someone) to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction
By any of these definitions, I don’t want to be known as someone who “hustles”. It’s something I actually have to fight against. We Americans have “hustling” built into our DNA. I feel it within myself, that tendency to hurry up, hurry up, hurry up. To every-so-subtly push people in the direction I want them to go so I can get what I want. To ‘make things happen’. Fighting my “hustle” gene might mean that my career won’t go as far as others. Only time will tell. But, ultimately, I would rather live my life than hustle through it.
One of my favorite writers Shauna Niequist has a great quote to this point: “More Love, Less Hustle”. I absolutely love this, and was delighted when I heard that Gold Bug designs had made Shauna’s quote into a print. My framed print (pictured above) is sitting on my dresser in my bedroom, to refocus my wayward heart on a daily basis. Visit Gold Bug’s Boutique to get your own copy (available in 5×7 and 8×10).
Have a very happy, NO HUSTLE weekend!
This week I have the good fortune to be warming up for the weekend in The Big Apple! The “Love In Black and White” Tour has a day off before our show at Sidewalk Cafe Friday night, and I am taking full advantage of it. This is my fourth trip to Manhattan, and each time I visit I try to explore a different part of the city. This time around its the East Village and Alphabet City. I’ve barely dipped my toe in the neighborhood, but I already love it. Doesn’t hurt that the weather is a sunny, breezy 75 degrees this weekend You can follow my NYC misadventures on instagram (@mylasmithmusic).