Marella Consolini, former Chief Operating Officer of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, is one of the many very interesting Improvised Life readers we’ve come to know and be amazed by. Somehow years ago, an email exchange started and continued until we feel like she is an old friend, who we happen to have never met in person.
In a recent email, Marella sent images of the day books she embellishes yearly with images; the current one, above, features Yves Klein’s famous leap to mark a year of questions, transitions and new challenges:
For years I’ve kept a “day book” calendar, and I “customize” the covers with a photo or sticker or something that tickles my fancy. For my 2014 book I used — of course – Harry Shunk’s Yves Klein photo. What better image to capture the leap that this year represents for me? And I think about it, consciously, every time I look at the book.
There are many things about Marella’s email that is compelling: First, that she uses physical pen-on-paper day books as part of her daily tools…That the image on the cover of a leap makes her think about it consciously every time she sees it… And the “leap that this year represents”:
Marella has taken a sabbatical, she said, “to uncover the next professional chapter. I’ve never, ever in my life had a break between jobs, and I felt the only way to invite something a little new & different into my life was to take some time and space to find it.”
THE ONLY WAY TO INVITE SOMTHING A LITTLE NEW & DIFFERENT …IS TO TAKE SOME TIME AND SPACE TO FIND IT.
Words to live by!!!
Thanks Marella! We can’t wait to hear where you are heading next…