Letter From Me, Christian
Celebrating two years of Beginner's Mind. Two years! Two!
Paint a picture
It’s Wednesday morning, December 15. I went for a brief walk this morning and like every year in Chicago, the weather is odd. Currently, it’s 56°F/13°C
I’m drinking my favorite tea, Asian Pear — a green tea with orange blossoms. I bought a new glass teapot over the weekend that allows you to see your tea take shape. As you pour the water, you see the tea leaves expand and color the water. Some teas are bright green, some are yellow, and some are dark gold. There’s a deep appreciation that comes from seeing tea becoming.
I’ve been working on wrapping up a few projects before the year ends. The Chicago Graphic Design Club, an organization I started, is going through some updates as we prepare for a new year of programming. And also, an online store to purchase my photographs is planning on launching by the end of the year.
I was telling a group of friends earlier in the week that I was feeling overwhelmed by the number of things going on but that I often remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to do it all.
December 15, 2019
For your awareness, this newsletter, Beginner’s Mind celebrates its second anniversary today, December 15. Two years ago, on a Sunday morning, the first issue was published.
Two years ago, I was 28 years old. I was living in a tiny studio and I had just finished reading Jaron Lanier’s book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
Convinced that I could do without social media, I set forth to explore ways to stay connected without Instagram. I had grown tired of the hollow interactions that cultivated a bitterness that I was not proud of.
Three years into my career, I feared the impending doom of my curiosity and creativity waning and becoming overshadowed by corporate ideals and values.
In an effort to remain connected and inspired, I created Beginner’s Mind as an avenue to share musings with people who dared to subscribe. And they did! And since then, through Beginner’s Mind, I’ve gotten the opportunity to connect with writers and readers near and far.
Two notable responses are:
In the first issue, I wrote:
The goal of this newsletter is to provide insight on topics that I find worth sharing and hopefully inspire a person or two along the way. Although I identify as a graphic designer, I am above all a human being and I am interested in the human condition and everything related.
Today it has evolved to be a critical examination on the margins of culture and creativity through a contemplative lens — a beginner’s mind.
Moving forward, I hope to paint narratives and develop responses rooted in resilience, reality, hope, and creativity, through writing.
Creativity, I consider the absolute catalyst that manifests possibilities.
While culture is the undeniable relative reality of the changing world around us.
And contemplation, the slowing of it all.
So, thanks to everybody that has remained engaged over the past two years. I deeply appreciate it.
May you find happiness, safety, wellness, and peace. 🙏
You can explore previous issues of Beginner’s Mind, here and as always, I’m here if you want to reach out.
Christian Baizan Solorzano ❤️
Oak Park, IL