As you no doubt already know, I love books. In fact it’s safe to say that I REALLY love books. There are some books we read for joy, some books we read to learn from, and some we read to be inspired. You know what’s really special though? When you find a book that combines all three of these reasons in one.
I’m sure we’ve all had those moments when we’ve happened across a book that just feels like the words within it have been written especially for us. That’s how I felt when I discovered ‘The Artist in the Office’ by Summer Pierre (who also happens to have a pretty great blog).
Being someone who’s often felt that I exist within two different lives – within and out of the day job, I knew this book would help. Regardless of what you consider your ‘art’ to be, perhaps this book is for you too? Here’s a little excerpt from the back cover:
‘Day after day, this is how it goes: You get up, go to work – and save your ‘real’ self for the cracks and corners of your off time. Your 9-to-5 work might pay the bills, but if it’s not giving you an outlet for your pent-up creativity, it’s time to make a change. This ingenious little book isn’t about throwing over your day job. It’s about integrating the work you have to do with the work you want to do.’
Filled with awesome illustrations and lots of humour, there’s all kinds of fun things to help inspire you to pursue the artistic path in all that you do. Things like: collecting evidence of your day, taking yourself on lunchtime adventures, doing something unexpected, photographing ordinary objects, and heaps of other cool ideas.
If you’d like to better embrace the ‘artist’ within, I would really recommend this lovely book … in Australia you can pick up a copy from the lovely Melbourne store ‘Orlando and Ivy’ (you can also buy from them online).