My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


Motivation Monday- Escape from Cubicle Nation

I know this Motivation Monday is coming a little late but its still Monday in some parts of the world... so it still counts :)! I read Pamela Slim's Escape from Cubicle Nation while crossing the ocean.  Isn't it crazy to think about reading or doing anything 30,000 feet in the air?  The first time I heard about the book was it was from a friend from art group and then I was at a panel discussion where Pamela was speaking.  I was more curious about the book after I heard Pamela speak and I thought maybe it was a sign that I needed to read the book sooner then later. 
I often thought that I wasn't meant for an ordinary life, but who wants an ordinary life? We are supposed to grow up, go to college, get a desk job, get married, maybe have a kid or two then retire, and then die while trying to insert happy memories in between hopefully. One of the main things that the book brings up is the difference between your essential self and social self.  Your social self being your programming.  You know all the things you are supposed to do and how life is supposed to be.  Your essential self being the deep down bare bone essence of what makes you you.  The book isn't so much about unleashing your true self but recognizing that there is a difference and that it deserves to be recognized and it's where your passion can be tapped in to.   Recognize your essential self this week :) and see what happens.
PS- I don't know if you noticed in the picture but yes I did buy the bedazzeled Hello Kitty Iphone case here in Hong Kong.. I couldn't help myself but I LOVE it!


Traveling Distances said...

That sounds like an interesting book- I need some inspiration/boost as I'm back to work. Can't wait to hear more about Hong Kong.

I think that might be My Melody (also by Sanrio, the same creator of Hello Kitty).

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

Sounds like a must-read for a lost little pup like me ! I have no idea what I'm doing after I leave France. Also, I think my students would die if they say your Hello Kitty cover. They love that stuff!

k said...

i could use reading this, thanks for the recommendation!

Mandy Crandell said...

Sounds great! Ordinary life has never interested me, especially the having kids part.

Pamela Slim said...

Thanks for bringing me along on your flight! So glad you enjoyed the book.

And now I want a bedazzled Hello Kitty phone case too!



LenoreNeverM♡re said...

cute~ that's Melody & not Hello Kitty?
extra ordinary is what i want!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

The book does sound interesting and I love the Hello Kitty!!!

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Haha I knew that it was in the Hello Kitty family :)

Cindy said...

the book sounds great and i will channel my essential self a bit more now. love your bedazzled case!

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for highlighting it because I'd never heard of it before.

But, like you, I also have never felt destined for the typical "9-5 work in an office for 50 years, then retire and finally get to start living" life. I'm on my way to actualizing that this very week...with getting closer than ever to launching my Etsy store!

Thanks as always for your timely motivational posts :)

P.S. I have never been obsessed with Hello Kitty but I LOOOOVE your iPhone case! I bet the shopping in Hong Kong is amazing...especially for the vinyl toys that I 'heart' so much!!

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