Time for some manifesto magic. I wrote about my love of manifestos – the certainty of them, the optimism of writing out your aspirations as faits accomplis, the boldness of life plans deeply rooted in personal values – way back in August last year, when I featured three manifestos that were all about living a creative life and making art.
This time, I’m sharing four manifestos that are, each in their own way, about love – loving our bodies, our dreams, ourselves, and each other. Because when it’s all said and done, it’s not our accomplishments or our failed enterprises that we celebrate or mourn… it’s how well we loved.
The first is from Curvy Yoga. It’s a powerful affirmation, whether you’ve struggled with body image issues or not, but especially if you have.
The Curvy Yoga Manifesto begins with this: Believe in the beauty of curves. Soft is strong and round is fierce.
I absolutely LOVE that. Go read the rest and be reminded that your beauty has nothing at all to do with the size of your jeans.
The second one is from Danielle LaPorte, and it’s the manifesto that started my manifesto love affair. I read it at a time when I was feeling particularly unmoored and unlovable. I remember wanting to crawl inside these words:
Someone you haven’t met yet is already dreaming of adoring you… Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you. Someone is willing to lend you money, wants to know what your favourite food is, and treat you to a movie. Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you — for free… Someone just this second wished for world peace, in earnest… Someone is regaining their sanity. Someone is coming back from the dead. Someone is genuinely forgiving the seemingly unforgivable. Someone is curing the incurable.
Encouraging, right? That must be why she called it the The Manifesto of Encouragement. There’s more. Go see.
The third manifesto is from Jonathan Fields of The Good Life Project. He calls it a creed, which works; when I read lines like these, it feels like I’m offering up a prayer to myself:
Be fierce with your time. but generous with your heart… Find awe, let it shake you, melt you, lift you, then share it… Build a tribe, people matter. Love so deeply, it cracks open the world… Expose your soul, vulnerability is a gateway to strength… Pause often, listen deeply.
Go read the rest of the creed. Pause. Breathe. Repeat.
The last one is from me. It’s The (fearless) Love Manifesto, and I’m so excited because it’s finally available as an 8×10 print in my Etsy shop. I got requests to make the manifesto into a print months ago, but I was nervous and didn’t know anything about how to make art-quality prints, and I felt safer just sticking to cards… that is until I started to feel cramped in my tiny, little comfort zone… in that way that tiny, little comfort zones can often make you feel. So now, after hours of research (and a new printer, and archival inks and archival paper, and learning how to size for frames and matting, and a whole shitload of other things I didn’t know), it’s here!
And there’s more coming to the shop. I’m on a roll, with dragonfly prints, 5×7 art cards, and some mini posters made out of illustrations I did for the blog. Plus, I’m in the midst of making art out of discarded things because the world needs more art… and fewer discarded things.