Carson Neff: It's Already August?
This summer, I had a blast working at People’s Liberty. I had several opportunities to do good work with the help of some great teachers. I’m sad to see the summer start to wind down but I’m also excited to keep up a proper relationship with the community that I’ve become a part of while working here.
Reflecting on the experience as a whole, I’ve grown in a lot of ways. For one, my sense of responsibility has increased, in both a professional setting as a designer and in my personal life. Through participating in events and activities at the space and keeping busy with lots of different work, I’ve gotten a better sense of what it means to pull my weight and contribute by using my skills to help an organization run; skills such as being a good listener, knowing when to talk, and considering other people’s points of view and experiences. It’s pretty easy to get stuck inside my own bubble when plugged into a project, and I’ve learned that opening up and asking for help and sharing my process can lead to insightful feedback and progress in directions I wouldn’t have normally considered. Overall, everyone at People’s Liberty has given me the opportunity to become more creatively confident and generally more proactive as a person.
When things start to change and new things start up, I like to make lists. here are a couple:
Top 12 things I’m looking forward to about the fall:
- crunching leaves on walks
- the smells
- october as a month
- playing and recording music
- skating weather
- table tennis club (hoping to join or form this club)
- staying inside
- starting to see my breathe
- falling asleep in my hoodie
Top 11 places I want to visit in a weekend:
- Asheville–Is this drivable? I’ve been wanting to take the train through the Smoky Mountains at some point.
- Chicago–What a place. Lots to explore.
- Ann Arbor–I stayed overnight here a couple years ago with my family while we on our way up to Leland, MI. Nice little scene and a cool college town.
- Columbus–New home for my sister and several of my close old friends. Definitely reason to visit more often.
- New Orleans–Why not?
- Florence, KY–Good outdoor skatepark just a few miles outside cincy.
- Lawrenceburg, IN–Gambling. Jk. Perfect north! Hoping for an early November snow.
- Berlin–Is this even possible in a weekend?
- Memphis, TN
- Austin, TX
- Marfa, TX
Top podcasts I want to listen to during studio:
- Reply All–Just saw Alex Blumberg give a lecture at the Mercantile Library. He talked about how even when he thought he knew everything about storytelling, this show contributed to a new level of how a story can be told in the Matt Leiber episode.
- Planet Money–Digging through the podcast archives for a bit of history.
- There are podcast versions of nearly every NPR show I enjoy. Since the radio is constantly on at home with my family, being able to listen to those shows like Fresh Air and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in podcast form during the week is a creature comfort. I like having the radio on.
Top 5 meals:
- Fish tacos–beer-battered cod with a red cabbage, cilantro, mango slaw and jalapeño tzatziki sauce. dee-lish.
- Halftime chili–can be made totally vegan and still tastes meaty. I like this with rotini pasta.
- Rommertopf–basically a whole chicken is baked inside a “Rommertopf” clay pot with potatoes, small onions, and baby carrots. Makes an intense broth.
- Pesto pasta.
- Vindaloo sauce.
Top 5 things I can get better at:
- taking photos of my work and life
- overcoming post anxiety on social media
- carrying my camera with me everywhere
- making spontaneous conversation with the guy at the store
- knowing when to take a break and sit outside
So that’s it for now. Hope to keep in touch.
In the words of Nardwuar, doot doo da loo doo, DOOT DOOT