ny - boston | photog - designer

Jo Bailon

Words.. for the Veterans

Hello guys.
Not sure if people still read posts on tumblr anymore. I feel so senile compared to most nowadays. See, when I first got on board with the tumblr movement it was about four to five years ago. The scene was so live then. The people were creative, inspiring, social, intelligent. There were blogger communities where people knew one another and were constantly meeting one another. People became friends and lovers through these communities. Sounds silly but it was so real. Through time this all withered away, we outgrew tumblr once the kids started taking over, but the beautiful part about it was that through the bonds that were built on tumblr some eventually flourished into personal relationships and expanded post the tumblr fascination era. You saw the growth in your fellow mates and there’s nothing more exciting then seeing people you once shared ideas and interests with now doing big things with their lives. 
I mean, I could literally sit here and list a handful of people who I’ve followed for years; who I’ve witnessed expand their careers and lives in such beautiful manners. From touring nations with their music talents to selling their artwork in gallery exhibits to even getting married and building their own families to traveling the world. Through these bonds I can truly say I could go to almost any coast or continent and have the possibility of meeting up with someone I’d met through tumblr years ago.
My point in this is that life is beautiful. My darling tumblr veterans- you’re beautiful. You’re inspiring me til this very day. I’m constantly mind blown by the powers of social media and networking. I feel so much love when people write to me and tell me they, too, have been following me for years and admire my growth. This is what life is about, people. Feed your soul. Find something or someone who feeds your soul and ride with it. We’re here to meet, bond, create, inspire and imagine with one another. 

Ride far and out with it. 



The philosopher Odo Marquard has noted a correlation in the German language between the word ‘zwei’, which means “two”, and the word ‘zweifel’ which means “doubt” - suggesting that two of anything brings the automatic possibility of uncertainty in our lives. Now imagine a life in which every day a person is presented with not two or even three but a dozen of choices, and you can begin to grasp why the modern world has become, even with all its advantages, a neurosis-generating machine of the highest order. In a world of such abundant possibility, many of us simply go limp with indecision. Or we derail our life’s journey again and again, backing up to try the doors we neglected on the first round, desperate to get it right this time. Or we become compulsive comparers - always comparing our lives against some other person’s life, secretly wondering if we should have taken her path instead.

—    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed  (via nouvel-esprit)

Elizabeth Gilbert on success, failure and the drive to keep creating

My night has been spent staring at typeface’s- analyzing and creating templates for a new business card. My previous one was a simple white with clean hierarchy and black Gil Sans typeface. Although it’s tempting to retreat back to familiarity with my new card, I’d like to try to step out of the box.

Which typeface (font) do you like from my top 13 list?

Revamping all my collateral and design starting from my blog layout (check it out!), new site (coming shortly!), updated business cards, creating a logo- boy, oh boy, lots to do. 

Your work, is beautiful. Very Elegant & Sexy. I Like how your latest work has all those touches but also can be very private. Keep going always. -RCHT

Asked by ricochetrcht

thank you so much

I can only stir up my creativity when I ask myself the big cosmic question: “What have I come here to do?”

My answer has always been the same: “I came here to write.”

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I promised the universe that I would be a writer — long before anyone was buying my work. And let me make something clear: I never promised the universe that I would write WELL, or that my books would be beloved by critics, or that my work would resonate with people, or that my work would even be published, or that everything will turn out according to my desires. I merely promised that I would write. Full stop. Here’s the contract: I will write to the best of my ability, and then I will release it. Whatever happens next — once I have released my work into the world — is none of my business. I just came here to write.
So, whenever I get frustrated, or blocked, or fearful, I remind myself that I came here to to be a writer. Then I turn my attention back toward writing and I ask it respectfully, “What do you need from me?”

Writing always gives me the same answer: “Your patience, and your labor.”

And so I get back to work.

What did you come here to do?

—    Elizabeth Gilbert (blog post)

Don’t mind my absence

…it’s all in good fortune. I’ve been plotting, creating, adjusting, absorbing, loving, preparing and learning. 
New movements, ideas and best of all, new work is all to come.

Be patient and be full of light.

Most of all be kind. 

xx Jo