on being original

Chip listens to Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis frequently on his drive to work and is constantly bringing me back little nuggets to ponder.  It certainly gives one much to think about – I highly recommend reading or listening to it (listening to it makes it much easier to follow – especially if you purchase the one with the British gentleman reading – it is like listening to C.S. Lewis himself)!  I have been pondering over the above quote here lately.  It is so timely, especially in this place where it seems the world keeps getting smaller and on one hand, creativity seems to be flourishing, but on the other, it seems to be more easily copied, less than original, and everything starts to “taste the same.”  If you are a blogger or somehow involved in the creative industry, I’m quite sure you know what I mean.  It’s  a challenge to find your own voice, make it consistent, and stay fresh.  I don’t know that I am always successful – but I’m trying!  At any rate, there is a little slice of what is on my mind right now.

On another note, go to the BHG style spotter blog today to see a little DIY table!  My friend Jane gave me the idea, and Vivi adores her little toddler tables.  I’ll post pictures when I get them arranged in her new play space with their new little covers. Click on the image below to go to the post:do it yourself kid table

10 Responses to “on being original”

  1. Julie Burgin says:

    thanks for the tip on “listening” to Mere Christianity. I’ve read it, but may have to give listening to it a try:). Love the quote too. The Table looks like an awesome idea!

  2. Coryann Gwaltney says:

    Too cool!

  3. love this joni! i think you totally have a unique voice and i’m always excited to see what you’ve posted. wishing you a happy weekend and look forward to seeing you soon!

  4. Jamie says:

    you’re seriously the best. I was reading my boys Goodnight Moon earlier and was thinking you should do a mood board for that room. awesome, no?

  5. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt says:

    I love this quote, it is too true. We can try and try but no matter what it is always a reflection of something we’ve seen somewhere. How we interpret and see it is what is original. Just make note and if you were influenced by something say so. It doesn’t matter to admit it, but it makes a world of difference compared to trying to pretend you weren’t.

    On the same note, you always have beautiful original content. Cute table btw and congrats for the BHG feature!

  6. What a wonderful quote! I think sometimes people want to fit in or try emulating those they love (sometimes without even realizing it) – which is such a shame because we all have our own unique gifts to bring to the table.
    I have to say, in all honesty, I consistently come back to your blog because of the unique feel and the inspired boards and ideas – and I don’t even have a baby! But it is your original content that inspires me – in home decorating, parties etc. I keep coming back because I know what I find here I won’t get anywhere else.

  7. Ashley McG says:

    love love CS Lewis and your work, Joni! Its always refreshing to stop by laybabylay’s site to see your creative mind at work. xA

  8. Jill says:

    You are one of the true originals in this world! Keep doing exactly what you are doing!

  9. Karissa says:

    I love C. S. Lewis! And I think you do a fantastic job of keeping a fresh, consistent voice. I had the most incredible craft table when I was younger. I remember it being so big and the perfect height and lots of space for supplies and working. I’m so glad to see this tutorial because though I don’t have kids yet I’ve already started thinking of how I can get them a great craft table too. Pinning this for later :)

  10. love this quote. So much about being, not planning and plotting. About our own truths which vary from other people’s truths being what truly sets us each apart…if only we were okay with courageous enough to be apart to come together. Originality isn’t really so much about being it, it is really so much more about being recognized and seen. Everyone deserves that whether you were here first, second third or later.

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