Hello, dear readers. One special new feature we’ve added this year is the occasional spotlight on one of our contributors. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Alex and my ‘day job’ is a philosophy PhD student. It’s extremely consuming (definitely not 9-to-5) and could basically fill up all my waking hours if I let it. Reading, thinking, and writing all day is mentally exhausting, but physically boring, and I’ve always loved doing things with my hands. And it’s a great change of pace to express myself through things rather than through words. So my business is, more than anything, a way for me to relax and share the stuff that I dig with other people!
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I can’t imagine my life being any more a reflection of this. The only reason to do philosophy is because you love it, and my business is basically an awesome hobby I love and want to share with other people!
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
I’m slightly obsessed with architecture and industrial design, so a lot of my inspiration comes from there. I also used to work at a boutique flower shop (http://www.ilexflowers.com/), so I see a lot of beauty in plants and nature.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
I may not like walking in the rain, but I love listening to it. So I open the windows a crack so I can hear it and brew a nice big pot of tea. Usually I’ll just get some (school)work done. If there’s not too much to do, I’ll bake something, or just surf the internet and play some video games.
What are you most grateful for?
It’s been a hard month for my family, so I’m most grateful right now for my health and the health of people I’m close to. Without that, you can’t really do much else.
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