• reader profiles: ambika.

    05.30.2008 / Miscellaneous

    Lately, I’ve been tossing around a few ideas of ways to give back to you: my readers. I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve brought me through the months and I hope that I can give each of you just a fraction of that encouragement.

    So, in an effort to make Design for Mankind a bit more collaborative and reader-focused, I’d like to present to you: reader profiles. You may not be a fabulous artist or own a studio, but you’re still a part of this community and I’d love to honor that.

    All thanks to Jude who gave me the swift kick-in-the-pants to organize this, and who was also the brainchild for reader profiles [thank you, dear!].

    We’re starting out with Ambika, a gal who would just LOVE to know how to be a bit more patient… think we can help her out?

    [click to enlarge & read].

    If you’d like to be featured on Design for Mankind, email me right here and tell me what’s keeping you up at night.

    • A Print A Day

      oh i love this! you have the best segments ever!

    • ambika

      Ha! And hey, I just found out we *are* invited to Idaho this summer so I will be wake boarding this time!

    • design for mankind.

      Thanks, Yas! I owe it to Jude, the mastermind of features. :)

      And Ambika— HURRAY! :)

    • quaint handmade

      i really love this feature! to answer amibika’s request for feedback on worrying:

      i tend to be quite the worrier (so was my mother), but have found that i can only remain in that state for so long. if i put a time line on the worry, i.e. the exam will be over by 2 pm, i’ll feel a little bit better.

      something else i “try” to do when it’s an extremely stressful situation that i can’t control (the root of worry, i think), is to acknowledge that it’s going to be a difficult time and accept it rather than try to be happy and get over it, which just creates additional stress.

      hope that makes sense? if it doesn’t, contact me if you want to ambika.

    • design for mankind.

      Thanks, Cindy! I think that’s great advice! :)

    • A Print A Day


      i think it’s really sweet that you’re looking to “give back” to your readers, especially when you already give a lot, ie, the e-zine and featuring indie designers. so thanks for that :)

      oh, and p.p.s.

      i used to be a worrier too. but it helps to be around people who aren’t! my husband rarely worries about things, and he’s helped me a lot when i was in college. i’ve learned that patience goes a LONG way, and acknowledging the fact that if something is beyond your control, all you can do is wait and think about the good that is going on at present.

      in a more physical sense, i’ve learned how to breathe properly. deep breathing helps a lot. i also found that when i draw or do anything creative, i’m less if not stressed at all (which is why my blog is good therapy :P).

      also, aside from my husband and a very supportive best friend, i have my pets. knowing that there are beings in this world that want nothing more but your love and affection is a great feeling and wipes all the worries away :)

      i hope this helps, even a wee bit. feel free to email me if you’d like ambika!

    • Krissy

      What a great new feature!! I love it- and this is exactly WHY you are THE most awesome blogger :)

      As far as helping her out, I am quite the worrier as well. The best advice that I can give is what I follow and focus on the fact that there are people who have REAL things to worry about. When you take a step back and think, you remember “don’t sweat the small stuff”. It kinda puts things in perspective.

    • design for mankind.

      Great advice, you guys— you are the BEST! :)

    • Justine

      I also am a bit of a worrier… here are my tips:

      1.) pray. For me, trusting in God is the best peace I can have.
      2.) write a list of everything you worry about no matter how big or small. Then divide the list into “What I can control” and What I can’t control”. For the things you can control, transform them into goals. What can you do to change the situation? For the things you can’t control, you have to let them go. Don’t let them consume your thoughts and your time.
      3.) If you’re worrying, change things up so you aren’t dwelling on your thoughts– go for a walk or run, have a nap, call a friend, do something creative, watch a movie you love…

    • design for mankind.

      Amen, Justine! :)

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