"Soul stitcher, writer, crafter, craft archaeologist"
L'Tanya is brimming with ideas - I love talking with her. In just a short time she gets my mind racing with great ideas! Let's jump right in to the interview so you can meet her:
How Do You See Yourself as a Square-Peg?
I'm swimming upstream - going in the opposite direction...this movement or push is everywhere. TV commercials tell us what to eat and the music tells kids how to act and more specifically how to treat women. I'm trying to parent in a different direction and that gets really difficult.
My parenting - we have a son who's 11, and adopted a baby, who's 2 now. My son was diagnosed with ADD and attends an afternoon program at a school that specializes in teaching children with learning differences and ADD. I homeschool him in the mornings so we have the best of both worlds.
I don't fit in to the 9 - 5 world. When I was younger I did it, and hated it! I don't want to do it - but I have thought: "What's wrong with me?" I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I think out of the box. If I don't find what I want, I'll create it.
I'm a good starter, a master brainstormer, but I'm not as good with finishing. My mind is always going - my husband says "There's no telling what's going around in your head."
What Has Been the Hardest For You as a Square-Peg?
Accepting my Square-Pegness as being OK.
L'Tanya shared a K. Cotterman quote with me that she'd read on a blog: "Water doesn't wash, it remembers." She tied the quote into our interview:
The whole fight is about remembering who you are - being authentic. Society guides you in different ways - the hardest part is accepting oddities, eccentricities. This is a battle I waged for many years.
I'm much happier knowing this - even if I'm not all the things society says I should be.
L'Tanya talked about accepting and strengthening her Square-Pegness through her magazine, where she celebrates different cultural contributions in needlecrafts, and which connects needlecraft artists (which includes many Square-Pegs, I'm sure).
My vision for the magazine is one way that I accept my Square-Peggedness. While most magazines just focus on providing patterns (after all, that is what crafters want), I want to provide a bit of history, sociology, a love of culture, etc. and patterns.
She also mentions limiting input:
I have to pull back from alot of my reading - limit my input. I have to limit my input many times so that I don't copy and so that I remain true to my vision for the magazine.
...what I really, really wanted to do was incorporate customs of the world - different patterns and crafts - bring them into our consciousness - one world mentality.
I see myself as an archaeologist - I find what I want - I dig for it and bring it back. People are so interesting! You can learn so much through their food - what they're thinking. You can reach out to the world.
L'Tanya also mentions that stopping to remember gratitude plays a part in maintaining her Square-Pegness...
I started this two years ago - and 2 months later adopted a newborn! There were so many obstacles.
Sometimes I forget - I've done a lot. I've done amazing things within the parameters of my life.
What's Your Favorite Square-Peg Trait?
I love the way I can brainstorm and not get attached to every idea I birth. I don't have to edit my ideas - I can generate and go go go. All ideas are good. I think there is a right time for every idea.
I would want to work for something like a think tank, if I ever did anything else. I love to tell people my ideas.
What Are Your Favorite books?
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
The Ominvore's Dilemna, by Michael Pollan
The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing, by by Tamara Monosoff
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You can keep up with L'Tanya on her blog, I, Witness.
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