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Need Read Greed

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Today's Need Read Greed is by my lovely sister, Annie Johnson. I like my sister so much! She is pretty and funny and smart and good at all of the things I am not. The funny thing is: me and my sister can fight! Boy, can we fight! But it never stops us from talking on the phone every single day. About everything. I am not very good at forgiving and forgetting. It is a challenge for me to get over things and I often need my space in order to process and let things go. My sister on the other hand is so wonderful at letting things go. She really does forget too! She completely lets things fly away from her and only holds on to the beautiful and nice things. She is also above average smart. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while have probably caught on that I am terrible at spelling and not always the most eloquent. My sister is the master of languages and actually speaks German fluently. I could go on and on but I guess my point isn't to compare myself to my sister in all of the ways that I fall short but more to point out all of the ways that she is perfect for being my other half. (Conor - you are my other other half haha!!) It is just me and my sister in our family so she is my oldest best friend, the person I tell everything to. The only person who can bring out my worst and then go ahead and still love me after. She's seen me through a lot and I love her for it. I wish everyone had an Annie! The world would be a better place. 

Also, I just realized that this Need Read Greed series is actually very similar to other series going on on other blogs. Why is it that when we see other people doing what we are doing we automatically want to say, "Well, I'm not going to do that ANYMORE!"? Or we want to yell at everyone "I thought of it FIRST!!" I guess it's because we so desperately want to be original and therefore special. We also don't want people to think we are copying and have not original thoughts. Well I must admit when I realized others where doing this series too I definitely said to myself, "No more NEED READ GREED! even though I totally thought of this first!" but I like this series too much to just stop because other people also think it's a good idea! Plus, it is sort of an age old saying... like; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I don't own it. So, the series will continue!! How do you react when you see someone else doing "your thing"? 

Reader Comments (10)

Love the Nespresso! I've been wanting one for a while!

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren A.

i saw bleubird's new series and thought of yours immediately (and knew that you thought of it first!). but yes, i say, keep going!

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjanis

i can totally relate to that feeling of seeing others do similar things. truth is, we all influence each other and are inspired by others all the time. and though i have struggled with feelings like 'i want to be original' and 'it's not fair people are copying this', i've learned to let it go and focus on what i enjoy doing, making or creating. i've also found it stimulates my creative development. some things i've learned to do, i probably would never have learned without this need to become better, create new things and lead instead of follow.

that said, i absolutely love this series and hope you continue it for a long time to come. but i'm also curious what other things you'll come up with in the future!

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

It's always hard to see others doing the same things, but at the same time it's exciting that you're influencing others!

But please don't stop this series, yours is my favorite!

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJensen

I always loved how close you and your sister are!

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKendal

I am ordering that armadillo necklace!!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKlissa

In such situations my mother always said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I love this section of your blog and would miss it terribly if you stopped. I do think those who "borrowed" your brilliant post idea should have at least said where they had seen it and why those chose to start doing the same. Especially where even the layout is the same. Take heart in knowing you're a leader rather than a follower. With love from London

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm glad you're going to keep it up! Yours is the best one I've seen

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Don't get rid of "Need, Read, Greed" !! I saw it first on your blog! Your column definitely has your signature to it, and it's one of my favorite series on your blog. (Although, really, I just think your blog is pretty sweet overall. It's on my top ten!)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEsther

There's a universal law that says the moment you think of something your idea is now out there in the "ethers" for others to energetically snatch up. I try to remember this when I feel like someone copied me; for the most part I give them the benefit of the doubt and believe they just happened to think of a similar idea.

If I am the "copier", meaning I create something and I later discover that someone else created something similar and they created it before I did... I try to think back and figure out if I saw it somewhere and forgot and because of that it was in my subconscious; or did we just happen to create something similar?

I think the latter is more often true than not, when you live a visual life you are exposed to the same ideas, trends and images that others in your field are so two people creating something similar completely unbeknownst to the other is not all that uncommon. And I think that each of us being authentic and true to our inner creative spirit then the works no matter how similar will have a distinctly unique feel; because art comes from the soul and no two souls are alike.

However if someone flat out copies you that can be a bit frustrating; especially if they are too shallow to at least admit that they were inspired by your work. When that happens, I try to remember that imitation is the highest form of flattery; or so they say and if the copy is from someone I respect I try to think of what my Grandmother always said; "Great minds think alike, or fools never differ."


January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShayla

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