Do More of What You Love: Live in the Grey

Live in the grey poster

Since childhood, one of my greatest challenges has been my tendency towards black and white thinking. I'll bet this refrain resounds with a lot of you: "If it's not perfect, it's terrible. If I don't succeed, then I'm a dismal failure." As a mindset, it doesn't leave much room for growth or exploration. In the past year, however, I've been trying to be more gentle with myself while I find a personal and professional middle ground. One resource that I'm loving on the journey is Live in the Grey.

Find the balance between passion and patience

Live in the Grey was launched to help both freelancers and corporate employees blend work with play to derive greater meaning from life. I spoke with co-founder Maneesh K. Goyal on his vision for the site—which so far has featured everything from tips on how to jumpstart creativity to exclusive interviews with innovators like FEED founder Lauren Bush—and he pointed out an overall lack of support networks for risk-takers. "There is a big sense of fear around risk, the idea that risk can be daunting. So we are going to have more in the education realm, more answers to the question, "How do I get there?"

Which I think is brilliant, because if I had a dollar for every time I've read a motivational article and been left wondering, 'Well that's great but what now…" then I wouldn't have to work at all! The team at Live in the Grey has tons of great stuff on the horizon, including a get-together in LA on August 6 (more details soon) and plenty of original content. In the meantime, if you haven't yet had your daily recommended allowance of play, you'd better get going! 

P.S. The poster in these photos is the Live in the Grey philosophy, and I'm giving away this exact version. It's been custom matted and framed buy yours truly (or rather by my friendly local frame shop.) If you'd like to win it, just follow Live in the Grey on Twitter and let me know in the comments! I'll randomly select one person a week from today. XO!

  • Stephanie

    Awesome! This is a great site – thanks for sharing about it Anne. Just followed them on Twitter + FB. And hope I can make it to their LA event, keep us posted. :)

  • Scott M B Gustafson

    I tend to live in indigo denim and toffee colored leather, but I can get behind the Grey Manifesto. I also prefer the spelling with an ‘e’ as well! Looking forward to following this project on Twitter and elsewhere.

  • Emily

    I am a recent graduate and about to start my first desk job and hope this can help me think outside the box at work and home! xx

  • Rochelle Greayer

    Sounds interesting…followed and read the creativity article….love that I now have justification (besides the really good brioche egg sandwich) for going to my favorite cafe to work….it definitely helps my creativity!

  • Jennifer

    :) I’m sure you’ll get this a lot but it’s just what I needed :) Followed!

  • kelley @

    wow! so many inspiring articles, like Are You Investing In A Future That Aligns With Your Values? and When To Risk It All In Pursuit Of Creative Living. thanks for sharing! i’m following Live in the Gray on twitter now.

  • dervla @ The Curator

    this gave me goosebumps! I’m following them on Twitter now.

  • sarah

    I followed. If I didn’t live in the grey, I would have no place to be.

  • Nikki

    Yay, new things to read! Just followed them. :)

  • Live in the Grey

    Thank you all for your kind words! Welcome to our community.
    Please check out this link for more details for our event tomorrow in LA:
    We look forward to seeing you Anne!