Ari Woeste
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Eudaimonia Mural

  “You know at the end of a day and you’ve done 800 interviews and you’ve cut hair and you’ve done all these amazing things.. You go to sleep and you’re exhausted. But you’re happy. That’s called eudaimonia.”   During a Jonathan Van Ness  Getting Curious  episode, Ryan Huber (an ethicist and theologian) dropped this word I’d never heard before but I’ve been looking for for years.. the word that I wish I could drop when someone’s like “well if you’re so tired, why do you work so much?”   Doing my thorough “research” on wikipedia, there’s more to this idea. It’s not just being happy in the moment from a day well-worked. It’s being happy and *satisfied* in your whole being because you know you’re fulfilling your unique purpose. I know I was created to create. I’m happy because I know when I was given the choice of working hard in another career for more security and money (but that wasn’t the right fit for me), I instead chose to work hard in a career that utilizes my skills, creativity, and unique personality cocktail.  So I wanted a reminder of this idea in my space where I work everyday. I didn’t want a word but.. I really only know letters. So I wanted to create a visual texture out of type, a symbol of this weird word I had just learned. A representation of my black and white, “right brained” tendencies but splashed with subtle creative flair. Also no. It’s not very legible. Because I want it that way. (Cue Backstreet Boys pls)

“You know at the end of a day and you’ve done 800 interviews and you’ve cut hair and you’ve done all these amazing things.. You go to sleep and you’re exhausted. But you’re happy. That’s called eudaimonia.”

During a Jonathan Van Ness Getting Curious episode, Ryan Huber (an ethicist and theologian) dropped this word I’d never heard before but I’ve been looking for for years.. the word that I wish I could drop when someone’s like “well if you’re so tired, why do you work so much?”

Doing my thorough “research” on wikipedia, there’s more to this idea. It’s not just being happy in the moment from a day well-worked. It’s being happy and *satisfied* in your whole being because you know you’re fulfilling your unique purpose. I know I was created to create. I’m happy because I know when I was given the choice of working hard in another career for more security and money (but that wasn’t the right fit for me), I instead chose to work hard in a career that utilizes my skills, creativity, and unique personality cocktail.

So I wanted a reminder of this idea in my space where I work everyday. I didn’t want a word but.. I really only know letters. So I wanted to create a visual texture out of type, a symbol of this weird word I had just learned. A representation of my black and white, “right brained” tendencies but splashed with subtle creative flair. Also no. It’s not very legible. Because I want it that way. (Cue Backstreet Boys pls)

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