Grace at Creative Mornings: “People Matter, Real Life Matters”



Earlier this year I had the honor of speaking at Creative Mornings New York. Tina knew it was our final year at Design*Sponge and asked me to come speak about that and reflect on the idea of symmetry. For me, that meant sharing the times that life and work had dipped high and then low again. That eternal back and forth is the only version of balance or symmetry I know, and I relished the chance to slow down, reflect on the past 15 years and share what I learned. But what I found myself doing as I worked on my slides was telling a more personal story: the story of meeting (and sadly losing) my friend, Georgine. Georgine volunteered with Julia and me at Angel Food East, and getting to know her and learn from her taught me more about life than I ever expected. So this talk boiled down to the greatest lessons I learned from Design*Sponge and from Georgine mainly that, in my experience, things that happen in person (and not on social media) tend to have a more lasting and significant impact on life. I hope youll check out my talk (below) and give it a listen. There are tears and laughs and a lot of vulnerability. I hope it might inspire some of you to unplug and connect with friends (new and old) in person, too. xo, Grace

Photos by Paul Jun

  • This is me marching into the unknown having no idea what Im doing, but knowing that its the right time to make this move.
  • Lets try to invest in the people that pick us up when were down, that remind us of who we are. People who know that we are not our brands. People that remind us that we matter exactly as we are.
  • Be present with somebody. Take the time and care to create the compassion that is required to make a lasting connection.


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