The “Don’t freak out” edition :: Issue #319, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.”

— Zig Ziglar

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Issue #319 :: The “Don’t freak out” Edition :: 03:02:2022

Don’t freak out…

I should have known better to brag about being in a flow state.  I kept choosing good things, enjoying that flow, and then…eep! I started to feel super anxious. My chest felt tight for days on end. I could not calm down. 


Then I remembered something I heard about a few years back: the Upper-Limit Problem. It talks about how we self limit when we believe we don’t deserve something. Oof, ain’t that the truth! I’m past all that anxiety now (for now) and am getting back into the swing of things. I realized that simply by attempting to get to my “Zone of Genius,” I caused myself to have a minor freak out. Cool, thanks brain.

“The temptation is strong to remain in the Zone of Excellence; it’s where your own addiction to comfort wants you to stay. It’s also where your family, friends, and organization want you to stay. You’re reliable there, and you provide a steady supply of all the things that family, friends, and organizations thrive on. The problem is that a deep, sacred part of you will wither and die if you stay inside your Zone of Excellence.”

That sacred part of me is thirsty, damnit!

Curious if any of this rings true to you, dear readers.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I started a Discord for Electric Dreams. If this sounds relevant to your interests, HMU

As seen on the Internets

Purr-ty cat eyes! Makeup artist Valerie Vonprisk created adorable “kitty liner” for The Linda Lindas which they donned in their new music video, “Growing Up.” The tutorial is in the spring issue of BUST Magazine.

:: Chic chickens

:: Process vid: A TikTok star hired Ian Charnas to build “jumping shoes”

:: Baltimore Museum of Art invited their guards to curate a show via NPR

:: Cigarette rugs

:: Dead malls Thanks, Tricia!

:: SNL opened with Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York

:: Ukraine’s official Twitter account pulls no punches

Real things you can actually stitch: yay!

Julia Haman embroidered boots

Totally stealing this idea, Julia Haman of Asheville, NC.

Real things you can actually buy: no way!
:: Cutie Polluties

Featured Events

[Oakland, CA :: 7/2 + 7/3] Look at the lineup for Mosswood Meltdown this year! Also, THE John Waters is hosting!
art by Janelle Blarg
[6/11] Do not miss this: the 2022 Game of Shrooms is happening! 

[Alameda :: 3/6 + 3/13] Walking Tours of Alameda

[San Francisco :: 3/19Beware the Brides of March (historical info): “Our party will begin with a gathering in Washington Square Park, followed by a bridal procession up Columbus Avenue, and DIY wedding receptions at the bar and restaurant parklets on Grant Avenue.” North Beach from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.


[Oakland :: dates in March] White Elephant PUBLIC Sale: this is the $5 (plus a 10% surcharge on total) sale restricted to 500 a day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MOST DATES ARE SOLD OUT

[Oakland :: First weekend in April] White Elephant FINAL BLOW-OUT Sale: the last days of this year’s sale is FREE but restricted to 1500 each day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

[Oakland :: 4/9Baba Yaga’s Forest Tea Party, “Baba Yaga invites all folklore and fairytale creatures from around the globe to join her for tea in her enchanted woods. Wear any fantasy or folk wear, and share your favorite dish.”


[Yountville :: Until 4/10DANGEROUS GAMES: Treacherous Toys We Loved As Kids at Napa Valley Museum. Thanks, Richie!

[San Francisco :: 4/10SFMOMA’s Soapbox Derby, McLaren Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

[San Francisco :: 4/17] Bring Your Own Big Wheel

[Los Angeles :: 3/19] Lonesome Town is going to have a show called Nothing is Sacred at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

[San Diego :: 8/3 to 8/7] Tiki Oasis

[Scottsdale :: 4/28 to 5/1] Arizona Tiki Oasis

[Veneta :: 7/8, 9, 10] Oregon Country Fair 

Wait, I want Pop-Tart epaulets.

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