I'm so excited to introduce Tienlyn Jacobson to you today! She's a writer, on-air host, blogger at Thoughtful Misfit, and dog mom! She inspires us on a daily basis with her incredible work ethic, style, and thoughtful musings. What better than to have her as our very first Inspired by post! Keep reading to find out what inspires her to keep creating day in and out.
What did you do today?
I woke up early so I could have my morning cup of hot water with lemon, followed by coffee. Then I hit Soulcyle for my favorite 7 am class. After showering, I spent an hour on emails before heading into the Joyus studios to film a few segments for the shopping show that I write and host. Then it was back home for more emails and script writing, before making a fresh beet juice and settling in to pick photos and prep for tomorrow’s blog post on Thoughtful Misfit. The weather has been so incredible lately, so my husband surprised me with dinner in our garden – made mostly from things we grew in our garden! After dinner, I prepped clothes for tomorrow, and laid out fresh workout clothes so I’d have no excuse! I wrapped up the day by reading Alain de Botton’s Architecture of Happiness before bed.
Do you believe in schedules and routines? If so, what is yours?
I love being busy, and every week has new challenges and new adventures. And since every day is different, I need schedules and routines to keep sane. I also have to be diligent about scheduling time to recharge, or it just won’t happen. This is something I used to overlook, but I’ve gotten a lot better at in the last few months.
As far as routines, I have a lot of little ones that I’m convinced have a huge effect in how I feel and function. My morning routine of hot water and a good workout is one that is sacred to me. Also having a green juice and a kombucha a day have a significant impact on how I feel.
Is there anything you would dare to call a favorite at the moment? (a favorite food, person, brand, etc?)
I have a bad habit of calling everything I’m into at the moment, ‘my favorite.’ My favorite author is Anais Nin and has been since I was 15. I’m also pretty fixated with all things Crocodile Dundee. As for clothing, it’s all about Reformation, and Helmut Lang. I’m huge on jewels and I really love everything that Mirlo NY and Lillot are doing. And Krystle Knight is a definite go to. I love every single one of her pieces. Also, I’ve been really into Michael Landon. It started with his outfit from when he played the dad on Little House on the Prairie, but now it’s becoming all about his hair. It’s gravity defying. Ethereal even.
Are there any small parts of your day that affect you are on a larger scale (turn into passions even)?
I’m learning a lot about natural beauty. It started with an interest in how health can affect how you look and feel, but I’ve started to get really interested in what you put on your body as well as what you put in it. I don’t always follow through with DIY projects, but for some reason when it comes to making my own beauty products, I get really into it. It starts with my reading about a natural product or ingredient, and then I end up ordering a bunch of weird stuff from Amazon or visiting an herbalist store and whipping up my own. I share an Amazon Prime account with my sister and she’s constantly emailing me being like, ‘why did you just buy a pound of beeswax, raw shea butter, and a half pound of activated charcoal?’ Crafting beauty products is definitely something I wish I had more time for and am definitely planning on making more time for in the future. It’s a big passion.
Inspiration - it’s a loaded word. But we’re going to make you answer anyways - could you share any sources of inspiration?
Traveling is my number one source of inspiration. I make sure to get out of the city one day a week at the least. I’m also a huge art fan – especially the more conceptual artists. Jenny Holzer, Joseph Beuys, and Sophie Calle are some of my favorites.
But also, just talking to people. I love abstract tangents. I think that’s how you get to some of the most conceptually interesting places, so it’s usually during the most ridiculous and hilarious conversations that I feel the most creative. I have ridiculous conversations with both my sister and my husband on a daily basis.
And for fun - do you have any pets? Any photos of them you’d like to share? We’re suckers for cute animals.
I was never a dog person until I got my dog Mao, but now that I have her, I’m the epitome of an annoying dog person. We actually never trained her – she sort of trained herself, which is amazing. She has a full method of telling us what she wants, complete with paw gestures and head butts. She also sleeps like a human. Every morning I wake up with her in the crook of my arm with her paws wrapped around me. It’s so cute, it’s crippling. It’s really hard to get out of bed.