HoneLife, if you haven’t yet discovered it for yourself, is a unique, “topic-centered platform” where members are given just one word, each week, and encouraged to share their creative perspective on it. Their goal is to inspire and enable members to “develop a deeper connection to reality, to the world, and to their unique self.” To that end, the sharing is simple and straightforward.
This week’s word is “masculine.” As so often happens with me, I might be overthinking it. You see, the Word of the Week is posted on Sundays at 12:00 (noon) CST. To know the word ahead of time, solve the Friday Riddle posted each week on HoneLife’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Don’t overthink it. Just run with the first thought that comes to mind – write, paint, sketch, take a photo – and share your own unique perspective on the word. Once the week has passed, you can still go back to the Global Gallery to see what’s been posted, and you can give it a thumb’s up, share, or comment – but you cannot go backwards and post your thoughts on the previous weeks’ words. HoneLife, like life itself, moves on.
The message in that, for me, is to be present in the moment. Focus. Don’t think too long or too hard, because you know what this word means to you, right here and now. You can always blog about it in a month, or post something on Facebook in a year – but to be a part of things at HoneLife, it’s now or never.
Jessica Wood, founder of HoneLife.com, ran into me on LinkedIN and invited me to take a look. “I don’t want the site to be another place for people to post pictures of their breakfast or selfies. I want it to really awaken their inner artist.” She assured me that it’s as easy as uploading a photo or posting a comment to Pinterest or Facebook, and that there are no frequency requirements or commitments. “It’s a fun and easy way for established and developing artists to market and ‘hone’ their skills, get new ideas, and most importantly share inspiration.”
One tip: Save or share what you post at HoneLife, because without breadcrumbs, it can be hard to remember and find your way back to a specific post, weeks later. That’s part of its quirky charm, I suppose – you end up slowly perusing posts you’ve never seen before, getting fresh and different perspectives. While it may bear some similarities to Pinterest, HoneLife has a quieter, more contemplative, more creative vibe. The content is fresh and original, distilled – or honed – to a point. There’s no “portfolio” or “profile” page – it’s all about the topic and the observations around it.
What are your impressions of HoneLife?