Sailor climbing ladder, 1932 | Photo by Walker Evans

Sailor climbing ladder, 1932 | Photo by Walker Evans

The Transition Issue


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide


Hello friends,

We hope that you had a great holiday season and are eager to set off on the new adventures that will surely unfold in each of your lives during the 300+ days to come.

As you know, Seymour Magazine’s former managing editor Will Kitson set sail at the end of 2015, and our new captain hasn’t embarked yet. Our first issue with Lawrence Neil at the helm will be January 21st.

While we’re waiting, other than sharing our best sea-related analogies, we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you of some things that we remind our visitors when they come to the SEYMOUR+ space in Paris where one of our primary tenets is:

It is just as important to take care of your mental health, as it is to take care of your physical health.

So as 2016 unfolds the gifts of its days to you, we invite you remember the following:

You have permission to take time for yourself to unplug regularly in order to rest your mind and reconnect with your intuition. Machines have a reset button, an on/off switch, a reboot… it’s for good reason it helps them run more smoothly. Humans can benefit from this sort of ‘clean slate too’. We encourage you to make time daily to turn off all distractions in order to chill out and just surf your mind. Even 10 minutes helps.

Doing some ‘internal clean-up’ daily is something we have found helpful too. Pretend you’re inserting an ‘anti-virus’ disc in your brain. Grab a piece of paper and explore and express your inner landscape fully. Take the time to navigate through your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Sort, file and then save or release as necessary. It will help you to have a clean mental ‘desktop’ and avoid falling back into those perpetually stressed out feelings from last year. If you mind your mind in this way, you’ll have increased stewardship of your life and be less reactive.

Once your thoughts are sorted, we invite you to really look inside yourself and feel your way through to what you really want, to your truth … c’mon you know what a gut feeling is! If you’re resistant and thinking: “But I don’t know what I want!” we’re willing to bet that’s because you’re not listening to yourself hard enough or you are afraid of what you’re hearing. Take small steps, it doesn’t have to be forever stuff, just do your best to clarify your desires and goals for the New Year. With a clearer image of where you’re going in mind, it’s certainly a heck of a lot easier to get there. Even if some stuff seems scary or out of reach, if it’s what you really want, you owe it to yourself to be honest with yourself and then go for it.  You may not end up exactly where you expected, but the trip can only teach you something valuable and whatever happens it’ll be better than swallowing the bitter taste of  ‘never tried’.

Okay, that’s all we’ve got for now. Please coast with us and enjoy the float until Lawrence gets here on the 21st.

Thank you so much for your support of all of Seymour’s projects and for reading this magazine.

We’re excited to see what this new chapter brings and we hope that you are too.




Published: January 7th, 2016

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