Co-Founder of If Lost Start Here, Claire Fitzsimmons is a curator, writer, and explorer of ideas. She writes on wellbeing concepts, particularly the space where mental health and culture meet.
An example of my writing for If Lost Start Here. For this article, I talked to the founder of the world’s first Poetry Pharmacy about why poetry still matters.
By Claire Fitzsimmons
“I need new friends.” That’s what I was thinking as I sat in a café in San Francisco in the middle of the afternoon. I was on my own. Soup and salad. And my two month-old son on my lap.
I expected to feel a lot of things when I had a baby, but not lonely. My childless friends were all at work. My family was all the way in the UK where I’d left them a few years before. It was just my husband, myself and our son, Sam.
I needed mummy friends. But how to do this when my boob...
“Let your kids see you cry, show them that big emotions are O.K.”—the idea of practicing emotional honesty with our children is ideal in theory, but the reality can be so much trickier. How do you explain to your kids that grandma has been committed against her will in a mental institution? How do you tell them that you fear the same might happen to you one day? There are certain emotions we all push aside in order to get through the checklist of each day and show up for our children, and in ...
'With social media a part of our everyday lives, how do you determine what is public and what is private in your creative practice? How do you edit or hold back what you consider personal and private? Is sharing your process publicly integral to your creativity? Or do you shy away from the public sphere? How has your creative life impacted your work?'
A personal piece on how social media can be used for acts of generosity.
"Seesaw marriage” means taking turns. But waiting for your time in either the dominant parent or the career-focused parent role can feel more like a tug of war.
Beneath the shiny, glittering surface of SF there is something innately human percolating. Purpose-driven organizations and individuals, art collectives and community initiatives are swimming against the tide of one-clicks and easy information and placing significance on being in the room, face to face, having meaningful conversations.
Would you put your mental health story, or that of your family, down on the page? Do you talk about it? Do you share your anxiety, depression, break-downs? On the very personal reasons why we have to do this.
Therapy is about trust: Trust in the process, in the relationship, in the person, in the cure. It is easily lost, and hard to win back.
This is our Medium Page for Storefront Institute. Here we write about what's on our mind, and hopefully, yours. From whether creativity has a place in our everyday lives to whether connection of the people kind has a place in SF anymore, we cover anything and everything to do with life.
Interviewing designer Tim Belonax of Facebook's Analog Research Lab for Glance Magazine. Wired magazine has called the Analog Research Lab "Facebook's secret propaganda arm." The Huffington Post dubs it "a slogan factory where techies get tactile." Belonax takes us on a tour and gives us his spin.
An interview with Curator Aimee Le Duc for Glance Magazine (produced by California College of the Arts). The piece tracks Aimee as a homegrown talent, with deep roots in a particular place; CCA, the San Francisco arts community, and the city itself have shaped Le Duc and her career. In return, Le Duc has remained loyal to that history in her curatorial projects.
How the theory of Equal Shared Parenting can play out in real-life, and what it really means to be perfectly balanced partners.