Enthusiasm is a communicable disease.

What would it look like to live a life that foregrounds and encourages curiosity? An adventure cartoonist makes the case for drawing on your every weird obsession to inform work and life.

About the speaker

Lucy Bellwood is a professional Adventure Cartoonist based out of Helioscope, a comics studio in Portland, Oregon. Since 2010 she has been capturing visual tales of derring-do from her travels around the globe, spanning rafting trips through the Grand Canyon, cutting-edge oceanography in the Pacific, and a wealth of historical experiences from her time as a tall ship sailor. Her latest book, 100 Demon Dialogues, brings humor and heart to her relationship with anxiety through a series of conversations with a questionably lovable inner demon. Whether deep in the wilderness or speaking in front of crowds, she is driven by irrepressible enthusiasm and a desire for authentic connection with her community. More information and comics (for free!) at lucybellwood.com

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When we box ourselves too tightly into a single identity or career path, we deprive ourselves of the nutrient necessary to remain connected to the world around us. We are lacking in vitamin curiosity. — Lucy Bellwood

When we are young, we are presented with a set of pretty basic isolated end-goal career and identity options . . . Nobody tells you that your curiosity, your life experience, is going to determine a lot about what kind of doctor or firefighter you become. — Lucy Bellwood

We are all pioneers...Each of us must find a sense of belonging for the first time in our own lives. Belonging is not a country. It is not singular. It is not a noun. If anything, I would say it’s a network. It’s a community. And we have to make community. We have to knit them together with these shared passions and vulnerability and kindness and encouragement. — Lucy Bellwood

I don’t want us to fall prey to the idea that our curiosity must be quarantined from our work less we become distracted or waffly. We don’t want to check the very thing that defines us at the door because it might not match the dress code. — Lucy Bellwood

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