How was your week, guys? I crossed TWO things off my ‘New Things’ list (energy work + visiting the Wabasha caves) and I’m working on writing them up. I also took myself on a little DIY writing retreat, caught up with an old friend from Australia, had a mini train adventure on the Northstar Line, and watched a friend’s band. High five, week! You were awesome!
Anyhoodles. Links for you.
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I’ve been reading a few pages of The Effortless Everyday every night and it is chock full of wisdom. A particular favorite: “There’s no growth in your comfort zone and no comfort in your growth zone.” PREEEEEACH.
I have found the gold standard for coffee travel mugs and they’re $22 for 2! 454 four star reviews!
Do you want to make an amazing first impression? Dur. Who doesn’t? Here’s how.
I looooove creepy stuff. David Lynchian-anything, Russia, weird, sad biographies. Creepy Girl Travels is for us, fellow creepers.
Oooof, this is a good one. Why is everyone succeeding except me? (And I love the photo they chose to accompany this article.)
But everyone starts things and then abandons them. That’s part of being a creative person. You have good ideas and only a few of them pan out or keep your attention over time. I used to define myself as a quitter, thanks to all of the projects on my computer that I never finished. But the truth is, it takes a lot of stops and starts to figure out what you’re really committed to and what you really love enough to work hard on without much reward in sight.
A reminder: athletes come in all shapes and sizes.
Another reminder: we get to choose what we let into our lives – social media accounts included.
Ohhhhhhhh goodness am I ever co-signed on this one. Flaking out is not self-care.
It is an act of self-care to look at my schedule and see if a new project really belongs there. If there isn’t space, it is destructive for me to shoehorn it in. It’s not about only putting good things in my schedule. It’s about acknowledging what I have capacity for, and then not adding more (no matter how tempting).
And later, when I’m feeling overwhelmed and terrible because I have too many things on my plate? It’s past the time for care. At that point, flaking isn’t self-care. It’s triage.
A makeup bag that speaks to my soul.
Super interesting and surprisingly uplifting: My parents were unwed teens.
A fan asked Amanda Palmer if she was crowdfunding her baby and this was her response.
Fresh Off The Boat is one of my favorite tv show and I think we’re all a little in love with Constance Wu, who plays the prickly mom. You’ll love this interview with her.
I can’t get this essay out of my head.
I’m stalking this swimsuit till it goes on sale.
I loved Liz’s super sweet story about Bob Dylan + travel + reconnecting with your family history.
Hope you had a lovely weekend!