What’d you get up to this week, guys? I home-happy-hour-ed with a friend I don’t see enough, took a first aid class, and crossed ‘Try Sonora Grill’s eggplant fries’ off my new things list!
Category: web time wasters
a photo from our time in Alaska
How are you holding up, friends? We’ve been up in Alaska for the last week, trying to balance calling our senators about gun control and disconnecting enough to enjoy our vacation. It’s hard to do both.
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Friends! As you read this, I’m hunkered down in the suburbs of Anchorage, Alaska housesitting for my uber cool cousin. Kenny and I are going to tramp around on glaciers, eat all the sourdough, and go to a musk ox farm.
If you’d like to see photos of that amazing museum, you can follow along on Instagram!
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How was your week, friends? I alternated between enjoying our alarmingly nice weather, catching up with friends, and refreshing CNN and panicking. Sooooo pretty much what I’ve been doing for all of 2017?
Before we dig into fun(ish) links: How to help people in Puerto Rico.
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Over in my Money & Happy Facebook group, amazing things are happening: one woman came clean about a 50k debt she’d been hiding from her husband for years, lots of people have finally paid off their credit card debt, and we all shared the ways we make our living spaces happier. Join us!
And if you’re interested in money, I was on the Say Yes podcast this week talking about regrettable purchases + money mindset shifts!
What do you think? Do artists and designers (and bloggers!) have an obligation to be political?
In times of moral conflict, silence is just as loud a response as speaking up. Inaction suggests that a maker has enough privilege to ignore injustices occurring right under their nose. For example, many of those artists who began speaking out on social media were inundated with comments expressing disappointment that an artist-maker would dare to express an opinion about anything outside their work (the audacity!). As unfair as these reactions are, it’s also fair to point out that based on previous content, perhaps the audience didn’t have any way of knowing that particular artist’s views.
Calling the system entirely broken and completely refusing to participate in it — even to reform it or change its flaws from the inside — absolves you of taking action.
Painting the ‘other side’ as a bunch of assholes incites name-calling, but requires no further action.
Ranting about a single cause to anyone who will listen, regardless of whether you’re off-topic or not, looks like action but is really just a lightning-fast energy burn that tries the patience of everyone around you.
Interesting! DIY terra cotta air fresheners!
If September makes you feel all nest-y, here are 14 ways to make your home look great on a budget!
I think this craft is beyond my skillset but isn’t it amazing?
I loved Sas and Sara’s conversation about how to stop caring what other people think (and why it’s totally human to care)
The “I’m not a trophy wife” interviews on Refinery29 are FASCINATING.
This article about the making and un-making of Iggy Azlea’s career is super interesting
“She came out at a very interesting time,” Polow notes. “We’re living in a time where wack is actually average. So even if she’s wack, at worst she’ll be average.” Besides, he adds, “How many artists do we come to love who aren’t really that good?”
If you appreciate my taste in links you can tons more on my Pinterest boards!
Hope you had a lovely weekend!
How was your week, guys? I took myself on my monthly writing retreat and introduced a friend-of-a-friend to some of the glories of Minneapolis. This weekend, Kenny and the boys are away and I am glooooooorying in having the house to myself!
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Sometimes I feel like I’m not a ‘good entrepreneur’ because I always have (and always will) prioritize my Actual Life over my business. But Susan gets it.
Yes, absolutely, sit at your computer and write, coach, email clients, do your work, whatever your work may be. Work diligently for, say, 4-6 hours. If you focus intently, you can accomplish a lot in 4-6 hours. And then stop. Enough. Take a walk. Make a smoothie. Watch an episode of Outlander. Watch two. Drive across town to that museum you’ve always wanted to visit. Pack yourself a picnic basket and eat outside on a blanket under a tree. Remember what “outside” feels like? Remember trees? It’s nice out there.
Have heard of Brandless? Everything is $3 and much of it is organic, non-GMO, or vegan! I’m intrigued!
Real talk: How to become a grown up.
Does September make you want to hunker down and “get serious” about, well, everything? Did you know that I put together a secret library of ebooks and workbooks that will help you plan better trips, manage your money better, make more friends as an adult, etc etc etc? And it’s $0? Access it here.
Related: I love this pin!
Fun fact! There was time in American history – not that long ago! – when the rich said no to getting richer.
Romney didn’t try to make every dollar he could, or anywhere close to it. The same was true among many of his corporate peers. In the early 1960s, the typical chief executive at a large American company made only 20 times as much as the average worker, rather than the current 271-to-1 ratio. Today, some C.E.O.s make $2 million in a single month.
What if we could solve our relationship problems by getting more sleep?
Dream home: found.
An etiquette guide to receiving nudes without being an asshole about it.
I think this is true! We’d all be better communicators if we weren’t so afraid of embarrassing ourselves.
Hope you guys had a lovely weekend!
Welp, another week, another round of terrifying natural disasters. How are you guys holding up? I’m making a million donations, trying to get more sleep and exercise than normal and – let’s be honest – eating lots of carbs and cheese while watching movies from the 80s.