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Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.

Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance  (via thatkindofwoman)

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What would you say to a woman who is trying to find herself and what she loves to do in the world? And is worried about her future, making a living? Should she travel? To where? How does one become happier with herself and be at peace with her failures?

Anonymous

ayabug:

Oh man, I would say “join the club!! You are not alone!” These sound like many of the questions I have been dealing with for the past decade. I wish I had the faintest clue about figuring these things out. These things I know:

  • Yes, travel. Stay within your budget. Make it happen. Go as far as you can for as long as you can. Go alone and revel in the loneliness/triumph that challenge brings. I have never regretted the money I’ve spent on travels.
  • Invest in relationships, experiences, skills, education and health.
  • Try to make your decisions out of love rather than fear.
  • Choose a profession and a trade. A profession is something for the good times, and a trade is something for the lean ones. Part of why I am going into nursing is that it is always needed. My sister is an environmental educator, and a master gardener. (Aka—ready for anything).
  • Delete bullshit and negativity where and whenever possible.
  • You must find a way to be kind to the person you are now—not the person you were, nor the person you hope and plan to be one day. You have to be kind now.
  • Do more things. I don’t really know how to make peace with failures, I’m still working on that. However, I have found the more I do, the more I challenge myself, the more appreciate myself and see my failures in a full picture rather than a hyperbolic, devastating eclipse.
  • Remember that if you’re coasting, you’re going downhill. Don’t get too comfortable. Try new things. Say “yes” more. Say “no” more.
  • Be honest with yourself. This sucks sometimes, and you might not like what you find. If you don’t like something, change it.
  • Do the things you must do, whether you want to or not.
  • Make a list of what is important to you and what you want to achieve. Make your subsequent decisions around these goals. Do they move your forward or are the detrimental?

And now, I should follow my own advice…

Perfectionism & Procrastination

shortandsweet:

Surprisingly, perfectionists are often procrastinators, as they can tend to think “I don’t have the right skills or resources to do this perfectly now, so I won’t do it at all.”

this is an important thing to remember.

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still,
treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Ira Glass on being creative

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

Leo Tolstoy

If we want to experience love and belonging, we must believe we are worthy of love and belonging.

"… When we can let go of what other people think and our own story, we gain access to our worthiness - the feeling that we are enough just as we are and are worthy of love and belonging. When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don’t fit who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing and proving. Our sense of worthiness - that critically important piece that gives us access to love and belonging - lives inside of our story.”


— Brene Brown  [emphasis mine]

" You can only find your own voice when you abandon what everyone else considers "good" and make the work YOU like. I often think that, as artists and designers, instead of becoming “better,” we need to become Free-er. This may scare the shit out of a lot of you (as it does me) because you’ll worry that what you’re making is crap. But, (and this is important), everyone poops.

Don’t worry about ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or ‘ugly’ or ‘beautiful.’ Just believe in the inherent value of your own voice and make the work that you love. “

James Victore

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

- Lao Tzu

An inspiring jam session with Jonathan Fields. Not specifically about TV watching, but personal downtime and experiencing things from different perspectives of the universe in order to synthesize those experiences into a unique point of view that only you have.

"The genius in art, the genius in business, the genius in entrepreneurship, the genius in leadership, the genius in life comes from connecting the dots in a way that nobody else sees"

- Jonathan Fields, the Good Life Project

"The crucial point is that we can relate with our life just as it is right now, not later when things improve. We can always connect with the openness of our minds. We can use our days to wake up rather than go back to sleep."

Pema Chodron

Happy Christmas Eve!

Duration is not the major concern. One can easily sit still an hour with closed eyes and accomplish nothing. One can as easily give [yourself] only an instant, and in that instant join with [spirit] completely. Perhaps the one generalization that can be made is this: as soon as possible after waking, take your quiet time, continuing a minute or two after you begin to find it difficult. You may find that the difficulty will diminish and drop away. If not, that is the time to stop.

A Course In Miracles

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