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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vol. thirty-three. 
Find more of my favorite articles here.

#Selfies (via A Practical Wedding)
Selfies aren't as simple as self-absorbed snapshots. In documenting ourselves, we're documenting the ways our most important relationships have shaped us. By documenting ourselves, we're valuing the intrinsic good that we bring to the lives of others. Because we're not just girlfriends, wives, mothers, and daughters. We're humans that are loved and love. That make funny jokes, and have good hair sometimes, and make awesome lipstick choices.

Something small, every day (via Austin Kleon)
Building a body of work (or a life) is all about the slow accumulation of a day's worth of effort over time. Writing a page each day doesn't seem like much, but do it for 365 days and you have enough to fill a novel. The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a calendar method that helps him stick to his daily joke writing. He suggests that you get a wall calendar that shows you the whole year. Then you break your work into daily chunks. Each day, when you're finished with your work, make a big fat X in the day's box. Every day, instead of just getting work done, your goal is to just fill a box. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

The blessing of boredom (via A Thousand Threads)
Being bored is a blessing. We work and press and move on to the next moment until we've scratched our fingers to the bone...and then we pat ourselves on the back. Because look at what we've accomplished. But look at how much more we might've accomplished if we took just a few moments out of each of those working days to let ourselves be uncomfortable in the quiet....to let the boredom creep in. Who knows what inspiration might come our way.

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