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Everything Anne Lamott Knows about Life

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To celebrate her birthday, writer Anne Lamott compiled a list of everything she knows to be true. I thought the list was extremely inspiring and tender. A few of my favorite excerpts:

All truth is a paradox. Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift; and it is impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It has been a very bad match for those of us who were born extremely sensitive. It is so hard and weird that we wonder if we are being punked. And it filled with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

There is almost nothing outside of you that will help in any kind of lasting way, unless you are waiting for an organ. You can’t buy, achieve, or date it. This is the most horrible truth.

Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. They are much more like you than you would believe. So try not to compare your insides to their outsides. [click to continue…]

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More than Mason Jars

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I came across this beautiful piece by Erin Loechner, about how the soundbites of words we use to describe each other and ourselves, like labels on a mason jar, fall short. It’s a quick and poignant read; here is one of my favorite excerpts:

And still, my favorite people in life are the ones that package an element of surprise. Surely the entertainment attorney with the fast-paced lifestyle and the $350K paychecks and the house in Cabo – surely she doesn’t knit on the airplane? Surely she doesn’t call her aging grandmother every Saturday at 4, and surely she doesn’t eat grilled cheese sandwiches whilst sitting cross-legged on her kitchen counter, crumbs spilling onto her silk pajamas?

And yet, surely she does. Surely we all do, acting in ways that seem unfit for our characters. We are this and that, half something and half something else entirely, and I’ve often thought about the repercussions of defining ourselves so flippantly online. Writer, mama, scrambled egg-maker is what currently sits atop my Instagram profile, like a pitchy mockingbird resting on my shoulder. I know as well as you do that we are more. [click to continue…]

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On The Horizon

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Hi lovelies! As I mentioned last week, I have some exciting blog projects underway that are requiring my full attention for the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share more with you when the time is right! In the mean time, I will be posting a little less frequently so I can dedicate my focus, but you should still hear from me at least once a week until I can reveal the full project.

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Until Monday

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I am taking the next few days to work on some blog development projects… So I will talk to you all again next Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week. Follow me on Instagram in the mean time, if you’d like. (:

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I’ve always ebbed between love/hate phases with breakfast. I’ve never been someone who has to have it, but I try to give my body enough fuel to get me through the morning and into lunchtime, when I really start to feel the hunger pangs. So, I’ve been trying to make friends with breakfast — that is, find a healthy breakfast recipe that is tasty enough that I actually look forward to it and want to make time for it in my routine, and nutritious enough that it keeps me satisfied and going strong all morning. And lo and behold, I found a recipe that fits the bill!

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Heart Swells

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This was a really good week and I can hardly believe another Friday has already come around again. There is always a lot to be thankful for, even on weeks when it’s harder to find, but the last few days contained many gems. The moments that brought a smile to my face: Read more…

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Dear Data

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It seems that just about everything we do these days can be sliced, diced and analyzed by Big Data – from what we eat to even who we choose to date, online or otherwise. Two designers on opposite sides of the globe decided to add a little bit of humanity back into our data-obsessed world. They send each other postcards each week, on one side giving a data-fied version of something like their phone addiction habits or transportation methods, and on the other side providing a code for how to read the data through colors, symbols, etc. It’s pretty fascinating to see how each designer interprets the theme each week, not to mention what the data reveals. The designers are on week eight of a yearlong project, so you can follow along here, if you’d like. Here are a few examples of their postcards thus far…

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A Few Days on the Big Island of Kona, Hawaii

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I had the most amazing last few days in Hawaii with the kindest, most welcoming family. I’ll be smiling all week thinking about the laughs and conversations we shared over margaritas, luaus and beach days, with our toes in the sand or sitting on the bluffs of The Big Island as the sun set. Here are a few photos from around the beautiful island, if you’d like to see…

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Spring Style

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Spring is officially upon us in just a few days! This year, I’m loving soft colors, floral patterns and feminine cuts. I rounded up a few of my favorite spring style from around the web to inspire this season’s wardrobe. Here they are… Read more…

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Shonda Rhimes: You Are Not Alone

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Shonda Rhimes, writer and producer of powerhouse television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, spoke at The Human Rights Campaign Gala on Saturday. And her speech was every bit as moving and enthralling as the episodes she produces for television. The overarching theme was “You Are Not Alone.” A few of my favorite excerpts: Read more…

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