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Cheryl Strayed on Being of Service

February 24, 2019

Strayed is one of those writers who always seem to have some nugget of wisdom that really resonates with me, whether it's in an essay, an interview, a story... I keep a mental list of writers whose work feels like home to me and she is definitely on it.

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The Joy of Having Problems

January 15, 2019

I can expect that there will be problems, there always are. But that’s what makes life interesting. And recognizing that allows me to take some joy in solving them.

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2019 Priorities

January 01, 2019

Take care of yourself and learn new things

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I Moved My Phone Out of My Bedroom

September 09, 2018

Last week, it occurred to me to do something entirely obvious and yet also a little radical. I moved my phone out of my bedroom.

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My New Analog Workspace

September 02, 2018

A couple of years ago, when I got my first coding job, I took my first paycheck and re-did my office. I went all out at Ikea and got some bookshelves, a pull-out couch, and a nice, big dining room table I could use as a desk. The initial intent had been to set up an area where I could write away from my large monitor. But then I never did.

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From The 3 a.m. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley

June 09, 2018

...the best fiction...

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I Need to Read More Lauren Groff

June 09, 2018

I read an interview on The New Yorker blog with Lauren Groff the other day and I realized that I need to read more of her work. And by more I mean any at all because, somehow, I have thus far missed out on her genius.

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I Was At the Women's March

February 07, 2017

Just two short weeks ago, I was at the Women’s March on Washington, and yet it already seems a world away. Not like it didn’t happen, but like it happened in some other world, in some other timeline, separate from my everyday world of kids, husband, dogs, and work. And in a way, I suppose it kind of did.

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Morning Pages

November 08, 2016

Last week was a tough week for creative work. I had family coming in from out of town and I hosted dinner for 18 on Friday, which means my creative work really was just cooking. Which is fun for me. Especially since I was trying out a couple of new recipes this year (and they were successful!).

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Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons Podcast

November 03, 2015

I just spent pretty much all day listening to Elizabeth' Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast. I highly recommend checking it out. Especially episode 12 where she talks with Brene Brown. I listened to that one twice. Although I learned a lot from all of them. It was interesting hearing from the different women about where they are with their creativity and what was blocking them from doing the work they felt they needed to do.

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Quotes — Zen Minds, Beginners Mind

September 26, 2015

From the Introduction, by Richard Baker, to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki.