"Let me put it another way: what is it that breaks your heart about the world? It’s there that you begin to find what moves you. If you want to find your passion, surrender to your heartbreak. Your heartbreak points towards a truer north — and it’s the difficult journey towards it that is, in the truest sense, no mere passing idyllic infatuation, but enduring, tempestuous passion."
“How To Have A Year That Matters" by Umair Haque
If you only read one article for the rest of 2013, please make it this one.
It’s a long but important read, and I haven’t been able to get this article out of my head. The reporting, the writing and the photography are all top-notch… but it is the actual subject matter that will break your heart and haunt your thoughts.
1. Why have I not moved somewhere warmer yet? This winter commute thing sucks.
2. Do people actually take real lunch breaks where they leave their desk everyday? Because I would like that. How do I get to be one of those people? That’s just not the company culture on my side of the office, and it sucks.
3. I want a nap.
4. My lips are now so chapped that no amount of balm can save them. Ahhh, the joys of a Chicago winter.
5. At this time last year, I was cramming for college finals… So, on the bright side, at least I’m not doing that anymore.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.My favorite Nelson Mandela quote, in honor of his death this afternoon. Such a courageous, eloquent and determined man.
I don’t know what it is, but this view just never gets old to me. I walk over this bridge all the time, I see that river and these lights and those buildings everyday… but I still have moments where I am literally stopped in my tracks by the beauty of this city.
Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. You personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.”
Our work lobby is beginning to look a lot like Christmas… I love it. Now if only we could fit a giant tree like that into our apartment!
Buzzfeed the Internet may be determined to prove otherwise, we wholeheartedly believe that human beings are capable of absorbing new information in formats that are not sequentially ordered…”
The above quote is from this article where NPR Books explains why they aren’t publishing a “Top Books of 2013” list this year. Not only do I approve of their rationale (I love lists as much as the next person, but Buzzfeed “listicles” are getting a little old), but I also love what they created instead of a list. This epic site is so much cooler than another best of list, so make sure to check it out if you haven’t already. I’m giddy over the idea of so many book recommendations in one place.
This is one of those things I feel a dumb talking about, because it’s such a #firstworldproblem… but I want your advice, so I’m going to get over my embarrassment and ask about it anyway.
Soooo. My hair is crazy and coarse and curly and just kind of a pain. I’m in desperate need of a new blow dryer because the $20 one I picked up at CVS a while ago is totally frying my hair, but all the good blow dryers are SO expensive and I have commitment issues. Basically, I’m totally failing at decision making and need your advice.
After some extensive online research, I’m leaning towards the DryBar blow dryer, but I haven’t been able to find as many reviews on it as I would like. I’ve also heard good things about the T3, but I don’t know.
Has anyone tried either of these? Or do you have another dryer you’d recommend for difficult hair?
Getting back into the swing of things after a holiday can be hard, but here are a few things that are currently keeping me in good spirits:
+ The view from my office
+ Fascinating new podcasts
+ The electric blanket on my bed
+ A delicious smoothie concoction
+ Earlier-than-normal bedtimes
At Chicago’s Eataly, there is a whole counter dedicated to things made with Nutella. It’s as awesome as it sounds. The lines were absurdly long since yesterday was opening day, so I didn’t get anything… But you’d better believe I’ll be back asap for a Nutella crepe!
If you’re too uptight, you miss out on some of the joys of life.Mimi, my grandma, age 81.
An important reminder from this lady's grandma, because grandmas have the best advice.
Eataly’s giant Chicago location opened yesterday, and it is epic. Also, "Life is too short not to drink well" may become my new motto.
Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All The Things That Could Go Wrong.’Marianne Williamson