Your life vs. your work

Sep 22, 2014

I read this quote recently on A Cup of Jo and loved it. It resonated so loudly with me and was a good reminder to be careful of what I'm pouring my time and energy into.

"Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first...There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul...People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn't look so good, or when the doctor writes 'prognosis, poor.'"

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Goodbye, summer

Sep 17, 2014

I always look forward to summer (it is the best season, in my little opinion), but I don't think I've looked forward to a summer as much as I looked forward to this one. If you lived in a portion of the United States that was held hostage by the mean old polar vortex this past winter, then you know what I mean. I think we all appreciated summer a little more this year. It was the first summer that I've spent working full-time, so I learned to soak up those extra hours of daylight in the evenings. It was also the first summer that we spent in this house. I was so excited to see the leaves pop out on the two huge trees in our front yard after looking at their naked branches all winter. I don't think you can really get to know a place until you've seen it in every season and after spending months cooped up in this house, I was excited to see the summer version of it. 

Pieces of summer are still hanging on around here. I heard some places have snow already [insert wide-eyed emojii here]! I'll just keep on appreciating these summer-like days while they last, thank you very much. Without further ado, here are some of the highlights from this season....

Thought Dump

Sep 15, 2014

+ I'm still waiting for the perfect time to enjoy my first caramel apple spice of the season. I have a feeling it's coming soon. This fall weather is inevitable. Plus I've got a few Bing Rewards coupons burning a hole in my pocket.

+ I learned how to roast coffee beans the other day. One of our clients needed photos of their coffee roasting set-up, so I was nominated to go forth with a camera. It's a pretty neat process to watch, even for this non-coffee drinking girl.

+ I've started watching The Office again. Mark refuses to watch the show with me because he can't stand the jerky camera movements, so instead I repeat all the hilarious parts back to him. Except they're never as funny when I retell them, so I think I'm just solidifying his stance on not watching the show. Ah well.

+ I'm scared to death of winter this year. You would think I live in Game of Thrones world the way I've been carrying on about winter coming. But really, you guys, it's supposed to be really bad and I don't know if I can handle another polar vortex. Time to move to south Florida.

+ Speaking of... we've started searching for another rental. My Pinterest feed keeps grossly inflating my standards and my Zillow searches keep crushing them one by one. Is a small house, nice location, new appliances, and no bugs/animals/pests of any kind too much to ask for?

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Weekend links 9.12.14

Sep 12, 2014

Have a good weekend! Here are a few links and articles that I've bookmarked recently:

One of my favorite bloggers started blogging again!
I would love to take another trip to this city soon.
My kind of cheap, DIY project. Goodwill, here I come.
10 things every twentysomething should do.
Curious about these no-bake energy bites. I wonder if they taste good?
I'm getting excited about taking trips once the leaves change. Here are some of the best U.S. cities for fall travel.
I just added every one of these places to my list of places to visit in ATL.
Loved reading about these editors' go-to work outfits.
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Made me laugh: How to take a super professional headshot for your super serious job.

What I'm Reading, Vol. Twenty-Four

Sep 4, 2014

All of the studies indicated that anticipation of an experience is more exciting and pleasant than the anticipation of a material purchase - regardless of the price of the purchase. In the case of crowds queuing up to make purchases, those in line for an experience (such as a play or admission to a theme park) generally are in better moods and on better behavior than those in line to buy material goods. In a press release, Gilovich said one reason the research is important to society is that it "suggests that overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences -- such as parks, trails, beaches -- as much as it does material consumption."

On Blake Lively, and being a true Hollywood rebel (via Verily Magazine)
When Kim Kardashian releases a coffee table book of her selfies, we're not really surprised -- she's doing exactly what her adoring public wants. When Miley Cyrus strips and twerks her way through another concert, we may shake our heads, but really, isn't this what we've told her to do? When Lindsay Lohan gets another DUI and heads back to rehab for drug abuse, well of course! That's what young starlets do! In this industry, what is truly surprising is the starlet who turns her back on this expected degeneracy -- the starlet who rises above our shallow expectations and refuses to join in the ranks of the vain, the empty, the self-obsessed. Perhaps it's no wonder then, that the industry is having a collective freak-out about Blake Lively, the oh-so-boring girl who doesn't drink, who would rather stay at home and bake, and who now has the audacity to start a website that isn't all about her.

The Real Reason for the Forty-Hour Workweek (via Films For Action)
The 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office workers gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
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