The Beauty of Blankness

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As I sit in my room typing this, I’m overwhelmed by all of the clutter in my room that I’ve been trying to sort out over the past year. By “trying to” I mean I’ve made half-ass attempts to make a plan to clean up and organize – but I generally give up before even really trying. I leave it to the ever elusive tomorrow. Just thinking about it stresses me out.

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On Overcoming Comparison

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“Managing everyone’s expectations is exhausting.”

This sentiment came to me at a random point yesterday while in my room. I can’t even pinpoint what happened that led to this thought but I guess it’s just a thought that tends to linger silently in the background. Like when the air conditioner is on but you don’t notice that it was making a sound until it turns off.

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Time, Energy, and Hands

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It’s Friday afternoon and there have been dirty dishes in the sink in all week long. These dirty dishes have taunted me as I ran in and out of the house all week. In from work, out for small group. In from work, out for a movie premier. In from work, out to a fictional world (via the pages of a book) while tucked in bed with a cup of tea. I just haven’t been able to shake these dishes in the sink.

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Stop This Train

I’ve been listening to John Mayer’s Pandora station for the past couple of weeks and it is like the perfect mellow vibe that I’m going for right now. One of the John Mayer songs that I’ve been listening to pretty much on a daily basis is “Stop This Train.” If you haven’t heard it, definitely give it a listen. I love its message and it’s got the signature Mayer catchiness that is to be expected.

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Perfection

“Perfect is just another way of saying ‘not finished.'”

That’s what my cousin said to me last night as she was giving me a dose of tough love when I told her I was drained and decided to bow out of completing an application for a fellowship program which was due today at noon and was an AMAZING opportunity.

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A Beautiful Detour

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I just watched a clip of one of Oprah’s talks  where she talked about how there are no mistakes in life. Every moment we have is leading to where we’re supposed to be. There’s no such thing as being on the wrong path because God, The Creator, or the Universe (your pick) has a supreme vision for our lives. And even if we get thrown off course, that just means that it’ll take longer to get to our true destination There will be many people who don’t believe in that concept but, even if you don’t, let’s all entertain it for a second.

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Happy Maps & Happy Lives – Where is your path taking you?

This lovely Ted Talk is by Daniele Quercia, a Map researcher at Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona, and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it when Ted Conferences shared it a couple of weeks ago. The topic was very thought provoking.

I love Quercia’s idea of finding the most enjoyable path to your destination rather than simply following the fastest route possible. What he says is true. We do live in a world “fabricated for efficiency” rather than for joy. And for good reason! We are always hustling and bustling from one thing to the next and rarely even take the time to stop and breathe!

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