Seven November Shifts

    1. Pick a topic you want to understand and start studying it. Give yourself a semester of Spanish or biology, sociology, geometry, or American history perhaps?
    2. Start without forethought, without know-how or talent. Start with bad ideas. Start begrudgingly and without confidence. Just start.
    3. Arrive early so that you have time to look around.
    4. Ask yourself what you are not doing, and then do more.
    5. Give yourself space to be more than one thing, and give each thing that you are its own space to grow.
    6. Turn notifications off. Better yet, silence your phone entirely and put it in another room. You do not always have to be reachable.
    7. Take care of people and things that need taking care of, but remember that some things—and people—can, should, and will take care of themselves if you would only let them.

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Seven October Shifts

  1. Seek boredom. Create space and time for having nothing at all to do, to watch, to listen to. Go someplace where there is no one to talk to. Make time for you and raw reality to become acquainted again.
  2. Accept the impermanence of things. Autumn is a time of uncomfortable, undesirable, uncontrollable change. It’s best to change with it because it’s a fight you’re only going to lose.
  3. Get tough and resilient again. No more complaining. No more stalling. You are tough enough, brave enough, and as capable and deserving as anyone else. Dust yourself off, accept the current state of things, and figure it out.
  4. Pay attention to your attention. There is a war going on for your time and you haven’t shown up to fight for yourself. Reclaimed your time for you. Work with mindfulness and intentionality.
  5. Trade one episode (or one hour of TV) a night for 500 written words. Trade your nap time for 30 minutes of reading.
  6. Learn to practice. Every passion is a marathon and the only way to win is to train every day. Practice with an understanding of your own ignorance. Practice with forgiveness of your inadequacy.
  7. Embrace what makes you wild. Pursue it.

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Seven September Shifts

  1. Read with a pencil. Circle words and passages you like, and, please, feel free to argue with the authors and articulate your own thoughts in the margins.
  2. Build strength of character. Be honest, always, and stick to your principles no matter who is in the room.
  3. Get up and move every hour, get out and walk once a day, and get away from the city once a week.
  4. Allow the good days to be good days and you will find that the bad days grow fewer and farther between.
  5. Delete what distracts you and write the thing—the blog post, the essay, the poem, the outline—anything, just write.
  6. Stick to a bedtime and a routine. Turn off screens, write in your journal, and read. Take off the day so you can rest.
  7. Stop reacting before you think. Ask yourself, what you are arguing for? Not everything you are asked to sacrifice is an injustice.

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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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Actually, that’s just what taking the office of President seriously looks like.”

Clinton and Trump are doing damage control, but mostly Trump.

Listen to a different perspective, regularly.

Apple is dragging your ass into the future.

Life is pain, but it’s okay, though!

A “Fuck That” list is just what we need!

Love makes you fat :)

Love makes you dumb :)

Seriously, read more books!

I know who the Brontë sisters are but, like, who are the Brontë sisters?

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Sarah Anderson Comics

 

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

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P.S. I apologize for my lateness, again. 

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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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I love all things Vice and after this interview with their magazine’s editor-in-chief I’m totally signing up for a subscription.

I have a hard time letting go when someone behaves in a way I find to be “rude.” Maybe I am expecting too much?

If you haven’t binge watched Netflix’s amazing new series Stranger Things, stop reading and go now. Trust me!

Odds and ends of writing combined to form a beautiful and uniquely written story.

Loving someone with depression and anxiety can be hard. I am grateful I have found that love.

Words can hurt so, so much. Please be careful how you wield them.

Death is not something that I have felt close to me. I fear death. Those two things might be related.

There are some kinds of pain I cannot even fathom.

There are some kinds of pain white people cannot fathomBonus: So I guess no one killed Freddie Gray.

I am a tortoise.

 

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“Drawing from popular movies like ‘inception’ and ‘interstellar’ — surreal films where the laws of physics are turned on their head — ulatan creates cubic landscapes that ‘flatten’ views of natural and urban panoramas.”

 

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The Zen and Pi Weekly Reading Round-up

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

This week’s list is in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police officers and the police officers who were killed in the line of duty this week in Dallas.

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What happened in Dallas this week had nothing to do with protesting and Black Lives Matter.

For Alton. For Philando. For All.

Does the NRA think guns are only for White people?

We know what the problem is, but what can we do to help?

When something has never been a problem for you, it can be hard to believe other narratives. Try harder.

Recognize what your privilege is, and learn to become a real person.

This applies to light-skinned people of color as well. Recognize your privilege, and use it to help the cause.

Get out there and protest, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

A black man moves to America and finds himself unprepared for dealing with day-to-day racism.

Ambiguous grammar in times of violence and racism.

As for me:

I celebrated the birthday of Frida Kahlo, an amazing artist and one of my heroes.

I wrote a poem about when I was dead.

And here’s what I think of the 4th of July holiday.

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Matt Blease via This Isn’t Happiness

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The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking things I’ve read in a long time. A 12-page-letter written and read out loud from the Stanford Rape Survivor to her attacker, Brock Tuner. After you read that, check out Vice President Joe Biden’s response. It was a beautiful thing too :)

I would link to the letters written by his father and friend, but they are awful so, no. Instead here is a letter, written by me, to them, about what they should have said.

By the way, teaching your kids not to grow up to be a Brock Turner isn’t as complicated as you might think.

When a woman becomes nothing more than a man’s muse, it is the same as saying she is just a tool for him. A thing to help him, not a person, an equal, that he loves.

Well, it seems the Democratic Presidential nomination process has come to an end. I had hoped Sanders would win but, regardless of what some Sanders supports think, he has lost. So, #GirlIGuessImWithHer,

No mother has been perfect; we can’t help but love them anyway. I am reminded of the quote: “cruel mothers are still mothers. they make us wars. they make us revolution. they teach us the truth. early. mothers are humans. who sometimes give birth to their pain. instead of children. – hate” by Nayyirah Waheedsalt.

If you feel depressed, if you feel sad, hopeless, or unimportant, remember that your mind may be lying to you. Don’t listen to it!

If you’ve been watching Game of Thrones this season, and you are a big nerd like me, you may have been wondering how exactly a key story element actually works. There is finally a nerdy answer for you.

Just because people hate you for being skinny does not mean you are being “shamed.” It might be hard to hear, but it is true. I had to learn too.

The world is losing it’s “third places“. We might replace them with fast food restaurants, which we have plenty of.

Dan Savage doing what Dan Savage does, talking extensively about gay stuff and sex stuff.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

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