Maria Popova Wisdom

I just remembered this brief talk my friend Maria Popova she gave during our 5 year CreativeMornings Birthday in 2013. So many gems!

Fear of Not Being Understood

“Fear of not being understood is the greatest fear I thought lying on the bathroom floor at 11 P.M. Worse than not pleasing people, worse than anything else I can think of. Worse than being cold or alone. Worse than getting old.”
Eileen Myles

Hockerbank Schemel

I want to own you, Hockerbank Schemel.

How Does Your Immune System Work?

(via The Kid Should See This)

Crochet Illustrations

These crochet illustrations by textile artist Tuija Heikkinen are delightful!

Côte et Ciel Backpack

This backpack by Côte et Ciel made me look.

Journey

“A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles. ”
― Tim Cahill

See What Happens

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
Michael A. Singer

Entrepreneurship

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.”
— Howard H. Stevenson

Steven Pressfield on Investments

In his new book, Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris asks Steven Pressfield the following question: “What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?”

“I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do, really. I’m a servant of the Muse. All money is on her.”

Book Recommendations for Team Leaders

Some interesting book recommendations in this thread.

Generosity

“Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.”
– Twyla Tharp

(via Emerline / Offscreen Magazine)

Do Not Close Your Heart

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
Michael A. Singer

Femke Colaris

I just discovered Femke Colaris on Instagram and I love how serene and consistent her images are. And, I absolutely adore her simple line drawings.

Tritthocker Mono

Mono is a stepstool and a stool. I would adopt him.

(I wish Magazin was in the US)

Saying “No” With Grace

“As long as you are tactful, I have found that 95% people are extremely receptive to a clear “no.” Especially if you tell them why.”

Saying “No” with Grace, by Jocelyn K. Glei

Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes Speech

What a remarkable woman.

Folding Lamp

Last week I visited the MoMA store in Soho and fell in love with this folding desk lamp. It folds down to nothing and is surprisingly bright. Wish listed!

Get Paid for Playing

“The essential principal of business—of occupation in the world—is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.”
Alan Watts

Alan Watts – Law Of Attraction

Rainbow On Your Wall

This Rainbow Neon Wall Sign is fun.

The Need To Be Alone

“By retreating into ourselves, it looks as if we are the enemies of others, but our solitary moments are in reality a homage to the richness of social existence. Unless we’ve had time alone, we can’t be who we would like to be around our fellow humans. We won’t have original opinions. We won’t have lively and authentic perspectives. We’ll be – in the wrong way – a bit like everyone else.”

The Need to be Alone

Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

Friday Link Pack

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Dots on trees.

– Do your Apple Earphones not fit? Try EarBuddyz.

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

– Dieter Rams’s 10 Principles of Good Design get a 21st-century update.

– Shift from saying “I can’t do that” to “I don’t do that”. This is a great read!

– I want to bring my children to the Silly Walks Tunnel.

– This NO FUN sweater made me giggle.

When it comes to weather, we have a beginner’s mind.

Two Very Different Kinds of Illustration

The habit of reading.

Be a Responsible Plant Parent in 2018

– 9 Beliefs You Have to Let Go If You Want to Find Inner Peace

– Obama puts out list of favorite books he read, songs he listened to in 2017

One of the funniest moments of 2017.

– I love how my friends at oak studio keep a list of things they shipped during the year. Here’s 2017.

– A few years old, still funny: Pizza Compass

100 Trend Predictions for 2018

This gives me life.

Vitamin D deficiency is real.

– Need motivational reminders, on you, at all times? Here.