Find The Others

“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes.
But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”

Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing?

Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…”

— Timothy Leary

(via Clay)

Ocean Mug

Ocean mug, you pretty!

Morning Routines

“Don’t check your social media or email until after your 3 hours of deep work. Your morning time should be spent on output, not input.”

Interesting read on morning routines.

Bamboo Basket

This bamboo basket with leather handles is absolutely lovely. Totally wishlisted.


“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” 
— Dan Sullivan

Friday Link Pack


Being In Nature With Eckhart Tolle

– This is EVERYTHING: Greta Thunberg, 16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

– This looks like a workout I would enjoy.

– This list! 88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life (via)

Very big hug blanket. Yes.

When someone chews with their mouth open. This made me smile.

A 100-Podcast Syllabus Here are the ones worth listening to. (via)

A Phonetic Map of the Human Mouth

– I love the amount of colors and textures in this home.

– This rockclimbing gym in Bushwick looks stunning. Want to go!

– Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

US Postal Service reveals stamps for moon landing 50th anniversary. (via)

This underwater restaurant in Norway makes me want to book a flight asap

– These are some beautiful throws.

Women who changed science. (via)

Follow Elizabeth Warren’s Excellent Budgeting Advice

– YES to this article! The Right Way to Ask, ‘Can I Pick Your Brain?

How To Write an “About Me” Page That Gets You Hired

The Pressing Need for Everyone to Quiet Their Egos (via)

– Where was this post when my kids were tiny? Games to play with kids while you’re lying down.

The right way to be introspective

– These Tattly feathers are flying off the shelves.

– I wish the CreativeMornings Job Board would have been around when I was looking for a job in NYC in 1999. So many exciting companies hiring.

– Big thanks to Nuno for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week. Totally in love with their NeoSilk™— the softest post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles you’ll ever feel.

Curing Egg Yolk

Turn your yolks into a salty, tasty addition for pasta, salads and more with this old-school curing technique. So fascinated by this. Definitely want to give this a try.

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Apple Macintosh Frogger

Anyone remember Frogger? I played this for hoooooours approx 1984!

Yung Pueblo: Free Yourself to Find Yourself

I am feeling this. Thank you Yung Pueblo.

Trash Compactor

This Trash Compactor made me look. We had a similar garbage can as a kid growing up in Switzerland. They became a thing once you had to pay for each bag of garbage you put outside. Also, garbage pickup was only once a week! Imagine that, New Yorkers!

A Simple Practice to Describe What Work You Do

George Kao is sharing helpful questions to figure out how to describe what work you do.

Marie Kondo Your Twitter Feed

This site allows you to go Marie Kondo on the accounts you follow on Twitter. It guides you through them, one by one, and asks you; is what they are sharing sparking joy? Insightful exercise. (And, of course, I kept following Liz Danzico)

Little Chocolate Bar Puzzle

I absolutely love this chocolate bar puzzle.

Stillness Within You

“Awaken the stillness within you.”
— Asad Meah

Expression Mobile

This mobile is pretty fun.

Friday Link Pack

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are a delight.

– Loving this minimalist card case

Alphaputt is fun!

A tree hotel? Booking my flight to Sweden asap.

– Such deep admiration for how Ben Chestnut has built and runs Mailchimp: “In the early days, he recalled, he’d eagerly relate company news to his wife when she got off her shift as a nurse: “I’d say ‘We got two new customers today! Two!’

– My favorite neighborhood bookstore, Books are Magic, featured on Lifehacker.

A guide to digital parenting. Thank you, Cool Mom Tech!

– These wooden birds are all kind of magical.

– Not sure what you call this, but I like it.

– Really loving Alia Bright’s Typographic paper art.

– I just spent way too much time on this.

– This banana flask made me giggle.

– This rainbow rug makes me happy.

– I want this nook in my home.

The U-curve of happiness: Why old age is a time of psychological bliss

– I am in love with these modern prism-shaped treehouses. Just a concept for now.

– If you like graphic, colorful towels, you’ll like these.

– I would love to own this sculpture.

– David Beckham is a polite, calm human: The David Beckham Statue Prank

– Stunning collages by Frank Moth

iPhone charging tips.

– Some of these hotel fails made me laugh.

– I can’t take my eyes off these paper cut illustrations.

– You love dogs? Then you’ll dig this Tattly Dog Days Sheet designed by Rifle Paper Co.

– There’s a plethora of cool jobs (full-time, part-time, remote, freelance) currently listed on the CreativeMornings job board. (Signing up for a company profile gets you *unlimited* job postings, and quite possibly more clients/gigs.)




Feeling this poster.

Hot to Ditch my Phone

My name is Tina, and I have a phone problem.

One of my big goals for 2019 is to change my phone habits. I am an addict.

To help this problem, I am considering buying an Apple Watch, so that I can leave my phone behind, can still receive phone calls and texts from my kids and close family, but can’t get sucked into any apps. I have asked on Instagram story today if anyone had success with that method, and looks like a lot of folks did. (I know, it seems counter intuitive to solve a technology addiction problem with more technology.)

Do you have a healthy relationship with your phone? Do you have any advice?

One of my followers shared this helpful article on the topic: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain


“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
— James M. Barrie


“What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose; and the belief that any policy to promote human welfare must always encourage more work.”

Workism is making Americans miserable, by Derek Thompson

(via Hurry Slowly)

A Month of Type

This is mesmerizing.