In Defense of Home Cooking

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations.

Rules for Being Human

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Signs of Healing

“More observing, less judging.
More responding, less reacting.
More self-love, less sabotage.
More boundaries, less resentments.
More inner peace, less outer chaos.
More clarity, less confusion.
More being, less doing.
More faith, less fear.”

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The Anti-CEO Playbook

SO MUCH YES! This talk by Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya resonates so deeply.

Virtual Choir

Completely mesmerized by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir.

(I recently started a real life choir, inspired by James Sill’s CreativeMornings “talk: last December!)

My Dad, the Facebook Addict

“I have a folder on my computer full of memes!” This is sad and funny at the same time. So many emotions. My Dad, the Facebook Addict

Amy Padnani: Overlooked Obituaries

New York Times digital editor Amy Padnani talked about Overlooked, a series telling the stories of remarkable people who never received an obit in their publication.

Compliment!

People > Craft

I keep coming back to this brief talk by Larry Legend. Reminding me that People > Craft.

Gratitude

1. What am I taking for granted this week?
2. Who helps to keep the comforts of my life coming to me?
3. What systems are helping my life to run right now?
4. Three mundane things that I do almost daily that I’m grateful for.
5. Five utilitarian things I use in my life, why I’m grateful for them, and some of the factors and circumstances that help bring those into my life.

Loving these 5 questions for deeper gratitude. Thank you for sharing, Danielle LaPorte.

We All Have Hurt Someone

The Great Mental Models Project

This new book by Farnam Street covers the first 9 mental models that we refer to as the General Thinking Concepts. A thorough understanding of these will improve the way you approach problems, consider opportunities, and make difficult decisions.

The Great Mental Models is a project by Farnam Street to help equalize opportunity in the world by making a high-quality education free and available to everyone.

Their newsletter is one of my favorites. Always super thoughtful and thought provoking. You can sign up here.

Habits of Lucky People

Rumble Language

… The story I make up
… I am curious about
… Tell me more
… That is not my experience
… I’m wondering
… Help me understand
… Walk me through
… What’s your passion around this
… Tell me why this doesn’t fit/work for you

These are a few of Brené Brown’s favorite questions and sentence starters during hard conversations, when she feels herself reaching for her favorite armor (perfectionism, anger, being the knower, trying to control, emotional intensity, getting critical). In those moments she tries to remember that the antidote to armoring up is staying curious.

I will use this.

How to Save Our Planet

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What Is a Zen Koan?

What Is a Zen Koan? An animated introduction to eastern philosophical thought experiments.

I Feel This:

This made me laugh. And nod my head.

The 12-Hour Rule

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Mid-Century Modern Playgrounds

These mid-century modern playgrounds are completely bonkers.

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Why Trust Is Worth It

Small Mistakes | Big Mistakes

Small mistakes:
1. Messing up school exams.
2. Not finishing college.
3. Failing at your first business.
4. Failing at your second.

Big Mistakes:
1. Not listening to your gut.
2. Not keeping your word.
3. Not looking after yourself.
4. Not looking for the good in people.

Do Lectures

People Matter, Real Life Matters

This vulnerable talk by Grace Bonney hit me in the heart. In it she speaks on the last 15 years of running Design*Sponge and why 2019 will be her final year. She unpacks the noteworthy lessons she’s learned along the way and what truly matters even in this digital age.

Youmna

My friend Youmna, force behind Live Love Bierut is a very special human.

Being an Advocate for Love

Beautiful talk by poet and author Cleo Wade.