Happy Easter and belated Passover to those of you who celebrate either of these holidays! I'm off to attend Alexandra Franzen'sWrite Yourself in Motion workshop in Brooklyn this weekend—last year's workshop was turbo-productive (helped me write tons of copy as I prepared to launch this site), so I'm really looking forward to making progress on some of my deeper writing projects. At the same time I will be living vicariously through all of you who get to go play outside!
- These are hilarious!! I loved the Ikea comic at the top: Comics Poke Fun At The Essential Truths Of Everyday Life
- Short-and-sweet from Seth Godin on the bottomless pit of pleasing strangers
- Exhausted and Worn Out? Notice and Change How You Do Things, from my longtime friend and mentor Susan Biali
- Shane Parrish writes a great summary of Andrew Smart's new book, The Art and Science of Doing Nothing
- Loved this long essay from Danielle LaPorte on Leaving the Church of Self Improvement
- Amazing, poignant essay on getting perspective in the New York Times: The Trick of Life
- The Washington Post says Want people to think you’re smarter? Smile more.
- I've been really getting into philosophy and Stoic wisdom lately. Here are 9 Stoic Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos for creatives.
- 99u on Tripping into Terra Incognita: How Mistakes Take Us To New Places
- This is an awesome infographic: See The Daily Routines Of The World's Most Famous Creative People
- This article is an oldie but full of incredible wisdom (thanks to my Dad for sending!) Orny Adams on Failure:
"It's one minor event that causes an avalanche. Just put your head down, do the hardest work possible, and wait for your hard work to intersect with luck.In almost every successful story, there's luck involved. You have to stay in the game long enough to intersect with luck. And when luck happens, you'd better be prepared."
- There's a great 5-day en*theos virtual conference coming up next week on Meditation 101 with Ashley Turner
- I am obsessed with coconut now after years of not liking it as a kid . . . my breakfast is often two scoops of coconut butter with my tea. Here are 76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life
- Sensei Ando on why you should Make Yourself Comfortable–It’s a Matter of Life and Death!
- App lists seriously overwhelm me (who has time to check-out 65 apps?!) but there are some good ones on this list from Greatist: The 65 Best Health & Fitness Apps of 2014
- The New Yorker on Why Do We Eat, and Why Do We Gain Weight?
- This is so cool! Amazon’s Magic Wand Keeps Your Kitchen Stocked At All Times [Video]: "Amazon Dash is a Wi-Fi and voice-enabled barcode scanner designed to make shopping quick and easy from the comforts of one’s home."
- Hah! This is genius—should be in all bars: How A Cold Brew Can Stop You From Checking Your Smartphone
- Loved this article on Dr. Mark Hyman in the NYT: He Tells the Clintons How to Lose:
"His is a diet that treats Oreos and Coke like addictive drugs, and that emphasizes the benefits of mostly gluten-free whole foods, proteins and natural fats. Call it the Clinton Cleanse.
'It’s eat real food, walk a little bit, sleep eight hours, do a few things to relax, write a little bit in your journal, take a multivitamin,' Dr. Hyman said. 'It’s not rocket science, but it takes out foods that are very inflammatory and toxic.'"
—Dr. Mark Hyman, He Tells the Clintons How to Lose
- This is spot-on and cracked me up! Parody Video Lays Down The Truth About Crowdfunding
- Charlie Gilkey shares some great stress-busting tips in Good Strategy and Leadership Helps You Sleep At Night
- Awesome article on the roller-coasters of entrepreneurship (h/t Elisa Doucette): On Crashing, Burning And Eliminating The Fall Out: Making Sense Of The Transition Curve
- Here are 9 creative ways to repurpose your content
- I'm featured in a round-up on 12 Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs for Business.com
- Danielle LaPorte shares The 3 Spectacularly Simple Questions to Ask for Planning Anything & Everything:
- What could we do?
- What do we really, really, reallywant to do?
- What can we do?
- Looks like I'm not alone—snail mail lives on! The NYT on The Found Art of Thank-You Notes (I go way old-school and send my thank you notes sealed with a wax seal)
- Why Shane Parrish thinks you should read as part of your work day (I start my day by reading for an hour or two every morning for the same reasons): Hey Bossman, Reading Books IS Work
Just for Fun
Absolutely ah-dorable: 10 Reasons Why 'Dogs in Photo Booths' is the Best Idea Ever.
And this classic prank call on Motivational Reservationsfrom Seth McFarlane's Crank Yankers had me belly-laughing out loud. Big thanks to my brother for sending! Gotta poke some fun at my own profession :)
"Oh I'm sorry, I couldn't hear what you said there. I was distracted by another sound. You know what it was? It was the sound of your vast inner potential struggling to get out."