Whew! Apologies for going MIA on you — I spent the last two weeks celebrating my brother's wedding in CA then moving apartments in NYC, up to my neck in boxes and calls to Time Warner. At last, settled enough to bring you the latest round of fodder for your Weekend Coffee Talk! But first, a few wedding pictures just for fun. It was a gorgeous event shared by an amazing gathering of family and friends, and I could not be more thrilled for my brother and his wife (wife! they grow up so fast!). I am absolutely convinced we won the in-law lottery :)
Wedding Weekend in Photos
First up: me and my baby bro on the left; on the right, me and my grandmother, the matriarch of our family who had an incredible marriage of 61 years to my late grandfather Harold, may he rest in peace.
In a spontaneous move after they said their vows, my brother literally swept his beautiful bride off her feet to take her back down the aisle. Way to put those 6'4 former UCLA football player skills to use!
My brother and his wife dancing through the wedding party tunnel for the reception:
Congratulations to T-Bones and G-Bones!! It was an honor to help you ring in the big day :)
And now onto the weekend round-up . . .
- The Atlantic on How Happiness Changes With Age and an interesting study that reveals People May Naturally be Lovers or Haters
- How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't gives the following five tips: be curious, let your mind wander, pay attention to coincidences, look closely at contradictions, and act on your insights.
- Speaking of mind wandering: Wait, What's That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering (Fast Company)
- TheVerge.com says Facebook isn't making you depressed, but the internet is
- Love this list from Justine Musk: 10 little things you could do today that just might change your life (or your state of mind)
- And two others from ladies I adore: Kelly Newsome shares 8 Ways to Bring Vacation Back Home (which inspired a spontaneous morning walk before my first meeting the other day) and Nisha Moodly's 30 ways to stop and smell the roses
- One of the most incredible people I've ever met, Christina Rasmussen, talks to my good friend Dave about Second Firsts — recovering from and starting over after loss — and her resulting book deal (to be released in September). Listen to her inspiring interview here (~60 minutes)
"Change does not happen when you are relaxing on a big arm chair overlooking the ocean.
CHANGE HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE CRAWLING ON YOUR KNEES LOOKING FOR YOUR OWN SPACE IN THE WORLD.
It happens when you are hungry, thirsty and angry. Change requires motivation. It requires restrictions. It needs frustration.
So if you are sitting on a big chair with a cup of tea wondering why your life is not changing . . . get off that chair."
—Christina Rasmussen, from her recent post The Chair
- You know I love me some good yoga facts! HuffPo on Why Your Brain Loves Yoga. (NYC peeps: I teach the next Geek Yoga class on Sept 26 at 7pm at The Yoga Collective — click here to add the event to your calendar!)
- Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness says Screw the Small Stuff. Focus on the Big Wins.
- The Wall Street Journal asks, Can a 10-minute nap do more good than snoozing for an hour? Check out their Field Guide to the Perfect Nap.
- Mark Sisson explores The Impact of Lonliness
- I'm sure we'd all agree! Too bad summer is coming to an end... The Atlantic on The Historic Healing Power of The Beach
- Most health-junkies will already know this to be true, but the NYT Well blog advises that Some Fruits are Better for You Than Others
- OMG Paleo is like, so trendy now. Here are 10 Celebrities Touting the Paleo Diet
- Great story on Mark Manson's blog: The Inner Game of Weight Loss: How One Man Lost 266 Pounds
- Super interesting take on the fashion industry's unrelenting pressure to be thin: Former Vogue Editor on the Pressure to Be Size Zero
- YES. The Placebo Effect is Real. Now Doctors Just Have to Work out How to Use it. Excerpt:
"To Kaptchuk, the placebo effect is brought about by much more than sugar pills and saline injections. It's about the whole "drama" or "theater" of medicine--essentially the context of the encounter between patient and physician--as much as treatment itself. "The placebo effect is the effect of everything surrounding the fake pill, or the real pill," he says. "It's the compassion, trust, and care. It's the ritual and symbols. It's the doctor-patient interaction."
—Fast Company, The Placebo Effect is Real
- He's definitely got a quirky and direct writing style, but that's why he's my favorite author discovery of the year — he's earned millions and lost billions, and isn't afraid to talk honestly about it all. James Altucher lays it down in The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Starting and Running Your Own Business (100 tips on everything he's been asked about starting a business, selling a business, knowing when to quit, relationships, etc.)
- Ramit Sethi, of the smashingly successful I Will Teach You To Be Rich, shares great insights and hard-faught lessons in 7 things I learned from 9 years of IWT
- It must be a reflective time of year for entrepreneurs! Leo Babauta, also massively successful (one of Time Magazine's top 100 bloggers) recently posted My Advice for Starting a Business and Amish Shah shares Lessons from Generating $22 Million Dollars in Less than 8 Years
- Fast Company shares tips for How To Find Inspiration In The Age Of Information Overload
- Jordan Weissmann asks, Is There Really Such a Thing as a 'Workaholic'? (via The Atlantic)
- If so, maybe it's time to outsource. Chris Ducker shares an awesome list of 101 Tasks You Can Outsource to Virtual Staff to Grow Your Business
- Blogger who feels creatively blocked? Check out 43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back into Your Blog
- On that note, check out James Altuchuler's 33 Tips to Being a Better Writer (yes, one of his tips relates to bowel movements. I can't make this stuff up.) I loved this tip:
"Don’t be afraid of what people think. For each single person you worry about, deduct 1% in quality from your writing. Everyone has deductions. I have to deduct about 10% right off the top. Maybe there’s 10 people I’m worried about. Some of them are evil people. Some of them are people I just don’t want to offend. So my writing is only about 90% of what it could be. But I think most people write at about 20% of what it could be. Believe it or not, clients, customers, friends, family, will love you more if you are honest with them. So we all have our boundaries. But try this: for the next ten things you write, tell people something that nobody knows about you."
—James Altucher, 33 Tips to Being a Better Writer
- At long last!! Amazon will launch a program called Kindle MatchBook in October, which will let you get the digital version of print books you already own for much cheaper (free to $2.99) for purchases dating all the way back to 1995.
- David Meerman Scott gives it a big thumbs up for avid readers and authors, even though it will cost many authors thousands of dollars a year in royalties. Web Ink Now: I love that the new Kindle MatchBook will cost me thousands of dollars a year in royalties
Just for Fun
- Obviously I'm biased, but for all the men out there: here's why you should Date a Girl that Travels
- Ummmm . . . cross the finish line FIRST, buddy. Via Mark Sisson, Ironman Winner Nearly Loses At Finish Line on Account of Gloating (with Video)
- The Oatmeal nailed it once again. Coffee in a Porcelain Cup and the even better JitterBeast (animated gif below):