what i’m…


…reflecting on

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the musician who plays it is 80 percent."
— Miles Davis


…following

I recently went to an art gallery in NYC and ran across artwork by @kathrynmac. She brings a fresh approach, using layers and colors really well...check her out!

 
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…listening to

Sky Walker, by Miguel  (Spotify)

 
 

…thinking about


…reflecting on

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
— Cicero


…listening to

At the Heart, by The National Parks (listen on Spotify)

 
 

…thinking about


…reflecting on

"What I mean when I say you are special, is that ultimately, you don't have to do anything sensational for people to love you."
— Mister Rogers


…watching

This youtube video was really helpful in understanding what happened with the two Boeing 737 Max crashes. 

 
 

…listening to

Somebody, by Sigala (Spotify)

 
 

…thinking about


…listening to

Pronoun is some off-the-wall solo artist I found on Spotify, but I love this lead song of hers. I've been listening to it on repeat for a couple of months and still haven't gotten tired of it. Listen on Spotify

 
 

…following

Strange Planet, this clever Instagram account is blowing up...and for good reason!

 
 

…reflecting on

"If I ran a school, I'd give the average grades to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them."
— Buckminster Fuller


…thinking about

  • Our Culture of Contempt: why the problem in America isn't incivility or intolerance, but something worse.

  • Before this essay, I'd never thought about where the concept of a "normal person" came from.

  • Who Killed the Weekend?: an interesting piece on how and why so many people so misuse their weekends.

  • The Modern Creator's Paradigm: a longer read on the lowering of creative standards and the rise of "premium mediocre" products.


…reading

If you have a wandering heart, you should read My Side of the Mountain, a short book about a young boy who runs away from home in NYC and lives in the mountains for a year. Spoiler alert: he's quite resourceful! I read this when I was seven, so it's been a delight to re-read it as an adult!

 
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…thinking about


…reflecting on

“Going slowly does not prevent you from arriving.”

— African Proverb


…watching

When Dick Proenneke was 51, he left his job and moved to the Alaskan wilderness, living there for the next thirty years! He filmed his life (the original vlogger!) and eventually it was turned into a documentary. I came across a snippet of it on YouTube, and it’s fascinating. Dick builds an entire log cabin by hand!

 
 

…reflecting on

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

John Wooden


…listening to

My favorite song off Maggie Rogers’ new album. (Spotify)

 
 

…thinking about

  • I'm not a twitter user, but a helpful perspective about journalism today.

  • A fascinating (albeit long) New Yorker piece on research methods of one of my favorite biographers used while writing about LBJ.

  • Why your first thought is never your best thought. 

  • An interesting chart showing the evolution of our alphabet (bonus points if you can use proto-sinaitic in a sentence this week!).


…reflecting on

"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naivete."

Maria Popova


…checking out

this fun insta about cheese plates…my cheese plate knowledge is rapidly expanding!

 
 

…thinking about


…listening to

Pure electro-pop bliss. (Spotify)

 
 

…thinking about


…reflecting on

"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying."

Tony Robbins


…thinking about

  • Some great tips on how to use the concept of "Compound Time."

  • I loved this article...some genius marketing from an unlikely source! 

  • This essay about George W. Bush's eulogy on his father's life was both touching and insightful.

  • Also, did you see this tweet from PETA...this is next level crazy!


…listening to

This is my favorite Christmas song ever. It has it all, meaningful lyrics, great harmonies, and David Bowie, probably the coolest person who has ever lived!

 
 

…reflecting on

"I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they have ever dreamed of, so that they can see that it's not the answer.”

— Jim Carrey


…thinking about

  • I struggle with imperfections, and often getting mad at myself if I make a mistake. In light of that, this article on perfectionism helped me better understand myself and how perfectionism hurts me. I always need the reminder that done is better than perfect!

  • Speaking of other reminders I need to hear, this NYTimes piece, "You'll Never Be Famous -- And That's OK" brought a healthy amount of ego-deflating to my life.

  • And lastly, 14 rules for online sanity. 


…reflecting on

"Tell me who you spend time with and I will tell you who you are."
— Johann von Goethe


…listening to

I love a well-constructed song, and one of my favorite types is when the song builds in momentum from each verse and chorus, before exploding in the bridge. Many bridges kill time, but this song, Mirrors, by IDER, has an awesome build/bridge. 

 
 

…thinking about

  • I read this fascinating article about the constant pressure to the gig economy puts on us to always be selling ourselves. The author brings a fresh perspective, showing how so many of us are looking for self-actualization from our work.

  • Also, this article about loneliness was thought-provoking. Being in me hometown caused me to reflect, am I contributing to building community here in New York City?

  • A friend told me about a blog named Farnam Street, and I found this articleabout the difference between an amateur and a professional really helpful. 


…reflecting on

"Those who keep learning, will keep rising in life."
— Charlie Munger


…listening to

 
 

…watching

this was fascinating…all kinds of technology and innovation in one aluminum can!




…reflecting on

"It takes courage to show up and be who you really are."   

— ee cummings