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A Manual for Daily Adventure

You might not know this about me, but I’m a sucker for an inspirational quote. In fact I have books of quotes I’ve copied down over the years, post-its of quotes on my bulletin board, and 100s of quotes pinned on Pinterest.

While not exactly a quote per se, the below is a pretty inspirational way to approach the daily grind. I will attempt to incorporate these into my daily life. Maybe you will too?
Happy Friday!

A Manual For Daily Adventure


4 Things on My Mind

Longer, more thoughtful posts hopefully to come soon. But in the meantime here are a few things that have been jumbling around in my brain today (in no particular order).

1. Leaning In — We haven’t even read it yet and already my book club spent at least an hour talking about the topics covered in Sheryl Sandberg’s new book: Lean In. Even though her PR person turned me down for an interview with Sandberg, I’m still interested to read this book and follow the debate that will stem from it.

Here are two interesting takes on it: From Jezebel: Sheryl Sandberg on Why It’s OK to Cry at Work (best quote: “This is a really exciting moment because for the first time in a long time it feels like the women’s movement is actually moving.”) and from CNN: Sandberg left single mothers behind (Best quote: “Sandberg’s book mentions single mothers in passing. But what if she were to champion them? What if the Lean In community or any group of feminist-minded women were to organize around the cause of single motherhood instead of the cause of their own self-congratulation?”)

2. The horrors of the Steubenville rape trial and how appallingly vile humans can be. It’s been unavoidable, and it’s one those stories where words escape me. This article though: Steubenville: this is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment: “There’s a word for what happens when one group of people sees another as less than human and insists on its right to hurt and humiliate them for fun. It’s an everyday word that is often misused to refer to something outside of ourselves. The word is ‘evil’.”

3. Letting go of your story. This article from Mind Body Green (a great yoga and health site) about how to let go of the stories we all tell our selves about who we are made me think about the things I believe about myself that I want to let go of. 5 Ways to Let Go of Your Story

4. Literary Graffiti(Thank you Buzzfeed for bringing me this and 21 Lessons You Can Learn From Cats In Boxes in the same day)

George Orwell, "Animal Farm"


Hopeful at the Vernal Equinox


Daily Affirmations With Kate Davis

Here is something every freelancer and every writer knows: it’s lonely and difficult to spend hours everyday trying, unsure if any of your hard work will pay off at all.

Even if you are lucky enough to have a partner/family/friends as support, you still are mostly alone in your endeavors.  And you are probably receiving more rejections (or worse no response at all) than you are paycheck and praise.

So with that in mind I’ll share with you an affirmation/self pep-talk I wrote for myself a few months ago:

I won’t waste my time being a victim. I won’t let negative people or thoughts distract me or hold me back. I know my worth and I won’t let myself or anyone else convince me I’m worth less. I won’t dwell in setbacks or let them slow me down. I’ll remember always who I am, what’s valuable in me. I’ll remember who I wanted to be, and work to become that person. I’ll be flexible in my expectations.

I am smart, I am kind, I am compassionate, I am talented, I am anything but average, I am stronger than most people. I have done things in my life so far that most people will only dream of, and the best is yet to come. I have within myself everything I’ll ever need.

A bad day is just that, one bad day. And when they add up to bad months and bad years, they won’t define my life, they will simply stand as markers for how much better things will be, and how sweet that will taste. I will have the capacity to truly appreciate my life because of my struggles.

John Stienbeck on Love

“Love can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.”

What better topic for my first real post than love? John Stienbeck is one of my favorite authors, and I’m sure his work will be mentioned and referenced many times on this site. But since I will be celebrating 4 years with my finace next week, and our wedding is now less than a month a way, love is on my mind. Here, via the great site Brain Pickings is a letter he wrote to his son in 1958 after his son told him that he’d fallen in love with a girl at his boarding school:

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.