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What I read in 2013

Or at least, what I told goodreads I’ve read. I think it’s accurate; though rather disappointing in volume.



How to love oneself physically and mentally

  1. keep good company. don’t hang out with negative, bitchy, judgemental assholes (or…don’t hang out with them toomuch. sometimes you gotta, especailly if they’re family).
  2. don’t do too many drugs or drink too much. (do shit, but everything in moderation.)
  3. floss
  4. hydrate
  5. unplug. we’re all too fucking plugged in, including me. put your phone in a drawer the next time you’re hanging out with someone. it feels amazing.
  6. yoga, mediation, or any kind of mindfulness practice is gold. it keeps me sane, at least. i don’t think i’d be here, where i am, without those things.
  7. i’ve been doing this one lately and finding it incredibly handy…occasionally look around, or wake up, and ask: “how can i be helpful” instead of “what do i want”. it re-focuses you.
  8. don’t take shit too seriously. everything changes.
  9. remember every so often that you’re going to die. sounds weird, but it helps. lastly….
  10. don’t watch stupid television, and especially stay away from advertising. it rots your time and your brain and your soul.

The inimitable Amanda Palmer shares her advice on life in answering a college freshman’s question about how to love oneself physically and mentally – fantastic addition to this archive of essential advice on life at Explore.

Presenting tip

Smile, look at the audience, and keep quiet for two seconds. It’ll slow you down and create the impression that you are relaxed and in control.

The audience will feel more comfortable, leading you to be relaxed in control. Now start talking.

says TJ Walker, Media Training Worldwide.

But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.

Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.

But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.

I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower with my daughter. I’ve always liked coming of age movies, but I thought there were some great quotes about mindfulness in this film.