Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same as making a life. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Not Lost, Just Exploring

“You get lost out of a desire to be lost.
But in the place called lost, strange things are found.”
– Rebecca Solnit

I’ve always been a fan of getting lost and the adventure that sparks when that happens. Some of my most memorable and fun moments have been when I’ve gotten off course and out of my comfort zone. I found the quote above this morning on a blog called Not Lost, Just Exploring. It’s run by two women from Oregon and it is so awesome. Some of the areas they have traveled to are spots on my list of places to experience (notably Patagonia). Following their blog and Instagram feed leaves me feeling inspired for my next adventure, wherever that may be.

Tap into bliss

I read an article this morning that talks about loving your life and how to live with bliss each day. It’s sort of like training your brain to react and think differently about situations, being thankful for the positive things that are happening in your life and to focus on things that make you smile and make you feel good. Here are a few tidbits from that article that really resonated with me.

Learn to have reflexive compassion instead of reflexive hatred or criticism.

Practice gratitude.

Spend some time thinking about your “purpose.”

You can read the whole thing here. It’s worth the five minute read. And, here’s a tune by Shelby Earl, a new favorite musician of mine. Her recent album Swift Arrows is incredible. Check it out.

A Master in the Art of Living

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.


But it only works sometimes

Sometimes, we’re so focused on being consistent that we also lower the bar on amazing. After all, the thinking goes, if we can’t be amazing all the time, better to reset the expectation to merely good. Which robs us of the ability to (sometimes) be amazing.

But amazing is what spreads.

Read the full post here.

Disclaimer: This post makes so. much. sense.

Standing Up Straight

I read this article on the Huffington Post this afternoon and I really liked what it had to say about being present in an ever-busy life. The article is geared towards women, but you male readers may find a nugget of inspiration in it, too. I found this piece to be very timely in my life at the moment. My work schedule has been crazy lately and sometimes it’s so easy to lose sight of what’s important. Here’s a juicy tidbit that I hope you’ll cling to…

“Here’s the thing: I don’t want to be striving for bigger/better/higher/more every minute of every day. I don’t always want to have a larger goal. That just sounds exhausting and, worst of all, completely joyless. I want to enjoy my days: past, present, and future. I take great pleasure in my professional success, but I can tell you with certainty that, when I’m lying on my deathbed, I’m not going to be thinking about career wins.”

Read the whole enchilada here.