//For You Consideration: A Parody of Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed A Dream” Oscar Bait Performance
// I would like to start with a personal reason to smile and say I successfully posted every day in January! Go me. I’m interested to see what happens to this trend
if when I finally get a full time job.
// My friend Nicole launched a new blog last week and it is full of so much inspiring awesome I can’t even handle it. If you’re interested in cutting the bullshit out of your life, then you should definitely add it to your reader!
But – and here’s where things get interesting – right after I reached the 10 mile mark I had a flash of realization: I wasn’t going to get any more uncomfortable. The wind was howling and I was slowly working my way through it, pushing that brick wall up that sandy mountain, and it was fucking horrible, yes, totally fucking horrible, but it wasn’t going to get any worse. I realized that I had made it through 10 miles of this agonizing slog of a run, and that if I just accepted the fact that I was uncomfortable and that it wasn’t going to get better but that it also wasn’t going to get worse, I could relax into the discomfort instead of fighting against it so much. And that moment, the exact moment when you allow yourself to get comfortable being uncomfortable, that’s when you begin to grow.
From Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable by Nicole Antoinette
// Have you ever found a blog and fell so in love with it that you end up reading the entire thing from beginning to end? Well, that happened to me this week with the Tumblr of Tess Lynch. I’ve actually been a fan of her writing for a while now so I’m not sure why it took me so long to do this, but I literally read the entire thing from beginning to end. Whenever I do something like this I always get super freaked out that the person will figure out how creepy I am for reading their entire blog and then they won’t want to be my friend. And yes, I definitely know how analytics work and that Tess would have had no clue I was the one creeping on her blog all week if I hadn’t just gone and told the whole internet. Also, she inspired me to bring my tumblr back from the dead.
// This week Emma from A Beautiful Mess shared some of her pointers on how to live an inspired life and even though they are things we’ve probably all heard before, I love the way she writes about them and I really think we could all stand to hear this advice again and again.
Wouldn’t be cool if every single day we faced big opportunities that could change our lives? What if every day was the Olympic race we’d been training for or the job interview we’d been dreaming of for years? Guess what, it’s not. Every day is just that: It’s every day. But it’s the little steps that propel us forward. The same attitude you would apply to a big important event, that’s how you should approach your everyday tasks.
From Live an Inspired Life by Emma Chapman
// Back to Black by Amy Winehouse is one of my top five albums of all time. I hate that so much of her life and death have been focused on her personal demons, when the only thing that should matter is just how fucking talented she was. This article perfectly discusses her life, death, and legacy.
Billie Holiday had her own demons, too, although they were much less documented than Winehouses’s – and we have come to appreciate Holiday’s ouvre. It might be time to do the same for Amy Winehouse.
From Love is a Losing Game: 1,000 Words About Amy Winehouse by Ned Hepburn
// Finally, I think this is one of my favorite internet finds in a very long time. Esquire does this feature called What I’ve Learned in which various actors, musicians, athletes, writers, politicians, news anchors – over 300 people total – speak very candidly about what life has taught them. You can find the entire archives here and I highly, highly recommend you spend some time with it. I was definitely moved to tears by many of them and it is fun to see so many high profile people in a new light. I’ve included quotes from some of my favorites below.
And in the end, I was thankful that although my profession was that of a military man — commander in chief of the armed forces, prepared to defend my nation with maximum force if I had to — I was able to go through my entire term in office without firing a bullet, dropping a bomb, or launching a missile.
From President Carter on the White House, Iraq, and Religion
I’ve had a pretty good lesson in human nature. It’s more important to try to surround yourself with people who can give you a little happiness, because you only pass through this life once, Jack. You don’t come back for an encore.
From Elvis Presley Quotes about Life, Music, Acting, and Family
But I came to the conclusion that I was not going to wake up one day at sixty-five and say, “What a waste.” At the very least I was going to grab as much out of this life as I could.
From What I’ve Learned: George Clooney
I don’t think anybody’s necessarily ready for death. You can only hope that when it approaches, you feel like you’ve said what you wanted to say. Nobody wants to go out in mid-sentence.
From Johnny Depp on Tim Burton, Movies, and Fame
I don’t have any big regrets, because I’m pretty happy with my life. But I have lots of minor regrets. I always order the wrong dish in restaurants. Always. No matter what I order, somebody else orders something that’s better. It even got to the point where I was consciously trying to pick things that I didn’t think I wanted, because I thought I would reverse the process and actually pick the things I would later regret not having. But I regret that, too.
From What I’ve Learned: Chuck Klosterman
There are these signposts along the way of getting older. The first is when the Playmate of the Month is younger than you are. Suddenly you’re starting to feel dirty because you’re twenty-three and she’s nineteen and you really shouldn’t be looking at that picture.
The next thing that happens is professional athletes are younger than you are.
Then coaches and managers are younger than you are.
And finally, the last one that happens: I’m the same age as the president of the United States.
From Aaron Sorkin on A Few Good Men, Obama, Writing
Honorable mentions include: Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Charles, and Katie Couric.