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Monday Morning Inspiration – 11.2.15

1) The Eternal Power of Emotional Pop: The Decades Long Legacy of the Adele Success Story via Baeble Music How emotionally bare songwriting strikes a chord with the masses. 2) The National – Sea of Love via Song Exploder The National break down how they collaborated to create a beautiful song. Also, I shamelessly adore this band. 3) The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness via On Being This podcast includes one of the most useful…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.26.15

1) The Internet is My Religion A wild ride of a memoir from a guy who followed his passion. 2) This I Believe via NPR Personal statements from ordinary and extraordinary people across all walks of life. 3) “Bravery is a choice, not a feeling” via Chris Guillebeau “Your voice is never lost; it’s waiting to be uncovered.” 4) 6 Tips to Transform from Master Procrastinator to Moderately Disciplined Writer via NaNoWriMo Practical tips for…

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To NaNo or Not to NaNo

For the past couple years, I’ve dedicated my Novembers to NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. I’ve committed to writing an average of 1700 words/day no matter what, even when that meant writing in the Reykjavik airport. Just hit 40k words at the airport in Iceland, consuming black coffee & a clearly imported orange. #NaNoWriMo2014 #adventures #GonnaDoThis — Jana Fisher (@janafisher) November 26, 2014 My novels haven’t exactly been readable — I’m not sure how anything…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.19.15

1) Career Resolutions Based on My Failures via The Cut “‘The truth is that even if you’re lucky enough to make a living off doing what you truly love, it will probably take you awhile to get to that point.’ In the meantime, as I learned the hard way, it’s all about accepting an unsatisfying day job and making the most of your after-hours.” 2) 9 Habits of Bloggers Who Have Huge Audiences via Problogger…

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The Outer Critic

If you’re especially lucky, you will meet a human who repeats the sayings of your Inner Critic without your prompting. You will recognize this person by how everything she says gets under your skin and how obsessively you hate her. She will spew all kinds of contradictory mean things to you, and you will feel defenseless to fight back because you believe all the same things about yourself. You will be made miserable by how…

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The Inner Critic

There’s a mean, snarling gremlin living inside your head. You may not even notice the presence of this creature. Its nit-picky voice may be indistinguishable from your own. This is your Inner Critic. You may have been living with this creature so long that you’ve incorporated it into your identity. You tell your friends you have high standards for yourself and you’re never satisfied. But your creative spirit would never be as hard on you…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.12.15

1) Ask Polly: How Do I Get Over My Former Enemy via The Cut “You’re lucky. This woman has become your imaginary enemy and given a shape to your self-immolating tendencies.” I read this expecting a mundane advice column and instead got a reckoning with my Inner Critic that inspired two posts coming later this week. 2) Ryan Adam’s 1989 and the mansplaining of Taylor Swift via The New Statesman I love both versions of…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.5.15

1) Watch out for sneaky stimulation via Introvert Dear I just got back from a yoga retreat in the woods. It’s amazing how much better I function with my daily dose of silence. 2) How to Escape the Comparison Trap via Puttylike We only have to be better than we were yesterday. 3) Magic Lessons podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert – Episode #1 “I’m a creator because my mom was a creator.” What’s inspiring you this…

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