All posts tagged: Thinking

Catch-all is More of a Hodge-podge

I think that if I started this blog all over again I’d name it hodge-podge. Originally I thought of it like a catch-all dish that accumulates little odds and ends. Bills, bobby pins, loose change, buttons, political stickers, gum. It’s astonishing how many of those catch-all dishes I actually have in my apartment. They start out being useful, but quickly become piles of both important and unimportant things. I end up avoiding it all until it’s time to clean my catch-all dish out and start over again. But this Catch-all has become more of a hodge-podge. It’s like the area of my apartment where I’ve placed shoes, empty picture frames, books, and my old violin I’ve been meaning to donate. It’s my go-to spot for big things that don’t go together but have nowhere else to go – which is kind of like this blog. … As much as I want to pinpoint a specific direction for Catch-all so that I can actually try to reach an identifiable audience, it’s becoming clear that it’s just …

The Two Rules I’m Trying to Live By

Somehow life has gotten easier and more difficult the older I get. I’m very comfortable with myself, but constantly battling with questions of the future. Where’s my “career” going? What about my personal life? On top of that I’m living in an America that’s in decline, and a tech-driven world that’s oftentimes difficult to navigate. These are modern problems that we’re all dealing with, and it’s complicated and messy and weird. Never take anything personally I’m only partway through Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, but this book has already had an influence on how I try to exist in and move about this complex world. It’s a valuable read for anyone who’s open to it, but I do think being “open” is key. Ruiz calls everything into question – who we are, what we are, why we are – so it requires a willingness to listen and reflect. All four of the agreements that Ruiz presents are revelatory, but the one that’s stuck with me the most is “Don’t take anything personally.” Wow. How …

Advocating on the Behalf of Journals Everywhere

I’m a serious advocate for journaling – is that technically a “real” word yet? Let me count the ways… → Writing in a journal allows you to have a conversation with yourself. You can reflect or create in a safe space that’s all yours. Whether you share it with others or not is at your discretion. → Writing before you start your day can activate your creative sensibilities. If you’re feeling sluggish, writing about what you’re looking forward to that day or what you need to accomplish can be highly motivating. → Journals are also great spaces to make lists. What do you need to get done today? What projects do you want to start working on this month? What are your professional goals for the next six months? Lists are a spectacular way to stay organized, and if you tend to fall off track sometimes, it’s easier to stay on top of what you hope to accomplish in order to keep your days, weeks, and months productive. → In a journal you can jot down your thoughts in-the-moment. We all have those great …