5 things I’m obsessed with this week

This is a hopefully weekly post where I share the things that are lighting me up. I get very, very into things and I love to tell people about the things I am very, very into. Here’s what I’m obsessed with right now: 1. The Fire Next Time I just finished reading James Baldwin’s 1966 book The…

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Spiritual band-aids vs. sustainable change

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s recent New York Times article on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop ends with Brodesser-Akner being stuck on a bus, desperately having to pee. This incident, fortunately resolved without catastrophe, nonetheless leaves the author unable to regain the feeling of zen she’d accessed just a few hours earlier at the In Goop Health wellness summit, described earlier…

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The best podcasts for running, by distance

(Full disclosure: As I was pulling together this list, I realized that my podcast rotation is VERY white. I’m fixing that, but if you have specific recommendations for podcasts hosted by people of color, please share them in the comments.) I’ve spent the past two years accidentally becoming a distance runner.

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5 ways to refill your tank post-burnout

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Between work, the heat, familial obligations, and my summer social calendar, I feel burnout creeping in at least once a week lately. Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to get better at slowing down, but it sometimes feels impossible to take a sizable

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5 things that made my life better this month

Five things that made my life better in July: 1. Going to spin class I watched the Amy Schumer flick I Feel Pretty a few weeks ago (um, OK, I watched it three times during my 48-hour rental period), and my main takeaway from this movie about self esteem that was somehow also a 90-minute ad…

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2018 Goals: Strategic abandonment

I set ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s time to shave some of them off the list and refocus on what I still think would be valuable to accomplish this year. My friend Sarah calls the act of consciously giving up on goals that no longer make…

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Plan a DIY creative retreat for this weekend

A few weekends ago, I cleared my schedule and holed up in my apartment  for a DIY creative retreat. The main goal for this weekend was to catch up on the writing schedule for my novel, which meant writing 21 pages over the duration of the weekend. There were other things I wanted to get…

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Be more productive: Try the ombré workday

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get more out of my days. My work involves a spectrum of projects, some of which are very task-oriented, check-the-box type things and others of which require deep concentration and focus. It’s difficult for me to switch back and forth between deep

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Live more creatively: How to be a life artist

A few months ago, my friend Devin paid me the best compliment I’ve ever received: “You are a life artist. Everything you do is a work of art.” I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that I want it to be true. So much so, in fact, that I updated my social media…

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