Glad tidings to you, good people who read this blog! (That means you, Mama. Thanks for upping the reader count to a solid 1. Woo hoo.) This week is so busy with sorority stuff, work stuff, neglected writing stuff, and travel stuff. (Not to mention cleaning stuff like dishes, clothes, closets, bathrooms, and the like. My house looks like my dorm room when I was online…except I know have several rooms, a dog, and all the consumerist tendencies of the middle class professoriat.) This Friday, when the eagle flies, I will be up in the air to the West Coast and will have a chance to hang out with my cool nerd friends. Good times in store. Thank goodness.
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Arianna Huffington talks about the key to finding success without burning out. The best quotable from the article is this tidbit: “…we are so much more conscious about how charged our phones are versus how charged we are. It’s too bad we don’t have the same kind of indicator to show how depleted we are. We have a million ways to recharge our phones, portable chargers, cables, extra battery packs, but look at how we treat ourselves. Our own energy has to be below 5% before we figure out that we need to sleep, to recharge, to take a break. That has to change.”
Side benefit: Marie Forleo interviewed the HuffPo founder and editor-in-chief; check it out here.
Harvard Business Review published the heretic’s guide to getting more done. The post advocates daydreaming more, less time spent preparing for meetings, and shortening the weekday. Yes, I’m all about this.
This new documentary on Anita Hill is on my to-see list. I remember at the time being confused about what was happening and seeing people pick sides. After learning more and actually working at a university where she once worked, I know now what was at stake and what Anita Hill meant for Black women.
I stumbled across this blog post via Facebook. What caught me was the following quotation by Tracee Ellis Ross: May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me and not terrify me.
Yesterday was National Pencil Day, which made my nerd heart happy. Today is the last day of the month, and I am on step closer to being out of school for the school. Color me happy. As if normal, The Skim is a curated weekly round-up of links, podcasts, videos, and/or books. Enjoy!
Excuses are tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothing and bridges to nowhere. Here’s a handy guide for getting over yourself and hurdling over your excuses barrier.
Invest in life experiences. Hell yeah buttercup, take that trip. Buddy, take that improv class. Do your best you. (I’m talking to myself as much as I am talking to you, sole blog reader.)
You need to take a sabbatical. I did a sad-batical last year, and it was worth it because I needed to get my life in order. (It’s still not where I want it to be, but it’s much better.)
Do nothing and be productive? What what, sign me up. Oh wait, it’s a list of when not to do things when you’re all in your feels.
The daily routine of geniuses: find a comfortable workplace with few distractions, get in your daily constitution, know what’s real work and busy work, and limit your social lives. As an introvert, the last routine makes me happy.
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I need to be a two-minute woman. Get your head out of the gutter; it’s all about productivity. Click the link to understand.
Geniuses need to hustle. Per the article, the hustle isn’t this dance or that song. It is:
hustle is the ability to interact with positive chance, allowing you to create opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be there–and having the know-how to realize them. Usually, opportunity comes attached to people.
Go get your hustle on, buttercup. But to do that work and creativity hustle, you have to cast aside that bitch-ass demon known as your inner critic.
Your inner critic can be responsible for feelings like exhaustion, dreading going into work every day, or like you’re constantly fighting a losing battle. When you let your inner critic get the best of you it means missing out on opportunities to grow, being less productive, and not creating the awesomeness you were meant to create.
Take the Benny Hill theme music and dub over EDM dancers. Pure joy.
As usual, the blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat sums up my life in this post:
before i retire my vagina completely i gotta fuck a young dude for real. just one time, maybe two. i’m nursing a couple of unrequited crushes on humans my own age that i don’t foresee panning out, which is killing what is left of my heart one minute at a time. love hurts. but before i abandon them entirely to instead lie about my age to try to fuck your uncle on ourtime.com…
I tweeted this story, and @EileenFisher favorited my tweet. #fangirlsqueal One day when I get money, my entire wardrobe will be Eileen Fisher.
And I cried. For myself. For this woman talkin’ about love. For all the women who have ever stretched their bodies out anticipating civilization and finding ruins.
Sonia Sanchez, Homegirls and Handgrenades
People empty me. I have to get away to refill.