if you’re reading this letter, you’ve turned 28 and you’re not dead. on the outside, at least; are you still being aware, and present, and mindful? are you using what feel like failures as opportunities for change and growth? are you writing down your thoughts instead of thinking about how exhausting that may be and doing something easier instead. are you allowing yourself to take risks, and allowing yourself to “fail”? are you grateful to your body, kind to your mind, thinking in terms of what you have accomplished instead of what you haven’t? make sure to keep smiling at people—big, genuine smiles. it won’t matter if they think you’re crazy, it won’t matter if they don’t smile back. maybe it’s because they forgot how to smile and they need you to reteach them. make sure that when you give hugs they’re long, and real. say gratitudes every day, different ones; if you don’t feel like you have anything original to be grateful for, go do something.
i don’t know where you’re heading when it comes to food, or love, or work, or purpose. you probably won’t either. just remember to be right where you are whenever you’re there. know that it can disappear in an instant, but don’t live in fear or dread, or with guilt.
you’re kind to others, but don’t just do it because you don’t know how to be kind to yourself—you have to learn that, too. maybe one day you will even believe those kindnesses.
you can be happy or sad, or strong or weak; you can be any dichotomy, anywhere on any spectrum, as long as you are here, and you are now.
please know you’re loved…
january 27, 2013
How do these chopsticks know I'm white? http://t.co/nPn7rh0ZAH
— Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) April 25, 2013
My neighborhood is halfway gentrified, which means that there’s still graffiti but it’s all whimsically done by unemployed art majors.
— braden graeber (@hipstermermaid) April 25, 2013
Why would you ever hate someone for the color of their skin or their sexuality when you could hate them for their personality?
— Jake Weisman (@weismanjake) April 23, 2013
okay i just got asked out by a nice jewish boy with a good job. please don't tell my mom i don't want her to be happy.
— Alison Stevenson (@JustAboutGlad) April 23, 2013
Sauteed baby bellas, lemon roasted asparagus, roasted cauliflower, and caramelized onion with balsamic vinegar
Oatmeal with toasted blueberry flax, dried cherries, maple syrup and walnuts
one mashed banana mixed with two eggs, makes two pancakes. good on their own but i’ll post many ingredient variations.
butternut squash and beets roasted with sage, topped with a fried egg
greek yogurt with diced grilled peaches, chia, walnuts and almonds
You shouldn't drink gasoline. Shouldn't. Not can't.
— Reid Faylor (@reidfaylor) April 4, 2013
Staying in tonight? Shut your eyes and imagine James Earl Jones reading Drake lyrics to you.
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) March 17, 2013
Turning to an episode of Seinfeld and discovering it's one you've never seen is like finding a twenty dollar bill in your pocket.
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) March 28, 2013
chia, buckwheat and hemp plumped in almond milk, with almond butter, shredded almond, fresh raspberries and blueberries, and a little agave or honey
i hate following a recipe, but this one was worth it
tear kale from stem and into chunks, use your hands to massage with grapeseed oil, avocado, salt and lemon juice
last night we made dinner at emily and alex’s and i wished there was a piece of technology that could capture feelings. i always feel home when i’m with them, especially when i’m there at the house. we cooked, picked spinach from the garden and grilled chicken in the back yard, and it felt like being in rochester, at a dinner at chester’s. we are dinner at the low table in the living room, sitting on low pillows, by candlelight, with a fire going. later we had chocolate that tasted like blackberries and i fell asleep by the fire.
I miss san francisco. It's the only place where I can find a 45 yr old boyfriend who spent all his money on a Black Flag tattoo.
— Alison Stevenson (@JustAboutGlad) March 28, 2013
I prefer feeling like shit because it's easy to maintain.
— Chris Thayer (@ChrisThayerSays) March 28, 2013
Eat the right foods and you won't have to buy nutritional supplements. It's Science.
— Ryan Matteson (@ryanslice) March 13, 2013
I don't know how to cook meth, but I just felt insecure about buying zzzquil, visine, and sugar at the same time.
— Ali (@OnlineAlison) March 15, 2013
Sometimes I doubt that Sir Mix-A-Lot was really a knight. But it must be true. After all, he cannot lie.
— BitterOldPunk (@BitterOldPunk) March 11, 2013
news flash: stuff can be good and bad at the same time, we don't actually have to decide which it is out loud always
— Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) March 14, 2013
Skinny girl has bird tattoos
— PicturelessPinterest (@PicturelessPins) September 14, 2012
Dramatic photo of hummus
— PicturelessPinterest (@PicturelessPins) September 15, 2012
Photo of attractive couple wearing a lot of flannel
— PicturelessPinterest (@PicturelessPins) October 10, 2012
carry a notebook
get away from the computer
quit beating yourself up
sing in the shower
know your roots
listen to new music
surround yourself with creative people
don’t give up
practice, practice, practice
allow yourself to make mistakes
go somewhere new
watch foreign films
count your blessings
get lots of rest
break the rules
do more of what makes you happy
don’t force it
read a page of the dictionary
create a framework
stop trying to be someone else’s perfect
got an idea? write it down
clean your workspace
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