Archives: Inspiration

The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

So Saturday I left the house with my jeans on backwards.  Unintentionally.  Herein lies a very important life lesson – after the jump!


Get in the Fight!

Charlie Day

Around this time of year, we get bombarded with celebrity commencement speeches.  They’re usually packed with a lot of the same vending machine wisdom, but every once in awhile, one stands out.

This year it came from a guy who got famous for eating cat food.  Just ignore the medieval pastry chef hat he’s wearing in the video – must be some sort of weird regional costume at Merrimack College.

This week’s ha-ha moment comes to you from Charlie Day of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, whose speech is pure entertainment whether you’re just graduating or long since retired.

My favorite highlights AFTER THE JUMP!

What’s Stopping You?

Whats Stopping You

Take a minute and think about this.  Is there anything stopping you right now?  Are you where you want to be?  Doing what you want to do?  With the people you enjoy the most?

If your answer to any of these questions was no, give it a good, hard think.  What is stopping you?  Then drink a Red Bull, take a poop, and BANISH IT.



Making Waves

Time for your midweek moment of zen!  You have to look at this in full-screen or the only thing it’s going to do is make you need to pee.

In full screen, however, I can almost see that time a friend and I came across a gorgeous waterfall on a summer hike.  He jumped right into the water for a swim while I remained safely perched on a nearby rock – because everyone knows there are special parasites in water that only eat the brains of nubile 24 year-old women.  Just as I started to get really worried about who was going to give me a piggyback ride back up the mountain if he didn’t come back, he returned with some tall tale about lesbians he saw having sex just beyond the tower of rocks I was resting on.

I can’t promise you there are any lesbians having sex on the other side of these rocks, but I invite you to imagine whatever the hell you want.  It’s YOUR moment of zen, after all.

Thank you, Caribbean, for being the most gorgeous place to recharge one’s batteries.  And also for the water slide at Señor Frog’s.


Take the Long Way Home

Take the Long Way Home

As someone usually inclined to take an extra train transfer to avoid an above-ground walk, I could stand to heed this advice more often.  Take the long way home.  Linger a little.  It doesn’t have to be all skipping through fields of poppies but even just walking the long way home a couple nights a week.  NYC gave me bunions years ago (standard-issue welcoming gift), so there’s no use pretending that I’m doing the foot fetishists of the world any favors by rushing home and putting my feet up.  Let’s make a promise to each other to take the long way home at least once this week?

What are some of your new intentions for this year?

Photo: Iron and Resin


The Places You’ve Never Been

Each Moment is a Place

Too often, we think of the new year as an opportunity for a fresh start, but truth is, every day is a fresh start.  Every moment, even.  I saw this quote by American poet Mark Strand yesterday, and I really loved it.  I like thinking of moments as places we go to, instead of experiences we have to live in.  Because, hey, if you don’t like the moment you’re in, there’s always a new one to go to.  (That is generally also my philosophy about dates.)

There’s so much more freedom (and less pressure!) if we think of ourselves as tourists designing fun life experiences, instead of the masterminds who have to find the meaning in them, don’t you think?

Also, who doesn’t love jumping in photos!

(Original Photo: Flickr)


Be Your Own Beyoncé

Beyonce Je T'aime

Happy Monday, everyone!  So last night I went to Beyoncé’s concert in Brooklyn (wearing a really aggressive sequin shirt), and – as if you didn’t already know – she is ONE.BAD.BITCH.

I mean let’s face it – we all want to BE her (yes, even you, straight guy).  I can make that happen – for the low, low price of free.

I give to you…My Top 11 Ways to Be Your Own Beyoncé: …AFTER THE JUMP!


You Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round

Let me Create a World for You

I like the sentiment in this print a whole ton.  I made a new friend awhile back who makes me spin with all sorts of new thoughts – old thoughts, too, just newly dusted.  I’m a creature of habit – too much, I think – so I need people who remind me that things can be made new again, even when life is steeped in routine and old habits.  One of my goals for 2014 is making lots of new friends, especially this kind!

Do you make new year’s resolutions or do you think they’re silly?

(PS – I’m also super into all the floral typography on this pinterest board!)

*Photo Source: Allison Freund*


Life Is Too Short to be Small

Life is Too Short to be Small

I couldn’t benchpress a twinkie, but I love this photo of a sixty year-old training instructor with the Home Guard lifting a weight and two volunteers back in 1941.

The quote is from Benjamin Disraeli about whom I know pretty much nothing, except that wikipedia says he was a “dandy.” I found the quote in a book I’m reading – The 4-Hour Workweek - which I’d dismissed as being just some kind of gimmicky fluff, but in fact I find it to be really motivating.

Are you currently reading any game-changers?

*Photo Source: Corbis*


Bad Boy, Bad Boy, Whatcha Gonna Do


I like a tatted up guy as much as the next girl, but I like these bad boys most of all: rough riders with hearts of gold.

They come out in full force – sometimes an entire gang at once – to meet children who are victims of child abuse.  Signaling their arrival with booming exhaust pipes, skull caps, and long beards, they’re a scary bunch.  But that’s the point – they’re using a bad reputation for good.

…Read more about this incredible group AFTER THE JUMP!