1. Have a goal and be motivated to do it.

    Today I learned that dolphins rest with one half of the brain asleep and the other awake. This is likely not relevant to anything you or I may do, but it is still a cool fact! It’s actually very likely that many cool facts we encounter will never be particularly useful in our lives. 

    Now let’s shift and talk about things that are actually useful:

    Having goals is really important because it is basically what gets us through our every day lives and what pushes us to look forward to not only tomorrow but years from today. Lately I have had a hard time setting goals for myself and seeing through them for various reasons I won’t really get into, other than say that it is really hard sometimes to stay motivated. It is especially hard to stay motivated when reaching your goal requires doing a bunch of really boring stuff like reading a lot of mundane information over and over until you remember it (studying!).

    When this happens it’s time to give myself a little pep talk. 

    • Be productive! Make getting things done a fun thing. What is the end goal? To produce, to have a gain that is either physical or intellectual.
    • Pinpoint the things that prevent you from achieving that goal and find ways to deal with them - for good.

    Now it’s time for me to get to studying, ironically, about the system responsible for helping us set goals. It’s kinda complicated, I won’t bore you with the details ;)

    P.S. If you stare at the word ‘goal’ enough times it starts to look really weird and make no sense and suddenly question if it is even a word at all. 

     
  2. Sometimes it’s the little things that bring us joy, such as finding a five dollar Jane Birkin record and listening to it while you make dinner. 

     

  3. Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.

    -Joseph Parry 

    There is something about getting older that makes me want to hold onto some things from the past, particularly those people that have been by my side when I’ve needed them most, that have stuck by me when I’ve been foolish because they know what’s at the core of me. These people are gold. 

     

  4. "Well yeah, and I’m sad, but at the same time I’m really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It’s like, it makes me feel alive, you know? It makes me feel human. And the only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt somethin’ really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good, so I guess what I’m feelin’ is like a, beautiful sadness."
    — The genius of Butters 
     
  5. Be on the lookout for this new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel!

     
  6. Getting ready for Halloween!

     
  7. I wanted to show you these beautiful rings I recently found on Etsy. While some of my friends will adorn themselves in jewelry (and beautifully so), it is something I seldom do. For me, jewelry has to have meaning, or at the very least function, in order for me to wear it. If it is too heavy or jingles too much I can’t wear it daily. But these little gold rings are so delicate and petite and offer so much versatility. The thinnest ones I own are almost as thin as thread. On a daily basis I like to stack them on one finger - when I have to use my hands a lot. Then, midday I like to spread them sporadically so that each finger has one or two. They go from being very proper and stacked to Bohemian on a whim. They are perfect for someone like me, who likes both shiny and minimal things and who can’t often decide what to wear in the morning 

    Rings pictured are here and here. Also, more gold rings on Etsy.

     
  8. Antique mirror I found with an eagle at top. Representing the U.S.A.

     
  9. In the constant search for Awe. 

    How do people with big imaginations deal with the constant monotony of daily life? Keep and open mind and look for greatness in ordinary things.  

    But you know, it’s harder to keep an open mind when you have no one to appreciate the things you find wonder in. What meaning do feelings of wonder hold when there is no human connection to be made? It is human nature to share in our experiences with others.