Inspiration: Dec 2

Inspiration Dec 2 >> Life In Limbo

The Happier podcast made a Spotify playlist full of their listeners’ instant happiness-boosting songs. It’s an eclectic mix but definitely fun to listen to.

Lots of cozy feelings in this video, and it’s a good reminder at this time of year that it doesn’t take much to make someone’s day.

A little checklist to make sure you’re making each and every day vibrant. I’ve tried to make similar things over the years but I like the idea of a colouring format.

Train yourself to trust your knowing. Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

Cool Slack tips (if there’s anyone out there as obsessed as I am!).

I had never heard of Tai Lopez before, but I found this interview with him inspiring – the guy reads a book a day!!

These goal trackers are a free download this year for email newsletter subscribers! I’m a big fan.

It’s nutty how quickly this week went by for me! I watched Gilmore Girls (of course), made a ton of progress on the sweater I’m knitting, did a lot of work, had a spontaneous lunch with my mom and grandma which made me so grateful for the job I have and for finally living close to my family again. This weekend I want to get lots of fresh air, step away from my computer for long stretches of time, and read as many good books as possible. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.

Give It Time

Give It Time >> Life In Limbo

I was looking through old photos today, and I realized something: I used to live in Korea. I lived there! For a whole year! I hadn’t forgotten of course, but it still took me a little by surprise because it suddenly felt like so long ago that it could have been another life.

Tomorrow will be exactly two months since I’ve officially lived in Toronto. Before October 1st, this city was more or less a mystery to me, despite having grown up nearby. Now I live here, it’s my home. It still doesn’t quite feel like home, but it’s getting there: I’m slowly learning the streetcar lines, and the major intersections, and the best place to buy flowers, and which cute coffee shops I like best by trying them one at a time. My family is nearby for the first time in 7 years, which feels like a peaceful miracle even though of course it’s not, it’s just that I’ve finally settled.

I’m learning how to make a life again, like I have a couple times now over the past few years. And every time, I re-learn and remember how hard it really is to find your tribe and start to feel safe and make your home feel cozy and to be yourself in a brand-new place. It’s hard, man! I say that, even though I’m so grateful for every experience and opportunity I’ve had: it’s still hard.

Looking at the pictures of my life in Korea, I saw that I really did make a life there. I found my people, some of whom are still so important in my life today. I found favourite spots in my neighbourhood. I had adventures (so many adventures!) and figured out how to run errands and how to feed myself and how to stay connected to loved ones. I (obviously) did not figure out how to do these things all on one day and then spend the rest of the year in a constant state of joy and fulfilment. The pictures I scrolled through might have told a story of ease and happiness (and of course it was both those things at times), but I still remember that it was a huge challenge and sometimes a struggle. There were sad days, and so many frustrating ones, and lonely ones, and ones where I questioned whether I was doing enough, whether I was okay the way I was or if I needed to change.

So the really beautiful thing is that I can see these photos and remember how I felt when I lived there, and I can realize, “Oh. Right. We’ve been here before.”

I can remember that day by day, this is how it feels – a lot of weird vibes and fumbling around, a lot of laughter and loveliness. A lot of wondering whether I’m doing it right, a lot of blissful moments when I know that I am.

I can also remember that “the useless days will add up to something,” that these days are my becoming. I can remember that “the days are long, but the years are short.” I can remember that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that a life is built over time, across many small moments of light and love. I can remember that having a good life is a practice, not a place at which you arrive one day.

I can try my best to remember these things as I build a new life here again. The best part is that I know I can do it because I’ve done it before, I just have to be patient.


Inspiration: November 25

Inspiration November 25 >> Life In Limbo

This reading list of modern classics looks so great! I’ve only read 3, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

As much as I enjoy using Instagram, I really really like this advice, especially because I haven’t thought of it this way before. “The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter.”

Changes to make in your 20s (or any other time of life, really). I love the tips about generating 10 new ideas a day and conducting weekly reviews.

I haven’t been watching much TV lately but I watched both seasons of Lovesick in 2 days this week on a recommendation from friends and it’s so good!

For some reason I think the idea of colour analysis is so interesting! I liked this guide and this video on the topic.

I’m home this weekend at my mom’s house in the forest with the puppy, cozy fires, and both my sisters – it’s going to be a beautiful time! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

Inspiration: November 18

Inspiration November 18 >> Life In Limbo

In case anyone else here works for home, these tips from Marie were so good!

This woman is my reading hero. I loved this post about how to read more, and this one comparing reading to meditation (yes!).

Mark Manson is so great. In many ways, your ability to succeed and learn over the long-term is directly proportional to your ability to change what you believe in response to your ignorance and mistakes.

If you, like me, are upset and confused over the American election results, let’s consider reading this list of books to help us understand.

Speaking of which: take action while you’re still angry.

Ha! A genius strategy for culling those annoying, spammy Instagram followers.

My new favourite resources are The Sweet Home and The Wirecutter – they basically do extensive, unbiased reviews of a whole bunch of products in a category and tell you the best one. I can’t tell you exactly why, but their review guides make me so, so happy. Also, I bought my ergonomic keyboard based on their recommendation and it’s so great that I just got their hairdryer pick too.

This sweet video warms my heart.

This week flew! Lots of work, lots of trying hard to stick to my good habits, lots of walks down to the water, lots of reading. It’s that time of year when I like to get cozy with a book all night, and I’m happy to report that I’ve actually been doing so! All that said, I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. Have a good one! xo.