Inspiration: November 17

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Inspiration November 17 >> Life In Limbo

The case for practicing radical honesty and transparency in business and our personal lives, with lots of examples from the corporate culture at Netflix. My friend Sonja shared this with me, and we’ve agreed to start playing Stop-Start-Continue. Stay tuned…

I put every single book on this list onto my to-read list. The ladies at The What read voraciously (a lot more than me) and have impeccable taste in books. Can’t wait for their top 25 non-fiction picks next week.

Reminder: the world is a little bit crazy, but we can do good, hard things. We can be kind to one another. We can smile, hold the door, and take a deep breath while waiting in line. See also: my favourite thing of all time (that I think about almost every single day), This is Water. I just re-watched it and bawled, as I always do.

Who wants to try this brunch timing trick with me?! So fun, so whimsical, so practical.

I have been struggling with this idea so much recently, so reading this post was a breath of fresh air: “Here’s what I’ve learned is the key mental habit of simplicity: noticing the mind’s tendency to want more, and don’t believe it.” Gotta love a shoutout to Byron Katie, too.

I really liked this “gift guide” post because it de-emphasizes buying stuff for the sake of stuff. I’m trying to be more mindful about gift-giving this year, and I like the idea of focusing on things like delicious food, good experiences, and memory-keeping.

I’ve been trying to remember lately that writing and walking are my very best tools for thinking and processing my emotions. I liked this simple post about how to keep a journal for personal development – it reminded me of ways I can “think out loud” the next time I have a decision to make. His reading list also looks good, although it’s 99% male authors.

A nice reminder that you never can really know what impact your work might have on someone else. You just have to keep showing up and doing the work, having faith that it will land with the right people.


I had a mysterious stomach ache for most of this week, which definitely put a damper on my energy! Even still, I had a great week talking philanthropy at Tuesdays Together, taking photos, writing blog posts, getting cozy with some friends. I’m happy it’s the weekend though! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

Inspiration: November 10

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Inspiration November 10 >> Life In Limbo

Friendly winter reminder: you are basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. Reminds me of one of my self-care mantras: “You are not a robot.”

Damn, Seth is good. Are there places you feel like you’re falling behind where there’s actually no race?

Lindy West does it again with this perfect essay on how women are finally feeling brave enough to be angry. I have so many thoughts and feelings about this article, and this topic, and I’m so glad that this point is being made.

I was so inspired by this interview with Lewis Howes on Happier this week. His new book is about the masks men wear (and are taught to wear), and it feels like a very important conversation for us to be having, culturally. I love that he’s using his privilege and position to challenge the status quo.

Joy the Baker is my fave for so many reasons! Seeing her full house tour on Apartment Therapy this week was so delightful. #Goals.

More ways to ward of seasonal depression! These ideas are so sweet and simple and fun. I also read her book Simple Matters this week and really enjoyed it.

I love that Anthony Bourdain is asking himself the kind of question we should ALL be asking ourselves: “Why was I not the sort of person, or why was I not seen as the sort of person, that these women could feel comfortable confiding in? I see this as a personal failing.”

Great advice on how to make an amazing newsletter. Two of my favourites ever (Ann Friedman’s and Austin Kleon’s) are mentioned in here as examples.

We all need to revisit this long, long post about how to say no, decline, and protect your damn time. Lots of inspiration from artists and writers.

Angry about how Kevin Spacey tried to use his sexuality as an excuse for his criminal behaviour? Yeah. Me too. There’s a name for that, and it’s a very common schtick. Let’s learn about it so we can call it out in the future!


It’s been an amazing week and it’s only going to get better! This weekend, we have lots of fun plans with friends for brunch, touring historical sights around the city, and playing with my friends’ adorable new cats. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

Inspiration: November 3

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Inspiration November 2 >> Life In Limbo

In an exciting confluence of what I do for a living and what I am inspired by (happening way more often these days!), With/out Pretend‘s latest book Happy If You Know It launched in pre-order today! If you’re a person with feelings: check it out.

This episode of Super Soul made my head spin with how good it was. “If this experience were to last forever, what quality would have to emerge for me to have peace of mind?”

Love love love this campaign for #DeviceFreeDinner. Will Ferrell is hilarious, but they’re also sending a powerful message to all of us. We’re kind of addicted, and it’s a big problem.

Are you feeling really angry these days about all the terrible stuff that’s being revealed to have been happening forever and ever? Same. This Ask Polly letter is inspiring, and important, and I plan to revisit it often. It has already been personally very helpful.

Are you deferring your happiness until a future time? My friend Barbara is (re)starting a blog and her first post about how to have a great weekend is so juicy and good.

Winter is coming, you guys, and I’m already feeling not so great about it. Yesterday I could see my breath and my pinkie fingers went numb!!! Loved this list of suggestions for introverts and/or sensitive people to survive the winter blues.

Reminder: the language we use matters. Can we stop with the double standards already? Can we stop sugar-coating the truth? Can we call a spade a spade?

My meditation practice is happily now a consistent one, but I still struggle with it every day and expect that I will struggle with it forever. It’s good to read posts like this one to remind me why it’s important, and why I make time for the quiet each morning (even if I nod off approximately every 7 minutes).

Announcement that I am Michael Harris‘s most recent biggest fan. His book Solitude was such a wonderful paradigm-shifter for me, and I can’t wait to dig into The End of Absence. Such a refreshing thinker!


It has been both a tiring and an energizing week, as so many have been recently. I am excited to take Saturday to do absolutely nothingand then on Sunday, I am helping Nurture Retreats put on their second Harvest Table Dinner. It’s going to be amazing! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

Inspiration: October 27

Every week on Friday, I share a list of the most interesting and inspiring content I’ve read lately here on my blog. You can expect thoughts on productivity, happiness, balance, spirituality, politics, and more. Subscribe here to get updates. See archives here.

Inspiration October 27 >> Life In Limbo

Even though I haven’t made it happen yet, I love Seth Godin’s thoughts on blogging daily. I do know that when I write more, I notice more of the world around me and am better at paying attention to new ideas. “There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea.”

Are you tired of hearing me talk about Sarah Von Bargen yet? Too bad! I love the way she thinks & how she sees the world. This podcast interview was personally super helpful this week in reminding me that…maybe I don’t need to make more money?

On a similar note: what if joy is my only metric for success? The answer (in my case) is that I’m already pretty darn successful, because I have a ton of joy and freedom in my life right this second.

The Sugars now have a column in the NY Times where they answer a letter they didn’t get to on the podcast! More Dear Sugars = happy Stephanie.

I think this is my new life philosophy: Read more than you write, live more than you read.

As you know, I love advice on how to be a better human being and a more mature adult! This week I am revisiting the Adulting blog’s archive of Steps, all kinds of great advice inside. Her books are great too.

To all my male acquaintances who secretly (or not so secretly) think feminists are really angry….duh? Why wouldn’t we be? You probably should be too, if you consider yourself a real ally. Listen to Lindy West, people. She is #1.

In a similar vein, I also loved this post that is an invitation to men to inform themselves and become better allies: “Let us not allow ourselves to be complacent, leaning on the tightly held belief that we are not “bad” guys; but one of the “good” men. Instead, let us always ask ourselves what it takes to be better men… and act accordingly.” 

In case you missed it, this week on the blog I wrote about how I stopped trying to get new followers on Instagram and instead take care of the ones I have.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou


This weekend, my book club is meeting to discuss this book, and I have a pumpkin carving party to attend! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

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