Inspiration | March 21

DSC_0003These three questions that determine if you have long-term potential with someone as a romantic partner are quirky and seem silly, but at the same time I have pretty strong answers to all of them, so maybe they’re on to something! (For the record, my answers: I hate them. Yes, and it was wonderful. Yes, but only if we could still find ways to work, be creative, and contribute.)

The number I’ve read of this list of self-improvement books is pretty low, but it’s made my “to-read list” much longer. 

I’ve never been that into makeup but I must have watched 30 of the videos from this Youtube channel this week. 

This interview on MarieTV with the founder of Pencils of Promise both touched and inspired me. 

I liked this interview with Austin Kleon, especially the quote “you’re only as good as your last post”. 

Reading about this notebook made me positively giddy. I am such a paper person but I also love having everything organized on the computer…#geek

I want to make and eat these things: Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal | Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Chilled Chocolate Torte | Grain Free Chocolate Granola

This episode of the TED Radio Hour made me cry. 

I loved these 6 minute minimalist workouts. Simple but effective. 

I’ve also been filling my brain with lots of podcasts lately. I’ll be sharing my favourites on Monday! 

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This weekend I have plans to go for a hike, get to the beach, and explore a beautiful temple. The weather is supposed to be really lovely too, and I’m excited! Have an awesome weekend. 

Inspiration | March 14

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“I want to feel my life while I’m in it” – Meryl Streep. I’ve been trying to make this my motto lately. 

Joy the Baker moved across the country from LA to New Orleans at about the same time I moved across the world from home to Busan, and I’ve been enjoying her writing about making a new home for yourself in a brand new place and the kinds of emotions that come up. You can read her thoughts here, here and here

Also relevant to my big move to a new apartment was this great post on “happy-fying your home”

I adored this post about finding the little blisses everyday that are truly what make up a happy life. 

Jessica from How Sweet Eats shared her inspiration on Instagram & Pinterest and her favourite iPhone apps. I love lists like these, so I was all over it. Also, her personal inspiration board on Pinterest is gorgeous. 

Leo, as always, telling it like it is: Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant. So important but so hard. 

This article gave me a new perspective for dealing when things get tough. 

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon – some really good stuff in here! I particularly like #9, especially the part about creating your own culture. 

I really want to make the following: black bean & quinoa burgers | spicy tamari tofu & broccoli | chunky chocolate buckwheat granola

Two of my favourite Instagram accounts right now are @kimgenevieve (she takes the prettiest, happiest, brightest pictures) and my friend @isabellehc who has gotten really into Instagram lately and is posting some really beautiful things. 

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This weekend I’m planning to check a couple things off my Korean bucket list including visiting Spaland and a big beautiful hike. Have an amazing weekend! 

Inspiration | March 7

I immediately downloaded all of the fonts from this list I didn’t already have. They’re so beautiful! 

Some truly wise, wonderful words from Ira Glass for all kinds of creators. 

I thought the Oscars were sort of meh, but I loved these gorgeous portraits taken at the Vanity Fair after party. 

I really needed to read this post about writing + it’s packed full of great tips. 

This post, How to Have a Great Life Without Spending a Lot of Money, was just so smart and intuitive and feel good

I adored this article on scientifically proven ways to be incredibly happy. Most of it I’d heard already, but they put a good spin on the information and added some fresh extra details. 

From the same website, I loved the 7 qualities of uber-productive people, especially #2: “they see fear the way other people view lunch”.

This little infographic on ways to engage with creativity was sort of paradigm-shifting: it stopped me from thinking that creation is always better than consumption and set it up more like a continuum. I’m on a huge Austin Kleon kick these days, I love his work + ideas. 

Over at Guinea Pigging Green, I reviewed one of my favourite vegan restaurants!

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By the time you read this, I’ll be in Korea! Happy weekend, everyone.