Some reading pleasure for your Friday…
1. If you haven’t read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, do your heart-cells a favour and devour it immediately. In it, Strayed is ‘Sugar’, her once-anonymous ‘Agony Aunt’ persona. She answers readers’ questions and is chest-thumpingly profound, articulate, and amazing. When this Agony Aunt advice letter from ‘Polly’ (Heather Havrilesky) of The Cut crossed my radar this week, asking Do I Have to Lose Weight to Find Love?, I had similar moments of delight and writerly awe…
“As a writer, I’m trapped in my head most of the day. Exercise helps me to acknowledge my body. And I do mean ACKNOWLEDGE. Because when you’re sort of blocking your body out of the equation, because it’s too big or its textures aren’t photogenic enough for your poisonous two-dimensional taste, that’s a way of not existing. That’s a way of holding your breath. That’s a way of valuing what you’re told over what you feel. That’s a way of making no space for yourself.”
2. Take a peek behind the curtains and find out how Gretchen Rubin gets so much writing done.
3. How to work much faster without sacrificing quality.
4. This guy spent a whole year trying to learn as much as he could about productivity and experimenting on himself with different (crazy) theories. Here are his lessons learned.
5. My feet need one of these!
6. Why you should stop hacking your life and invest in the journey: “Maybe stop trying so hard to find shortcuts to “hack” your life. The best things are hard. Invest in the journey. Just sayin’.”
7. When you work for yourself, pricing your services is crazy hard. This is one of the best articles I’ve seen on the subject.