“Your days may be full of energy and clear thoughts, happiness and gratitude, productivity and advancement, or they can be the complete opposite. Sluggishness, foggy thoughts, sadness, regret … basically, a bad day full of wasted opportunities”—Cameron
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasnât the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of âgritâ as a predictor of success.
My name is Anne and I’ve been a lover of all things beautiful for a long time. I enjoy beautiful design, places, spaces, food, clothing - and until now that has been all contained in scribbles in my journal, magazine pages from my walls, pins on my Pinterest board, my instagram, and countless photos on my computer. I’ve been a life long designer, wanderer, explorer like people are lifelong learners.
And I’ve been holding it in… but today I am changing that.
I’ve decided I want to share my love of style with the world.
I want to bring wild fantasies into reality. The things we dream of in movies and in the pages of magazines - I want to capture them all. And bring them down to Earth into the simple, seemingly mundane decisions of life. The difference as clear as sending a gift card versus a box of Sprinkles cupcakes.
I want to help us all live out our crazy beautiful dreams through this blog - and make life a little better, a little more fun.
My hope is this place can be somewhere to inspire others to go the extra mile, pursue that one big passion, travel somewhere new, or discover new things to love.
Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you!
“Jack White talks extensively about the reduction process in music and art, and how hard it is to find the truth in its simplest form. He goes on to say, “Technology is a big destroyer of emotion and truth. Opportunity doesn’t do anything for creativity. Yeah it makes it easier, and you can get home sooner, but it doesn’t make you a more creative person. That’s the disease we have to fight in any creative field: ease of use.””—
“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday, and then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today, and that someday is yesterday and this is your life.”—
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (via psych-facts)
Kindness costs us nothing and pays exponential dividends. I can’t save the whole world. I can’t bring peace to Syria. I can’t fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner. But I can be kind.
“You are all complicit in a hegemonic construct designed primarily to keep you from questioning what is really going on in the world. You must learn to think critically and reject the pernicious cult of celebrity.”—
“If you keep resting your mind on self-criticism, worries, grumbling about others, hurts, and stress, then your brain will be shaped into greater reactivity, vulnerability to anxiety and depressed mood, a narrow focus on threats and losses, and inclinations toward anger, sadness, and guilt. On the other hand, if you keep resting your mind on good events and conditions (someone was nice to you, there’s a roof over your head), pleasant feelings, the things you do get done, physical pleasures, and your good intentions and qualities, then over time your brain will take a different shape, one with strength and resilience hardwired into it, as well as a realistically optimistic outlook, a positive mood, and a sense of worth.”—
Truly grateful feelings surge from our core whenever we fulfill our potential in small ways or in grand.
To be away from gratitude is to be out of touch with our true purpose. Gratitude is an essential indication that our current actions reflect our real values.
Gratitude is a sign and a remedy. In the worst of times, during a material, relational, emotional or spiritual depression, summoning gratitude is a sure way to get our life back on track.
Opening our eyes to affirm gratitude grows the garden of our inner abundance, just as standing close to a fire eventually warms our heart.
When life demands more and still more of us, gratitude lets us know that we have, and are, enough.
The physiology of gratitude induces a regulated state similar to meditation or prayer: slow and steady breathing, blood flowing to the brain, neural pathways rewired. Gratitude as a physical act actually builds a healthier brain.