Today’s reads are for the reflective, the wanna-be playful, the leaders, the artists, and anyone who wants to keep things simple. Enjoy your weekend, friends.


Non-Goals by Erin Loechner for Design By Mankind

“I think there is inherent worth in change, and I think there is inherent worth in the decision not to change.

I think there is a certain beauty in taking stock of yourself, in peering into your own green eyes, in surveying the wrinkles and the grays and your innermost imperfections and saying to you and you alone: You know, NOT BAD.

There are worse things, I’m sure.”


Waste Time

Why You Should Waste Some Time Today by Shauna Niequist for Storyline

“My goal upon returning to real life after lake life is to keep my summer heart—my flexible, silly, ready-to-play, ever-so-slightly irresponsible heart . . . it’s not that I’m doing work I hate or that I’m ill-fit for the life we’ve made.

It’s that for all sorts of reasons, I default to hustle mode all too often. Hustle is the opposite of heart.”


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Want to Be An Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal. by Nancy J. Adler for Harvard Business Review

“Extraordinary leadership is rooted in several capabilities: seeing before others see, understanding before others understand, and acting before others act. A leader’s unique perspective is an important source of creativity and competitive advantage.

But the reality is that most of us live such fast-paced, frenzied lives that we fail to leave time to actually listen to ourselves.”


Adele: Reckoning with Our Future Selves by Katharine Rose for OnBeing

“She’d been trying to write songs about motherhood, but the expression fell flat. It wasn’t until she focused on her inner life that her work regained its authenticity. . . there is something to be said for her willingness to forge her own pace, to work by her own rhythms. “

A Look Back: How I Keep Track of What I’m Learning

Because we regularly share what we’re learning each month here on the blog, I thought it would be helpful to give you a little peek into how I keep track of what I’m learning. It’s mostly obvious kinds of things, but maybe it will give you an idea or two to help your own monthly reflection.

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