Sometimes when I’m so inclined I turn to greatday.com for its daily message. I read this one yesterday and particularly liked it, so much so that it was still on my mind when I woke up this morning. Hope you like it too.
Willingness to Learn
Look back at everything you did yesterday and ask yourself this simple but powerful question. What worked, and what didn’t?
The way to improve and to become more effective is to learn. The way to learn is to take the time to look at what actually happened.
You don’t need some celebrated guru to reveal to you how to improve your work. You just need the willingness to learn from what you’ve done.
Instead of getting angry or frustrated about your failures, choose to learn from them. Instead of getting boastful or complacent about your successes, make the choice to learn from them.
Learn what helps you, what holds you back, what makes you more effective and what slows you down. Learn from your encounters, your experiences, your joys, your setbacks and from the surprising twists that life often takes.
In everything is the valuable opportunity to learn if you’ll simply decide to do so. Learn from it all, and make each day better than the one before.
Monday, Monday, here again so soon! It’s still very much winter weather in NYC but it is finally starting to feel like we’ve experienced the bulk of the cold and snow. We’ll see… Here’s a little look back at some of how I spent my weekend.
These two came to town and stayed with me. So nice and so adorable!
I found myself in midtown on Sunday afternoon. Things were looking pretty grey!
Snapping selfies before eating Shake Shack
Studio street art
Some while ago I started this thing wherein when I see someone on the street, or on the train, with a bouquet of flowers, I accept them (in my mind) as meant for me. Once when leaving an event I snagged an extravagant spray made up of gorgeous blossoming peonies, among other buds, and on my way home handed out individual flowers to strangers I caught admiring their beauty. One particularly enthusiastic man, heading out to dinner with friends, proudly adorned his lapel. I linger in the flower section in Whole Foods’ entrance debating how much, if anything, I’m willing to spend on various assortment combinations before I’ve even gotten to my overpriced grocery list. When I splurge and make a purchase, I feel particularly delighted to be the woman on the street with fresh flowers peaking out from my shopping bag. I go months without having any in my home and then
spontaneously pick up a bunch vowing I will always treat myself so well.
Image sources from top to bottom 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
This week’s photo round up comes courtesy of our good friend Dave in Denver, Colorado. Thank you, Dave, and a happy week to you all!
F: What are you most looking forward to during the Spring?
L: I’m looking forward to not having the weather almost completely dictate all of my outfit choices.
F: Do you have any vacations planned this year?
L: I don’t have anything set but I certainly have some ideas!
F: What is your favorite song lately?
L: I’ve been binging on the song by James Vincent McMorrow that I posted the other day. I’ve also been reacquainting myself with this bad boy, after being reminded of it in the pilot episode of Transparent that you sent me.
F: What is your favorite accessory lately?
L: Pretty much the only accessories in my life these days:
F: Wanna share a little bit about LaurenFeighan.com?
L: Well, I hadn’t really planned on it but since you’re asking… Our brother David’s unique Christmas gift to each of us this past year was the purchase of our own domain names. I finally started playing around with my site over the weekend, creating a standard Tumblr page at this point. You can check it out here, if that’s of interest to you.
“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.
We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.”
― Oliver Sacks
Welcome to a new week & cheers to our U.S. Presidents present and past. Below (and here in video) is a bit of what our weekends looked like:
Lauren – New York, NY
Leaving work after a long & snowy week
Color hunting around home
Farrell – Los Angeles, CA
May today serve as an opportunity to expand my heart through a genuine appreciation for what is.
“…appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others. This ability to freshly appreciate everyday experience [enables you] to derive a sense of pleasure, inspiration, and strength from even mundane happenings.” (via here)