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F:  What is something you have learned about Cleveland since being there this time?

L:  One of the most northern points of the Underground Railroad was at Lakewood Park, right by our house. From there escaped slaves would catch a boat to Canada.

F:  What would you say is your spirit animal?

L:  Yeesh, I’m not sure.  I’m going to go with the lioness for fierceness.

F:  What is something that inspired you this week?

L:  These guys I saw paragliding at Edgewater Park the other evening!  I’ve been feeling some real highs and lows about being in Cleveland this time around.  I took the scenic route home from the east side the other night and was totally inspired to see this group out paragliding in the park.  NYC is hard in many ways but it is so easy to be inspired there just by walking out your front door.  It takes a little more effort to find that here but it was a good reminder that unexpected things are here to be found as well.

F:  What would you say is your best and worst quality?

L:  I’m very thoughtful but I get held up & stuck inside my own head.

F:  Want to share with us your favorite song lately?

L:  I’ve been falling back on my old friend Shazaam lately.  This was my last tag.

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1) Empathy Is Actually a Choice (via NYTimes)  I was drawn to read this article but think I need to give it a second read to really absorb the different things it is saying.  Makes me think about how it relates to my post on choice last week.  -Lauren

2) Time Management Makes Our Busy Lives Worse (via Quartz) Shoot! I thought that I was great at time management and that it was making my life BETTER. –Farrell

3) Why Living Out of a Suitcase for 2 Years Has Been the Best Thing for My Family—and Finances (via LearnVest) I loved reading this.  It’s so easy to convince yourself you don’t have the money to do the things you want to in life; it’s so interesting & inspiring to me to read the details of how people make their unconventional lives work.  -Lauren

4) Some News to Share (via Babyccino Kids Blog) While we’re on the topic of unconventional living, I’m really excited to follow the journey that this family is taking around the world.  I’ve followed Courtney, the mom, on Instagram for some time.  She takes beautiful pictures and I know there will be amazing visuals through which to live vicariously!

5) You Can’t Afford Poor Communication Skills (via LinkedIn) This article is great not only for the workplace but for interpersonal relationships too. –Farrell

6) 11 Affordable Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations (via Dailyworthy) Our very own Cleveland, Ohio made the list! –Farrell

 

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Hey Cleveland friends!  I’m heading down to Ohio City on Sunday and setting up shop at The Cleveland Flea’s Sunday Market!  The market is a brunch & shop event held once a month in Hingetown (W. 29th Street and Detroit) and I’m thrilled to be taking part in it.  I’ve started to update the online shop with some of my new finds but I have a whole slew I’m holding onto just for the in-person markets, so come on Sunday and take a look!

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BLOGGING from Blackbird Baking Company; the apricot croissant is my new favorite!

ENJOYING a little reprieve from the insane amount of rain we’ve been getting here.  It’s like monsoon season.

THINKING about the time I spent with our grandma yesterday; life and aging are funny, wonderful and sometimes sad things.

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SPENDING time with my girl friends back in LA and WOW are they amazing, beautiful and strong women.

REFLECTING on how I can make my life and time in Los Angeles fuller in every way.

DRINKING coffee every morning like it’s my job and am not sure how I feel about it.

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1) 25 Emotions People Feel But Can’t Explain (via Sunny Skyz) I loved reading all of these and feeling assured that I wasn’t the only one feeling some of these. –Farrell

2) Beyond Marriage Equality (via Nicolette Mason) Did you know you can still be terminated from a job based on sexual orientation in 29 states?!  This post lists 10 steps still needed to reach equality for LGBT and is really thought-provoking and informative.  -Lauren

3) 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day (via Telegraph) Sugar has been a huge topic of conversation around me lately. This article goes along with some of the upsetting research out there. –Farrell

4) The Highest Paying Jobs of the Future Will Eat Your Life (via FastCompany)  Eeeekkkk!  -Lauren

5) Sue: Engagement Surprise (via SNL) My cousins threw a surprise party for my Uncle on Sunday and I can’t stop thinking about this video. I love Kristin Wig! -Farrell

6) 3 Unusual Habits of Remarkably Creative People (via Domaine)  Striving for all three; currently a work in progress.  -Lauren

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Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.  -Sheena Iyengar

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about choice; about how it is both a responsibility and an opportunity.  Also about how it follows us from moment to moment.

It is so easy to loose track of a desire to stay present and committed to the types of choices you want to make for yourself in daily life.  It’s easy to tell yourself that certain conditions have minimized or eliminated the choices available to you.

But, if you consider choice to be an expression of your values, and you remind yourself of that every time you can, there is an ever-present option to recalibrate, decide what it is that you want and choose accordingly.

 

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NEARING the end of the May Lindstrom Problem Solver that Farrell got me for my birthday and thinking I’m going to have to splurge and re-up when it’s gone.

FINISHING up a 30-day yoga challenge strong, after some lapsed days in the middle.

FALLING down the Pinterest images rabbit hole and trying to climb my way out.

 

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SEEING all my doctors and practitioners and feeling all kinds of weird as a result.

TAKING a couple baths here and there now that water is plentiful!

FEELING a roller coasted of emotions.

 

 

There’s a good chance you’ve already seen this video as Farrell and I have sent it to almost everyone we know but if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. Somehow Farrell managed to capture my ridiculous performance in a bat relay race we did during our friends’ wedding weekend last week. Oh wow! Hope you get as many laughs out of this as we have. Enjoy!

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SOAKING up the lake, thunderstorms, train sounds and highs and lows of being home.

TRYING to quit drinking coffee and why, oh why is it SO hard.

SPENDING less time on the computer and more time outside.

 

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DRINKING a green juice that my sweet sister lovingly brought me from the grocery store.

STARTING to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & hoping it hooks me in quickly.

LOOKING forward to some quality Lake Erie time over the next couple of weeks.

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