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
I just got back from spending almost a month working from the East Coast. Although I am exhausted, dehydrated and bloated I am also extremely grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life. This past month has been filled with deep conversations, weddings, storms, light breezes, walking, biking, laughing, crying, adjustments, boating and rest. Living on the West Coast has been so great for me. After being back in NYC, it really helped me realized how important the move to LA was for me. My life in LA has given me the opportunity to grow in a way I otherwise would not have be able to. It provided me with space and calm that I needed to slow down.
It has taken me a long time to realize how important it is to return to places you once called home so that it can serve as a mirror. You get to look back and think, “I feel different here now and that feels good.” I think a lot of these realizations are part of growing up and out of old patterns. Although I have said it before and I will say it again, there really is no place like home.
Love is Telepathic
I haven’t been back to the city since I moved to Los Angeles. It has been about 2 and a half years. How is it possible it has been that long? I have no clue. But I gotta say, It feels good to be back! When we left the city I was done. I was feeling anxious all the time and strapped for cash at every turn. I hit a wall and couldn’t take another day here. So when I arrived I was expecting chaos. I was gearing up for fast walking and rude people. That is not the New York I came back to. Maybe it is just that I am in a calmer place or that the city really is much quieter. It is great here. It is not TOO crowded or crazy. It is just a bunch of people living their lives in the same place. It is really fun to be back here and I really missed it.