Saturday Series

Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done + Useful Emailing Tools

Photo by Zeus Martinez The Text in Five Sentences Or Less The true source of our love-hate relationship with email is that we treat it like a task when it’s actually a tool. We cede control of our workday—and our to-do lists—to the dictates of others in pursuit of a mirage called “inbox zero.” – Jocelyn […] Read more…

The Passion Project’s Library: Favorite Books, Blogs, Websites, Podcasts, Personalities

The different media texts we consume affect our daily lives in ways that we are not always conscious of. I appreciate how Maria Popova of brainpickings.org puts it: …creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds […] Read more…

In Defense of Instagrammers and Basic Bitches: Authenticity, Conformity, and Performativity in the Age of Social Media

On Authenticity: Isn’t It Ironic? A few months ago, Instagrammer Essena O’Neill made international news when she took a stand against social media. She edited the captions of her glamorous Instagram posts to reveal the “truth” behind the double life she led. She even called social media a “lie,” and encouraged others to quit social media, too. In one of her photos, she […] Read more…

Play It Forward

A few things in life scare me more than being in a production. I’ve avoided productions like a plague, which is ironic because I’m a Broadcast Communication student. For so long, it’s been my biggest fear and frustration. It was so frustrating to have shots and visions stuck in my head that I can’t make come to […] Read more…

James Clear on Procrastination: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do (And What to Do About It)

The Text: James Clear’s The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do (And What to Do About It) Read the full text here. The Text in Three Sentences (Or Less) We procrastinate because there is a disjunct between our present and future selves. The present self finds it difficult to […] Read more…

New Year

10 Life-Changing Experiences I Had In 2015 (And what I learned from them)

What’s worse than staying stagnant? I think it’s moving towards the wrong direction. As you work harder and slowly deplete your resources, you become farther and farther from where you really want to be. This happened to me when I glorified busyness and lived a very unexamined life. I was tired, stressed, sad—all for a cause I […] Read more…

Ruth Chang’s How to Make Hard Choices

The Text: Ruth Chang’s How to Make Hard Choices The Text in Three Sentences (Or Less) When faced with difficult choices, we often ask ourselves what the better choice is. We adopt the values we learned in science such as weight and height, and therefore assume that in comparing choices, there are only three possible answers: >, =, […] Read more…

New Year

Essentials by Kinfolk and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

T H E     T E X T Kinfolk Essentials Issue How To Be An Essentialist: An Interview with Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Full text here: https://www.kinfolk.com/how-to-be-an-essentialist-an-interview-with-greg-mckeown/) (I don’t have a hardcopy of Marie Kondo’s book, but I listen to the audiobook version on my Audible app. If you […] Read more…

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