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For everyone’s sanity, keep this Christmas simple

As you start this week—and as you start this Advent season—remember to breathe. Remember, as you unbox all your decor and start penciling in the squares of your calendar, that “more” of the holiday season isn’t always better. Like a finely-curated art collection, sometimes less is more for Christmas. During the holidays, this might look (read more…)

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Routine isn’t a dirty word

As you start this week, don’t forget the cousin to just-do-the-thing-in-front-of-you. It’s called The Routine. Some people love them, some people hate them. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. There are times when the thought of routine gives me hives, because I do thrive on change and new situations. I see the adventure in the (read more…)

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Do the thing in front of you

As you start this week, may you heed the advice I was given back in college during finals week, and has stuck with me ever since: “When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’ve got a full week—especially on a Monday as (read more…)

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Art is everywhere

As you start this week, may you notice art. Kyle and I got in to a conversation this weekend about the definition of art. Is art art because of the motive behind the creator? Is it the viewer’s responsibility, indicated by how he or she interprets it? Is there an objectivity to it, a dividing (read more…)

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There you are!

As you start this week, think a little bit about how you make others feel when you’re around. I’ve heard it said that as writers, we should notice how our words make readers feel, and not just how they think. So it is with the rest of life, I think. And not just with our (read more…)

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