“Love people, and use things. Because the opposite never works.”
“Don’t half-ass anything. Whatever you do, always use your full ass.”
I’ll be honest, I was not sad to see January go. Between my promotion, being down one team member, and ramping up my involvement in PRSA, I spent this past month in a constant state of hustle. I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon, but I do have quite a few things to look forward to in February, including: our 2-year wedding anniversary, Dashboard Confessional (🙌🏻), and hopefully a lot more details on a new project that I hope to share soon!
“It’s traumatizing to think that a best friend could become just a friend. That’s because there’s virtually no difference between an acquaintance and a friend. But the gulf between a friend and a best friend is enormous and profound. And if I look at it that way, I think I can see the value of a wedding. If you’re my best friend and the only way I get to have dinner with you is by traveling thousands of miles, selecting a chicken or fish option, and wearing a dress in the same shade of lavender as six other girls, I will do that. I won’t love it. But I love you.”
-Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?
“We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in US history. The problem is, and I learned this from the research, that you cannot selectively numb emotion. You can’t say, ‘here’s the bad stuff, here’s vulnerability, here’s grief, here’s shame, here’s fear, here’s disappointment, I don’t want to feel these. I’m gonna have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin.’ You can’t numb those hard feelings without numbing the other affects or emotions. You can not selectively numb. So when we numb those, we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. And then we are miserable and we are looking for purpose and meaning. And then we feel vulnerable, so then we have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin, and it becomes this dangerous cycle.”
-Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability
“Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, earthy.”
“This is Christmas.
The season of perpetual hope.”
-Home Alone, 1990