Doing the work

Yesterday, I realized what Gary Vaynerchuk meant about doing the work. Raising a newborn baby does take a lot of work and patience. But I’m putting in all this effort because (a) I love my daughter so much and (b) I desperately want her to grow up healthy and strong. 💪🏽 »

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Smiles and all

Woke up around 8am today. Actually, my daughter woke me up with smiles and all. My heart melted quite a bit there. This is, I think, the third day that I’ve been trying to wake up earlier so I can play with this little one because she’s so active and smile-y in the AM. This is a good thing. Although I hate routines, I really might and want to get used to this. »

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Browser links

Cleaned up all those links from my browser tonight. This makes me feel like a pro at organizing the content I want to consume. Perhaps I’ll be blogging about my kind of minimalist “Consumption Process” soon. 🙂 »

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Art and commerce

“Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?” Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks. I don’t think people need to agree with an artist in order to appreciate (or buy) their art. Art can be criticized both objectively and subjectively. Buying and appreciating are two separate entities, however. Most people appreciate something that is objectively beautiful — like art or commercial merchandise or human faces. »

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Scrutinize

So deeply wounded In a world of skin When what matters most Is not from within It’s always the question Of what you see If they please not your eyes You just let them be It was never a question If their soul was clean Because what matters most Is that eye so keen Too keen to notice So keen to bare That which separates them With every stare »

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Embarrassment and moving on gracefully

“Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?” Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks. Embarrassment — it’s not such a bad thing when you see it happen to other people, but when it happens to you, you become more aware of your own flaws. Being aware and embarrassed could either be a bad thing or a good thing. »

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Empty

I have written songs Of love, of life and of me I have climbed a hill To see where I want to be I have crossed a river And felt the water brush my feet I have seen the place Where sad people come to meet But I haven’t seen myself Beyond the sadness and tears I haven’t crossed the barrier Where people have no fears I haven’t climbed a place »

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Embrace being a night owl

“Early bird, or night owl?” Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks. I am hands-down a night owl. I’ve tried many times in countless ways to become a morning person, but I think it’s never going to happen. At least, not now when I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy. The idea of becoming or being a morning person is very tempting. Most successful people wake up before the sun, i. »

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I Might Not Be A Loser After All

I would rather sing to my soul Of the tragedy That is me Than sing to the crowd And let them think I am who I want to be I would rather get up In the morning Being ugly Than spend the rest Of my life Believing I was pretty I would rather bore you Of how life is In all its simplicity Than entertain you With meaningless words To let you think I was witty »

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Minimal wall decors

“What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?” Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks. If it were my way, I’d have minimal everything. Because we’re only renting space, we’re not technically allowed to post anything on our walls. But besides this, I also like that our walls our minimal when it comes to decorations. »

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