A Thousand Threads

Tag: advice

To those just starting out…


Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu

There is nothing more valuable than the advice of someone who’s been there, especially someone as admirable as Ira Glass.  This American Life regularly pins me to the seat of my car long after I’ve come home… waiting, needing to hear the end of the story… just so I can run inside and tell the whole thing to Mark (albeit very badly, and in not nearly as entertaining a way as Ira… while Mark looks at me confused).

As I strive daily to improve my writing, my photography, my blog, myself… I find myself coming back to this quote, over and over, and trying to remember that “It’s normal to take a while.”

If you know what good looks like, you can get there.  “You just have to fight your way through.”

Thanks Alison for sending this my way, I’ve needed it… and I thought a few others might too.

P.S. Do you ever go through the archives of your favorite blogs?  Like, the super duper successful ones?  Those blogs are perfectly polished now… but for most, there was a time (long, long ago) that they looked a lot like you.

It can be pretty inspiring.

Happy Long Weekend!

secret pool iceland

I swear to you, it’s the weirdest thing, but just taking a few minutes to set a really specific goal can make all the difference in the world.  Remember my lists?  Well I’m happy to say that over the past week and a half, I really do feel like I have been so much more productive!

I’m fully aware, of course, that it’s all a mind trip.  I made a conscious decision to be happy with each individual item I was able to check off my list, rather than strive for an empty slate, and ta-da!  Jedi power.

I’m not sure if it’s just that I have myself so completely fooled or if I really have gotten more done, but it really doesn’t matter.  I’m feeling a lot better about my accomplishments, and a whole lot better about myself, just in time for a nice long weekend.

Do you use any little mind tricks on yourself to accomplish your goals?

** Also, you guys, thank you for the big boost of confidence you have all given me this week.  Your comments have been so wonderful and supportive.  I hope you know just how much love I have for you all.  xoxo **

Here’s an extra long list for your extra long weekend…

That picture up there?  That is where I want to be this weekend.

This beautiful pottery.

Queen Elizabeth, rollin’ in her Range Rover.

Basically, this looks like the tastiest mimosa ever. Yum, Rhi!

I need to see this movie.

Pure. Genius. Lena, I die.

10 little things that will make you an exceptional client.

A refrigerator-free kitchen?

Emerson. Fry.

How to stage a strong comeback.

Girls, you have me so inspired to get organized this week!

I’m not sure I agree with everything in this article, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Good advice.

I was really moved by these words (this is a little older, but I just came upon this blog this week, so it’s new to me… and maybe to you, too).