Joie de Vivre

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When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.
John Green, Paper Towns (via creatingaquietmind)

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs | 1955 - 2011

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You Know You Need a Job When…

[I realize I should have started this “series” months ago.]

Today’s installment:  You know you need a job when…waking up early for the Comcast man to install internet constitutes a big day. 

No, really.  My dad offered to do the dishes last night so I could prepare for my “big day.”  At least there is no shortage of humor in this household.  And, thankfully, there IS now a shortage of dial-up internet. 

Big day, indeed. 

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When I was younger and I thought about what my life would be like in my late-20s, I assumed that everyone I loved would be close to me and we’d be able to share experiences together. That we’d always find comfort in, at least, the physical proximity one has to the other. But in truth, we’re thousands of miles away from each other as we go on dates and have babies and break up and get married. And so something stronger — the affection we have for each other — has to keep us close in ways geography cannot.

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Most people’s major life regrets are not about the things they’ve done, but about the things they’ve not done, the goals they never reached, the type of lover or friend or parent they wished they’d been but know they failed to be.
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann (via quote-book)

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New Plan

Yes, my lack of running-related posts is directly correlated with my lack of running.  You KNOW I’d be bragging if I needed more than one hand to count the number of times I’ve been pounding the pavement (can I use running phrases like this to compensate for my lack of actual activity?) this summer.  So, Katie and I have created a plan.  A really smart plan. 

For every week we don’t accomplish the runs mandated in C25K, we have to pay.  $20 the first time, increasing by $10 every time thereafter.  We first thought that we should donate the money to a charity.  WHO ARE WE KIDDING?!  That is way too justifiable.  I will make it all the way to November, claiming that instead of completing C25K, I actually completed a rigorous philanthropic training plan.  So, we have to give this money to a homeless person on the street.  And, we have to spend 30 minutes searching for the person who [we think] is most likely to spend our money on alcohol or drugs.   If you think I’m kidding, you don’t know us very well. 

Here’s hoping we don’t become the 2 biggest contributors to destructive behaviors on the streets of America. 

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This is my life. Too bad no one is paying me to drink coffee and search for jobs and find interesting things on the Internet.

This is my life. Too bad no one is paying me to drink coffee and search for jobs and find interesting things on the Internet.

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Travel is like adultery: one is always tempted to be unfaithful to one’s own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live…in our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation.
Anatole Broyard