What an exciting year it’s been!
These are some of my favorite or most popular posts from this year. I hope you enjoy & I wish you a faaaabulous 2014!
Matter isn’t solid, but mostly empty space, empty space doesn’t really contain nothing; particles are both particles & waves& can affect other particles without being at all near them. Every time we think we’ve figured it all out, things get deeper & stranger. Reality is a mystery. There could be multiple universes, or the universe could be one big super organism; we could be living in an extremely complicated software program or all be a physical manifestation of mathematical formulas! …
26 things I’ve learned in 26 years
“Evolution is smarter than you are.’ If I had a law of biology, it would be: ‘Evolve solutions; when you find a good one don’t stop.’”–David Eagleman
Incognito & practical evolution
Cigarette smoking is a habit. Quitting has basically been like relearning how to live. I’d eat-I’d have a cig, I’d have my coffee & have my cig, when I’d take out the trash-it would be time for a cigarette. I’m not much of a drinker-but I know that it’s the same for those who smoke while they drink. It was hard for me to go out & socialize with my smoking friends while quitting.
On quitting smoking
If you don’t have a very strong ground of discipline then you’re more likely to deplete yourself & make not so good decisions in all of your life. For instance, when you use all of your willpower to grow a strong business– you’re actually more likely to binge eat sweets & not exercise — even if your health was still a goal.
Discipline strengthens though good habits– at first it will take a lot of discipline to do even simple tasks, but eventually like an athletes bicep– it grows as you work it out.
46 surefire ways to workout your willpower
The internet is a microcosm of the universe– a perfect example of the law of attraction at work.
17 ways I make magic happen:: websites, the internet, & technology edition
Oh golly, Pinterest is the queen of enhancing my website. I have a secret board dedicated to CosmicOutlaw where I pin all the images I associate with my message, colors & styles, branding ideas, redesign ideas, etc.
How I use Pinterest to change my life
“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.” — Ray Bradbury
Best of Writing Advice
It’s important to keep in mind that when we feel like we’ve been dealt a crap hand –it’s just a negative container — waiting to hold the positive.
On emptying the well:: practical applications of nothingness
I think you can take notes in anything about everything. Perhaps more importantly, I think you should take notes.
Notetaking// the ultimate outlaw guide to the ultimate outlaw tool:: part 1 styles & ideas
Notetaking trains your brain to think creatively & become receptive to ideas. Constant writing creates a state of mind where you’re always on the look out for new ideas &lessons to learn.
Notetaking// the ultimate outlaw guide to the ultimate outlaw tool:: part 2 why notes & how to make them magical
Everyday, I sit down to crank out 750 words (go figure) or more. Sometimes the entries are meaningless dribble, sometimes they’re legitimate thoughts & stories. It doesn’t matter as long as I do it daily.
Notetaking// the ultimate outlaw guide to the ultimate outlaw tool:: part 3 tools & inspiration
What I’ve always diagnosed as lazy turns out was really fear.
On perfection, fear, and action
Dear stagnation, despite the fact we get along so well, you know the old cliche ‘if you love something set it free?’ — it’s time to set thee free. I’m sure we’ll see each other again, it’s inevitable, & in some ways I look forward to your return. I love that you’re a mental pause, a sign that maybe I’m not getting enough rest or enough self love. I love that you bought me that new dress — or rather, I bought that dress to get over you, but I love it all the same. & it’s all ok, I set you free, & I’ll see you around, my dear stagnation. xoxo
80 (free or cheap!) ideas to break free from stagnation
“‘I suppose you hate my guts,’ he said. He was shuffling his feet, as if preparing to be on his way.
’Oh, no,’ she answered quickly. ‘Not in the least. If not for you, I never would have seen Kyoto, with its bright lights & street musicians & shrines & samurai & festivals & fine kimonos. I’d still be on the farm, feeding the chickens& serving some dull lummox of a husband night & day instead of a flock of lively Zen sensai. You disrupted the predictable pattern of my life, &although uncertainties & changes can be quite uncomfortable, a life is only a paper puppet show without them.”
An open letter for my broken heart
All of the Wednesday writing prompts!
Happy Holidays outlaws!
photos: from my phone!