You will love this time-saving hack



Time saving hack




I recently heard Anne Lamott’s audio writing workshop and there was one story (and hack) that I particularly liked.


Anne was telling how she doesn’t care much for style and how she usually wears comfy clothes. But that one time she was dating an annoying man (her exact words), who loved short and tight dresses and skirts. So she went shopping with her best friend and tried on a tight lavender dress. Probably unhappy with what she saw in the mirror, Anne asked her best friend: “Do you think it makes me fat?” Her best friend gave the most amazing answer: “Come on Anne, you don’t have that kind of time!”


The answer blew my mind. It blew Annie’s mind as well. In fact, she made it her personal mantra.
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Wanna do something cool? Do it today.



Inspiration-today




On one sunny fall day, I called my best friend. “I saw the forecast. It might be raining next week. Why don’t we go for a walk today? Maybe this will be the last nice day this fall.” She agreed. We walked for hours, talked about ice cream, relationships, global warming, guys, how when you block all the crazy folks on Facebook your feed becomes boring, meaning of life and that jazz. It was one epic long walk.


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10 ways to be a better friend



friendship




Confession: I feel lonely time after time. Since I moved to the US I changed my social habits a lot. I am alone more often than I used to be. Sometimes it is awesome and right what I need. But other times, it is a pure boredom. As an ambivert (combo of introvert and extrovert), I crave my own space and freedom, but I benefit greatly from contact with other people. (Aren’t we all wired that way?) Human energy is a potent fuel. It motivates and energizes.


It’s no secret that a loneliness can be a chronic disorder. Happy people have strong social networks. And I want to improve mine. Too often I catch myself bitching about how living in small town is such a misfortune. In fact, I am not using the full range of things this little town has to offer. I am inert. But I am willing to change. And have more fun. And friends. Here are some actions steps.
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Find beauty in details



Details




I love dreaming big and thinking big. But it gets overwhelming.


I am afraid of too big bites, flying too high, driving too fast. I am afraid of too much light.


Big ideas resonate with me, but sometimes I cannot implement them.


I want to change the world, but the sink full of dishes is waiting for me.


I am looking at the stars but I am stumbling.


And I feel disconnected, distracted and confused. I need presence. I need mini miracle.


It is right here, right now. In this cup of coffee, in this bite of pie. In these words I am writing. In small things that make my day.


In fresh air in the morning. In a smile of a random person in the street. In the red leaf falling off the tree.


Small things matter, small things count, small things make our lives.


Small steps seem funny, but they take you everywhere.


Small changes stretch your mind.


Small improvements add up and change your life forever.


Small is beautiful.


Only if you can see it.


Admire it.


Capture it.


So let’s do it today.


Let’s zoom in.


Let’s focus.


Let’s find the beauty in details.


Let’s make small steps.


Let’s improve just a little bit.


Let’s enjoy.


It’s all adding up.


(And here is some inspiration. In the case you didn’t get, today’s photo exercise is


MACRO.


Or find the beauty in details, if you will.)


Danedilion





spring





Alba





smurfs





crocus




Share your photos with me in comments below or on Instagram, using hashtag #strangelovephoto.


XXX


Miss Strangelove


P. S. Cookie of Wisdom: ” You need to let little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” Andy Warhol ((Tweet this!))

Why do we make photos? On joy, spirituality and Instagram



Photo-lessons



“The Instagram generation is experiencing present as the anticipated memory.” Professor Daniel Kahenman


This sentence inspired creative and energetic Jason Silva to make THIS video about Instagram generation. It sublimed the message about the spirituality behind the photography. About art and joy. About being present. It brought tears in my eyes. It motivated me to make more photos. With vintage filters or otherwise.


This week we have a lovely photo topic, namely:


PHOTO JOY.


Photography is the tool that helps us capture visual beauty, emotions and the moment. You have to be present. You have to be there, immersed. If you want to experience joy, you have to be present. You have to be there, immersed. So let’s marry the two. Be present. Enjoy. Make a photo. That is PHOTO JOY.


When everything is over, you will only remember the moments of joy. ((Tweet this!)) When you summarize and reflect, all the moments of pain, hard work, waiting in lines and banks will shrink. The moments of joy will expand. Because you were present. Because you felt every sensation. Because you loved it and wanted to extend it. To squeeze every single drop out of it.


Even if today is not perfect day, try to find joy in it. Immerse yourself into the moment. Joy happens right here and right now. Come into your senses and feel it. Open your eyes and see it. Grab your camera and capture it. Share it with me. Remember it. Moments of joy are the only that remains. We are the sum of what we are and our memories. Expand your library. Add a few more joyful moments today.


Here is some visual inspiration from me:

Your turn. Share your joyful moments with me in comments below or on Instagram, using hashtag #strangelovephoto.


Enjoy this lovely day. It is an order! And if you liked this post, share it with your friends who need a little energy boost.


XXX


Miss Strangelove


P. S. Cookie of Wisdom: “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” Richard Bach ((Tweet this!))