Lily & Madeleine: In the Middle
A friend just introduced me to the American folk pop duo Lily and Madeleine. They are sisters and they write and perform their own music. Oh, they have such lovely voices!
Sharon McMahon in The Atlantic!
I'm a huge Sharon McMahon fan and I was so pleased to see this article about her in The Atlantic. Sharon is a former high school government and law teacher, and she uses her viral instagram account, @sharonsaysso, to educate the public about all things American government and democracy in a non-partisan way. She has certainly helped me better understand some of the current events happening in the USA. (In addition to being extremely knowledgable, she's also a hoot. The article describes her as having powerful golden-retriever energy.)
A dear friend keeps recommending interesting podcasts to follow. The latest one is Your Undivided Attention which explores the "incredible power that technology has over our lives – and how we can use it to catalyze a humane future." This one, their latest podcast, was especially interesting! If you are interested in how language is used, politically or otherwise, then this is for you.
Yes, I am a perfectionist. There have been times in my life when this has worked to my advantage. However, it has also caused a lot of frustration and stress resulting in procrastination and burnout. Needless to say, I've read many articles about perfectionism. However, the paragraph below, from the article Perfectionism: Why and How to Beat It, is one of the best explanations I've read as to why perfectionism can be so destructive. I've been trying to hold things more loosely for several years now, and it has made a difference. If you are a perfectionist, you might find this article helpful as well.
"Usually, in perfectionism the standards are not the problem. The problem is the rigidity around those standards. The rigidity means it’s all or nothing, so we hyper-focus on achieving our impossible goals, only to burn out, neglect other responsibilities, avoid our goals altogether, or constantly feel miserable even when we’re objectively doing well. "
Perfectionism: Why and How to Beat It
"Sometimes the best way forward involved removing, streamlining and simplifying things."
This Hidden Brain podcast on doing less was fascinating and very insightful. The description below may make the topic seem quite serious but, in fact, it's very accessible. Marie Kondo even makes an appearance. Enjoy!
The Hidden Brain: Do Less
I'm stepping back from social media so this is where I share links that I think others might enjoy. They will rarely be related to photography though!