Systems & Stories Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Someone recently asked me whether I tend to think in terms of systems or stories. I thought about it for a brief moment before responding, "both." My blog's tagline is "sustainable systems & storytelling," while that of my previous blog was "the subjective perspective of an analytical optimist." If my ten-year-old self had a blog,... Continue Reading →

The Sum Of Passion and Perseverance

Several years ago, I saw Angela Duckworth's TED talk on "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," followed shortly thereafter by the reading of her book with the same name. Enamored by the idea that anyone can reverse engineer the habits of high achievers, I've been continually working to practice grit in my everyday life.... Continue Reading →

Curiosity Cat Scan

Over the last few days, I've been going through an online course led by author Elizabeth Gilbert titled, What is Creative Living? After watching a few inspiring videos, the first assignment was to conduct a "curiosity CT scan," in which I was to conduct a brief, 20-minute analysis of my mind, identify anything shiny that caught my attention,... Continue Reading →

Choosing Curiosity Over Passion

We are often given an unhelpful piece of advice, which is: "Follow your passion." The suggestion is all well and good if you happen to have a passion, but many of us don't. Perhaps there are multiple things we're interested in, or we don't yet recognize a strong impulse in particular direction. However, even if... Continue Reading →

Vacant Mind, Busy Hands

A few days ago, I posed a question to myself and to my readers: If you had a full year and $100k, what would you do? Since that posting, the universe has sent a few signs to remind me to slow down and focus on the next 24 hours, rather than trying to plot out... Continue Reading →

How Would You Spend One Year and $100k?

Growing up, my mother repeatedly told my siblings and me: "Do what you love and the money will follow." As a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, she walked the talk. She transformed her passion for educational books into a calling, and  successful one at that. I feel as if I'm at a juncture in my career. Four years ago,... Continue Reading →

Moments of Questioning

I want few things, but they all seem so unlikely: to uncover my truth, manifest my innermost thoughts, and capture your heart. And I can't help but wonder if that makes me irresponsible to pursue all at the same time. I am gripped by the uncertainty so often that it makes them all seem foolish.... Continue Reading →

Structure and Fluidity

I have always been drawn to poetry. The juxtaposition of eloquent wording with an architectural form is a comfort. This coziness extends from classics like W. H. Auden, Rilke, and Pablo Neruda to modern favorites like Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, and Ellen Bass. The same goes for bold lines and organic forms: a bright rose... Continue Reading →

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