Excited for the death of the former and the arrival of the latter.
However, I'm not going to talk about why October sucked. Paige Baker knows all these reasons, and I am excited as hell for a phenomenal month to make up for it. Instead, I'm going to recap some of October's best moments. And damn. I just realized there are a lot.
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[ colin + andrea's engagement shoot ]
[ lyd, theresa, bahareh + myself in chicago ]
[more coming when I get home]
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Best Of Tumblr:
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A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others. - Leo Rosten
The praise of the unlettered by those who are highly educated is one of the primary themes of ‘elitist’ literature. But, the importance of the praise given the unsolitary, richly passionate life is that it simultaneously reflects the value of reflective life. - Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire
Because education seeks to impart past knowledge, when you are trying to create a breakthrough, you have to create new knowledge, and there is no way to teach that. - Peter Thiel
What must you face? What fears haunt you? What failures have marked you? What darkness has consumed you and stolen from you, robbed you, sucked out of your soul the dream God created you to flesh out? Maybe there’s a dream buried deep inside your soul and God is waiting to reconstruct it, to put the bones back together. If he commands you to act and you trust him, you will see all of creation move in concert to accomplish in you what you were created to do. - Katie Holley-ish
We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. - Mother Teresa
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Best realizations/insights, expressed via my Twitter:
You are a brand. Treat yourself as such. Ground your product, visualize your identity, network your life. Be open to growth.
Your world is what you make it, so make it a world in which you want to live.
Stress is a decision. Decide to not be stressed, because you cannot change what is, and you cannot create time.
We cannot feel what is real when we are asleep.
Withhold your truth until you can speak it in love, lest you embitter what is sweet.
I will never apologize for knowing what I want and what I don't.
Don't ever compare yourself to someone else. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
Never let someone else's perception of you keep you from living fully and joyfully. Love always.
Grace is not logical, rational, or fair. And that is why it fixes problems that you cannot.
What incredible people we would be if we talked to God as much as we talked about him.
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Best things on the Internet:
Visual mapping of emotions, via WeFeelFine
Finger-painting with Sound, via YouTube
Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex, via OkCupid
Love Bomb Update, via yours truly
"The Initiated Woman" via Danielle LaPorte
"You just broke your child." A must read. Via Single Dad Laughing
Stats say social media is increasing face-to-face time, via Mashable
"Brainwash", via Seth Godin
TeuxDeux browser + iPhone app to-do list, via TeuxDeux. Changed my life.
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Summary: It was a hard month, but doesn't pruning spawn growth? I learned more about myself in the last 31 days than I have in a long time.
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let your fists come undone.
Miscarried love will be reborn.
The war that we're fighting has already been won.