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Most of these are from The Lord of the Rings series, but I know there are many more. Add your favorites!
  1. "Not all those who wander are lost."
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  2. "I will not say: Do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."
  3. "[I fear] a cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."
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Most of these I already do, but not regularly. I want to be more disciplined about all of them.
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    Stretch and breathe deeply every morning.
    I am one with the force and the force is with me.
  2. 2.
    Write every day.
    Every. Day.
  3. 3.
    Run every other day.
    3 miles, give or take.
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It's been an educational year. Painfully so, sometimes.
  1. Stretch and breathe deeply every day.
  2. Running isn't so bad (and even a little addicting.)
  3. Appreciate people while they're right there in front of you.
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  1. Yes.
    Artichokes, avocados, and In-N-Out Burger, oh my!
  2. They're snobs, they're elitist ivory tower academics, or they're entitled wall-street one-percenters.
    My mom's family is from the east coast, and they are all wonderful and amazing, so these all make me laugh. That said, I can also see where some of these come from.
  3. People mostly differentiate SoCal or NorCal, or the Bay Area, not Cali so much (in my experience).
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For all the journal-keepers out there. August is the Corn Moon, lots of strong, social, enthusiastic Leo energy. It's a great moon for starting new projects, getting together with friends, and JOURNALING! Yay! Let's go get looney.
  1. Aug 10 🌓 1st Quarter: What obstacles or challenges are you experiencing in your life right now? Are they exhilarating or frustrating? Why? If they are the latter, what can you do to turn that around?
    Whether we’re beginning a new creative project, business venture, or relationship, no path is without its obstacles and struggle. The Leo energy of the Corn Moon reminds us that sometimes the obstacles and struggle are the best part. Obstacles challenge and inspire us and the struggle makes us stronger. It is through them that we attain wisdom and experience.
  2. Aug 18 🌕 Full Moon: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you satisfied w/ the quantity & quality of your social interactions? Identify one or two things you might want to change about your social-self/social-life & how to bring about those changes.
    We all know about introverts vs. extroverts. Leo energy is almost always an extroverted energy, inspiring a desire for social interaction and connecting with others. For introverts this energetic social push can manifest itself as frustration, or even depression, if shyness prevents you from achieving the interaction you crave; while extroverts can tend to over-book themselves, falling victim to quantity over quality.
  3. Aug 25 🌗 3rd quarter: Do you make room in your life for moments of wild abandon as well as controlled productivity? In which of these areas do you feel you are most lacking? What can you do to bring more of one or the other–and thus bring balance–to your life?
    The strong energy of the Corn Moon inspires us to start crazy new projects and connect with long-lost friends; but this energy can also be like a freight train, insensible to nuance or refinement. We need both wildness and restraint in order to be healthy and successful. Nature strives for balance, and our lives are no exception.
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A few years ago I was asked to say in two words what my life's goal was. My answer was "Learn Everything." I've been trying to figure out how to accomplish this ever since. (And I'm still working on it.)
  1. Read. Read anything and everything.
    This was my very first strategy for learning everything, starting in elementary and middle school, when it was too hard to do the next thing, which is...
  2. Talk to people, even (especially) the people who intimidate you with how different they seem.
    I didn't really figure out how to do this until high school, and even thing I was disastrously terrible at it. For me it's been all about overcoming my horrific shyness. I've gotten better over time, but even so, George Clooney certainly won't be asking me for tips anytime soon.
  3. Travel. Even if you can't travel to exotic lands, travel as far and as much as you can.
    I've been lucky enough to travel to a few other countries (even lived in another country for a while) and each place has made me feel more confidant and less significant, all at the same time. But even when I've only been able to travel to the nearest Chinatown or local hiking spot, I feel like I learn something new about the world.
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  1. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it.
  2. When faced with two otherwise equal options, choose the one that will make the best story.
  3. You have 48 hours to complain about something, then you have to either work to change it, or make your peace with it.
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Everyone tells you about the diapers and sleepless nights, but no one ever tells you about these things.
  1. Setting a good example
    I want to drink wine, be glued to my phone, and binge-watch Netflix all week long, but I want my kids to eat healthy, be active, and read books. Do you think they'll notice the discrepancy?
  2. Junior High
    When my kids come home and tell me about all the mean, painful, confusing things they experienced it literally feels like it happened to me. It's like going through adolescence all over again with more awareness but less control. It's almost the worst thing in the world.
  3. Letting them take risks and make mistakes
    I want my kids to grow up to be brave and confident, and this means letting them make certain decisions for themselves and take certain risks. Every time my daughter walks to the park by herself I still worry that I'll lose her. That would be the actual worst thing in the world.
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There's just never enough time for all the reading I want to do. Bring on December!
  1. Blindness by José Saramago
    Absolutely amazing. When everyone in a certain city begins to mysteriously go blind, Saramago portrays the fear, selfishness, and cruelty of humanity in a non-sentimental way. (By which I mean there was enough distance where I was heartbroken, but didn't feel so overwhelmed I had to put the book down.) He also reveals the light, love, goodness and hope we have within us when we have the strength of character to hold onto our ideals.
  2. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
    A short, lovely book which tells the story of Eilis Lacey as she leaves her home and family in poor, 1950s Ireland for more opportunity in America. Simply told immigrant story presents homesickness, missing family, making new family, and finally, the terrible choices that must be made when the home you thought was gone forever is offered to you once again. The length and ease of this book belies the depth of its story. It's a perfect holiday read or gift. (Also the movie is fantastic!)
  3. Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson
    Romance novels are one of my secret addictions, and Scottish history & heritage a not so secret addiction, so this was a perfect combination of the two! If you're looking for the traditional romance novel this might not be for you, as there is more history and politicking than there is romance and bodice-ripping. (Although there is definitely angst & romance!) The language is gorgeous, history is spot-on, highland dialect & traditions are mesmerizing!
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I like to talk while running, but I'm too embarrassed about my sad athletic ability to run with actual people, so I talk to fictional people. That's not crazy, is it?
  1. Alanna of Trebond
    By Tamora Pierce
  2. Buffy Summers
    I take Buffy with me when we run at night.
  3. Edmund and Lucy Pevensie
    But not Peter or Susan. The older Pevensie siblings intimidate me.
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