This Week's Top Picks

 

1. WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

Last night I watched What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary on the late, great Nina Simone. Tragic similarities to Amy Winehouse's story in which a gifted voice becomes controlled by those around her who are blinded by money. Nina was isolated as a child, yearning her companionship most of her life, and married a man who eventually became controlling and seriously abusive. He beat her severely one night and raped her at gun point. She stayed with this man for years, a man who pushed her to perform, to commercialize herself, to deny her soul's cry. Nina spent her life haunted by her own childhood expectations to be the first black classical pianist, something she regretted even until her last years alive. Stories like these make it so clear to me how important it is to take care of ourselves, to harness our own power, and to listen to our deepest desires. 

2. WHERE I NEED TO BE

I was listening to Tim Ferris and Shaun White on his podcast the other day. Shaun also spoke about his psychological manipulation of the outcome. If he wins he thinks, "I'm exactly where I need to be. This is validating my path." If he loses he thinks, "This is exactly where I need to be. Now I know how I need to improve and what my competition is like." I am repeatedly telling myself that this is exactly where I need to be. This is where I'm at. I'm doing the best I can, and given that fact I know I'm exactly where I need to be.

3. CAPSULE WARDROBE

I've been what you might call a minimalist for quite some time now. It was never a discovery and conscious choice. It was more of an evolution that fit my lifestyle. I own things that I love or that are useful to me. I let go of things easily. Recently I discovered the idea of a capsule wardrobe, and I'm thinking of trying it out. I don't own very many clothes as it is, but I thought it would be fun to be even more conscious of my fashion habits. I've been a little bored with my clothing options at the moment and don't find myself wearing much of what I currently have as it is. If you've done this already I'd love to know what you think.

 

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