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Learning to simplify life's complications. This is a way to capture my thoughts on life - the joys, the challenges, the absurdities - and my attempts to make sense of it all.
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Now that Spring is well underway, perhaps it’s time that you did some Spring cleaning. From Martha Stewart, here is a super-thorough list that will help you tackle absolutely everything — from your floors to your ceiling fans and more. 

Martha’s list breaks down Spring cleaning room-by-room, and offers that can help simplify your cleaning routine. For me, Spring cleaning is all about letting go of the (often meaningless) things I’ve acquired over the course of the year. If I haven’t thought about or used something in my closet or drawers in the past year — this goes for clothes, paperwork, and knickknacks — it’s probably time to donate / recycle / toss it. What are your Spring cleaning rules to live by?

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In fashion, sometimes simple is best. I definitely gravitate toward simple, no-fuss clothes when I dress myself, and my favorite red carpet looks are usually the dresses that are simple and structured. Emma Watson captures the “simple and structured” look perfectly. She’s modern yet timeless at the same time. In a word: classic.

{p.s. This look is from a while ago, at the “Noah” premiere. via luckymagEmma Watson stunned in Ralph Lauren Collection»}

I’m a little obsessed with this movie, mainly because I find it so inspirational. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is all about finding the courage to go after what we want in life and, to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, to not settle for a life less than we’re capable of living. Whether or not we always believe it, ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
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I’m a little obsessed with this movie, mainly because I find it so inspirational. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is all about finding the courage to go after what we want in life and, to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, to not settle for a life less than we’re capable of living. Whether or not we always believe it, ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

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We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
Charles Bukowski (via patrickrhone)

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One of my favorite tumblr blogs is Undressed Skeleton by Taralynn McNitt {heads up, Taralynn now blogs at simplytaralynn.com but  links out to her new blog via tumblr}. 

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Taralynn recently posted on tumblr about one of her grocery shopping trips. For me, Taralynn’s post was an incredibly helpful resource in building my own grocery shopping list for this week.

When it comes to snacking, if it’s unhealthy and sitting in the cabinet, chances are I’ll eat it. I just can’t resist! So I make sure we only have healthy snacks at home. But I tend to buy the same stuff every grocery trip, and then I get in a rut. This list helped me change up my snacking habits while keeping things healthy. Some of the items that made it from Taralynn’s list to mine? Whole almonds, Activia yogurt, edamame salad (to use as a salad topper), almond butter, and dried apricots. Check out the rest of the grocery list here. What do you do to make sure you eat healthy at home?

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I wish this was real life. Here’s what the Paris metro would look like if it had just as many animals using it as people. Happy weekend.

{via mashableAnimals Take Over the Paris metro in an Enchanting Photo Series By photographers Thomas Subtil and Clarisse Rebotier.}

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If you’re wondering how to wear the sneakers + jeans look without looking like a soccer mom from the ’90s, here’s a great example! Again, proof that in fashion, sometimes simple is best.

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As a marketer, this is so interesting to me! Here’s lots of helpful information for anyone who wants their content to actually be read by their target audience.

{via fastcompany: ”The perfect Tweet length was right around 100 characters.” - The Proven Ideal Length Of Every Tweet, Facebook Post, And Headline Online}

{via leanin: ”Strong is the New Pretty” is a new photo series by Kate Parker which shows her two daughters and their friends “just as they are: loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, frustrated. I wanted to celebrate them, just as they are, and show them that is enough.  Being pretty or perfect is not important. Being who they are is.” Photos by Kate T. Parker.}

In an interview a while back, Lauren Conrad was asked, “What’s your favorite position?” Her response: “CEO.” Well played, Miss Conrad, well played.

{sources: I originally heard about this here // also featured on UpWorthy}