Jessica Chastain at the Viktor & Rolf Fall 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week, March 2nd.
“Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.”Eleanor Roosevelt (via leslieseuffert)
Yes we are! #davidstea
“I would like to protest at the idea of self-esteem being a positive quality. It is not. It is solipsistic and antisocial. Criminals are full of it. I think we should, as people living in a civilized society, talk of self-respect, which is a social quality, rather than self-esteem, which is purely narcissistic.”Theodore Dalrymple (via heartbloodspirit)
My thoughts on tonight.
Life is about transient moments that just bleed into each other. So stop strangling your desires and experiences and just go with the flow. You’ll see how much more invigorating you feel. Get out of your head.
If you’re single, don’t compare your life to the people around you getting married and having kids. They’re not as happy as you think. If you’re a parent, be present more than anything else. If you’re divorced, embrace it. This is your rebirth. Be kind to your parents. You’ve earned what you know…
I’m turning 25, but I feel more like I’m here.
Don’t worry about where or who you’re going to be in five years. Like high school, you will look back and wish you had done so many things differently. Know that and do them differently now. Focus on what’s in front on you. Work on the relationship you have with yourself first. Slow down. Enjoy…
How much is too much? How much can I actually do, accomplish, sacrifice, save, complete, dedicate to? Much much can I expect from myself if I’m doing too much and I burn out? How much will I hate myself when I do?
In everything that I do, I try to do it with happiness in mind. I try to make conscious decisions with each action, and intention and make sure that it comes from a place of sincerity and happiness. I do this because the energy to lie and be miserable is wasteful energy, and counterproductive. Time that is wasted on this is such a shame. So yet, with all this premeditation, why still so unhappy?
I think I’m beginning to realize that I’m doing way too much. So much that I’m beginning to become lost in all of it. Where is my focus? What is my intent? Why am I doing this again? Oh yeah, Happiness.
I need to realize that I am only one person with the same amount of time in a day as everyone else, and it’s either I become extremely disciplined, or I learn to let certain things go and concentrate on one goal or project at a time. The one thing I’m scared of is that things will not become easier as I get older, and more things will be added to this list instead of it being taken off.
Two thing are apparent, there is a domestic side of me that is natural and dare I say, instinctual? Feminists everywhere are coming to my front door to burn their bras. Burn what you want, but I like my home, I like decorating my home, I like cooking, and having people over to eat my cooking, I like staying in than going out most of the time, I like knitting, reading, doing crafts, flipping through magazines to find out what the latest trends are in beauty and health, doing face masks and taking extremely long showers and baths, taking out my KitchenAid stand mixer and planning out which attachment I’m going to save up for next. Men get to embrace being men all the time, why do I have to feel like I’m not allowed to embrace being a woman? Gender roles are too politically correct, I like zombies, and baking.
The second, is that I’m extremely happy and fulfilled in ways when I work. When I put time and effort into something and when I get things accomplished. When I can be independent and self sufficient, and support myself. Some people consider me a workaholic.
How do I find the happy medium between the two? My domestic life and career life?
Is the answer time management? Goal setting? Waking up three hours earlier than everyone else and going to sleep three hours later? Being consistent? Sacrifice?
All I know, is between working a full time job, being a full time student, listening to my desires, and trying to be an all around good person, I am exhausted, lost, and unhappy. The farthest from where I’d thought I’d be.
So I write. I wipe my slate clean and I write.
Back in the day, people used to have to memorize texts for school, to keep a few lines of prose or poetry in their hearts at all times, easily accessible in any situation. This practice has mostly gone to the wayside—no longer do whole classrooms of miserable schoolchildren have to recite “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by heart—but it begs the question: what text would you choose to burn into your brain if you could choose anything at all?
The Recital is a new literary series where we want you to answer that question. Writers and performers will each recite a 1–3 minute piece of their choice. The only real rule is that the memorized text cannot be their own; otherwise, anything goes.
Hosted by Rachel Syme and Maris Kreizman. With:
- Ryan Chapman
- Caleb Crain
- A.N. Devers
- Jason Diamond
- Gaby Dunn
- Rachel Fershleiser
- Bobby Finger
- Jesse David Fox
- David Gutowski
- Gabriel Kahane
- Beth Edwards Kapsner
- Michelle Legro
- Lauren Leto
- Matthew Love
- Rita Meade
- Joanna Smith Rakoff
- Rachel Shukert
- Brendan Jay Sullivan
- Lindsey Weber
- Adam Wilson
Swoon! Now with an amazing Ben Tuttle GIF!
by Elizabeth Kubler Ros
Model in furs for Life magazine, 1952.