Something for the Weekend #4

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Something for the Weekend is a weekly round-up of authenticity-related goodness from the web.Far better for your emotional well-being than the Sunday papers, SFTW features a selection of the good, the inspirational and the quirky. The last couple of weeks, I've been giving my Instapaper account a long-overdue clear out. Some of the following links are several months old, but just as valuable as the day they were published.Enjoy!

Authentic Working

It seems like the jury's out on the inspiration vs. routine debate when it comes to creativity: routine wins. If you're interested in digging deeper into how routine can enhance your creativity, Steven Pressfield's The War of Art is a must-read.If you're struggling to deal with people criticising your progress,  this article from Business Insider provides several valuable tips for how you can stay on track when the haters are hatin'.Finally, I love this one simple practice that will revolutionize your career from Accidental Creative. I'm definitely going to start working this into my morning routine.

Authentic Lifestyle

I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between physical clutter and mental clutter recently, so this article on The Art of Decluttering was a timely read. Sometimes it's so hard to let go of stuff, because that stuff is attached to mental or emotional stuff for us too - and that's the reason it's beneficial to let go.Something else that's been on my mind is diet or, more specifically, how my diet affects my day-to-day experience of life, as well as my long-term health. This article from the NY Times illustrates how sugar, one of the most common ingredients in our diets, can change the way our body functions and severely damage our health. It's a long piece, but necessary reading for our health and self-care.Feeling resistance? Here's a seven-step process from Farnoosh Brock that is designed to help you overcome internal strikes in a kind and compassionate way.

Authentic Emotions/Beliefs

"Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't." Mary Schmich's advice to graduates was popularised by Baz Luhrmann in the nineties hit "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen", and is still highly relevant to our lives today.Finally, here's 15 things you should give up to be happy; a concise and to-the-point read that highlights small shifts we can make to experience more of the good stuff.Happy weekend! 

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