Beach Camping

Kelly Hoffman:

Spent the long weekend camping on the beach.

Originally posted on letters from home:

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IMG_4902IMG_4905IMG_4906Camping on East Beach Memorial Day weekend.  Clamming, s’more making, sandcastle building, hammock swinging, and just relaxing with our family.  It was a great little getaway.

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I packed my newest knit along.  Its always a little breezy on the beach and it was perfect cardigan to throw on.

Pattern: Cracked Pepper by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Nice & Knit DK in Harpoon
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Coffee Hack

This is for all you cream-with-your-coffee drinkers out there. Because everything needs to be hacked.

  1. When making your coffee in the morning, pour in the cream first and then the coffee.

That’s it. That’s the hack. It’s basically so you don’t have to stir your coffee, which means less spoons to wash.

And now my coffee is cold and I have to make more. 😞

The Follow-Through Person

Julie Zhuo nails it on the head again. This time she writes about how we should stop glorifying the idea people and start paying attention to the ones who actually follow through and get it done.

Ideas are like candy—colorful, fun, easy to indulge in.

The hard part—the part that really matters—is the follow-through.

If you have 5 minutes, read the full post.

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks writes a beautifully sad piece about being face to face with dying. Although it isn’t pleasant, its good to be reminded and aware of this perspective of life.

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

via Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer – NYTimes.com.

Downtown Brooklyn

I decided to snap some pictures today on my walk to an appointment.

On my way back, I saw a cute coffee shop and made it my office for the rest of the day.

Flexible working is smart working

Richard Branson’s take on flexible working:

Flexible working is smart working. Screw business as usual. If you trust your people to make their own decisions, they will reward you.

“I agree,” I think as I sit in a coffee shop at 2pm in a city I moved to just for the heck of it.

Read the full article: Flexible working is smart working – Virgin.com.

On Quitting

Lara Hogan’s interesting view on quitting:

Most importantly, quitting a big thing means that there will be plenty of room in your life for your next big thing. If you exclusively quit little things, there may not be room for you to pick up your next big opportunity.

Read the full article on The Pastry Box.