5 Quick Things #236 🧐
orange cars, stolen attention, symbiosis, & accordion-loving cows
Has anyone else been slammed with the reminder of how busy it is from late April through the end of May when you’re nearing the end of the school year? No? Just me? This was a week that by Wednesday, I turned to Kyle before we faded to sleep and said, “Next week I’m gonna take a breather,” before remembering we have four scheduled events already on the calendar. So I thought, next week — but nope, more end-of-the-school-year events. The week after? That’s the last week of school, always a hairy one. How about after that? All-day staff meetings.
C’est la vie… I’m ready for June. ‘Tis the season. No complaints, though, as always — I love my work, I love the spring, and I love this coffee next to me. All is grace.
5 Quick Things ☕️
1. 👉 New episode of A Drink With a Friend! 👈 You don't need all the people, you just need YOUR people. This is the premise of 1,000 True Fans, & it can serve as a bellwether for good work. It can also be applied in all parts of life, especially when we're tempted to live and work not quite true to ourselves.
2. This is the best piece I’ve yet read on faith deconstruction, and yes, it’s behind a paywall, but Claire’s Substack is one of my recommendations and her words are worth the money to me. “Deconstructing from what feels like some type of dry moral code, some type of rulebook, should be done. ...However, you also can’t have this conversation without acknowledging that the world leans towards relativism. …As if truth is something we each invent for ourselves, based on our moods + emotions, instead of a person who rose from the dead. I want that car to be orange, so it is, damnit.” Subscribe if you can.
3. Your attention didn’t collapse — it was stolen. An important listen (language warning).
4. Parenting can actually supercharge the artistry in our work, not drain it. A good read on the symbiosis of motherhood and creativity.
5. And finally, a healthy perspective on letting go of our stuff, especially that stuff we’d swear we’d never part with.
Currently Reading, Watching, Listening 📚
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, by V.E. Schwab
“We need the language of generations before us to speak what we are too weary to speak ...We need to remember that we are part of a mighty, ongoing story, that we join a host in prayer, present round the world and through the ages.”
— Sarah Clarkson #
Quick Links 🔗
Travel with me + Seth & Amber Haines to Tuscany, Italy: July 23-August 2
This week I wrote a few more thoughts about Julia — if you’re a subscriber, head here to read it because I had YOU in mind.
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Question(s) For You to Ponder… 🤔
What can you do today to make your weekend a bit more enjoyable?
Have a great weekend,
p.s. Here’s a cow who loves the accordion, in case you haven’t yet gotten that on your bingo card for today.
I listened to that Honestly episode yesterday and OOF. What a great conversation. My husband and I are flirting with the crazy idea of giving up our smartphones-- and this is after already giving up social media. This episode was definitely points in favor of at least experimenting with experiencing life again without the internet in my pocket. I also loved Claire's piece this week! I look forward to your other links and to DWAF. Pax.