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Shae_Purcell

Shae_Purcell

Joined July 2018

Tea fanatic & excessively proud cat lady.🐈 Aspiring herbalist. 🌿 Elder millennial. 🏳️‍🌈✨
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Mehso-so

I wish I'd taken notes. The content seems to have completely vanished from my mind. Maybe that's telling. To be fair, I should say that the first third of the book did grab my attention. It was during the second part that I lost interest and kept getting distracted. The third section of the book might be helpful for those looking for a step-by-step guide to daily meditation practice.

Full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4208533291

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Bailedbailed

I don't doubt that Dave Ramsey's plan works. I think if I'd read his Baby Steps first, instead of the “motivational“ pep talk at the beginning, I would have enjoyed this much more than I did. I made it through about 80 pages and decided to skip the rest in favor of his budget app (which I like!). Unless you enjoy this kind of tough-love approach, that's what I would recommend.

Full review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4191025413.

Sumi I have to say that the Dave Ramsey thing can, at times feel like a cult - but apparently his plan works. 2mo
Shae_Purcell @Sumi I can definitely see that! 2mo
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Pickpick

As children, our survival depends upon the love or rejection of our parents. We protect ourselves by conforming, by being “good“. The only way to break the cycle is to acknowledge and feel what we've been through.

I could relate to this as I was reading it, but I can't say there was any good advice that might help a former “gifted child“ navigate their world later as an adult.

Full review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4082454621.

Smartypants Thanks for sharing, I was and my son was a gifted child, I‘ll definitely be looking to read this! 2mo
Shae_Purcell @Smartypants I didn't have enough room to add it here, but she uses the term gifted child in a different way.

“When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb... Without this 'gift' offered us by nature.“
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Smartypants @Shae_Purcell that is definitely a different way to use the word gifted. In that sense, I suppose I‘m lucky that my son and I are not gifted as she has described. 2mo
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Shae_Purcell @Smartypants I was also part of a “gifted“ program in school, not helpful at all, which is why I was originally drawn to this book. I realized before purchasing that this was a different book altogether but decided to buy it anyway since it still felt relevant to me. If you do find any great books that address giftedness, specifically for adults, please share!

Side note: Check out #giftedkidburnout on TikTok if you want to feel validated, lol.
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Smartypants @Shae_Purcell I totally relate. Of the kids in my gifted program, only half have been exceptionally successful and unfortunately about 25% have struggled as adults in life. Two books I‘ve read have made it make sense to me, Drive by Daniel Pink and Mindset by Carol Dweck. Both excellent books on how motivation and mindset are key to success. 2mo
Shae_Purcell @Smartypants I'll add those to my list, thank you! 2mo
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“Remember, I have been broke twice in my life, but never poor; poor is a state of mind.“

Tell us more about all that privilege, Dave. Should someone have a different experience than smart, rich, diligent Dave then they are simply “not smart people.“ His way is the only way that works and he reminds us repeatedly. I hope the tips at the end of the book are worth all this mess at the beginning.

BookDadGirlDad I can say that the success you find from this will be solely based on the effort you put in to doing it. His "methods" have helped myself and many I know. I only owe my mortgage. The rest is still a work in progress 2mo
Shae_Purcell @BookDadGirlDad That's great! His website has a lot of the same information, so I think I'll skip the rest of the book and finish up there. If I'd started with his Baby Steps instead of reading the “motivational“ first half of the book, I think I would have enjoyed this much more. His tone doesn't sit well with me. He did warn me in the beginning that I'd probably be offended, so I suppose that's fair. 😄 2mo
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I wasn't sure about this one going in, but I've heard a lot about Joe Dispenza so I thought I'd give one of his books a try. I was worried the science would go over my head and be hard for me to grasp, especially through an audiobook where I couldn't take more time to look over the material, but he explains everything really well. I'm finding myself becoming more and more interested as it goes along!

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The introduction says this book is not politically correct, so Ramsey's given himself permission to be offensive if he feels the need. I can't say I've seen anything that's offended me yet, but all the talk about being “financially fat“ is getting tiresome. This book was written nearly 20 years ago though, and I was weight-obsessed back then too. Hello, South Beach Diet!

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An Echo in the Bone | Diana Gabaldon
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Again with those beautiful descriptions. Must be some of my favorite parts of the books. ✨

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“Your career should be aligned with your overall goals. Your work should feel like an integrated and supportive force in your life, not the kind-of-awful-thing-you-have-to-do-to-pay-the-bills.“

Wapnick talks about life design vs. career planning. According to interviews she conducted, thriving multipotentialites (“people who display aptitudes across multiple disciplines“) shared three things in their life designs - money, meaning, and variety.

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“The more you allow yourself to explore, draw connections between different ideas, dream up big projects, and collaborate with others, the stronger your superpowers will become.“

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“The truth is that you aren‘t lacking a destiny or purpose. There is a very good reason for your insatiable curiosity: you‘re someone who‘s going to shake things up, create something novel, solve complex, multidimensional problems, make people‘s lives better in your own unique way. Whatever your destinies are, you can‘t step into them while stifling your multipotentiality. You must embrace it and use it.“

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“Multipotentialites tend to struggle with three main areas: work, productivity, and self-esteem.”

WORK - “How the heck will I make a living?“
PROCRASTINATION - “How do you deal with the internal muck (procrastination, self-doubt, overwhelm, and chronic e-mail checking) that can prevent you from moving forward with your goals?“
SELF-ESTEEM - “. . . guilt about the inability to choose or about changing directions.“

Guilt, fear, insecurity. YES.

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I can't remember how I first heard of Emilie Wapnick, but I know I decided to read her book after listening to her TED talk (link below for those interested). I'm one of those individuals she references on the cover of her book - I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I'm 36. Well, almost 37. The first chapter - “There Is Nothing Wrong with You.“

https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_call...

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Keep Going shares practical tips to keep the creativity flowing when your days start to look and feel the same. Kleon says in the very beginning that he wrote this book because he needed to read it. There are some small but helpful ideas here - tidy up, change your mind, create a “bliss station“ for your work, etc. I enjoyed this book more than the second one, though the first is still my favorite (if only because it felt original at the time).

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The last chapter, Plant Your Garden, may be my favorite in the book. The author says, “Our lives too have different seasons.“ Some of us “blossom“ when we are young and some of us when we are older. Society tends to favor the young, but Kleon is inspired by “the people who found the thing that made them feel alive and who kept themselves alive by doing it. The people who planted their seeds, tended to themselves, and grew into something lasting.“

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“Imitate the trees, learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long.“

May Sarton, Belgian-American poet, novelist and memoirist

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“You do not need to have an extraordinary life to make extraordinary work.“

Thank goodness for that! 👏

allthatjas Love this ❤️ 3mo
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In the second book of his trilogy, Kleon stresses that if your work isn't online then it doesn't exist. In the third book, he advises us to ignore likes, shares, and followers. Those metrics are shallow, he says, and shouldn't be used to decide what to focus our work on next. According to Kleon, “. . . everything online is now click-bait, optimized for the short attention span.“ Do we share and let it be?

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash.

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“I so desperately wanted to be loved --- and that meant, of course, to comply, to be obedient.“ - Vera, age fifty-two

It seems to me that if there were ever to be any form of unconditional love, that it should come from one's parents. Those evolutionary inclinations to see an offspring reach adulthood and all that. Though I suppose that doesn't really require love, does it? When it doesn't, sometimes it's safer to obey than to risk all you know.

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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist, and philosopher

Hazel2019 Love it! 4mo
NikkiM5 Yes!! 🙌🏾 I have a lot of old nonsense to leave behind 😆 (edited) 4mo
Shae_Purcell @Hazel2019 It's such good advice! 💖 4mo
Shae_Purcell @NikkiM5 Oh goodness, me too! I need to frame this one and put it next to my toothbrush or something. 4mo
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This book is written similarly to the first one. There are a lot of quotes. I didn't find it to be as inspiring, and there wasn't anything profound in the way he suggests getting discovered. Basically, work non-stop and share everything. There were some practical tips - share online, find a domain name, send a newsletter. There were also some tips that didn't appeal to me, namely finding a “scenius“ and reading the obituaries every morning.

NikkiM5 Reading the obituaries every morning sounds stressful 😣 4mo
Shae_Purcell @NikkiM5 I can only imagine the funk I would be in for the rest of the day. No thank you! 😬 4mo
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“If an opportunity comes along that will allow you to do more of the kind of work you want to do, say yes. If an opportunity comes along that would mean more money but less of the kind of work you want to do, say no.“

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“Teach what you know.“

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“You find time the same place you find spare change: in the nooks and crannies. You find it in the cracks between the big stuff—your commute, your lunch break, the few hours after your kids go to bed.“

Earlier in this section, Kleon says we all get 24 hours a day. Basically, no excuses. I don't buy into that. We're all living in different situations under different circumstances. I do like the idea of “finding“ time in the little nooks of life.

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“Social media sites are the perfect place to share daily updates.“

This book was originally published in 2014. The author gives this list of the preferred social media sites for different groups. Agree? Disagree? What's missing seven years later? I would add TikTok for visual artists. LinkedIn for business people stills stands. 😀

Filmmakers: Youtube, Vimeo
Business people: LinkedIn
Writers: Twitter
Visual Artists: Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook

BookBosomed1 Patreon for all kinds of artists. Discord. Reddit? 4mo
Shae_Purcell @BookBosomed1 Oh yes, all good ones. I especially love Patreon. It's such a great platform for learning while also giving you the opportunity to support an artist's work. 4mo
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“If you're in the very early stages, share your influences and what's inspiring you. If you're in the middle of executing a project, write about your methods or share works in progress. If you've just completed a project, show the final product, share scraps from the cutting room floor, or write about what you learned.“

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“Share something small every day.“

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The author says that if your work isn't online then it doesn't exist. I'll admit, that stings a little. It makes me feel a bit defensive even. I'm on most social media sites, like most people, and I've shared bits and pieces here and there. Granted, I've dabbled in all sorts of ventures and nothing's really stuck. Maybe that's the problem. If the only way to be seen and heard is online, specifically via social media, I really should figure it out.

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“Share what you love and the people who love the same things will find you.“

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I'm listening to the trilogy, but I just finished the first book. It was an inspiring read filled with quotes from influential people. There was just one section that put me off. Kleon talks about the importance of keeping a day job and working relentlessly without breaks, through holidays and sick days. For someone with chronic illness, this is disheartening and unreasonable. The book was written years ago, but I'm just so over hustle culture.

5feet.of.fury SO over hustle culture. Work hard when you are at work, but take every second of time off available for yourself. Hoping post pandemic we have more respect for sick days, no more “working through sick days” aka “spreading illness around the workplace”. 4mo
LazyOwl 💯 in agreeance. I have a chronic illness as well, and sometimes I think the reason I do is because this was my attitude years ago, to push through and keep going. It's a culture that I believe should be discouraged. 4mo
Shae_Purcell @5feet.of.fury I thought the closures would bring the opportunity for rest, but the anxiety surrounding it all has kept me personally from doing that. I wish we had learned to value slowness a bit more during this time, but the work goes on. I'm already hearing corporate whispers of getting back to life pre-pandemic. I think there will always be those who value work above all else, and they are (of course) the ones who run the world. (edited) 4mo
Shae_Purcell @LazyOwl Yes! I still feel guilty sometimes (a lot, if I'm being honest) when I'm feeling bad and need to call in sick or can't get a lot done around the house. I try to take that time to rest, but sometimes I push through because I think I need to prove something. It only ever makes me feel worse. I'm sure that does contribute to chronic illness for so many people. Our bodies and minds can only handle so much. 4mo
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“It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work limitations mean freedom.“

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“It's often what an artist chooses to leave out that makes the art interesting.“

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“Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want, that just kills creativity.“

Jack White

I feel this. If I have too many options in front of me, I feel far too overwhelmed to do anything at all. Same thing with time. I work much better under a deadline, even if it is stressful in the moment.

wanderinglynn I feel this too. 4mo
Shae_Purcell @wanderinglynn I think might also be why I have such a tendency to procrastinate. 😬 4mo
wanderinglynn Definitely. I am a terrible procrastinator but it only tends to be times when I feel overwhelmed, usually with too many options. 4mo
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“In this age of information abundance and overload, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out so they can concentrate on what's really important to them. Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. The idea that you can do anything is absolutely terrifying.“

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“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.“

Jessica Hische, Graphic Designer

So it should have something to do with either Litsy, Goodreads, or Steepster then. Got it. 👍

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“So: Copy your heroes. Examine where you fall short. What's in there that makes you different? That's what you should amplify and transform into your own work.“

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“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique.

From Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth Commencement Address on June 12, 2011.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/conan-to-grads-your-dreams-will-change

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“Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don't come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes.“

EDIT: Just thinking - in the beginning, aren't our parents our first heroes? How much of this will influence the people we eventually become? How much of this “pretending“ is fixed in us during those early years? I'm reading a book on parenting and the self, so that's where my mind's at right now.

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“When you first get started, there's usually a big gap between what you are and what you want to be. If I'd waited to know who I was or what I was about before I started being creative, well I'd still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it's in the act of making things and doing our work that we figure out who we are.“

I especially love that last line. Really trying to take this book to heart.

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“Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.“

I'm 36 and I still don't really feel like I know who I am. Maybe that's why I haven't actually started anything, lol. Someone send self-help books. 📚

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“Carry a notebook and pen with you wherever you go. Get used to pulling it out and jotting down your thoughts and observations. Copy your favorite passages out of books. Record overheard conversations. Doodle when you're on the phone. Go to whatever lengths necessary to make sure you always have paper on you.“

Love these practical tips! Of course this makes so much sense. With nearly everyone having a phone in their pocket now, it's even easier.

DivineDiana I recently read the wonderful biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, and this was something that Leonardo did. Now, I carry around a small notebook! 📒 4mo
Shae_Purcell @DivineDiana Oh I bet that was a fascinating read. I love the idea of carrying around a small notebook. The ideas come and go so quickly, it would be good to keep something close by. Something fun to look back on later too, I imagine! 4mo
DivineDiana It was even more than I expected! What an incredible life! A brilliant man! Strongly recommend! 4mo
Shae_Purcell @DivineDiana Just added it to my list, thank you! 4mo
DivineDiana You‘re welcome! 4mo
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“If you try to devour the history of your discipline all at once, you'll choke. Instead, chew on one thinker, writer, artist, activist, role model you really love. Study everything there is to know about that thinker, then find three people that thinker loved and find out everything about them. Repeat this as many times as you can. Climb up the tree as far as you can go. Once you climb your own tree, it's time to grow your own branch.“

Doable. ✔

IuliaC Beautiful quote! 4mo
Shae_Purcell @IuliaC I thought it was incredibly practical! 4mo
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“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work, and theft, will be authentic.“ - Jim Jarmusch

Much of this book consists of quotes from other people, such as the one here. I've pulled a few I like most. According to Goodreads, this is from an issue of MovieMaker Magazine, specifically Issue #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004. He goes on to say, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.“

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“Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas. A good example of this is genetics. You have a mother and you have a father. You possess features from both of them, but the sum of you is bigger than their parts. You're a remix of your mom and dad and all of your ancestors.“

I've never thought about ideas in this way, but I love the comparison. Creative energy passed on, reworked, re-formed, and made new again and again.

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"If we're free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it."

So many feelings! Even as a child, I felt like anything I had to offer must be new to the world or else what is the point. It really is a great burden that we put on ourselves. What a relief to know that we can learn from others instead of trying to outsmart them.

Texreader Excellent quote 4mo
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I'm only one chapter into the first book of the trilogy and I've had to pause the audiobook five times already to take notes. It looks like I'll be reading the ebooks next so that I can go back through and highlight every page. Apologies in advance for all the quotes that are about to overtake your feed.

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X Marks the Scot | Kaitlyn Dunnett
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in Maine. This is my first time meeting Liss MacCrimmon, owner of the town's Scottish Emporium. I loved how the author gave us many suspects, each with a motive and then an alibi at just the right moment. When I thought we'd learn who was behind it all, they would have a way out. I think I've read three cozies total, but this one is my favorite.

Full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4126436066

PurpleyPumpkin This cozy mystery series is a favourite of mine. But I wasn‘t aware of this book, so thanks for posting. Stacked!📚 4mo
Shae_Purcell @PurpleyPumpkin I think I only added this one to my TBR list because of the cat on the cover, which is why I randomly started at Book 11, but I'm glad I did! This one was a lot of fun. 😊 4mo
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X Marks the Scot | Kaitlyn Dunnett
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"She was still there, enjoying her day off by sitting on her front porch and reading the newest mystery in the Mistress Jaffrey series, when Sherri emerged from cyberspace and stopped by to share what she‘d found."

Ha! The author plugged her other mystery series by showing her main character reading it. This had me laughing! This author has a few pseudonyms from what I can tell and uses her full name to write the Mistress Jaffrey series.

Shae_Purcell The first book in the Mistress Jaffrey series, in case anyone's interested. 😁 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin And another series to add to my never ending tbr!👍🏽😂📚 4mo
Shae_Purcell @PurpleyPumpkin Same! I thought this was clever. 😁 4mo
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X Marks the Scot | Kaitlyn Dunnett
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Time for something a little more lighthearted. I just realized that this is book #11 in the series, but I've already downloaded it and others have commented that they also started with this book so I'm giving it a go. If you've read it and think otherwise, please let me know! Truth be told, I probably added this to my TBR because it has a cat on the cover . . .

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"He must excel brilliantly in everything he undertakes, which he is surely capable of doing (otherwise he just does not attempt it)."

Emphasis on the "otherwise he just does not attempt it." Anyone else have this problem? It's so hard for me to start new things, even hobbies, because I feel like I have to know it perfectly before I can even begin. But who can do something perfectly if they've never done it before? Makes no sense, yet here I am.

julesG 🙋🏻‍♀️Fortunately, I have enough life experience by now that I research intensively and then attempt the new thing. Instead of not doing it at all. 4mo
Shae_Purcell @julesG I'm a big researcher too, but that's usually as far as it goes. I never can learn quite enough to gain the confidence I need to actually do the thing. It's something I'm working on. By reading and researching, of course. 😁 4mo
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"In what is described as depression and experienced as emptiness, futility, fear of impoverishment, and loneliness can usually be recognized as the tragic loss of the self in childhood, manifested as the total alienation from the self in adulthood."