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Link Love 12/17/10

2010 December 17
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I’ll be sharing my favorite reads from the blogosphere
over the past week. Enjoy!]

Your Art is Not Frivolous—It’s Money Begging to Be Made
“As a matter of fact, your art is necessary.
Necessary not only for your own good…
…but for the well-being of the human race.
We need you to create.
We need you to put yourself out there.
And we need you to share your gifts with us.”
~Ashley Ambirge at The Middle Finger Project


You’re not just broke, you’re stupid too
“If money is tight, don’t sit idly by and wait for someone (i.e. the government, your bank, or your parents) to fix your problems. You’re the only person that has full control of your life. It’s time to say goodbye restaurants, adios ESPN, and farewell tall-non-fat-caramel-macchiato-upside-down-with-a-whip-a-grip-and-a-kung-fu-twist from Starbucks. Change starts with you.
~Debt Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face


Be Unreasonably Reasonable
“Your big idea will never be considered reasonable to anyone else because they can’t see it like you do, so why bother worrying about it? Most people’s definition of reasonable is completely useless for any kind of new or interesting idea. It’s far more important that your big idea is reasonable to you. That means you need to be able to look at it yourself and say, ‘Yes, this is possible.’”
~Tyler Tervooren at Advanced Riskology


A 5-Point Plan for Achieving Anything
Every day you’re not radiantly alive and pursuing your life’s purpose is a day wasted. This isn’t a dress rehearsal, people. I don’t care how cliche it sounds. You only get one life. In that life, the feeling of time accelerates dramatically as you get older. Don’t fool yourself by thinking you have plenty of time to make the important changes later. That attitude can easily consume a decade or more.”
~Corbett Barr


The 4-Hour Hybrid: Mindfulness Training For Your Digital Self
In the next two years the noise you have to deal on the Internet will exceed your human capacity to deal with it. You will either learn use the Internet in an active and intelligent way, or you will die trying in the endless soup of emails/Tweets/Facebook messages or whatever platform instantaneously tells you what everyone in the world is doing…”
~Everett Bogue at Far Beyond the Stars


How I Trick Myself
“I’ve convinced myself that I still am poor and scrapping by. I’m not in as bad a position as I was by any means, but I’ve managed to put all extra income to debt instead of inflating my lifestyle to match my income.”
~Red at Girl with the Red Balloon


Don’t Think…LIVE Outside the Box
“How can you think outside the box, when you’ve never lived outside the box? You can’t.”
~Gianpaolo Pietri at Simply Optimal

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  • Cara Stein

    This was a damn good week in the blogosphere! Three others that knocked me out are:

    Wait a second… Why NOT You? on Nerd Fitness

    How to make change real on the Friendly Anarchist

    The Difference: Copying your mentors and becoming your best self on ThinkTraffic

    It’s like they have spies in my lame little beige office to figure out exactly what I’m confused or worried about so they can write a blog post about it. A little creepy, but awesome.

    • Cordelia

      Crap! 3 more blogs to add to my reading list! (I mean, great recommendations, Cara!)

      Isn’t it fantastically spooky how the timing works out sometimes? I consider it a message from the cosmos that we’re on the right track. :)

      • Cara Stein

        Crap! 3 more blogs to add to my reading list! (I mean, great recommendations, Cara!)

        lol, that’s kind of my reaction when I read an awesome post by someone new to me, too. It’s great, but…

        I’m going to have to prune the google reader at some point–I’m already about at my max, and I keep discovering awesome people I want to read! Maybe the blog world just needs to get lazier and stop writing so much. ;)

  • Red

    Hey, thanks for the shout out! :) I’ve got a post coming up next week based completely on one of your comments. Thanks for being so thoughtful. :)

    • Cordelia

      Aww, thanks, Red! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Ollin

    Thanks again for the awesome links. Someone else mentioned the middle finger project, I stopped by and it was so awesome.

    • Cordelia

      I recently discovered TMF and absolutely love it. I actually put “You Don’t Need a Job, You Need Guts” on my Christmas list. If I don’t get it, I’m totally buying it for myself. :)

  • mosaicmoods

    When I read the blog title of the 1st link I thought you were being sarcastic, lol. I am an artist so I could hear that nasty “Who do you think you are posting your art all over the web” voice. Man, what (or who) lives inside my head? Thank you for all the cool links. I am going to them all now… reassured.

    • Cordelia

      I don’t know about you, but the thing that lives inside *my* head that tells me things like that is my Inner Critic. She’s very pesky and often tells me very similar things. Fortunately, I’m learning more and more to tune her out. She gets way too much air time. :P