Even When It Seems Impossible, You Can Still Find Ways to Win

Welcome on back to the top of the week. To ease you into your Monday, how ’bout a roundup of all things awesome that the internet had to offer this weekend:

Adorably illustrated thoughts from Susan Sontag on love are (unsurprisingly) poignant and wonderful. Enjoy.

What happens when a girl lets her boyfriend do her entire makeup for her.

Innovation and the Key to Malcolm Gladwell’s Success? Yes, please. Hint: persistence is a major player.

While I haven’t been able to catch much of the Olympics so far, I’ve been replaying this moment over and over due to its sheer brilliance.

Creativity = intelligence + daydreaming.

Because Lots of Things Were Impossible Before Someone Tried to Do Them

A little roundup of the internet’s finest wild horses for your Monday:

Thought it was too late to learn a language? Looks like we can pick up that foreign tongue post-13 after all.

Just think! Never breathing, ever again!

Brilliantly done. It’s things like this that make you know you’ve lost a good one. When choosing actors to play you, Nora Ephron gives a very convincing argument for Meryl Streep.

Kids are fantastic. Louis C.K.’s sound like wry comics in the making.

Had no idea that the process was this extensive. Just how one gets cast in a Cirque du Soleil show.

Oh yes. Are you ready to be happy yet? How about now?

Image by Andrey Pavlov. 

Why Wait? Live Now

A few years ago, illustrator Eric Smith was diagnosed with three different types of cancer. Instead of labeling his experience as a negative one and resisting the situation, he embraced it in effort to seek out harmony in his life.

“Having my physical life threatened, provoked within me a strong separation between my spiritual and physical being. Although my physical body was being attacked … my spiritual essence was untouchable.”

Before, he was cruising along through life. His diagnosis challenged him to make a conscious effort to recognize the gift that the situation had given him – the ability to live in and through each and every moment of his life. It led him to launch the Live Now Project – a community of artists that collaborate and share their message through art, storytelling, words of wisdom and more. And oh, what a wonderful message it is.

 

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Sites You Should Be Reading Pt. 2

Feeling caught up with a little wanderlust lately? Then you need to head over to Vagabondish: travel advice for the adventure-hungry.

100% assured to make sure you soak up your next travel destination for all it’s worth. This site offers helpful tips on avoiding cultural faux-pas, awesome travel guides to worldwide hot spots, and other features to help you get on the road and see whatever’s next on your travel list.

Where have you been meaning to visit lately? What locale has been calling your name?

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Happy Monday all!

Today’s image brought to by the lovely Leah of THXTHXTHX. Leah stretches her gratitude muscles by writing thank you notes to everyday things – from the most mundane to the most significant. Each one is touching, or funny, or heartwarming. Pop on over and check it out. Her site is always a great reminder to look around and take stock of the little presents we often overlook.