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    • Harvard Business Review | 12/17/20 | 23 min
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      23 hours ago

      This is an informative and thought-provoking article. I'm thinking more about the crossroads of the passion economy, the gig economy, and traditional employment, and how conventional notions of "work" will evolve over the years.

    • Fatherly | 3/29/21 | 9 min
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      'Society is set up to satisfy business interests, not family interests' - I have seen and experienced this setup resulting in pain again and again, too many times.

    • Lithub | Jackie Polzin | 4/2/21 | 6 min
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      1 day ago

      When I was a kid, I remember being in a pen-pal program where we would write to students who attended school somewhere else in town. It was thrilling to write to each other about what we found curious and delightful. There was something special in the way we deliberately made some words larger than others on the page, and how we curated the stickers we chose to use.

      Confronting my outdated words has helped me to accept the complex nature of putting thoughts down on paper. Thinking is transient. And filtered. And flawed.

      This is very much how I feel about journaling. When I read my previous journal entries, I am reminded of how dynamic people are... some words are written with such fury that I smeared the pencil on paper, and some tear-stained pages where I had forgotten how painful some moments once were.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 4/16/21 | 5 min
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      1 day ago
    • jacobian.org | 5 min
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      3 days ago

      A reminder that good things take time—which transcends to all aspects of our life.

      I’m not sure if I like the term ‘grind,’ though. Its connotation reminds me of ‘hustle’ and ‘hustle culture’, which can be very dangerous and lead to repeated lack of rest, and ultimately becomes permanent (or elongated) damage to our well-being.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 4/12/21 | 5 min
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      6 days ago

      What if instead of desperately seeking reassurance or turning away from love altogether, we accepted the essential instability of every relationship in our lives?

      Such a profound insight and a question I ought to ask myself. This is so true for all kinds of relationships. If anything, instability and adapting to that instability may be a key component to experiencing fundamental joy in our lives.

      I will be revisiting this piece regularly. I know it.

      Damn. Ava always hitting the heartstrings.

    • The New York Times Company | Olga Khazan | 4/6/21 | 7 min
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      Jessica
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      1 week ago

      “Remember that your personality is more like a sand dune than a stone”—that’s an interesting analogy.

    • The New York Times Company | Emi Nietfeld | 4/7/21 | 7 min
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      Jessica
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      1 week ago

      The painful reality of harassment, assault, and structuring personal identity is so difficult for many in the work force... and a reality that is often never shared. I hope many people feel less alone after reading this.

      It’s crushing when what we think is our final destination for our hopes and dreams turns out to gift us with another new set of baggage to carry.

    • Believer Magazine | 4/1/21 | 22 min
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      1 week ago

      Couldn’t agree more with so much of this... how crushes are the liminal, in-between space that is filled with excitement, fear, desire, doubt... a space where we tell ourselves certain stories...

      This is such a beautiful piece. There is gentleness yet firmness in the writing.

    • Noahpinion | Noah Smith | 3/28/21 | 11 min
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      1 week ago
    • bookbear express | Ava | 4/6/21 | 5 min
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      1 week ago

      “I felt liberated when I started to accept that it wasn’t my job to mold relationships, that I could let my friendships and romantic relationships settle into their natural shape. That my only job was to figure out whether I was happy in them or not”

      so beautifully said and often very difficult to put in practice.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/28/21 | 4 min
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      1 week ago

      I really, really needed to reread this today.

      See how strong you become when you remember that love is just reassertation, choosing something over and over. Do it one more time & watch mundane repetition become something transcendent.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/5/21 | 8 min
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      1 week ago

      There are two wolves within me. One’s like “chill out, everything will be okay,” and the other’s like “Here’s a meticulous 30-step plan to create the exact outcome you want”

      Same, Ava... same.

    • The New York Times Company | VIVIAN WANG, Joy Dong | 4/2/21 | 7 min
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      Jessica
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      2 weeks ago

      “It took me so many years to realize that I had to live for myself.”

      She paused: “It’s something I’m waking up to, not something that I just am.”

    • Karthi's Blog | Karthi Subbaraman | 1/3/21 | 5 min
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      3 weeks ago
    • The New Yorker | Jen Spyra | 3/10/21 | 13 min
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      3 weeks ago
    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/28/21 | 4 min
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      Jessica
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      3 weeks ago

      Don’t let someone tell you your experience doesn’t matter—you’re the one who gets to decide if it matters. Give yourself agency.

    • Medium | Benjamin Hardy, PhD | 4/3/17 | 2 min
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      3 weeks ago
    • The New York Times Company | May Jeong | 3/20/21 | 8 min
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      4 weeks ago
    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/15/21 | 6 min
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      Jessica
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      4 weeks ago

      So much to think about.

      There are people who will make you feel like you’re only interesting or valuable to them if you have it together—if you’re fun and popular and successful in your work life all the time. And it’s awful because if you surround yourself with those people for long enough, you believe that’s all that’s worthwhile about you. You think you’re only lovable as long as you keep up the performance.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/19/21 | 7 min
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      4 weeks ago

      Ava puts out incredible pieces. I'm so glad to have discovered her writing on Readup. What beautiful words.

      "if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known."

    • The Hypothesis | Annalee Newitz | 3/18/21 | 11 min
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      Jessica
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      1 month ago

      This was a fascinating read. Just in time, too, since I was thinking of starting a substack as a place where I can freely write, and potentially earn an income. Though now I'm considering other platforms that I still have to read up on.

    • Nir and Far | 10/8/20 | 7 min
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      1 month ago
    • The Audacity. | Roxane Gay | 3/17/21 | 8 min
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      Jessica
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      1 month ago

      Today has been an especially difficult day to be an Asian American woman.

      For goodness sake, do NOT post a yellow square on Instagram.

    • Tiny Buddha | 3/12/21 | 9 min
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      Jessica
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      1 month ago

      But we all know that’s not the truth if you live as we are subliminally told to live—with a full-time, demanding, and challenging career and a mortgage to pay, with a family to look after and a social life to uphold, with a strict routine that includes time for exercise, meal planning, and keeping your appearance aligned with what is currently deemed socially attractive, and with just enough spare time to mindlessly consume the latest Netflix drama.

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    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/12/21 | 5 min
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      1 month ago
    • Catapult | annakwon | 3/11/21 | 17 min
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      1 month ago

      The author’s experience of being body shamed is very similar to mine both when I’m around my extended family, and when I visit Asia. It’s such a complex and painful situation

      Maybe it’s a cruel irony that loving food is what has made my body unacceptable to so many, yet loving food is also the thing that has kept me alive.

    • Medium | Brad Stulberg | 9/4/18 | 5 min
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      Jessica
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      1 month ago

      A lovely short read and such an important reminder

    • bookbear express | Ava | 3/9/21 | 5 min
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      1 month ago

      Brief but potent message applied to many aspects of existence!

      “As long as you imagine that the outside world will one day deliver to you the external rewards you need to feel happy, you will always perceive your survival as exhausting and perceive your life as a long slog to nowhere.”

    • Quanta Magazine | 8 min
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      1 month ago

      Interesting excerpt — curious about Cleland’s work now.

      One philosopher has taken a far more radical stand. Cleland argues that there’s no point in searching for a definition of life or even just a convenient stand‐in for one. It’s actually bad for science, she maintains, because it keeps us from reaching a deeper understanding about what it means to be alive.

    • The New York Times Company | Edwidge Danticat | 8/10/20 | 11 min
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      1 month ago
    • The New York Times Company | Roxane Gay | 3/6/21 | 9 min
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      1 month ago

      Roxane Gay writes in a way that resonates with me and makes me think more deeply.

      Having a job should not be this hard. It should not make people this unhappy. A terrible job, a truly terrible job, is not something we should be grateful for. This subject is a conversation I’ve had with multiple people throughout the past year.

      I love the ending of this piece, which is something I think about all the time: “how we can create workplace cultures that value the workers as much as the work” — not a single day of work passed where I don’t think about this.

    • GQ | MARY H. K. CHOI | 3/2/21 | 16 min
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      1 month ago

      Love is never what I think it will be. It's small but spreads wide, surprising me with its contours, its unfamiliarity, its unhurried rhythms. I don't know how I arrived at the conclusion that families are zero-sum. I never interrogated the apocryphal notion that my two families would repel each other like magnets or else collide and decimate me. I just couldn't face the questions, the mixing. The muddiness. But this is what love is.

    • The Atlantic | Arthur C. Brooks | 3/4/21 | 5 min
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      1 month ago

      I didn’t know about the research on the relationship between extroversion and happiness. I’ll have to look into that as I’m sure it’s more complex than what is written here.

      I never liked the phrase ‘fake it til you make it’ — reframing it as pursuing our longings is a good change in perspective.

    • Bloomberg | 2/8/19 | 13 min
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      1 month ago

      I’ve been interested in how Old towns are formed. This article has some fascinating insight into the process and challenges about selecting and funding buildings that are deemed ‘preservable.’

      Being an effective preservationist means understanding that our efforts to save buildings are woven into a complex tapestry of other important social needs, including—but not limited to—affordable housing, economic and social equity, economic development, and climate change. Insisting on an uncompromising approach to heritage conservation—particularly in instances in which the building in question is not a resource of singular historic value—makes it very easy to cast preservationists as unreasonable and out of touch.

    • bookbear express | Ava | 2/26/21 | 8 min
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      1 month ago

      I do know that just knowing what you love is worth a lot. Because then you can always try to be close to it for a little longer, and that’s its own reward.

      That is how I want to live my life. Be a little closer to what I love.

    • Vox | Aubrey Gordon | 2/17/21 | 12 min
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      1 month ago
    • Conscious Transitions | 2/28/21 | 7 min
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      1 month ago
    • WIRED | Adam Rogers | 2/23/21 | 11 min
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      1 month ago

      So fascinating! Let’s go Percy.