Friday Finds - 11/17/17

Another week gone by. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Before we know it, we'll be waking up to 2018.

Recently, I've used my Instagram account to share cartoon sketches that I've been creating. I'm not certain what got me started, but I've made drawing a daily practice for the last two weeks. This weekend, I shared the following thoughts...

As a kid , I drew all the time. But by middle school I started to judge my art with ridiculously high standards. It felt like I could never get on paper what I saw in my mind. And rather than keep practicing, I gave up. 

The last week, drawing every day, has been a challenge to my ego. Every time a character doesn’t come out just right I want to throw in the towel. 

But when I start drawing I find #flow and a little piece of myself again. Time disappears. Worries disappear.

I’m trying to let go of the judgment and just enjoy drawing for the sake of drawing. It’s hard for this perfectionist, that’s for sure.

The rest of my week has been pretty uneventful. An evening over chai tea with a good friend, lots of reading, and a bit of sorrow when I see the sun set before 5:00pm.

So what's making me happy this week? A side table full of books waiting to be read (especially Charlaine Harris' An Ice Cold Grave)  and my new habit of avoiding social media until 10:00am.

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Here's 52 reasons why this horrible year hasn't been as bad at it might feel.

Here's a tip if you want to cut back on how much you check your phone (but just can't seem to do it).

The parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time has started a series on the work place discrimination of working mothers. Their calling it It's a Real Mother.

Could you live by the 10 Commandments of Pinterest? I think I might actually give this experiment a try.

A place where women are people with lives and feelings.

When your friendships are your greatest romances.

Understanding how the alt-right came to be.

It's natural to struggle with information that doesn't fit our world view. Here's 4 ways to become more open-minded.

Consider adopting the Swedish way of life, at least as it pertains to food.

Why you shouldn't make money decisions after 6:00 pm.

Are we each only allowed one dream career in our lifetime?

Ready to get into the holiday spirit? Kelle Hampton has created categorized Spotify playlists (think Classic, Indie, Modern, Kids, etc.) that are perfect. But I'm not listening to any until Thanksgiving evening.

Because we all need a pile of kittens (check out the one eating its foot)

Friday FindsJacki Hayes