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Burnout’s A Bitch—So Maybe You Should Sit Your Ass Down

In: Feeling Disillusioned With Life

My friend Sarah Peck is a damn good writer.

She’s also in the midst of writing a book, and I’m proud to say that we’re represented by the same literary agency. (Bless those folks for having to wrangle the likes of us both!)

She said something the other day that I really wanted to share with you, because in a culture that’s all about the hustle, hustle, motherfucking hustle, I’m pretty sure that everyone thinks that if they’re not working constantly, they’re somehow not working hard enough. Have you felt the shame wash over you when you’ve gone to take a break? Eat a leisurely lunch? Take a day off? GO TO THE TOILET? I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to scroll my Instagram on the throne without feeling guilty for one single second about it.

Much of Sarah’s work explores what it means to work well, which doesn’t always translate to working productively. In fact, sometimes it means the opposite. Here’s what she wrote, recently, that strikes a chord:

“There have been entire seasons in my life where the focus of the quarter is getting the minimum done, sleeping a ton, and saying no to things. Life is full of stretches when we need to rest and recover.”

Usually, doing the bare minimum is something to be apologetic about—but what if it was the goal? What if doing the least amount of work possible, was actually an objective? And what if you were to consider re-wring the rules about what constituted a day well-spent?

Perhaps hustle is only honorable when you don’t have to give up the rest of your life in exchange.

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You know what’s fucked up? Normal. Normal is so fucked up. For example, it’s normal for expats to drink daily in Costa Rica. This is a terrible idea, and yet, because it’s done over and over again, it’s become normalized. NO ONE WILL GIVE YOU THE STINK EYE FOR SLUGGING A BEER AT 10AM, Y’ALL. […]

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Listen: Do What You Crave Without the Guilt. Travel to Italy. Enroll in That Workshop. Make Your Art Every Afternoon. And Hurl Yourself Into the Unknown—For This Is The Best ROI That Money Can Buy.

My almost-mother-in-law gets really fucking nervous when I travel—especially when I bomb off to South America for a month by myself to drink ALL THE WINE and celebrate ALL THE BOOK DEALS. But she doesn’t get worried in the typical way a mother might; not the way my own mother would have been worried, which would […]

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Sometimes You Fall Into Things. You Fall Into People, Fall Into Places, Fall Into Patterns, Fall Into Deep Dark Obsessions With Red Velvet Cake. (AHEM.) 

The other day I tweeted about how I watched The Notebook and so CLEARLY I was living my best life. And then I started thinking about how much I love that phrase, because it’s a good reminder, isn’t it? Am I really living my best life? What does that even mean? Sometimes you fall into things. You fall into people, fall into […]

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Read This if You’re an Impatient, Demanding, Self-Critical Tart Who Gets Mad at Herself When Things, You Know, Actually Take TIME

What gets measured, gets managed has got to be the most annoying piece of business advice ever. (Right next to “create epic content,” “follow your passion,” and “don’t fart too loud when the mic is on,” of course.) Coming from a background in PR, I’ve always hurled silent insults at the whole “what gets measured, gets […]

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