How to cheat at making good decisions

On the rare occasions when people ask me for it, I can give pretty darn good advice.

Don’t rob a bank if you like rooms with four real walls and a separate bathroom.

Don’t wear a short skirt without underwear when it’s windy.

Don’t reheat the garlic bread in the microwave when it’s still in its tin foil.

To be fair, I’ve only done one of these things myself, and only for a few seconds. (Have you seen blue lightning in the microwave? For a moment I thought I’d caught a dragon.)

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A confession and the true value of this blog

I have a confession to make.

Since I went back to work a month and a half ago, I’ve done very little writing.

None at all some weeks, an odd and unproductive hour other weeks.

I could make excuses, but honestly I’ve been run down to the ground, and surviving has taken priority over writing. I don’t feel bad about it.

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Learning to say no

For my health and sanity, I need to learn to say no. Starting with big things is too hard, so here are a few easy places I’ll start.

Kristen Lamb posted recently on the importance of saying no. In essence, you need to say no to the wrong things in order to have time to say yes to the right things.

It’s possible Kristen is a genius.

However, recognising the value of her advice is not the same as being able to take it.

If you’re anything like me, saying no is hard.

So I’ve decided to practice. There are lots of big things I ought to say no to–projects at work that I don’t have time for, one more deep fried chicken wing…

But I wouldn’t want to start with anything too hard, so today I’m going to come up with a few practice nos.

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Sebastian and Rain read three books and kind of like them

Sebastian and Rain won’t let me write an introduction. They insist on getting straight into talking about the books they read.

Rain: You talked so much last time, this time I should get to start.

Sebastian peels a grape and slips it into his mouth.

Rain: We read Divergent by Veronica Roth. Did you know that right now it has 44,555 reviews on Amazon? That’s so freaking many!

Sebastian: And I’m not really sure why. The whole book was rather silly and juvenile.

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Confusion according to Pixabay

Here’s what confusion means to Pixabay, and what this can tell us about how we ought to live our lives. (Okay, not really.)

Pixabay is my favourite stock image website, possibly because it’s the only one whose name I can remember.

I use a lot of stock images, and some of them are brilliant. Most of the ones with people, however, are not.

“Yes, I am an actor being paid to pretend to type on this laptop/stare dreamily into space/look appropriately horrified at the size of that hamburger.”

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