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Happy Links: Steal Like An Artist

Photography by Tammy Strobel

{Every week, I share a roundup of 10 happy links that I think are worth reading, listening to, or scrolling through. I hope you like them, too!}

Recently, I discovered Austin Kleon’s website and newsletter. Every week, Kleon sends out a list of 10 interesting things to the folks on his email list. I signed up for Kleon’s list and I’m excited to read his recommended links.

Also, I’ve been looking for a simple way to modify my weekly link roundup because I’ve been publishing this series since 2008 and wanted to make a slight change to the format. So I decided to “steal like an artist” and use Kleon’s numbering strategy for my Happy Links roundup. I don’t know why the numbering idea excited me, but I’m going to roll with it.

Enjoy the links!

1. Recently, Jonathan Fields interviewed Bonnie Ware. It’s a moving conversation about regrets, dying, living a meaningful life, and beyond. I highly recommend tuning into the show.

2. I’m happy Courtney is running this program again: 31 Days of Gifts You So Deserve 2015.

3. So true: The problem with fancy notebooks.

4. Susannah shared “The Steal Like an Artist Journal Talk” in her weekly roundup. The talk inspired me!

5. I agree: “… all writers are readers first.”

6. 100 words of feeling.

7. Beautiful images and lovely tips: Clear space. Clear mind.

8. Should I quit creative entrepreneurship & join the peace corps?

9. I’m reading Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti.

10. Cristina’s photos are stunning! Check out her gallery and Instagram photos.

With gratitude,

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  • Stevie Ruiz November 28, 2015, 11:07 am

    I bought some fancy notebooks in order to get myself writing. Now I have a very fancy Italian book 3/4 full of writing and a beautiful Leuchtturm 1917 that I appear to be afraid of. So I want to fill them up so I can face my notebook fate like an adult and use nothing but trashy Moleskines from Target.

  • Cristina December 1, 2015, 11:08 am

    Thank you for your kind words Tammy, and for sharing my work 🙂 I’m happy you like it!

    For years I was petrified I would ruin my fancy notebooks, but now I don’t care – they’re just tools, and they’re here to serve me, not the opposite! I must thank Susannah Conway and her courses for this new attitude 🙂

    • Tammy Strobel December 1, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Of course, Cristina! I love your photos. xo.

  • Ann December 1, 2015, 12:33 pm

    I always find some new gem in your Friday list. This time it was Austin Kleon and his “Steal Like An Artist Journal Talk.” I also read your “My Current Analog System” today. I too use more than one journal. I use the Desire Map Day Planner (which I learned about from you), a Levenger Circa notebook with tabs for all my volunteer commitments (Residents’ Council, Webmaster, and Apple User Group leader) and a bound notebook with a wool plaid cover for stream of conscience writing (with a fountain pen). By the way, if you want to get into writing with a fountain pen, the Lamy Safari is a good place to start. I tend to use mine as the everyday writer. If you get a chance to attend a Pen Show, you may get hooked. I have 10 and I am holding the line since that is all the room I have in my pen box.

    • Tammy Strobel December 1, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Thanks for the lovely tips, Ann! Logan bought me a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen (it was a surprise gift). I LOVE the pen. I’m afraid I’m going to get hooked on fountain pens. They are so lovely to write with. Also, thanks for reading my newsletter. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who uses numerous journals for planning, writing, doodling, etc. Thanks for reading! xo.

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