I’m staring at a giant leaf.
Gosh, it must be four feet long and it’s the brightest green as the sun streams against it. It looks like something out of Jurassic Park and now I’m thinking about the evolution of plants. Until now, I’ve never really thought about how many thousands (more?) of varieties of plants exist and how incredibly amazing it is that the planet has evolved this way. The world has evolved and in doing so, has offered us breathtaking views and scenery. That is awesome.
A few days ago a friend of mine told me that there’s a vineyard in Greece where the vines have remained in tact without any root rot for hundreds of years, so people are picking grapes off of the exact same plants from over 200 years ago. …
This is a love story about slowing down.
It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about these days. In a world where we are constantly connected, it seems like there’s so much to see, know, read and learn at any given time. We’re moving fast, doing everything at once. Filling our time with more and trying to becoming efficient at the same time — to what end and purpose? Sometimes, I really feel so disconnected from it all.
So, I’ve been reconnecting to something different.
I’m reconnecting to presence. To the joyful experiences in our lives. To gratitude to what we have, not frustration for what we don’t have. …
I’ve always found myself deep in the details.
Some have called it overthinking, some have called it getting lost in the details, though I’ve always found so much value in thinking and reflecting down to the smallest of details.
As a copy editor (talk about getting deep into the details!) in my high school and college newspapers, I made sure each and every comma was in its proper place and the right words were consistently capitalized every time. Why? So our readers were engrossed in a story without mishaps to distract them.
As I’m packing for a weekend trip to the beach, I think about every single moment of what that experience will be like and what I’ll need to ensure a comfortable and happy time. Why? So I can fully enjoy the experience. …
I remember when I first heard the name of the chat tool my team was about to start using back in 2015… Slack.
“I’m encouraged to Slack off at work? This is nuts!”
Of course, Slack has proven to be an incredible tool for connecting our fully remote and distributed team. 😁
We depend on it for all of our interactions — from saying “good morning” when we sign in, to celebrating big company-wide accomplishments, to announcing new bug fixes, to sharing exciting personal updates and pictures of new Buffer babies. …
It took me a long time to get comfortable being me.
In fact, it’s only recently that I’ve taken a step back, looked at myself and my life, and thought, “Well, hey. This is good stuff, here.”
It was a long road of comparing myself to others, feeling frustrated at not being perfect, focusing on what I didn’t have, trying to be at the “next level” (whatever that means). All of this can be found in a deep, dark hole that is REALLY easy to fall into.
A lot of things have shifted in the past few years, so I can’t be sure what exactly shifted my mindset. I fell in love and got married to my best friend, I became part of my dream company/team, I figured out what I was really good at in my career, I changed my eating and developed a love of healthy cooking, I started doing a lot of…