Audrey Hepburn. Kate Bush. So different but are each woman is an icon.
When I think of Audrey Hepburn these words come to mind: Feminine Beautiful Elegant Charming Funny. I also know she was a true humanitarian late in life. She was born in 1929 and witnessed first hand the atrocities of the Nazis. She also experienced starvation while living in the Netherlands. She's the real deal and I like her positive quotes.
Today I watched Roman Holiday. How sweet are the simple things in life when you never get to experience them. A stroll, a gelato, a haircut of your choosing. An outdoor cafe, a ride on a scooter, and a dance party.
Kate Bush. I'd heard the name but was completely unfamiliar with her work. I read that her song Wuthering Heights, based on the novel, is her first song and the video has a cult following where people dress like her and dance like her in flash mobs. Pretty cool!
Kate Bush is a singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Breaking all the (feminine) rules! Eclectic, Experimental. Wild Hair. New, strange lyrics. Expressive dance.
Bush first came to note in 1978 when, at the age of 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single, "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number-one with a self-written song. She has since released twenty-five UK Top 40 singles. She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at number-one, as well as the first (and to date, only) female artist to have top five albums in the UK charts in five successive decades.
What if you are the light?
This is a nice article about how small gestures that can make a huge difference. A thoughtful bus driver brightens the day for grumpy bus patrons by telling them to leave their burdens in the palm of his hand as they disembark. He'll toss all the burdens in the Hudson river as he passes it before his day ends.
Journaling is hard for me. I just don't have much to say I guess and I hate looking back at pages about being depressed... I always start new journals because it's cuter or I didn't like what I wrote in it. Or I wanted to keep the ideas separate. It never works. But I came across this article and liked some of the tips. I especially like the idea of writing about something I read or heard.
As the authors of one study noted, subjects who reflected on the good things in their life once a week by writing them down were more positive and motivated about their current situations and their futures.
The catch was, when they wrote about them every day, the benefits were minimal. This makes sense; any activity can feel disingenuous and just plain boring if done too often. It seems like the key is to reflect and write about gratitude regularly, but not begrudgingly often.
Writing and Learning
Information often sticks better when it’s learned as though it needs to be taught or re-written in your own words.
There’s a certain discipline required to create interesting written work that demands the individual be receptive and focused on finding new sources of information, inspiration, and insight. I’ve read books, listened to podcasts/radio, and watched videos I would normally have put off in order to learn something new so that I might write about later.
Simply being a curator of good ideas encourages deeper thinking, research, and “heading down the rabbit hole” in order to find unique takes on topics that matter to you. Committing to creating a volume of work also allows you to tackle big ideas more effectively.
Writing around a certain topic for some time will allow you to build off of older thoughts, utilizing what you’ve already written to develop ideas on a grander scale—I’m sure many writers have written a paragraph that lead to an essay, which lead to a series of articles, which lead to a book.