bluebirds and lemondrops

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Perfectionism is another confidence killer. Study after study confirms that it is largely a female issue, one that extends through women’s entire lives. We don’t answer questions until we are totally sure of the answer, we don’t submit a report until we’ve edited it ad nauseam, and we don’t sign up for that triathlon unless we know we are faster and fitter than is required. We watch our male colleagues take risks, while we hold back until we’re sure we are perfectly ready and perfectly qualified. We fixate on our performance at home, at school, at work, at yoga class, even on vacation. We obsess as mothers, as wives, as sisters, as friends, as cooks, as athletes. Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson, the authors of The Plateau Effect, call this tendency the “enemy of the good,” leading as it does to hours of wasted time. The irony is that striving to be perfect actually keeps us from getting much of anything done.
Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Confidence Gap - The Atlantic

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almost bought this dress in blue last weekend for back to the future secret cinema. it’s good, but not quite perfect. this weekend: vintage shopping. huzzah!

almost bought this dress in blue last weekend for back to the future secret cinema. it’s good, but not quite perfect. this weekend: vintage shopping. huzzah!

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i saw the english national ballet do romeo & juliet last night at royal albert hall. it was my first time seeing anything staged in the round, and it was a total revelation. it felt so amazingly intimate. i had some issues with the choreography, especially in the third act, but it was an overall awesome experience. more in-the-round staging in my future, please.

i saw the english national ballet do romeo & juliet last night at royal albert hall. it was my first time seeing anything staged in the round, and it was a total revelation. it felt so amazingly intimate. i had some issues with the choreography, especially in the third act, but it was an overall awesome experience. more in-the-round staging in my future, please.

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hillarytownhall:

Hillary Clinton has come a long way since her Yale Law School days in the 70’s. This is your chance to ask her anything.

Send in your questions (text, GIF, video) via the submit button, and Christiane Amanpour will ask some during Tuesday’s live town hall event at 5pm ET. 

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You Hate Musicals Because You Are Dead Inside

johndevore:

I love musicals.

Oh, you hate musicals? Really? I’ll get to you and your opinion in a second.

First, I’m making a public confession: I am a white, heterosexual man who loves musicals. I don’t give a shit who knows. You are not your demographic. The people who make up focus groups are demented human beings.

I eat bacon cheeseburgers. I love pranks. I watch professional wrestling. Well, maybe that last one doesn’t prove anything. Pro wrestling is just Redneck Broadway.

But my point is this: “Defying Gravity” is a legit good song. Do I only listen to musicals? No. I’m not a monster. But I’m not here to defend my Dave Matthews and Electric Light Orchestra Pandora channels.

I know musicals can be cheesy. Some can be boring. There are plenty of awful musicals, too.

But any excellent example of anything is excellent. You have to understand that musicals are, mostly, an irony-free artform. There is no way to be ironic, or even cool, when singing a power ballad in the car or a torch song during a booze-soaked karaoke party.

Now, you. You with your opinion. Fuck your opinion.

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I no longer really believe in guilty pleasures. For me, they’re just “pleasures” now. I will unabashedly admit my love for You’ve Got Mail and Ben & Jerry’s froyo. I’m not sure how (I think Mindy Kaling might have helped?) but I eventually arrived at the attitude of “this is something I genuinely like and I’m not going to pretend to feel guilty about it.”
Kelly Dougher - xoVain