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This week: notes to myself, maintaining perspective, my favorite books, TV, movies, and more...

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How to be happy - some notes to myself
Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Some simple notes to myself
     
  2. Jerry Seinfeld’s trick for maintaining a sense of perspective.
     
  3. A tiny Christmas miracle: my 2-year-old woke up and decided he could draw! And I blogged about comparing kid’s art to cave paintings and using scraps of my boys’ drawings in my notebooks.
     
  4. I enjoyed Mitch Resnick’s book, Lifelong Kindergarten, about cultivating creativity through, projects, peers, passion, and play. (Here’s a video of him talking about the book.)
     
  5. I finished Oliver Sacks’ The River of Consciousness. Really good. I’m now reading Eve Babitz’s Eve’s Hollywood. (I really liked Slow Days, Fast Company.)
     
  6. Ear candy: I’m listening to this “lost” Velvet Underground album, zoning out to Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music for Nine Post Cards, and catching up with Aquarium Drunkard’s 2017 Year in Review.
     
  7. Streaming on Netflix: we finished Halt and Catch Fire, and while I wasn’t totally crazy about the finale, I really loved the show. (Check out their great playlists on Spotify.) 
     
  8. My favorite movies and TV shows I watched this year. Top 3 movies: Get Out, The Handmaiden, and City of Gold.
     
  9. I’m still putting together my Top 100 list of stuff that made my year. Here are lists from the past 3 years
     
  10. In case you missed it last week, here are 15 great books I read this year. (And here’s how to read more next year.)
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Hope y’all have a really wonderful New Year.

xoxo, 

Austin

PS. There’s a giveaway of the new calendar happening over on my Instagram. If you’re like me and you sort of hate entering giveaways, the calendar is only $10 here.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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