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I have a Post-it note on my fridge that reads: “This is how it is right now.”

As mantras go, it’s not exactly awe-inspiring. But it’s hard to find a situation where this statement does not help me to do one of two things: Take action to change the circumstance…


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Take a glance at the headlines in recent weeks and one thing has been very clear: The supply chain is in crisis.

Returning your pants is difficult. Shipping containers are stuck. Prices for auto parts and home renovation materials are soaring and take months to arrive. …


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There is a piece of advice often offered by yoga teachers when encouraging students to avoid injury: stay away from your edge. By which they mean, don’t take a stretch or posture to the outer limit of your range of motion. …


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I recently bid farewell to my therapist who is retiring. As we looked back our five years of on-and-off sessions, I came upon a theme that summed up our work together: I no longer enter races that I can’t win.

In my own life, my habit of entering such races…


In the midst of life’s chaos, few things provide more certitude than the earth’s fixed points. The autumnal equinox — which this year will occur on September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere—is one such point. Twelve hours of light, twelve hours of dark. No matter what happens in the news…


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A couple of weeks ago I woke up in a rotten mood. Like, really rotten.

I absolutely did not want to get up and deal with any of the things I was supposed to. I felt pessimistic, depressed, and laden with all the world’s woes. …


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I love doing nothing, but if I’m honest, I find it rather hard to get to a place where I’m able to do just that.

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I often have to set aside days where I don’t accomplish much of anything. When those days come, I revel…


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Yesterday I passed my driving test. Again. The first time I did it I was 16 years old and lived in California. This time, I am 31 and passed it in England —on the other side of the road, of course.

The fact that I had to do this whole…


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A couple of months ago, I decided I was going to stop putting my usual half a teaspoon of sugar into my cup of coffee in the morning. It was a small change, but part of a broader effort to cut down sugar in my diet.

I didn’t want to…


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The corner shop. The convenience store. The bodega, conbini, off-license. No matter what you call it or where you find it, the corner shop is really the unsung hero of a simple life. And in the WFH space-time continuum, it’s often the only way to break up a workday.

I’ve…

Rosie Spinks

Writing about how to create a meaningful life in a chaotic world. Formerly a lifestyle and business reporter. Find me: rojospinks.com @rojospinks.

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