Chaundra McGill

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Make Your Work More Meaningful

Have you noticed the rising chorus in the management literature proclaiming that work must have meaning? On this very site, for example, several authors have published research-based blog posts on how managers can create the conditions that support meaningful work. This is a very positive …

The 10 Best Writing Apps on the iPad

Writing apps for iPad<p>As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant improvements to their offerings. Here are our picks for the 10 best apps for getting some …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Eva Mendes' Vintage-Inspired (and Affordable) Fashion Line Debuts at New York & Company Today!

Eva Mendes stopped by <i>Good Morning America</i> this morning to show off her new fashion collection for New York & Company. The actress/red carpet style star/luckiest-girl-alive-because-she's-dating-Ryan-Gosling told Robin Roberts that she loves to shop at vintage-clothing stores, so it makes sense that …

Addicted to Sugar? 7 Steps You Need to Take Before You Can Break Free

Last month, I devoted my blog to reviewing some of the more surprising adverse health outcomes associated with excess sugar consumption. While most of us know that sugar is not the best substance to load our body with, many individuals struggle with tactics in actually breaking free of their …

How to Be an Explorer of the World

As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist and illustrator Keri Smith’s <i>Wreck This Box</i> set of interactive journals, part of these 7 favorite activity books for grown-ups, I was delighted to discover her <b>How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a wonderful compendium of …

When Things Fall Apart: Breakdowns Can Create Breakthroughs

<b>“Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown</b><p>“I’m sorry,” the email said, “but our phone call left …

Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs

Happiness is not about working the hardest; it’s about having the most challenging work. Harvard prof Rosabeth Moss Kanter explains.<p>“The happiest people I know are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems,” Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes for <i>HBR</i>. Whether reversing schools’ struggles, …

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Turban Headband Tutorial from Lula Louise here

<b>DIY Anthropologie Inspired Turban Headband Tutorial from Lula Louise here.</b> I’ve seen lots of turban DIYs but I really like this easy twisted version. <b>Top Row Photos:</b> $32 Anthropologie Preeti Turban Headband <b>here</b>, <b>Bottom Row Photos:</b> DIY by Lula Louise. For DIY hair jewelry go here: bobby pins and hair combs, headbands and headpieces.

How to Trick Out Your Bags With DIY Fringe

We love keeping up with trends here at Brit HQ, especially when they cross over from season to season. Right now fall is coming fast, and with it the fierce trend of fringe.<p>This dangling embellishment definitely makes a statement, but can be a little daunting to wear if you’re not a flower child or …

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Stockholm Street Style Spring 2014

See the chic from the streets of Sweden.<p>Entire blogs are dedicated to the unique and stop-in-your-tracks chic that comes out of Stockholm — all of which just gets elevated for fashion week. See Diego Zuko's best shots from outside the Swedish runways.

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose

British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (1915–1973), author of the cult-classic <i>The Way of Zen</i>, played a key role in popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, like John Cage had done, in the middle of the 20th century. In this short remix video, a fine complement to this omnibus of wisdom on …

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

On March 15, 1884, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) wrote in his diary:<p>I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.<p>So he set out to compile “a wise thought for every …

14 Tips For Learning Any Skill Incredibly Fast

He writes:<p>"Whether you want to learn how to speak a new language in three months, how to shoot a three-pointer in one weekend, or how to memorize a deck of cards in less than a minute, the true recipe of this book is exactly that: a process for acquiring any skill. The vehicle I chose is …

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge: A 1939 Manifesto for the Incalculable Rewards of Curiosity

In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, …

Taming The Last 10%: Lessons For Finishing Meaningful Work

Struggling to complete that big work project, painting, or manuscript? These inspiring tips from creative masters (Shakespeare) and less likely sources (Rocky Balboa) can help.<p>Most authors will tell you that writing a book often forces you to reflect upon your own life’s journey (personal and/or …

What’s Your Trick For Getting Past A Mental Block?

What do naps, Steely Dan, and walks in the park have in common? You told us that they’re the key to getting over that midday slump.<p><b>How do you hurdle over the afternoon hump? Let us know in the comments.</b><p>Last week, you told us about your office’s best quirks and what you keep in your desk that you …

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

Five Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process

“Creativity is like chasing chickens,” Christoph Niemann once said. But sometimes it can feel like being chased by chickens — giant, angry, menacing chickens. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist or maker of anything in any medium, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so …

The Power to Sell Books

Scottish writing is in great shape. Scottish publishing is not, and nobody is doing anything about it. Could it be because we have no power?<p>By power …

It’s Not How You Write, It’s How You Re-Write: The Art and Craft of Revision, Susan Rich

Resources for Writers<p>It’s Not How You Write, It’s How You Re-Write: The Art and Craft of Revision, Susan Rich<p>Article by Susan Rich ©.<br>Posted in …

The Top 10 Fiction Books For Non-Fiction Addicts

For a mere 20 years or so, I refused to read fiction. Read something that someone just made up? I can do that myself, thanks.<p>That was the attitude at …