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6 Ways to Create an Awesome 2016 : zen habits

“It’s the start of a new year, and like me, you’re filled with optimism.

A new year is like a blank slate, and you can fill it with whatever you want!

Unfortunately, most people make a bunch of resolutions and then let them fizzle out by the end of the first month or so. How can we overcome this, and keep our motivation throughout the year to make it as awesome as it can be?

I’m going to offer some ideas to consider. You don’t have to do all of these, but pick a couple and most importantly, put them into action!”

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Confessions of a White Sushi Chef | First We Feast

“If there’s one knock on sushi, it’s the extreme lack of diversity in its ranks. Japanese males overwhelmingly dominate the field, and many believe that no one besides this narrow subset of practitioners is capable of making sushi properly. This prejudice has existed since modern-day sushi was conceived in the early 19th century, much to the chagrin of women who have entered the field only to meet fierce resistance from traditionalists.”

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Genius at Play: A Brilliant Mathematician on Tinkering, Thinkering, and the Art of Being a Professional Nonunderstander – Brain Pickings

“A fine addition to the best science books of the year, Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway (public library) by Siobhan Roberts is noteworthy for many reasons, among them the non-negligible fact of being a biography of a living subject — a task generally self-defeating (Susan Sontag famously proclaimed that “no biography makes sense that isn’t written after its subject is dead”) and rarely approached with as much tenacious graciousness as Roberts’s. That the subject is a man of enormous complexity and contradiction, with Richard Feynman’s charisma and Slavoj Žižek’s contrarian edge, only adds to the feat.”

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