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Learn to Let Go of the Life You’ve Planned

Our buddy Amit Gupta spoke at XOXO Festival in Portland earlier this year and perhaps you were lucky enough to catch his talk live. If not, spare some time for this incredibly vulnerageous story about his career, life and surviving cancer. We’re proud of you, man!

Saving for the big moves

This is the time of year that makes me ashamed of consumer culture. But instead of sharing the Black Friday horror stories, I thought I’d mention two tools geared towards making it easier for people to save, when the average American household credit card debt is over $7,500. If you put away money regularly, you’ll have options when you want to make moves, whether that’s literal, for your career or something else. These services have been widely covered, but I figure the reminder can only help. We want to see all of you have the means to love your work and work your love.

Digit – Digit analyzes your spending habits and removes a few dollars from your checking account if you can afford it. There’s a no overdraft guarantee and you can access your savings anytime via web or text message.

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Acorns – Acorn works much like a keep the change program, rounding up debit and credit card purchases to the next dollar and squirreling away those funds. You can also schedule auto-savings and allocate your savings in investment portfolios from conservative to aggressive.

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Everyday Visual Joy from Wallcat

Born out of frustration with stagnant desktop backgrounds, our buddy Dustin Senos just released Wallcat, a simple + free desktop app for Mac that refreshes your screen each day. Dustin handpicks the images himself and offers three channels (Fresh Air, Structure, Gradients), but he’s been doing a fantastic job and I’ve found myself looking forward to the surprise each morning. It has also motivated me to keep my desktop uncluttered so I can fully enjoy each photo. Wallcat is taking suggestions for new future channels and looking for more photographers to work with, so if that’s you, give him a shout. Here’s to that side hustle.

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Old People Are Tight

Old people are tight. Well, that’s not always true, but it’s certainly the case for Lili Hayes. I don’t know much about this woman, other than she’s fucking rad and her son is doing an excellent job curating her Instagram, but this has been the funniest thing for me lately, BY FAR. Follow Lili for stylin’ fashion, her thoughts on boys, and some seriously sweet dance moves.

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This Halloween party isn’t going to know what hit it- she’s killing me!! 💎😍💎

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Snapchat: roryrorygilmore 😗😗😘 A video posted by Lili Hayes (@lili_hayes) on

Do-Tell: Ashley Lauren Dickinson, Kinda Kind

Ashley Lauren has been a model, TV and radio host, web producer and traveled the world. Things many of us dream about. Still, that didn’t stop her from feeling like she and many others were spending way too much time keeping up that they forgot just how important it is to be kind. In order to give back, Ashley started Kinda Kind, a site that reminds us that practicing kindness is fun, easy-to-do and can have an enormous impact on someone’s day. We asked Ashley to explain why kindness is badass and why she left a safer path to pursue her passion. Read on below and be sure to check out her site. It’ll help balance out all the negativity you encounter online.

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Why is kindness so badass?

Just like Morrissey said, “It’s so easy to laugh, it’s so easy to hate, it takes strength to be gentle and kind.” Too often people confuse kindness with weakness, and that sucks. Being kind is courageous. The power of kindness is immeasurable.

You’ve taken a leap of faith and are doing Kinda Kind full-time now. What inspired and gave you the confidence to take that risk?

I spent years working jobs that I felt didn’t love me back. I’d give my all, work really hard, feel discouraged and they led me nowhere. I realized those jobs didn’t light me up. They weren’t aligned with my passion. I’ve always believed that when in a rut, you must throw yourself out of your comfort zone. So when the startup I worked for went under, I realized it was a total blessing in disguise, and it was finally time to follow my passion and take on Kinda Kind full-time. Also, I figured it’s better to take a risk than regret not doing so later.

What are three things anyone can do to be a kinder human being?

1. Be aware of your actions, for better and for worse. Your actions can leave a large impression on someone and make an impact on their day or life. There’s so much power in what you do. If you ever feel powerless or like your actions don’t matter, just think of a fruit fly: so small, yet it has the ability to completely annoy the hell out of someone.

2. Make the golden rule your guiding light. Simple as that.

3. Find your passion and use it for a purpose. Giving back shouldn’t be a chore, and it won’t be if what you’re doing lights you up and aligns with your passions. Realize that this can apply to anything. Love animals but have limited time? Spend a few hours every month helping out a local shelter. Really like math and numbers? Tutor an underprivileged kid or help complete the taxes of someone who’s trying to get back on their feet. Whatever your passion, there’s a way for it to make a positive impact on the world and the lives of others, including your own.

Tell us two things you’re excited about right now.

1. Continuing my web series Don’t be an Asshole and working on starting another one.

2. I’m starting a series of happy hours that will each benefit a different local charity. They all have cute names and themes and will be an awesome way to increase community engagement.

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