Issue No. 13: Law of Motion

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."

- Kurt Vonnegut

Happy summer!

I was recently reminded by Dr. Stann Reiziss of one of the laws of motion: If an object is in motion it will stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force. The reverse is true, too: An object at a standstill (without motion) will stay that way until an external force applied to it puts it into motion. You may know this as the Law of Inertia.

The same concept applies to ideas: Ideas have motion. And an idea that is in motion will stay in motion unless a new idea (an external force) is used to nudge it in a different direction.

For example, if you believe (beliefs are ideas) that anxiety means something is wrong with you, then it can impact you negatively. But if you introduce the idea that anxiety is energy—energy that simply needs to be channeled—then it can be a good thing. (Who doesn’t want more energy?) You’re nudging out a belief that isn’t serving you and replacing it with one that will.

Or, another example: I irrationally believe that I need coffee right when I wake up in the morning, that I simply can’t get my day started without it. Yet, I know that there are at least a dozen better ways that I could start my day—ones that would be better for me. What new (or old but forgotten) ideas could I introduce that would nudge this (bad) belief in a more beneficial direction?

You get the idea.

I like to think of it this way: What ideas that aren’t working for you—for us—can you edit out of your life? And what new ideas can you edit in? This is The Art of the Edit after all …



  • Still stuck on a line from David Remnick’s remembrance of Phillip Roth: “The meaning of life is that it stops.”

  • After much complaining about the lack of control I have when it comes to my Instagram feed and how I experience it, I’m taking things into my own hands by creating separate Instagram accounts for the different types of accounts that I follow. The first: Home design and architecture. I realize this wouldn’t work so well if you are actively participating, but it works for just lookers.  (Megan, credit goes to you on this one.)

  • I actually look forward to cleaning up the kitchen thanks to Sapadilla Countertop Cleanser Grapefruit + Bergamot. (And wishing we had a Detox Market here in the PNW.)

  • Inspired by my sister, Taylor, going analog with a Fujifilm Instax Square 6 camera. I think it will take me a while, if ever, to get over the joy of pressing the shutter and seeing the photo pop out. #thelittlethings

  • Celebrated our seven-year wedding anniversary with an all-vegan, locally sourced and foraged (by Foraged and Found), 5-course meal at the Harvest Beat here in SEA. Yes, vegan food can be worthy of a prix fixe meal.

  • Turning to Frank Lipman's new book How to Be Well for some much-needed small things I can do for healthier living. A few keepers related to diet:

    • Shooting for 70% vegetables (Aspirational is good, right?)

    • "My general rule of thumb for fat: If it comes from nature, it's probably healthy, and if it's made in a factory, be it feedlot or processing plant, it's probably not."

    • Go for bowls. 

    • Make kitchen time fun. (My portable speaker now lives in the kitchen so I can listen to music and podcasts while I cook and prep.)

    • Revisiting energy balls for the perfect snack. 

  • Keeping dinner easy with super simple bowls: Cooked quinoa, kale, roasted sweet potato, black beans (canned), sliced avocado, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, and a chipotle cashew sauce. (Matt offers them up every single night for dinner.)

  • Considering Humanscale’s Smart Ocean chair made from recycled fishing nets in my search for a suitable office chair.

  • I never thought I’d write about Mandy Moore here, but here goes: Seriously impressed with her restored 1950s home in Pasadena. In a culture that loves new, I greatly appreciate making what we already have even better.