Gater Snacks

 How to Fall in Love: A Beginner’s Guide – Jen Lemen

Falling in love with ideas, with places, with people. “At first falling in love will exhaust you, but it’s only because you’re new and paying attention takes concentration and there’s always the horrific chance that the other person will shame you or be terrified because you were so incredibly present, but that’s the chance you have to take.”

The Value of Following Passion in a Jobless World – The Atlantic

This landed in the absolute favorite essays/writings bookmark pile. “Passion” is lobbed around quite a bit in my orbit (on Twitter, in the start-up scene, amongst friends and family)—sometimes used as a loose, feel-good term, sometimes used in a dictionary-definition way. This essay defines passion in a contextual way. Powerful writing.

“…passion is one of the most important elements in any effort to improve a community, build something of value in the world, and even survive tough times or a daunting economy. The fact that it also tends to lead to a sense of fulfillment within an individual is certainly one of its benefits—but it’s not the driving force that compels someone down the passion road.”

Defining Community Building – Derek Shanahan

Community-building: a topic very near to my heart. Derek is pioneer in his talents of building community. As I’ve watched him do his thang with 20SB and Foodtree over the past couple of years, I’m impressed by his humility, grace and, well, just plain smarts in setting a container for community. Go, read.

Reverb – June Prompt & Resources to Light Your Creative Fire

This month’s creative prompt came from HQ Heart (that would be Gwen and I)—a question that I believe we all must ask ourselves every day. And the creative resources? Well, there was so much good stuff to share this month. Use the prompt + resources to find inspiration to blog, to reflect, to manifest.

Follow the Rabbit Holes – Havi

I keep returning to this post, reminding myself that my fluid and spontaneous path into, atop and through creativity is okay.

{Sounds} – J.Period

J.Period is, in my not-very-humble-opinion, one of the most underrated producers in hip hop today. I lurve the Wake Up! Radio album (I’ve had it on repeat for the past month). And in the last few days, I’ve been digging this tribute to Michael Jackson—the remixing and sampling is subtle—but tells a story. I dig. {Psst – J.Period posts up these albums as free downloads. Go git ’em!}


I don’t know what’s happening here, but I like it.

  • Cali! So many good reads here! Thanks so much for sharing these links. I know what I’ll be doing tonight!

    • Awesome, Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  • Ali

    oh, great gater-yummies. I’m sated!