1. How do you keep your center solid as you continue to evolve? When Brain Pickings turned 7, Maria Popova stopped to consider that question. Her labor of love had grown from a weekly email she sent to seven friends to a treasure trove of curiosities, creativity, and inspiration beloved by millions. What did she learn in that time? In 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living, Maria shares her reflections on living a life that fulfills your heart, mind, and spirit.

    Adapted from Maria Popova's October 2013 essay: http://bit.ly/1xFw9io. From the original essay: “I share these here not because they apply to every life and offer some sort of blueprint to existence, but in the hope that they might benefit your own journey in some small way.”

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    Music: “Meant to Move (Instrumental)” by Lerin Herzer and Andrew Joslyn. Licensed from Audiosocket.

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