Strong Opinions, Loosely Held

By Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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#46・

Tough love doesn’t always work

‘Always cut the cards, Woodie,’ he would say. ‘You may lose anyhow—but not as often, nor as much. And when you do lose, smile.’Time enough for love - Heinlein Robert, with Readwise

 
#45・

You’re not indecisive, you have poor boundaries

If you're smart you should be able to be happy.— Naval Ravikant, with Readwise

 
#44・

An underrated source of happiness

There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead and when she was good she was criticised anyway.— -Elan Golomb, with Readwise

 
#43・

Why I ignore my problems

The better the world gets, the more we have to lose, the more we have to lose, the less we have to hope for.— Mark Manson, with Readwise

 
#42・

I want to have it all

If you're smart you should be able to be happy— Naval Ravikant, with Readwise

 
#41・

How to be genuinely interesting

The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.— Neil Gaiman,…

 
#40・

What do you owe your younger self?

iPhone photo “memories” are dangerous. My phone recently resurfaced a photo of a younger me and I became irrationally emotional. I tend to generally avoid looking at the few photos of my childhood I have, because of this exact reason. They often make me want …

 
#39・

Do you need to fire yourself?

And what in fluctuating appearance hovers, Ye shall fix by lasting thoughts.— Goethe, with Readwise

 
#38・

Do you have a Pride Dichotomy?

We are all in the habit of giving to what we feel a form of expression which differs so much from, and which we nevertheless after a little time take to be, reality itself.— Proust, with Readwise

 
#37・

How to make anything enjoyable - here's how to achieve your New Year Goals

When a writer explains the failures of his characters, in a way, he forgives himself too.— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi PhD with Readwise

 
#36・

My Annual Review Notion Template - 21 Questions for 2021

How did you have fun differently in 2021?How did you suffer differently in 2021?What people/kind of people did you spend less time with in 2021?What people/kind of people did you spend more time with in 2021?What did you feel guilty for in 2021?What 3 people …

#35・

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

I HAVE A COURSE OUT NOW!For the longest time I've wanted to create a course on Knowledge Management in Notion and I've finally got the guts to do it! If you're also a nerd and you've wanted to improve your note-taking, information management and processing, t…

#34・

A friendship skill everyone should have

To believe is to know you are believing, and to know you are believing is not believing.— James P. Carse with Readwise

 
#33・

My string of control

People are not as limited as much by their condition as their attitude to it.— With the end in mind, Kathryn Mannix with Readwise

 
#32・

Efficiency is making you angry

"Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. ”— Readwise

 
#31・

Emotional Decision Making

"The courage to be happy also includes the courage to be disliked. When you have gained that courage, your interpersonal relationships will all at once change into things of lightness.”— The courage to be disliked, Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi with Readwi…

 
#30・

Tell me what you care about

"Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.”Tools of Titans, with Readwise

#29・

Everything has changed

"Sometimes, I’m not a participant in my own life. I’m an observer of that guy who’s doing it.”Jocko Willink, with Readwise

#28・

Are you addicted to pain?

"Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder.”— The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt, with Readwise

 
#27・

Hey, you don't hate your job do you?

"In all those hours, it was us against the world, and we felt sorry for the world.”— Shoe Dog, Phil Knight with Readwise