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Phantom Thread
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Create Date: Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie, is one every creative should see. It stars the genius actor, Daniel Day Lewis, in what is reputedly his final role, but his co-stars Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps, also shine in this exquisite three-hander. Going to see it was my create date this week. (Taking a create date is a weekly practice for creatives and creative entrepreneurs, that keeps you steady and creatively attuned. Find out more here). An immaculately elegant period piece, set in the world of 1950s London haute couture, Phantom Thread is magnificently scripted, acted, lit, scored, directed and costumed, and made for a delectable  create…

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Inevitable Versus Optional

I used to do long-distance running and whenever I hit a wall, I would think of Haruki Murakami quoting Guatama Buddha on the difference between inevitable and optional: ‘Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ‘Say you’re running and you start to think, Man this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to [you].’ Here are ten more inevitables and an optional mindset with which you can meet each of them. Or not.

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