WoW Fridays: Leo Tolstoy

We’ve almost made it to the weekend !!! Anyone else feel like having a Daft Punk dance party ?!?

“Get Lucky” has been on repeat around here since yesterday afternoon, when I needed a little help to push through my 3 o’ clock wall and edit my fourth draft of the technical document I’m currently working on. I needed something smooth to balance out the staccato rhythms of the way I’m often required to write in Corporate World; I needed something different. I needed Daft Punk. And Leo Tolstoy too, as it turns out.

I was struck by the wave of energy I got from trading in my standard weekday playlist of boys with guitars for something different. And then I thought about it, and realized that we’ve been doing that here all week, starting with skipping our usual My Life as a Movie Monday to showcase some of Shutterbug Sis’s gorgeous work instead.

sunset on the beach

Today’s quote encapsulates that feeling of energetic change, and is brought to you by a blog that I had never visited before this week.

” Once we’ve thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost; but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.” -Leo Tolstoy

Thanks for the wise words, Katie!

And thanks to all of you, too, for visiting and giving such awesome feedback while I shifted things around and started making plans for a future project. We’ll talk about that project on Monday, but in the meantime, have a wonderful weekend everyone!

love amb

34 thoughts on “WoW Fridays: Leo Tolstoy

    • Isn’t it a great quote? And I had never heard it before this week!

      Sorry about the slightly nutty earworm for you, Audra. It’s catchy, but it’s definitely a 70s disco throwback, too. 🙂

      Happy weekend indeed! T minus 8 hours and counting …

      • They definitely ripped off the beat of the entire song. I think that’s why I don’t like it. But it’s catchy none the less.

        I work Saturdays so two days and counting. Have a fab day 🙂

      • Nod. There’s a whole bunch of videos on youtube that show this song dubbed over iconic performances – MJ moonwalking and the like – with comments saying, “wow! it aligns perfectly!! Magic!!” No, hun, not magic – just a really popular bass line. 😉

  1. I love your quotes, Amb! I love Tolstoy…his War & Peace is something of a behemoth to get through. I have yet to finish it. Anyway, his quote is amazing. Out with the old–in with the new! Woot!

    • Thank you! I love discovering them every week, too! I’m so glad that we added this as a weekly feature 🙂

      I’ve never read Tolstoy, actually. I just can’t seem to motivate myself to pick anything of his up off the shelf. Behemoth indeed!!

  2. morning, amb and WBS! Great quote and sounds like crazy week on your end. Hope there’s nothing but good stuff lined up for you over the weekend. That quote reminded me of something Michael J Fox said on a talk show once. Wish I’d written it down as it was so well phrased. He was recounting his personal journey and maybe even quoting from his book so could find it there. He talked about having everything figured out and life was going as planned and then the bottom dropped out and everything was shot to hell. And THAT’S when it got really good and the fun started. His point being similar to Tolstoy’s in that only by leaving the expected and routine does life get crazy fun and really worth living. Love that Tolstoy and Fox–generations apart–had the same sentiment.

    Looking forward to whatever you come up in this space next week 🙂


      Sorry for the all caps – I got a little excited, there. I adore MJF and am dancing with happiness that you brought him into today’s chat so perfectly 😀

      Next week is going to be fun, for sure! We’ll be in touch!

      • Had forgotten that MJF is a native countryman of yours! Didn’t find that specific quote (though it was more of full paragraph) here, but it’s a full three pages of MJF, some of it very astute 🙂

        The show was (maybe) Leno and I think he was talking about a speech he’d given at a commencement not too very long ago. But maybe he’d written about it in his book. ?? Obviously am very clear on the details.

  3. Arrrgh. Third time is the charm. I’ve been trying to put in a comment and keep getting error messages.

    Love the quote. It reminds me of something Robert McKee said. I’ll have to find it and send it to you.

    Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

    • Arrgh! I am frustrated on your behalf – that’s so annoying!

      Please do. You have a gift for this – I’ve loved every quote you’ve sent to me so far 🙂

      Thank you, you too!!!

  4. Great quote! I honestly wouldn’t have put a positive message with Leo Tolstoy – master of Russian drama. Ha ha! Anyway, thanks for sharing it, I honestly needed to read that today. Good luck with your future creative endeavor and enjoy your weekend. I always look forward to reading your blog posts! 🙂

    • Megan, what a nice thing to say! Thank you so much – and you know I always love our discussions when you come by to visit! 🙂

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. I’m feeling excited about the latest creative endeavors around here and am looking forward to sharing them with you next week!

    • Thanks for saying so Jenn! It means a lot to me when posts really resonate with folks here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well 🙂

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