Hello! I took a break from blogging last week while I did some site maintenance & updates (lookout for some new features coming over the next couple of weeks), but it feels good to be back! While mapping out my content plans for the rest of the year, I have decided to switch blog posts days to Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri and then video days to Wed and Sat. I want to add another blogging day as there is just too much that I want to cover! We will see how this new schedule goes and then re-evaluate in a couple of months. Here is what else I have been loving this week…
Even if the drive is only a couple of minutes, I am the type of person who needs to have some form of audio playing. The same is true of those few minutes while the coffee is brewing, or when I am getting dressed in the morning. So, while I don’t have a daily commute, I do have plenty of time that I like to fill with music and podcasts. Last week, while driving back from dropping off R at the airport, I tried Spotify’s “Your Daily Drive” playlist for the first time. This personalized playlist of music, podcasts, and news updates a couple of times a day to ensure that both the news and music you’re listening to is fresh. The songs play in full (duh), but the news included is in bite-sized chunks and I like that the podcasts range from NPR’s breaking news to Snacks Minute (business & finance), WSJ’s “The Journal” to The Atlantic’s Daily Idea. A well-curated mix to keep you company wherever you are going!
Though John Boyne’s novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies came out a couple of years ago, it somehow only recently came on my radar. Despite it being a decent-sized novel, I managed to read through it in one day thanks to its gripping plot (and many plane delays). The sweeping novel tracks the culture and society of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one man. While the Catholic church (and its hypocrisy and control of people) is one of the key themes, a whole array of social issues are tackled. Despite the serious topics and the many tragic events that occur, the story is actually hilarious, which is only possible due to Boyne’s immense skill in storytelling. You can purchase it here.
While in the last Weekly Edit I wrote about finally binging a TV show (with my friend in Denver), this week we have stepped up the skill level as I watched an entire mini-series on my own! I know…what an achievement. From the moment Netflix’s Bodyguard started, I was hooked. The British show centers on a war veteran suffering from severe PTSD who gets assigned to protect a conservative and highly-controversial politician. From beginning to end, this show has you on the edge of your seat (not to mention Richard Madden is delicious in every scene). So, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers, add this to your watching list! There is still no official word on a second season, but considering the finale was the most-watched BBC program in 10 years, we can only hope!
Despite not having a home to decorate, I can’t stop (won’t stop) scrolling through dreamy interior design accounts. One of my recent finds is The Citizenry, a home goods store that specializes in pieces crafted by local artisans from around the world. Each piece is made in limited batches from sustainable, high-quality materials through ethical, fair-trade practices. Plus, 10% of every purchase gets reinvested into the artisan communities they have established relationships with. I am obsessed with the aesthetic – natural bohemian textures with airy, minimalist styles. And, I can’t wait for the day when I can kit out my home with luxurious linen bedding from the oldest family-run linen mill in Portugal, woven baskets made of Mexican palm leaves, and bath towels handwoven in Morocco. Until then, you can find me double-tapping their Instagram posts.
Denver’s dry air did some serious damage to my lips, and my regular lip balm wasn’t able to deal with it. Enter Lush’s Cookie Dough Lip Scrub. After a couple of days of use, my lips went right back to feeling soft, hydrated, and prepped for lipstick application. Not only does it smell like a bakery, but after you have scrubbed your lips, you can lick off the excess – which tastes dangerously good as well.
Links I Love
1. A map and itinerary to help you stay in good weather all year.
2. Instead of managing your time, focus on managing your energy.
3. In his Ted Talk, Joseph Gordon-Levitt explores how craving attention makes you less creative.
4. I use Grammarly religiously, so I am excited about their developments in tone detection.
5. A writer from The Atlantic spends lots of (the publication’s) money on Goop products in an attempt to “goop herself.”
Let me know what you have been loving this week!
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