Today is another catch up post! Lately around the Internet and in printed form, the news have been heartbreaking. When I read about all that has taken place around the world this year, I tend to carry those heavy emotions with me for several days and sometimes feel very fearful of what could happen next. While I think it’s important to stay informed and serve as an advocate when possible for those being victimized, I’ve also tried to read uplifting words to help balance out all the bad there can sometimes be on our planet. Here are some pieces and books I have loved reading lately- I hope they bring you some joy as well!
- My own One Line a Day book, which serves as a five-year memory journal. I shared a quick Boomerang video of its completed pages on my Instagram and have since started a new one! Each day I write a quick couple sentences about my day (each page features the date at the top, July 15 for example, and five separated spaces on the page for you to write about the day’s events for five consecutive years). It’s my favorite way to preserve memories and so fun to be able to look back each day and know what I was doing 1-5 years ago. On the flip side, I can also now vividly remember the days that weren’t so great, but I think those can be important to acknowledge as well. Thanks to my family who gifted me my next five-year diary for my birthday, because of them I discovered they make many versions of the memory book: I now have the Cook’s One Line a Day! Yay family!
- A few months ago, Lena Dunham announced that she had compiled a short collection of entries from her 19 year old diary, called Is it Evil not to be Sure?. The profits benefited Girls Write Now, a mentoring program that helps girls practice and develop their writing abilities. As a fellow obsessed journal-er and Lena fan, I stalked the limited edition release of the book like a hawk and swooped in to buy it as soon as it went live. I was afraid I hadn’t purchased in time. However, not only did I secure a limited edition copy (per the numbering in my copy, I got number 132 out of 2,000), I ended up with an even more limited edition SIGNED COPY! I lightly licked my finger to smudge the ink when I saw her autograph, and it was real, gah! I love so many of the short lines she includes, “every time I get on the subway I fall in love, no matter which line“, “not sleeping makes everything louder“, and “sometimes I get so homesick that I think even if I was home I could never be home enough“. Printed copies seem to no longer be available everywhere I have looked, but here is an excerpt posted on The Lenny Letter (which I also love reading!).
- Laura Miller‘s About Face series on her website, which she does with her friend and beauty expert Ray Blanco. They are thee people to turn to if you are looking for unbiased reviews on cruelty-free and vegan beauty, skin and health products containing no parabens, phlalates, sulfates, GMOs, artificial fragrances- and at a variety of price points (some are recipes for Ray’s homemade products)!!!
- Fairly pointless but happy things to place around your kitchen, via The Kitchn’s list of 10 Happy Things We’d Love to Have around the Kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I want those little ceramic ghosts, which as the article points out “serves absolutely no purpose”. But they sure are cute!
- Reflecting on this short Cup of Jo piece on the simple practice of uni-tasking or single-tasking…because as I preach and practice, we can’t do it all!
- I am fascinated by this article about practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques in Silicon Valley and one guru’s belief that it could change an entire career. (also, side note, I started the series Silicon Valley on HBO and can’t stop).
- Though definitely more browsing than reading, I keep looking over Pi’s affordable necklace collection and thinking about buying one to suffice my “simple jewelry” capsule wardrobe goal. I talked on the minimalism episode of The Table Chat Show about still occasionally feeling guilt when buying things that don’t serve a purpose, but I know I would wear one of these pieces almost daily, and they do bring me joy! Plus, I only own a handful of jewelry (my skin is very sensitive to metals!). So yeah, I’m doing it. Thanks for the chat, guys. You’ve been so helpful
- Again, not really “reading”, but looking at excellent food photography makes me happy. I have been admiring Helene Dujardin’s work, and my long-distance friend Zoe Rose has a wonderful food blog where both her pictures and writing leaves me inspired.
Have you found bits of happiness across the Internet lately? I’d love to know what else there is to enjoy!
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