Hello friends! You’ve survived the first full week of 2020. How do you feel? I still feel the buzz and excitement of new opportunity and I am so excited for whatever opportunities may come my way. Wilder started school this week, just a couple days a week, but it’s given me 8 hours of uninterrupted time to create, photograph, write, and hustle. While I absolutely love spending time with him, I am grateful that we’ve gotten to the point where I can put him in school a bit. He thrives on getting out of the house and interacting with other people, so this is going to be such a wonderful thing for him as well. Anyhow, let’s head into some things that I’ve found that can help bring a little more joy and positivity to your life in Feel Good Friday 12. (This blog uses affiliate links- thank you so much for your support!)
Inspiring Book: I realized last week that I hadn’t listened to any audiobooks in a LONG time. I’ve been soaking up podcasts instead. Well, I opened up my Libby app and decided to borrow a couple of audiobooks to listen to while I workout, and while I drove to Hilton Head. I decided just to peruse the available non-fiction books and came across #Girlboss which I really wasn’t sure I would like. Actually I began it Sunday while I walked in case I needed to quickly change it if I didn’t like it. Instead, I found myself hanging on every word and absorbing all of Sophia Amoruso’s knowledge. In this book, Amoruso documents how she grew her own business, Nasty Gal Vintage, into what it is today, armed with street smarts, style, and instincts, and no college degree. I love how down to earth and relatable she is, and her book left me inspired to be more of a girlboss myself! Or maybe womanboss at my age? Of course, as a former vintage dealer and forever thrifter, Amoruso’s story really spoke to me.
One Small Change: Last summer, I purchased these stainless steel straws from Amazon. I bought them because Emmy likes to use straws, but as it turns out, I’ve been the one using them for my morning smoothies. They come with a brush to clean them, and I love knowing I can have my smoothie without using wasteful plastic. There are so many small changes that we can easily instill that will make a world of difference to our environment and the species that live on this planet. For $6 you can get some straws that you can pretty much use forever!
An Amazing Man: I first heard of Kyle Maynard 2.5 years ago when we were on vacation in South Dakota. I got up early one morning to go for a walk on a nearby trail, and listen to one of my favorite podcasts, Tim Ferriss. The episode was called, “How to live without limits.” He was interviewing Kyle and I was so moved by his spirit and determination. I’ve been meaning to share him in some way here before because I know his story will inspire you. He was born with no limbs, but has achieved so many things in his life including wrestling, mountain climbing, and more. His life and attitude serves to remind me that I have no excuse to live the life I desire for myself. When I heard that episode originally, I came back to our Air BNB inspired, and in tears. I know you are going to feel so empowered by him.
Eye-Opening Documentary: A participant in the #30daythriftedfashion challenge told me about the documentary The True Cost. This documentary digs into the truth of who really pays the cost for our fast fashion. It looks at the negative human and environmental impact fashion industry has on our world. I haven’t yet watched it, but I am excited to dive into it. In my heart, I know fast fashion is bad, and I remind myself of that every time I see a quirky Target t-shirt I’d love to own… I know this film will help me solidify those feelings and do the right thing.
Helping Australia: When I was a child, I had a little fuzzy koala bear that clipped onto my spider plant that hung in my room. Do you remember those little clippy guys? It was similar to this one. I loved that little koala bear and was obsessed with koalas in general; they’re just so adorable and unlike any other animal in the world. It is breaking my heart, and the heart of my 5 year old self, to see the devastating footage of the fires in Australia and the animals in peril. The good news is that in times of crisis like this, so many people step up to the plate to do what they can to help. This article has several different ways that you can help. If we all pitch in just a little, we can make a big difference to an entire continent in distress. As we have seen in our own country, “thoughts and prayers” are not enough. Anyhow, sorry to end on a more somber note, but I felt like it had to be addressed because our world as we know it is in danger of losing many species because of these fires. Let’s all give what we can, even if it is just a dollar. If 1,000 of us gave $1, that would be $1000!
I hope you all have an incredible weekend, get out there and do something good for yourself, and something good for someone who might need it.