Hello friends, and welcome to Friday of the longest week ever! I was in Trader Joe’s this week picking up lemonade for Emmy (and for my ORC reveal if I am being honest) and one of the employees asked how I was, and I replied, “Oh, sorry.” He laughed and then we had a good heart to heart about how neither of us knew what day it was and it felt like the weekend should almost be here but it wasn’t. Trader Joe’s, you just get me in so many ways. You know how some weeks seem really long because you’re in a rut? This week was NOT one of those. Instead, it was long because it was jam packed with to-dos, Chris traveled, Wilder was up at 5:30 am almost every day (thank you daylight savings!). While it was a challenging week, I am happy to say that I knocked my to-dos off, and found time to seek inspiration to share with you as well in Feel Good Friday 5. (You can catch all of these posts here. This blog uses affiliate links).
Inspiring Podcast: Last week I listened to the live episode of How I Built This featuring Christina Tosi of Milk Bar. First of all, I must say, I love all of the live episodes. The interviews just feed off of the energy of the audience, and you can feel it coming through your headphones! To be perfectly honest, I had not heard of Milk Bar. If you’re like me, and live a life sheltered avoiding amazing desserts you shouldn’t eat, let me tell you a little about Milk Bar. It began as a NYC bakery and has grown to 16 shops, and its desserts are innovative but not fancy, and attainably priced for everyday people. In this episode Christina also tells how the famous neon pink “Milk” sign came to be. What I absolutely loved about Christina’s story is that baking was always a passion of hers, even when she was pursuing other interests, it was always her go to, and how she brought people together and connected with others. Her journey was always about baking and creativity in the kitchen, and she never thought about making money. Even now that she is wildly successful, Milk Bar is still all about her passion, and I just loved that! She’s someone who has really stayed true to herself and her roots as she’s grown in business.
Safe Product: I know this isn’t a very glamorous topic, but I love when I find a product that is safe to use, and giving back! Smarty Pitts started with a goal of going aluminum free and also donates a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research. I’ve been using their product for a year or so now, and love it!
Feel Good Seasonal Music: I am not ashamed to say that I am a card carrying member of the November 1st Christmas Music Club! I’ve got several favorite tunes I play over and over, and a few years back I came across Jon and Valerie Guera whose Christmas album is just so beautiful, sort of classic and folk. My favorite song is a blend of I’ll Be Home for Christmas and The Way You Look Tonight. Check it out here:
Isn’t it beautiful?
A Book with Purpose: I am really into honing in on what my goals are, but to be honest, I get really confused about what I want from life. My friend Tracey surprised me and sent me a book that is supposed to help you figure out your goals, and I am almost finished with it! The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte is all about creating goals based on your desired feelings. For example, instead of saying you want to be a rock star, you’d think about why you want to be a rockstar- is it because you want to feel noticed, adored, creative? The book is broken up into sections with a workbook in the last section. To be honest, the text was a little out there for me sometimes (extreme new age), but I am totally on board with the message of the book and have been enjoying going through the workbook. The desired feeling that has come up for me over and over – connection. Anyhow, if you’re trying to figure out how to map out your goals, I think this book is a great place to start so that you go into it with a clear vision for how you want to feel.
Bonus Book: Last week in my Feel Good Friday post, I mentioned a book I wanted to get. Sunday morning I was talking to my parents about the book, and in my mind I decided that I was going to either suck it up and pay and order it myself that week, or I was going to put it on my Christmas list. I knew for sure, I wanted that book and the recipes and knowledge within its pages. That afternoon, Chris walked in the house and said, “I guess you didn’t see this package for you on the porch?” He handed me a book shaped Amazon box, and inside was the book I had wanted, Body Love by Kelly Leveque. I’ve started reading it and really love and agree with her philosophy… She has a truly scientific approach to fueling the body and keeping up our energy all day long. This book also contains several recipes, and I’ve just started making myself her smoothies for breakfast each day and I can honestly say I am not hungry until lunch time. I’m actually considering just doing smoothies for breakfast and lunch most days. I typically work through lunch as soon as I put Wilder down for his nap, so this might be easier for me and keep me fueled, sharp, and efficient.
And with that, I am off for the weekend! I’ll be cleaning and shooting some spaces for a late fall blog tour I am joining next week filled with so many beautiful and unique homes. I hope you all have a wonderfully happy and healthy weekend!