This week in a nutshell: I devoured a lot of Joan Didion. I pulled some of her books off my shelf last week that I had never finished and began re-reading. That led to me wanting to re-watch her documentary which is on Netflix (a previous #10Things mention)… actually I thought I hadn’t watched until I started watching it and realized I had in fact already seen. This spiraled me into googling more of her articles and looking for older images of her as well as taking to Instagram to ask about your favorite Joan Didion reads. Your favorite: Play It As It Lays. So I ordered that one along with Blue Nights to read next. I also asked you what’s been inspiring you as of late and loved the responses! So many of you have been turning to nature, as have I. Planting gardens, turning to local fresh ingredients to get inspired in the kitchen––same!
I’ve realized I have been missing spontaneity the most throughout this sheltering in place. So I made that more of a priority this week, that and continuing to slow down and find beauty in nature gave me a bit of normalcy.
We have Willow’s first birthday to look forward to celebrating this weekend. And even though a first birthday is really just for the parents––I’m determined to make it fun for Rex as he’s older and is the one who is most looking forward to a party and of course, cake!
Some photos and links from my week for you… xx
Do: Spontaneous Hike / Get Out In Nature
We are such an outdoorsy family so getting out for more adventures lately has been doing us all some good. But especially Rex!
Documentary: Burt’s Buzz
Katie of Paper Fashion (crazy talented and wildly inspiring herself) recommended I watch the documentary: Burt’s Buzz, on the founder of Burt’s Bees. She said she’s watched it three times it’s that good… so after watching the trailer I’ve added it to my must-watch list.
Read: Mary Oliver Poetry
A recommendation from one of you that I loved: turn to Mary Oliver’s poetry for a dose of inspiration.
Listen: More Than One Thing
Athena Calderon’s podcast featuring interviews with inspiring talents such as Jenna Lyons and Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent. (To be honest, I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this one in a #10Things before as I’ve been listening since the start so I’m guessing I already have! Oh well). 😉 Bonus listening material: a list of 12 brilliant podcasts to uplift and entertain.
Read: Positive Morning Habits of Beauty & Wellness Experts
From favorite fitness apps, breakfast go-to’s, skincare tips and fave easy beauty products… 10 Positive Morning Habits of Beauty and Wellness Experts.
Shop Local: Botanical Silk Eye Pillow
Intuitive Tarot Reader and Fiber Artist, Roxanne Brodeur Young creates these botanically dyed raw silk eye pillows filled with locally sourced ingredients including lavender, damiana, chamomile, and pink Himalayan salt. Perfect if you’re looking to up your at-home-spa-like evening routine.
Damiana increases psychic abilities by relaxing, clarifying and focusing the mind and supports dreamwork. It is also a mild aphrodisiac.
Read: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
A few of you recommended and said you’re reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous so I just ordered it on Amazon. (My bedside reading stack continues to grow and I have high-hopes, as I’ve been on more of a reading kick again lately, to get through it during this slower time!)