How was your week, guys? Mine was busybusybusy with non-work related stuff: haircuts and a million lunches and brunches and phone calls. Our friend Holly was in town, touring to promote her record. It’s so lovely to see your friends doing what they love!
Can I tell you about all the awesome things I found for you? All over the internet?
I love list posts and simplifying. Thus, I love Courtney’s post about 22 things you can do (one at a time) to simplify your life.
I don’t drink beer, but I have three cans in my fridge left over from a house party. OBVIOUSLY, I need to make this dip.
Yes. Show some respect for the brave.
I hope I remember that anyone who is brave enough to stand in front of the world — to read a poem, to share a story, to sing a song, or to (gasp!) give something a try even if they’re not “perfect” yet — deserves my respect.
It doesn’t matter if I think it’s “good” or not. That’s not the point.
Courage, in any form — on key or out of tune, shaky or impeccable — is an extraordinary thing to behold and if you’re fortunate enough to bear witness to such a moment, put down your phone, set down your drink, shut up and listen.
I loved this! Instead of throwing out torn or damaged pieces of clothing, what if you mended them in a way that makes them more beautiful?
A new travel destination for us to be obsessed with: Maine’s Monhegan Island.
Into it. Color by number for adults.
I’m also into these weird wine pairings. I’ll go ahead and test that potato chips + champagne pairing fer ya.
Oooh! The studio apartment that breaks all the ‘small space’ rules. Love their desk and chair!
A beautifully written, surprisingly funny essay: I’m Sorry I Didn’t Respond to Your Email, My Husband Coughed to Death Two Years Ago
I have a cousin who’s also a widow, and she told my sister that she’s not sure if she’d bring her husband back. Which sounds TOTALLY CRAZY to other people, BUT: When you experience a loss like this, you get to see a really wild new amount of life. Suddenly the range of the type of sad you can feel, to the type of happy you can feel, is busted open. The spectrum from happy to sad isn’t a foot wide anymore — it’s as far as your arms can stretch and then to the edges of the room and then up the block and over into the next neighborhood.
So I am not happy that Steve died. But I am happy a lot of the time, which I didn’t really anticipate on this day two years ago.
A great idea for your next dinner party or brunch: Beg, borrow, forage – floral arrangements that don’t cost a penny.
I loved Joy’s roundup of the best things she’s ever eaten (and now I want to eat a strawberry black pepper donut)
Co-signed. The inherent unsexiness of playing it cool.
The sexiest, most enticing, awesome thing on the planet is a person who is fully engaged with life. Get closer, get involved. Be curious, be enthusiastic. Soak it all up! Otherwise, you live a half-life, cowed by fear, marred with self-doubt, consumed by worry. The best way to love your life is throw yourself into it with gusto, right now.
Some really good tips here that I’ve never tried! 5 steps for researching your next travel destination so you’ll find all the best stuff.
Related: 22 pro packing tips and hacks.
The Golden Girls slept with how many guys?! #getitblanche
And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: True Story: I’m in a wheelchair, Life gets awesome when you opt out, and I just really need to tell you that I got this on sale.
Hope your Sunday is lovely!