In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every Friday. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.
It's been one of those weeks where I'm struggling to get everything done and falling short. Add in four birthdays in a week (!), the end of a class with portfolio work due, an extra busy work week and it's basically a recipe for twelve hour days on repeat. I'm looking forward to things slowing down next week and sharing with you all some of the awesome new things in store for my blog. I recently went through Neon Headquarters (it's a full-day experience where experts help you piece together your brand identity and give you serious direction, a new design look for your website, etc.) and I'm excited to share more about what it means to me to live intentionally and travel lightly -- and hopefully inspire you to do the same! For now, here's some recent things that have been on my mind worth noting:
Eats: Love and Lemons cookbook
I made the switch to a vegetarian diet late last year and I'm always looking for new recipes to cook at home. Love and Lemons is a food blogger who has a pretty delicious and practical cookbook that I've been referring to a lot and I highly recommend to those who are looking to eat less meat and more vegetables (and enjoy flavorful food!). Plus, it's really really pretty. Can't go wrong. Read More
There are a ton of cheaply made things out there that can be tempting to purchase. I made a promise to myself to stop be lured by things that weren't made very well and to generally try to reduce purchasing things I just regret a couple months later. It's harmful for the environment, it actually sucks more for my wallet and it leaves me without things I truly love owning. Thus, I'm always looking for great brands that have good values and make items that are long-lasting. Read More
There's something uniquely special about getting snail mail and packages addressed to you. They make for really good mail days and are much more exciting than the regular flow of bills and junk mail that seem to fill up our boxes most days. So, after a week of seeing ads for this thing called Book of the Month, I caved and checked out their website out of curiosity (and the idea of happier mail deliveries). As much as I love the idea of a subscription, I tend to be a little weary of them because sometimes they can be too expensive for what you get in the long run. However, Book of the Month was different because it's actually cheaper than buying a brand new hardcover book, and as an avid reader with a goal to read more in 2017, signing up for Book of the Month is a no brainer. Read More
I have to confess: I should have started this blog two years ago. I had a Squarespace account that sat vacant of any content because I wasn't brave. Then after I started writing posts I wanted to share with people, it sat private for several months as I changed my mind a million and a half more times. You may be getting the sense that I was a perfectionist (now a recovering "good enoughist" as Brene Brown likes to say) and yeah, I was. I recently read Big Magic and I think Elizabeth Gilbert sums perfectionism up pretty damn well: "Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat, pretending to be elegant when actually it's just terrified. Because underneath that shiny veneer, perfectionism is nothing more than a deep existential angst that says, again and again, "I am not good enough and I will never be good enough.” The people who wait until they are "ready" to do something never quite seem to get around to it most the time. The magic is lost and they float on to something else since all that time was wasted that could have been spent trying, improving, and getting better. Read More
In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me on Fridays. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.
I spent most of this week glued to the couch or the bed with the flu (ugh). So, while it hasn't been the most eventful week, I still wanted to share some of last week's moments worth noting and some little things I'm loving right now. Here's to a hopefully healthy next week ahead!
NEW FAVORITE STOPS: SAN FRANCISCO
SIR FRANCES DRAKE HOTEL:
I was in Palm Springs for Alt Summit most of last week and had a late flight back into SF, which is another three hours from home. Naturally it was easier to stay in San Francisco for the night and luckily I was warmly welcomed by this Kimpton hotel with last minute reservation. The space is both grand and moody and central to Union Square and lots of great restaurants. A.K.A. This meant getting Thai takeout from around the corner and getting to bed early after a crazy schedule, so it was basically a dream. I'd definitely stay there again and recommend it if you're looking to stay in the Union Square location! Read More
Altitude Summit or Alt Summit as it's nicknamed, is often referred to as "THE" conference for creative entrepreneurs. Kind of dramatic, I know, but after attending this winter's conference I totally get it. It's four days jam-packed with experts there to inspire you to be more creative, purposeful and better at your business or blog. This year's event was held in sunny Palm Springs at the swoon-worthy Saguaro hotel (that was almost reason enough for me to attend). If I'm honest though, I was actually getting pretty nervous and intimidated leading up to the conference. I felt overwhelmed that I'd feel out of place and worried I would feel exhausted as an introvert facing full itineraries with non-stop networking and events. However, I can attest that it's totally worth it and Alt Summit makes it pretty easy to connect with people. They say "85% of Alt Summit attendees have come back more than once" and I can see why. The excitement, attention to details, and energy from the event was so inspiring. Here's a few tips and tricks I've found from attending my first Altitude Summit Conference: Read More