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.
January has proved to be a pretty busy month to kick off the new year. Amidst work and play, I've started an online course on copywriting through a portfolio studio, won a contest to have my blog completely rebranded through Neon Headquarters (stay tuned!), and marched alongside some seriously inspiring humans last weekend in Sacramento -- something that felt especially exciting after delving into Gloria Steinem's activism writings this past year. January has certainly been a little weird, but we're rolling with the punches, right? Anyway, here are a few things worth noting from the past week. Hope you enjoy!
As I shared on my Instagram, I set a goal of 50 books to read this year. January isn't quite over and I've read ten so far so perhaps I set the bar a little too low. Whoops! I just may have underestimated my rekindled love affair with reading. It's SO nice to replace screen time with reading instead, so it's been super easy to prioritize it -- especially since it gives my eyes a break and makes my brain a whole lot less mushy than binging on Netflix. I've also re-discovered Good Reads and I love it to keep track of what I'm reading and see what my friends are reading too! Are you on Good Reads? Let's be friends!
For those not so much into Good Reads, some of my recent favorites books I've read recently were: Big Magic, Everybody Writes, Hillbilly Elegy, and Talking as Fast as I Can.
I attended a sister march (in Sacramento) to the Women's March in D.C. and it was one of the most awesome things I've done, and I specifically use that over-used word awesome because I was truly in awe. All these people (20,000 +) came together in unity and peace; it was so inspiring and uplifting to feel solidarity and hope in each other. Afterwards, when I heard about people criticizing the event, I initially couldn't even fathom why or how -- until of course I logged into the dark and twisty realms of Facebook and comment threads on articles from people who weren't there or didn't feel welcome. I'm going to go ahead and say that this march wasn't going to make everyone feel welcome (polarization is America's current jam right now), but that just means we have more work to do. As for me and my experience? Well, for what it's worth: I saw joyful pro-life marchers alongside people with planned parenthood signs and I didn't see or receive negativity from any anti-march protesters. It was a beautiful day, the rain didn't show and I was (and am) proud to have taken part in it, just as every other person who marched did. There was a whole lot more of love and hope spread that day than anything else.
Artist: Kimothy Joy
She's a self-described "Illustrator for Social Change" and I'm in love with her work! Her gorgeous prints feature feminist icons and inspiring statements/quotes about kindness and activism. I can't wait to snag some of her products up for myself. You can check her work out here.
Atlas Coffee Club:
I recently wrote an article for Atlas Coffee Club about my favorite local coffee shops and it was especially fun to write for such a rad company. They're a coffee of the month club that explores the world of coffee (quite literally). Sourcing coffee from Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia and beyond, their monthly membership allows you to sip on beans from all over the world, highlighting differences in taste from culture to culture. Pretty cool, right?
Book of the Month Club:
When I stumbled upon Book of the Month Club online, I was immediately on board. It took very little convincing to sign up and I can't wait to pick my first book come February! How it works: at the beginning of each month the company picks five monthly suggestions and you have five days to pick which book you'd like to read most before they ship it off to you as yours to keep. They do super affordable add-ons for just $9.99 per book as well, which is typically even cheaper than Amazon. I'll be be sure to share my first box with you all in a couple weeks!
This weekend I'm finishing up some ad work for my portfolio class and then prepping for Altitude Summit in Palm Springs, which I fly out for on Monday! I'll be going with these two lovely gals [add links] and I'm looking forward to lots of creative learning and exploring the oh-so-colorful side of Palm Springs. Happy weekend!
Is anyone else going to Altitude Summit? Can't wait to meet some other kindred creative spirits!