In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me every other 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.
Happy Friday! Finally, the weekend has arrived. This week has sort of felt like a rabbit hole of to-do lists, but I think some of it's getting done (does that sound convincing? anyone?). I haven't been nearly mindful as I usually am about taking care of myself for the past couple weeks [see: hitting the snooze button, not going to the gym, working up until bedtime, etc.] and I'm totally NOT about that life, so I'm going to be taking some extra time this weekend to prep for the next week ahead. It's always a balancing act, right? Some weeks we don't do so well in some areas and other weeks we're killing it. That's why I'm a big believer in having grace for yourself because seriously, sometimes it's enough that you're trying. On that note, here's what's been making me happy this week!
Drink: Chico Chai + Beber Almond Milk
Chico is so lucky to have a Chai brewer in town who spoils us with fresh chai available at almost every coffee shop, farmer's market, etc. Besides chai, local makers of Beber Almond Milk make THE BEST ALMOND MILK IN THE WORLD. Seriously, all caps necessary because it really is the best. The stuff you're buying at the grocery store sucks, you just probably don't know it. These two delicious products have merged their drinks into a bottle and it's pure bliss. For those of you who are local, the bottles are currently being sold at Chico Co-op and Sacramento Co-op. Yum!
Read: A Man Called Ove and Eating Animals
I'm currently on my 30th book of 2016 [you can follow along on Goodreads if you're interested] and two of the best books I've read recently are "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman and "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. I adored "A Man Called Ove" for its sentimental story of a seemingly grumpy older man who really has a giant heart for people. I equally adored "Eating Animals" for the author's poignant exploration of having a heart for animals and exposing the cruel, unsustainable nature of factory farming. Both books are the kind of stories that change your perspective on things commonly overlooked and I highly recommend 'em!
Small business: Rachel Allene
The mug reads "Coffee is my love language" and it's from my friend Rachel Allene's shop, which is full of lots of lovely calligraphy items. Rachel also recently held an Instagram challenge called The Heartfelt Grid that focuses on growing businesses by creating an authentic Instagram feed -- I like to think of it as not selling your soul while still selling things. Ta-da! It's good stuff and you can still sign up here. While you're on her site, check out her message and blog; I just love what she's doing!
LISTEN AND WATCH:
S Town Podcast + Confirmation
I'm sure everyone has probably already heard about S Town by now, but if you for some reason haven't listened to it yet, it's a rollercoaster of a story and you need to get on it! I plan on finishing the last episode this weekend and can't wait.
Lastly, I'm a (mild) political junky and finally got around to watching the HBO film Confirmation and it's also SO good. Kerry Washington plays Anita Hill and it's such an empowering story for women. It's a reminder that sometimes we don't "win", but we make waves that cause change anyway. It's definitely worth a watch!
This weekend I'm planning to catch up on some work, but also enjoy some serious relaxing [re: wine, face masks and plenty of puppies]. Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Hope it's lovely!