Worth Noting: 12.2.16

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 Monday, not Friday, but I still wanted to share last week's "worth noting" anyway :) So I guess it's December, already? I'm slowly breaking out the Christmas decor and enjoying a steady stream of Christmas Pandora stations at work. The end of the year usually prompts me to think about everything I'm grateful for and this time is no exception. With that said, here are some recent life moments and things worth noting. 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

The long and anticipated Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls finally came and was oh-so wonderful. I was skeptical that it would be awful (as most revivals tend to be) but was pleasantly surprised at how well the cast picked up where they left off. To celebrate the show, I went over to a friend's house for an all-out junk food fest a la Gilmore Girls style (I recently started a plant-based diet, so this was a SLIGHT detour) and it was so much fun and totally out of control. See below for the ridiculousness! 

C'est Christine: Female-led brands

CestChristine.com is a travel blog that I just love! Christine is actually a fellow alumna of Chico State University and she currently resides in Brooklyn, sharing plenty of city recommendations alongside travel and lifestyle gems. One of her recent posts I particularly loved was her recommendation of female-led businesses to support during the holiday season! It reminded me that shopping consciously can be inclusive of many different ideas, including supporting women-owned shops. Stay tuned for a conscious gift guide on the blog soon!  You can check out Christine's post here: http://ow.ly/q3kb306KYkv.

The Long Road by Gloria Steinhem

I devoured this book over the course of a week because it felt like soul food, especially given a week where things like overturning Roe v. Wade are being discussed on the radio with all-seriousness. What has always impressed me most about Gloria is her ability to be humble in the face of fear and opposition; she never claims to be the smartest person in the room and for that I adore her. This book truly inspired me to take a look at being active in causes that matter to me over the course of the coming year. I just set up a recurring donation to Emily's List, which if you're interested in supporting more female politicians who are advocates for women's rights, you can donate here. Bonus: Gloria Steinhem is coming to Chico State for a talk and book signing early next year -- I am SO excited to meet her!

My Beloved Grandfather

A couple Sundays ago, my Grandfather passed away. He's had health issues for decades, but fell ill on Friday and was gone early Sunday morning. I always find the hardest part about loosing someone is how the world expects you to get up and move on the next day with all sense of normalcy -- I'm never too good at this. That being said, my grandfather has so wanted to be with my grandma (who passed a few years ago) and I believe they're reunited at last. Loosing a loved one has reminded me to really appreciate the moments I'm with my family and to also take better care of my health (see: plant-based diet). We'll be celebrating my grandfather's life the week before Christmas, but if anything, there is a gift in being together with the whole family (including extended) around the holidays. Hug your loved ones tight. 

On the matches: My Grandmother and Grandfather -- is there anything more precious? 

On the matches: My Grandmother and Grandfather -- is there anything more precious? 

This weekend I celebrated a friend's birthday in Sacramento and enjoyed a little down time to start a new book. I'll be sure to share some fun holiday things coming up soon. Hope you're having a great start to your week, friends!