I had planned to write this post anyway, but with getting back from Milwaukee, dealing with an influx of work and non-work projects and the pure tragedy that has overtaken the news for the past few days, it seems even more appropriate to take a step back and consider life; to focus on and be grateful for what I have and what I have the power to change.
Taking a nod from one of my new favorite blogs, The Calm Collective, here is a short list of good things.
BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
Brandi Carlile is one of my favorite artists. At my first internship, I found her first album just lying around. One listen and it changed my life. It’s that kind of good. If you haven’t listened to The Story from front to back over a weekend, you are missing out. Her new album, By the Way I Forgive You, drops today. I’m writing you from the tail end of my first listen and as usual, it’s a thing to behold. Listen now on Spotify.
I enjoy drawing. I truly do. I’ve owned sketchbooks since I was a young kid and learned how to draw the Tasmanian Devil in an after-school class. And duck people. I don’t know where the inspiration for that came from. I never considered myself much an artist in that way until recently, when I took some Skillshare classes and focused cultivating my own style of calligraphy. Now, I have several sketchbooks. I’ve wandered into watercolor and as I learn more graphic design (for work), I see how the beginning stages translates best on the page. With the advent of Procreate and my old iPad mini, I can draw (read: relax) while on the couch, or before bed. You may think that with all these years of sketching, and all these classes I’m in the area of “good” at drawing – that is a false assumption. But I enjoy it, and it’s a hell of a distraction when you need one.
Maybe this is a weird one considering I’ve been trying to get back into an early riser routine. But you know what? Sometimes it’s good to sleep in. With traveling and work demands, it’s super important that I make time to exercise and get some time outside – but it’s equally important to make sure you rest. Thanks to my FitBit, I realized I was averaging only about six hours of sleep a night. That lead me to taking naps after I got off work, or being exhausted by 8 o’clock and not being able to spend quality time with my boyfriend; or enjoy a warm bath; or read a good book. So my regimen is not so regimented as I originally imagined. Giving myself a little more time in a warm bed with my person (and my dog), has been an unexpected but solid call.
COOKING THROUGH A COOKBOOK
It was one of my New Year’s resolutions — or, life goals, to learn to cook. I had a lot of the basics down, but I’m not so great at looking at my pantry and making something with what I have. I have a ton of tools, but none of the knowledge. Over the years, I’ve collected several cookbooks, and over the holidays, received a couple more – so I’ve started cooking through them. Between the two of us, Josh and I are making serious progress on Alton Brown’s EveryDay Cook; and I’m about to start Karen Mordecai’s Sunday Suppers or Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. Maybe both.
For the time being, I’m sticking to making it like the recipe and then, as I get more comfortable, adding or taking away the portions. If you’re an avid cook/chef, this may drive you crazy, but it’s got to be this way.
A GOOD HAIR CONDITION.
I’ve always had long hair, and even when it’s been shorter, it’s thick, so it’s felt like long hair. It frizzes, it poufs, I need a flat-iron to make it presentable and I’m also a big fan of the pony tail because — done! My hair stylist Audrey, at Local Honey in East Nashville, has used Oribe products on my hair when I’m in the shop, and on my last visit, I decided to transition to using it full-time.
& A GOOD BOOK.
So many good reads and it’s only the middle of February.
And I’m about to start John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies, which has excellent reviews, so fingers crossed.