Hi babes! What’s going on this week? We’re experiencing a rare cold front in Miami so a big pot of chili and a movie marathon are in order. I’ve also been burning my favorite Fall candle, drinking Fall-themed coffee every morning, and I’m planning on making this pumpkin custard. Embracing all things Autumn, even though I’m in tropical Miami, has been a nice antidote to feeling sad about the lack of seasons! Hope you’re enjoying Fall, too, and here are some articles and posts I found interesting this past week…
Miami Beach Commission votes unanimously to free Lolita — but it’s not happening yet.
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A year of love and struggle in a new high school.
Sorting through all the laughs Joan Rivers left behind.
Adding this to my “memoir month” reading list.
She brought down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s next?
“I got 99 problems…palsy is just one.”
CNN uncovers what could be a trafficking scheme: “The ‘orphan’ I adopted from Uganda already had a family.”
A basketball team perfectly in sync.
How to set financial goals (you can actually reach!).
Potato scraps and seasonings, rolled and deep friend, just never get old.
Elevate your influence through Instagram, YouTube, blogs, and beyond with this new course.
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Don’t forget to continue applying SPF in the Fall months!
P.S. Two Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Top 10 Skin Care Staples and Let’s Talk Personality (Tests).
Writer Jillian Lauren made quite a splash with her first book, Some Girls. The book, which details her eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, was a New York Times bestseller. So, where does one go from there? After tossing aside the poor student-life in New York City for a life of palaces and high-roller sex trafficking? Eager to find out, when I was offered a pre-release copy of Lauren’s newest memoir, I jumped at the chance. Admittedly, I love a good memoir. And a memoir by a former drug addict and concubine seemed like a pretty good bet to me.
I first heard pieces of Jillian Lauren’s story on The Moth. But her tale didn’t end after getting clean. Everything You Ever Wanted begins with Lauren in cosmetology school, attempting to make a more sustainable life for herself. She meets Scott Shriner (bassist for Weezer, small world) and falls crazy in love. Thus begins the tumultuous and intense journey of trying to have a child. After medical interventions and lots of super L.A. boho conception rituals, the obvious choice becomes clear, and the couple adopts an Ethiopian son. What follows is a love story between mother and child. Tender and painful. Heart warming and heart wrenching. While this book has keen lessons for any readers, I think it is a must-read for all the moms out there. (And just in time for Mother’s Day! Fancy that!) A fairly quick read, it would be a nice one to pick up for lazy summer days or a future plane ride.
Lauren’s story is a great lesson in redemption and reinvention. It’s a narrative which shows how the ability to be who we truly want to be was there all along. We were the ones with the power. The telling is honest and the writing is witty. Lauren’s journey is a struggle and the candid recollection of that struggle allows readers to go along for the ride. You can tell she wants us to find beauty in all the terribly un-glamorous aspects of motherhood. Specifically, her ability to come to terms with her own childhood through becoming an adoptive mother, just as HER mother did before her. I think this book could be especially helpful for those walking a similar adoption path. At the end of the day, Everything You Ever Wanted is a masterfully penned love letter to one very lucky and loved child from a mother whose unique past has had a profound impact on her need to write it.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and do hope you’ll give it a look. Perhaps it will inspire you to pen your own love letters! And lucky for you lot, in honor of today’s official launch of the memoir on Amazon, I’m giving away ONE FREE COPY to one of my dear readers.
To win your very own copy of EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED BY JILLIAN LAUREN, simply comment below and tell me what book you’re currently reading and how you like it! I’ll choose the winner a week from today (May 12th). Good luck! GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, MADDIE!
What are you up to this week? I went to Marikka’s on Saturday to watch the Final Four games (UK lost, BOO!), and I was excited to follow updates from the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament on Sunday and Monday. The (online) coverage culminated in a livestream of the award’s ceremony which was so fun to get to watch while group-chatting with a huge contingency of WKU forensics alums. The tournament’s Pacific time zone had me up well past my bedtime but was totally worth it to watch Western Kentucky take home the championship. By a nail-biting FOUR POINTS! Have a stupendous week, and keep reading (and clicking) for some neat links from around the ‘net…
I would totally make this if I owned a microwave.
A reminder that there are good people everywhere.
Plan of attack: spring cleaning edition.
What an inspirational kid!
The urbanization of a once agrarian city.
A fascinating story of Nazis, art, and red tape–now a feature film.
I already know my ABC’s but I would love a copy of this book for my coffee table all the same.
Wouldn’t all of these make heart-felt presents for a kid-at-heart?
A captivating true mystery.
Books to have on hand in the kitchen.
These peaceful portraits would look gorgeous hanging on a bedroom wall.
Managing periods can be a nightmare for homeless women.