What is everyone up to this Wednesday? It is dark & gloomy here…and has been the last few days! Cold front — YAHOO! Katie and I are still having a blast with our podcast. It’s been nice to have something productive to do in the evenings as it gets darker sooner. Keeps me from watching TOO much TV, lol! I’m headed to Kentucky this weekend to help my mom with some things. And then the weekend after that is a huge festival at the university Chet works at. Isn’t Fall just the best?? Anywho, links for you…
The 13 people you meet in Refinery 29’s Money Diaries comment section.
The rise of busybody journalism.
A professional photographer’s take on generational nostalgia.
The power of snails.
Introverts and overthinking.
Bra and girdle technology was integral to NASA’s first spacesuits.
Why is it such a big deal to see a woman sweat?
Magic instant pot curry rice.
Farmhouse style hanging kitchen towel tutorial.
The secret to love is just kindness.
In Sweden’s preschools, boys learn to dance and girls learn to yell.
30% off the 30 best selling markers and pen sets on Blitsy!
and Episode 3 of Uncovered the Podcast.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations and In Defense of “Go Set a Watchman.”
How’s it going this week, loves? My mother-in-law is in town visiting, and I just returned from a trip to Lexington to see my mom! (It’s so nice to be closer to family now that we’re in Alabama!) Do you have any out of town visitors on the horizon? What about vacations? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know what you’re up to this summer. But before you head on down to the comment section, see if any of these links strike your fancy…
The big business of Gwyneth Paltrow.
Ready to take your Instant Pot to the next level?
Photos of people having really rubbish holidays.
Do you think you have an accent?
The most comfortable bra in all the land.
“What I learned writing 750 words a day for 100 days.”
Related: One dish a day.
Are your friendships bringing you a boost or bringing you down?
What Netflix can teach us about life.
Will you see this movie?
A necessity for all purses and backpacks (if you love the environment but also iced coffee).
2 amazing poems by my pal, Maggie.
BD Wong doesn’t want fame. He wants success.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Everything You Need to Know to Find Your Blogging Niche and Two Poems.
What are you up to this week? Tomorrow we’re hittin’ the road for our big move to Alabama! I’m so excited that moving day is finally so close. Getting ready for a move (especially one you’re super stoked about) just seems to drag on and on. We’ve been slowly packing and cleaning and tying up loose ends ever since we found out about the new job so I am READY. Next time I post we’ll be in the new place! Wish us luck. xoxo
Michelle Obama released the cover of her upcoming memoir.
The Great British Bake Off is secretly a show about time management.
This fully functional 140 square foot London studio is micro-living at it’s dreamiest!
Super cute bathing suit cover up, if you’re in the need.
Serious bedroom goals. (I can’t wait to decorate our room in the new place!)
These sweet potato wedges would make the perfect side dish to summer BBQ mains.
Why do American women refuse to give up tampons?
In trying to read up about politics in my soon-to-be home state, I stumbled upon these 18 candidates.
Family and community are the only things left in Adams County, Ohio.
Justine Kurland’s timeless photos of runaway girls.
I love the antique americana look of these 4th of July decor pieces.
One woman’s journey from coma to consciousness.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Bloggers Share Letters to Their Younger Selves and Picturesque Fruit Plates.
What you’ll need:
- SOLITUDE – Spending quality time alone is one of the number one ways we get to know ourselves. And you gotta know yourself before you can even think about loving yourself. When you’re away from the “busy” of everyday life and the external influences that shape you, you can express yourself however you like. So get creative!
- AFFIRMATION – When we repeat positive, encouraging messages to ourselves it can change the way that we feel. Toxic thoughts are bound to crop up — no matter who you are! So why not actively try to negate some of that negativity?
- INTENTION SETTING – If we never set a target, who is to blame when we miss the mark? Write down your intention for tomorrow, speak your intentions out loud, share your goals with loved ones. Clarifying what we want to achieve not only sets us up for success, but honors our path as something that is important and achievable.
And how it all comes together:
-Schedule some time for SOLITUDE. Spend this time getting to know yourself by brainstorming what you love about yourself in the present and what you’d like to improve on or accomplish in the future. You may want to write in a journal or meditate during this process.
-Begin a regular AFFIRMATION practice. Need help getting in the swing of things? Try a daily mirror affirmation for the next 7 days or check out my 30 day mantra challenge. Remember those things you love about yourself in the present? Start telling yourself.
-Now set yourself up for future successes, and new areas to affirm, by SETTING INTENTIONS. Start writing out a daily intention for the following day before you go to sleep at night. Not only will you sleep better, but you’ll start prioritizing based on your own needs and dreams. Self-love (with a dash of productivity) at it’s finest!
Want to go even bigger? Identify 3 intentions for the year to come. Write them out and post somewhere you’ll see every day. A constant reminder that your goals matter and are possible.
Do you utilize SOLITUDE, AFFIRMATIONS, or INTENTIONS to facilitate self-love? What does YOUR self-love recipe look like? Share the ingredients below!
P.S. Interested in learning more about the power of positive affirmations? Check out my 4-part series on MANTRAS!
Hello from Louisiana! Chet and I are spending the next few days in his hometown. We were happy to escape Miami for a few days (Spring Break is pretty lit for those traveling in but not so much for those who always reside there, if ya catch my drift!) Today, we’ve already eaten here and seen some art by an acclaimed animator. But I wanted to pop on and say “Hi!” and post a few links for your Wednesday. Hope y’all are having a great week, now get to clickin’…
The last conversation you’ll need to have about eating right.
This French Instagram profile is not what you think it is.
15 things every woman should own.
The tuberculosis hospital that treated America’s Vaudeville stars.
A whole lotta Whole 30 meal inspiration.
My cat needs this 2-story home.
These pineapple coconut muffins look delicious (and so tropical!).
70 movies you have to watch by the time you’re 30.
Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.
Back when Pizza Hut was an experience.
5 tips for a budget-friendly bathroom revamp.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 30 Boredom Buster When You’re Ballin’ on a Budget and Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you all are having a love-filled day! How are you celebrating the holiday? Of course today is the middle of the week so must of us are spending the day working. But do you have anything special planned? Chet and I are having a nice dinner at home and will exchange a few surprises. (Eeee!) But for now, here are some links you may want to peruse…
How much an out gay Olympian could mean to a kid now—or to a 34-year-old who’s been waiting for it his whole life.
Related: Winter Olympics Netflix Marathon
A glimpse at Appalachia’s feminist protest music.
This bedroom wall is so magical!
The easiest crusty bread recipe ever. Yum!
My trusty (and super cheap) mini backpack has about had it. Should I upgrade?
Related: Backpacks make for happy backs. ❤
A new report finds that slavery is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.
Small wonder that films about female friendships have traditionally fared so poorly with critics. Look who’s writing the reviews.
Related: Rules for Female Friendship
More and more Americans experience eviction, and gentrification is partly to blame.
Related: Slum Lords aka The Hell of Renting
A brief history of how women got tricked into shaving.
Should I do 100 squats every day for 30 days?
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Are Busy Phillip’s IG stories making anyone else want to get a rebounder?
Finally, if you have Le Tote, they are having an AMAZING end of season sale. (And if you don’t have Le Tote, you should sign up. <-use that link and get your first tote on me. Seriously!)
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Weekend Uniforms and The Reading Habits Tag.
What are you up to this week, darlings? While January seemed to drag on forever, February is already flying by. #ShortMonthProblems It will be Valentine’s Day before we know it! Are you planning anything special? I’m trying to do little Valentine’s-inspired things throughout the month to make each day feel special (with some Mardi Gras themed things, too!). Fresh flowers, photo projects, baking treats, and sending out cards have all found their way onto my February calendar. 🙂 Hope your week is extra sweet, and here are some links I scouted just for you…
12 months of self-care in a helpful month-to-month guide.
Related: 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care
Here’s how Ed Sheeran made 2017’s biggest track.
Iranians asked #Where_Is_She? Suddenly, it seems she’s everywhere.
Jaclyn Friedman sparks a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept.
How to not die in America.
Wouldn’t it be a delight to grow up in this colorful Dutch farmhouse?
Anatomy of a wild & crazy Saturday night aka breakfast burritos for two.
Related: Breakfast for Dinner
DIY: Wool ball diffuser for the car.
Have you ever tried a yoga wheel? I’m obsessed with mine.
Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
Who invented the microwave oven?
A real “very stable genius” doesn’t call himself one.
Packing for 10 days away at a meditation retreat in a Tom Bihn backpack.
Related: What’s in my Tom Bihn Synapse 19 + Side Effect
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Method and 5 Blogs I Love.
Hi friends! What are you up to this week? Tomorrow is my birthday!!! No grand plans, just planning on a relaxing day. Last week we ventured up to Savannah for a few days and had a blast hanging out with my brother and sister-in-law! (We ate here and here, strolled around and saw wild animals here, and roasted marshmallows(!) here.) Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and here are some links for your reading pleasure…
A tale of two Puerto Ricos: What Trump saw and what he didn’t.
A grandmother, the Nazis, and the shadow of the Olympics.
Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by Harvey Weinstein.
Kristin Enmark didn’t act the way a hostage was supposed to act – and a new psychological disorder was born.
How an English teacher’s quest to meet John Lennon changed Beatles history.
Can I buy these warm-up booties even though I’m just a living room ballerina???
The making of a male midwife.
The Coexist logo is famous on bumper stickers and around the world — but it’s also at the center of quite a few battles.
Katharine Hepburn’s brownies: a recipe for home-wrecking?
Perfect desk accouterments for a home office.
Carmen Maria Machado’s take on the woman with the green ribbon around her neck.
Related: Now I want to read her book.
The Florida migrant town that FEMA forgot.
P.S. 2 Finding Delight blog posts you might have missed — Our Florida Stay-Cation and What books would you paint on a staircase?
What are you up to this week, my loves? As my Whole30 winds down, I’ve been researching ways to bring pizza back into my life in a less gluten-y, dairy-filled fashion. Have you ever tried making a cauliflower crust? It just seems like so much work! Might have to load up on the pre-made version on our next trip to Trader Joe’s. (Can you tell I’m missing celebratory Pizza Friday’s??) Hope your Wednesday is wonderful, and here are some links for your mid-week enjoyment…
The Duffer brothers thought they’d flamed out in Hollywood. Then they came up with Stranger Things.
Another post-Whole30 baked good I’m itching to make.
How the Ikea catalogue cracked what ‘domestic bliss’ means in different cultures.
The bunkers built to survive an apocalypse.
For families divided by the border, there is one place where they are allowed to come together–almost.
Society would be worse without gossip.
Related: I stopped paying women compliments on their appearance and here’s what happened.
A book about a futuristic Joan of Arc that looks right up my street.
Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole – but ‘Mein Kampf’ is ok.
Behind the scenes with YouTube’s De’arra and Ken 4 Life.
How cute are these PJ’s?
A resistance led by celebrities will always be bullshit.
Millions of bananas arrive every week in NYC. It takes a lot to get them from the boat to the bodega.
P.S. A few Finding delight posts you may have missed — Recipe: Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal and Simple Cure: Drink More Water.
P.P.S. Hop on over to my Finding Delight Reader Survey! I’m planning new content and would LOVE your input. Thanks a mil! xoxo
Hi friends! Did you enjoy the eclipse?? We didn’t have totality (and I didn’t buy the glasses) but it was still a great excuse to go out and frolic in the middle of the day and check out the cool, crescent shadows. Everything felt so still all afternoon. A rarity in Miami. Anyways, I’m getting really excited for Fall. Maybe it’s that back-to-school feeling in the air that has me super excited for new ideas and projects! With that in mind, I set up a READER SURVEY to help me craft upcoming content (and get to know my readers better!). I would be so, so grateful if you would take a few minutes to fill it out. The links will be waitin’ for ya when you get back…
This packing list is totally #goals for me and my sweet lil Tom Bihn.
“You can do it, I believe in you. You will compile a packing system that is stylish, compact, and functional. Because you’re an independent woman who don’t need no 60L pack!”
How cute would these napkins be for an autumn table setting?
The transformation of a Cincinnati neighborhood from ailing to artisinal.
“My family always ‘passed’ as white, until we didn’t.”
An exorcist’s assistant weighs in on demons and exorcism in horror films.
Have you ever used a safety razor? I really want to get one to cut down on my plastic consumption but they also seem kinda terrifying. Thoughts?
Whipping up a batch of these after my Whole 30 is over!
Life aboard the longest train ride through India.
Related: I talked to a woman for 4 hours on the train.
Latin American LGBTQ refugees form caravan while seeking asylum in the US.
If you’re looking for kid gifts, check out the online shop Seedling.
Your life as a middle-aged stripper.
Official body calls for shift in language and approach in an attempt to stop making mothers feel like failures.
P.S. Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Escape from the Quiverfull Movement and Let’s Talk Personality (Tests).
P.P.S. And don’t forget to take the Finding Delight Reader Survey. Thanks!