Let It Be Sunday

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It’s Sunday.  Let’s settle in.

Letters of Note is the most beautiful and satisfying site I’ve found in a long time.  It’s filled with lost and found letters in history.  I love this letter from W.E.B DuBois to his daughter.  This letter from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to his wife swells my heart.  And Elizabeth Taylor wrote a letter to her lost cat… which I totally understand.  So many insightful words on this site, and there’s also Letters of Note:  the book.

• We’re going to talk about our nails for a second.  Just a quick second.  It’s important because we get to connect two seemingly dissimilar things:  nail art and SHARK WEEK!  The latest installation of nail art from Scratch includes a set of shark inspired nail wraps.  So good.  I’m really glad people think of these things.

•  Should I get my haircut and read #GIRLBOSS because I really think the answer is #HECKYES!

•  I think that it’s really important that we all know how to take care of ourselves in the world.  I’m talking about the basics:  bathing, smiling at strangers, remembering to buy toilet paper, how to fold fitted sheets, and how to invest in our RothIRAs.  The basics, right?

My financial future is important to me mostly because I work for myself and every day is like a silent AAAHHHHHHH!  I’m building my own financial safety net but it takes time and know-how.  I’m all the way into The Suze Orman Podcast and books like Real Money Answers For Every Woman and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom. Tsh from The Art of Simple also has some great real-talk and recourses for us about how to be debt-free.  It’s all baby steps… but super important.  Get into it!

•  I’ve been wearing this Schooner Dress from Girls From Savoy and channeling my time in Maine.

•  Did you know that we’re doing Pineapple iPhone cases now?  Is that a pineapple in your pocket or are you just happy to… nevermind. I’m sorry.

• Nearly every morning in the French Quarter a man (the same man) walks down my street singing Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and it feels perfect every single time.

Sidenote:  R Kelly has a live-version cover of A Change Is Gonna Come and it’s SO GOOD I can’t even make eye contact with you.  It would be too embarrassing to put a link to R Kelly on my blog but… here.

•  Sometimes I find myself in the kitchen, staring at something I’m trying to make into dinner, thinking… how to I even cut this dang thing!  Most recent confusion:  cauliflower.  Halfway through trying to hack away the green leaves I thought… there’s got to be a better way… I have to know how to do this somewhere in my culinary brain.  Spoiler alert: I figured it out.  Thank you, The Kitchn.   How To Cut Cauliflower.

•  Now… cauliflower cutting became such a thing in my kitchen because I hopped on the Cauliflower Rice bandwagon which was A REALLY GOOD IDEA!  Rice made of a vegetable.  I made myself a burrito bowl last night and I’m pretty sure I’m a genius, so… success!

Next step: PALEO DIET!  Just kidding, hopefully.

• My 33rd birthday (huh!?) is next weekend and I’ve set a birthday intention that I’ve honored for the past few years.  Every year on my birthday I sponsor another child through Compassion.  After my trip to Uganda this year, a new opportunity to sponsor a child in need feels extra special to me.

46 thoughts on “Let It Be Sunday

  1. What a wonderful way to mark the weekend – filling it with all sorts of goodies and ideas! I just spent the most wonderful Saturday at the Ballymaloe Literary and Food Festival, and am now extremely inspired to whip up some wonderful goodies!

  2. Letters of Note is one of my absolute favorites, too! Any letter by E. B. White is a winner. And now I am also excited for cauliflower rice. I’ve tried to make mashed “potatoes” with cauliflower before, and it was good, but no cigar (made out of potatoes). And I am definitely going over to Compassion to see what I can do to help, too. What a remarkable gift it is to give someone else hope.

    1. i really appreciate that you’re here and so lovely! i’ll have a post on my blog about the rice soon! if you make it, let me know what you think! xo.

  3. happy early birthday joy! and um… i might have just watched that r. kelly video three times. weird that i did that… but woah, so good! have a great sunday!

  4. Happy (Almost) Birthday, Joy! I’m sure the next year will be the best yet (what with your new cookbook and the move to New Orleans.) I’m lovin’ your “Let It Be Sunday” posts!

  5. Oh to be thirty-three again. Have a wonderful birthday Joy. May you always find excitement in the simple things in life. May you always find happiness and know that around each corner you turn family, friends and your fans are always with you, cheering you on as you take that next adventure and loving you for letting us walk in your shoes with each story you tell, with each letter you write. Happy Birthday Joy next week and many more to come. Paulette

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