Can I tell you something? Two weeks ago, during a typically rainy New Orleans rainstorm, I was driving my car from not home to home, going down a pothole-y street because they’re all pothole-y streets here in New Orleans. I drove through puddle that seems like a normal-sized puddle and not 6-foot deep middle-of-the-street-swimming-hole, and as my tire splashed through the giant puddle I totally splashed a wall of mud water onto the unsuspecting girl walking along the sidewalk. Like the Sex and the City opening credits, but less whimsical and more muddy. The worst part, the really horrible part is that I didn’t stop my car, get out and apologize. To be fair there was a car driving behind me, but I splashed this girl and I did not stop to recognize her humanity, apologize for her unwanted muddiness, and tell her it was a total accident. I keep thinking about it. Not a cool way to be. I can do better.
Here’s out leap into the new year, Internet-style:
• How To Become The Best In The World at What You Do (and other modest goals?). Start as an amateur…. just start. And run towards the thing that everyone is running from.
• These days, with social media and everyone else’s seemingly perfect lives, there is a lot of shame and defeat associated with sadness. I speak this from my heart because I’ve felt a lot of shame with sadness over the past year. It’s not just the defeat of sadness, I’ve felt like I can’t even talk about my sadness until I have it figured out, until I have a lesson to share, or a successful way towards the light… but what if I don’t? It’s an uncomfortable cycle, but what if sadness is just sadness for a while? Can that just be ok? Let Yourself Be Sad
• It’s like, we know it’s a problem but we’re still not doing anything about it. Like doughnuts and watching Forensic Files late at night. What I Learned in 12 Weeks of Therapy For Social Media Addiction
• The Funny Thing About Abusive Relationships. This is real and honest and real.
• I always read stupid stupid stupid lists like this when I’m looking for anything… absolutely anything to do besides the thing I’m actually supposed to be doing (i.e.: finishing a book manuscript, emailing my accountant, writing a check for the cable bill, doing the dishes). It’s deep, likely unhealthy procrastination. Don’t even get me started on the hashtag #YouKnowTheyReallyLikeYouWhen: 12 Things A Guy Does When He’s Legit Into You. The second item on the list I read as 2. He’s President. And I laughed to myself and stopped reading because that’s all I needed to know. This is not a cry for help, my self esteem is at a solid medium. You should really be alarmed at the number of goat video and cat videos I watch on a weekly basis.
• I’m really ready to simplify. I currently wear the same thing everyday anyway. How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe.
• Is This The Collapse of the Kardashian Economy? Fingers crossed?
• How To Set Up Your New iPhone: 13 settings you should change right now. This link is mostly for my Dad.
• I Tried Breadfacing – Now I Understand. This link is probably perplexing to 38% of you, and my mom. Hi, Mom! I’ll call you later.
• Things I made that I did not take pictures of: Homemade Oat Milk. It’s so simple and really lovely with cinnamon and maple syrup.
• I like these Six-Layer Bento Box Lunches from Bon Appetit.
• 73 Questions with Olivia Munn. You’re about to go down a rabbit hole.
• Rose Hibiscus and Coconut Water Face Mist because we are fancy.
• DIY Grapefruit Bitters Kit, because we’re fond of ourselves and gin.
Have some coffee and a quiche. I love you, good day.
How’s your Queen B shoulder shake?