Hello friends, happy Sunday! We made it to this sweet sweet day.
This week I’ve been trying my best to move blocks out of my way. Obstacles in travel, challenges in relationships, blocks in writing. I’m acknowledging them and with my mind’s eye, literally pushing the unwanted stuff aside. The visualization hasn’t made things perfect by any stretch. In fact, maybe pushing too hard is what caused me to drop an entire bottle of laundry detergent on the floor… but there’s a lot to be said for persistence, and trying, and being on your hands and knees scooping laundry detergent back into the bottle.
Is Mercury retrograde almost over because I’m sure doing my best to power through. Beyonce says we’re limitless and I choose to believe her, ya feel?
I hope this day treats you well. I hope there are oatmeal cookies and cold watermelon chunks (or whatever your heart desires). The offering this week is below. As always, take what you need and yell at me in the comments if you need to:
• I had no idea this was so stressful: My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman (NYT)
• Honestly who orders that many lobster tails!? Such a red flag. How Scorned Women and a Casanova Cop Caught LA’s Dine-and-Dash-Dater (The Daily Beast)
• I come back to this list of questions so often. They spark some of the most important conversations: The 36 Questions That Lead To Love. (New York Times)
• New Orleans has taught me a lot of things, chief among them is the ease and joy of talking to strangers. Want To Feel Happier Today? Try Talking To A Stranger. (NPR)
• Always good to remind ourselves about our money. Pro Tip: financial planning. (Joy the Baker)
• Do you need a summer craft? Me – always. I adore (love love love, really) the crafts on The House That Lars Built and these clay hair clips are so cute and would totally make a sweet gifts. I also love the idea of a cute summer shoe like these Raffia Pom Pom Sandals from the most refined wearable DIYs – HonestlyWTF.
• Podcast episodes I listened to this week. One terrifying, one illuminating, one made me cry in a coffee shop. You determine which is which. Crime Junkie: Charlie Brandt, The Secret Lives of Black Women, Super Soul Conversations When You Know Better You Do Better. (Crime Junkie, Stitcher and Stitcher)
• How many more months before I can turn this Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread into a Mardi Gras King Cake? (Joy the Baker)
• I’m reading this odd and wild and beautiful book: Geek Love. (Amazon)
Have the most wonderful day!
My love to you!
Thank you for brightening my Sundays Joy! Always surprising, informative, delightful, emigrating. That date and ditch dude! Whoa what a piece of work. The ending, where his victims all went out for drinks together to celebrate kinda made my day.
That was meant to be enlightening lol
Yes to having a financial plan! My husband is a financial planner and it is nearly impossible to get people to understand the positives of working with one. Many people think it’s something you do if you’re rich or something, and that’s it. He just helped my old boss realize he can retire early with certain investments and medical options, so he’s quitting his job 3 years before he thought he could.
Geek Love! I read it years ago and loved it. It’s bizarre, but SO GOOD. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is another good read if you’re looking for a similar vibe. Have a great week!
ooh I loved Night Circus. I’ll give Geek Love a try!
The laundry detergent reminded me of the following: not long after I moved into a resident assistant apartment while I was in grad school, I spilled a goodly amount of liquid laundry detergent onto the dark green carpeting at the entryway. That much detergent just doesn’t come out and it changed the color of the carpet. I got to look at that stain every time I came and went from that place for the next three years. I’m glad you had dry detergent to clean up!
I can really relate to your comment about trying to move blocks out of the way! I’ve been struggling with a work report now for the last few weeks, and I’m doing my best to just get the writing down and not obsess over every detail. I write technical reports all the time, but for some reason, this one is just terrible! And I think it may be as you suggested–I’m pushing too hard! It’s sometimes good to hear these things from people other than coworkers and friends!
Ah, I look forward to this every Sunday. Thank you Joy for the time and energy you put into these weekly treats!
Great as always!
Geek Love is one of my favorite books I have ever read, I hope you enjoy it!
There are precisely zero Sundays when this doesn’t lift my heart.
Curating these moments of insight, beauty, honesty, information, joy, depth, light….
It is such a gift, and I am grateful.
I listened to The Secret Lives of Black Women after you recommended it—thank you! Taking what I learned and using it to be a better coworker, friend, and family member.
Thanks, as always, for the suggestions!
OMG, Geek Love is one of those books that has stuck with me… It was horrifying but I could not put it down. One of those where I NEEDED to finish it, but for my sanity I had to get through it as fast as possible. Beautifully grotesque.
Just read the Pro-Tips link – it’s great, thank you! How are you finding Acorns? Did you stick with it? Thoughts?
I have saved $1000 in a year with just the round up on Acorn’s
I see you made the best of it!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
Those Doughnuts look so tasty!!
Enjoy your sunday!
xx Lisa – Joy Della Vita Travelblog
It is so great to clean up in your life sometimes and I don’t mean our apartment or home, clear air in relationships, cut some loose. Make plans and feel free and fresh ?