What’d you get up to this week, friends? I workedworkedworked because on Thursday we left for five days in Vermont to celebrate my birthday/our anniversary. OBVIOUSLY we’re doing the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour!
Links for you!
When I showed off our incredibly cute Vermont Airbnb on IG stories, a lot of you wanted to know the listing. It’s The Benthill Schoolhouse and it is a-dor-a-ble. We pretty much exclusively use Airbnb when we travel and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’ve never used it before, here’s a $40 credit towards your first booking!
I’ve spent the last week and a half NOT grocery shopping, to empty our fridge for our trip to Vermont. I turned it into a #nogrocerychallenge and documented all the meals I made on IG stories. AND IT WAS SO FUN! You can see all the before-and-afters of my meals here.
Related: Constraint breeds creativity.
This profile of former president Jimmy Carter was so lovely and inspiring. It sort of made me weepy?
Carter is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics — a two-bedroom rancher assessed at $167,000, less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.
Ex-presidents often fly on private jets, sometimes lent by wealthy friends, but the Carters fly commercial. Stuckey says that on a recent flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Carter walked up and down the aisle greeting other passengers and taking selfies.
I was on the Pimp Your Brilliance podcast this week talking about building habits that will support your business! Listen here.
I loved Laura’s article on consciously building yourself and drawing a map of the person you want to be.
Actively searching out influences for my fashion, my career, my choices of pasta – it doesn’t dilute who I am. In seeking out inspiration from others I’m not a sell-out or shallow. I’d argue the opposite. I find pieces of myself in others, and in making them a part of my family tree, they are, indeed, a map. They are a map towards my truest and most best self. Being inspired by others makes me more… me.
Annnnd this did, too. (And he has a point!)
If you’ve ever been told that you’re lazy or beaten yourself up because you keep missing deadlines, you need to read this: Laziness Does Not Exist.
For decades, psychological research has been able to explain procrastination as a functioning problem, not a consequence of laziness. When a person fails to begin a project that they care about, it’s typically due to either a) anxiety about their attempts not being “good enough” or b) confusion about what the first steps of the task are. Not laziness. In fact, procrastination is more likely when the task is meaningful and the individual cares about doing it well.
Hope you had a lovely weekend!