How was your week, friends? I spent most of mine getting all the new Bank Boost students situated and getting ready for two weeks in Costa Rica. I’m there right now if you’d like to follow along on Instagram!
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I know we’ve left the holiday season, but I only recently discovered this Christmas song and now you need to know about it, too!
How was your week, friends? I spent most of mine launching Bank Boost – class officially starts tomorrow! As I type this, it’s 80% sold out – so if you’d interested, I’d suggest joining us sooner rather than later!
Other than that, I’m gearing up for two weeks in Costa Rica – one week hosting a retreat for Fit & Fly Girl, one week poking around San Jose with a friend. If you have recs for San Jose, send ’em my way!
Links for you
Since we’re deep into resolution season: An insanely easy way to stick to stick to your resolutions
Related: one of my goals for this year is to finally get serious about Instagram! So I’m very into this $200 course bundle that’s currently going for $97 – and it promises that I don’t have to be ‘instaperfect’ which is good because I am not.
This week I was on the Branding Outside The Box podcast talking about creating for your community and how we can’t take what people like (and don’t like) personally. You can listen to the episode here. Also: I LOVE being on podcasts. If you have one, I’d probably like to be on it! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get something scheduled!
It’s citrus season, so here’s how to make candied orange peel!
I love it when people respect the era and bones of their homes (not everything has to be open concept!!!) so I loved this article full of tips for emphasizing period charm.
A member shared this in our Money & Happy Facebook group: What happens when you spending diary goes viral?
In a very long, typewritten letter, a reader told me my fecklessness brought shame on my parents and my editor and warned that, if not addressed, it would cause tension with my future husband and our hypothetical children, culminating, potentially, in my alcoholism. “I have not written this in anger,” she concluded, “but out of serious concern for the way you are wasting your money and your life.”
“Farmers market fresh, without the farmers market trip” I AM INTRIGUED!
Hope you had a lovely week! You can follow along on Instagram if you’re curious about what I get up to Costa Rica! (Last time I went white water rafting and fell out going over the rapids. So.)
I hope Christmas was lovely for those of you who celebrate it! We’ve been laying low in this weird week between Christmas and New Years. Lots of movies, long walks, and plotting 2019.
Links for you
A few weeks ago, I shared on Instagram Stories that I often make new candles out of the melted bits of old candles. I got tons of questions about how I do it, so here’s a tutorial.
Also, I’m a huge fan of wood wick candles (they make crackling fire sounds!) and you can buy the wicks for your candle-making adventures here.
Reminder: I’m teaching the money module of Courtney Carver’s super popular year-long course A Simple Year. This is the last year she’s offering the program, so if you’ve been on the fence now is the time!
Are you still friends with everyone you invited to your wedding?
So good: the pleasure/happiness gap.
Pleasure and happiness feel like they are substitutes for each other, different ways of getting the same thing. But they’re not. Instead, they are things that are possible to get confused about in the short run, but in the long run, they couldn’t be more different.
Both are cultural constructs. Both respond not only to direct, physical inputs (chemicals, illness) but more and more, to cultural ones, to the noise of comparisons and narratives.
I am weirdly into extensively tested product recommendations, so I loved this round up of all Real Simple magazine’s ‘road tests.‘
This is a great time of year to assemble a New Things list for 2019 – here’s how to do it!
Co-signed: Why you need ‘white space’ in your daily routine
Time scarcity is like kryptonite for creativity. If we want to create an environment that nourishes innovation and imagination, we need to build quiet counterpoints into our daily rhythm. These small moments of “white space”— where we have time to pause and reflect, or go for a walk, or just breathe deeply for a few moments — are what give balance and flow and comprehension to our lives as a larger whole.
Hope you had a lovely week, friends!
What’d you get up to this week, friends? I went to my friend’s annual cookie exchange (I brought these). We took the boys to see night trains, drove around looking at lights, and I had breakfast with a long-time internet buddy.
Links for you!
Holiday gifts that invite calm. Lovely!
I loved this house tour of an 1800s Farmhouse in Ohio.
You know you’re an adult when you buy yourself these for Christmas and ARE SO EXCITED.
So, so funny! (Loretta and I have similar conversations)
Download your free Hygge handbook and actually enjoy the rest of the winter – even after the tree comes down!
A great interview with Jameela Jamil.
“Being okay with yourself is the most amazing middle finger to everyone.” She’s quick to clarify, though, that caring about your looks is okay, too. “I wear a bit of makeup and short shorts and high platform boots sometimes,” she says. “But it’s an eighth of who I am. I’m not sitting here as an actress who sometimes endorses clothing lines being like, ‘Don’t care at all about the way you look.’ Just don’t make it everything.”
I loved this episode of Alex Beadon’s podcast: The secret to creating internal and external environments that help you thrive. So smart!
A cute (and free!) idea for eco-friendly confetti.
A year of major change that’s not necessarily immediately visible.
Loving reminder that most Native Americans would really prefer that we didn’t throw around the terms ‘tribe’ and ‘spirit animal.’
Looooool! New erotica for feminists:
“Why don’t we invite your friend over?” he suggests, testing the waters. “There’s nothing I love more than watching two women in sweatpants engaging in hot political discourse. I love to watch… how you always let each other finish speaking without interrupting. I’ll also make nachos.”
This would be a great holiday gift for any history-lover in your life!
I have fallen down an internet hole in regards to the Japanese art of mending clothes?
Hope you had a lovely week!
You can watch the whole thing on Youtube!
Hello friends! How was your week? I spent much of mine in New Mexico and IT WAS GREAT.
Absolutely no one asked, but here’s my 4-5 day New Mexico itinerary for you:
* Fly into Albuquerque and drive up to Santa Fe. Go to Meow Wolf. Go to 10,000 Waves (use the clothing optional section if you’re brave!) Eat dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the plaza.
* Drive back to Albuquerque and visit The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Go to El Patio de Albuquerque and eat all the New Mexican food you can’t get elsewhere (Carne Adovada, green chile everything, frito pies, Mexican colas, and Biscochitos).
* Drive to White Sands National Monument, stopping at PistachioLand -Farm Tours & Country Store for your fill of pistachio brittle and a photo with the world’s largest pistachio.
* Explore White Sands. Yes, splash out for the sled, no you don’t need the wax. They’ll buy the sled back from you. Take one million photos.
* Drive on to Truth or Consequences. Stay at one of the million vintage hot spring hotels or this amazing Airbnb. Eat at Latitude 33 or Passion Pie. Soak in a hot spring and poke around the art galleries.
*On your drive back to Albuquerque, stop at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to check out wintering birds.
Anyhoo. Links for you!
Links for you!
Because I know everyone will ask once they see it on Instagram, this is the amazing Airbnb we stayed at in Truth Or Consequences. It has its own private hot spring! (If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s $40 towards your first booking)
This is my fifth trip to New Mexico, so 9 Wonderful, Off-The-Beaten-Path Things To Do In New Mexico
I’m the stepmother of 12 and 15 year old boys and I loved this: 21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Boys
5. Prepare for cranky questions to emanate from the open fridge: “Is the ham all gone?” “Wasn’t there leftover steak?” Answer with your sunny good nature. “It is!” “You ate it!” Remind your son that he is welcome to restock the fridge.
6. Familiarize yourself with the expression “second dinner,” and buy lots of Trader Joe’s frozen entrees for hungry nighttime foragers.
How a Tribe Battled Loggers With a Drone They Built Watching YouTube
I am reading this book four years after everyone else and it is excellent!
What 10 years of trying looks like.
I loved this roundup of DIY and handmade gifts.
Co-signed. (Why are people so weird about height and dating?)
Related – True Story: I’m 4 inches taller than my husband
Excellent, blunt advice.
My wife and I have been paying off our student loans for years, but we still have about $75,000 to go. She’s 35 and really wants to start having a family, but I think we should wait a few more years, until we’ve paid off more of our loans. We argue about it constantly.— Anonymous
You don’t actually want children and you’re wasting her time and she will hate you forever.
In August, Leah Nixon was in a serious accident while working construction for Habitat For Humanity. Her right leg had to be amputated and she’s paralyzed from the chest down. Now, her friends and family are raising money to cover her medical expenses with this amazing raffle for $20,000 worth of products!
Kenny’s Jewish so we usually spend Christmas Eve with his family at Shuang Cheng. If we wanted to branch out, I loved this round up of 25 Chinese recipes for a Jewish Christmas.
Hope you had a great week!