Weekend Reading

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Friday! After a wonderful weekend celebrating my cousin's wedding it's been a rough week getting back in the swing of things. I'm looking forward to a low key weekend. Here's a few light hearted stories I've seen this week.

She calls it "13 genius tips for decorating a small space" I call it my perfect apartment. "Wallpaper, gallery wall and bookshelves OH MY!"

I'm in the market for a new moisturizer and the one Natalie recommends seems like a good contender.

How to cozy up this winter, the Danish way.

My new dream destination, a bike path!

Speaking of bikes, here are some very important tips to keep you bike secure when you're not around.

I love this argument, "eating Paleo ain't all steaks and bacon"!

One of my favorite bloggers released her online shop today. I want everything.

Have a lovely weekend friends!

Image: View from my boyfriend's apartment.


Monday, November 3, 2014

A paper is due tomorrow so I am inevitably scouring the depths of the internet to do something (anything!) other than write. But look what I found!

I am obsessed.

Weekend Reading

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Happy Halloween! What are you up to tonight? I'm looking forward to stopping by a friend's party and probably doing a bit of bar hopping but most of all I cant wait to see the creative costumes that people come up with. I've found that when the holiday falls on a weekend it's the perfect excuse to go all out. Here's hoping the rain calls it quits by witching hour! What are you going to be?

I often think and write about the difficulties of simply getting through. This beautiful article about self acceptance sums up the major themes I've been working with lately. "What a lot of people now identify as “major life problems” are really the natural ebbs and flows of life. Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down, and for some reason, we seem to have forgotten that that’s OK."

Now that I'm back in school, I found this account of a teacher's experience as a student particularly fascinating. 

I have started experimenting with "natural" deodorants. I haven't found one that works incredibly well yet (sorry for all those that come in contact with me), but I made this one the other day and am giving it a try. Will report back.

Yay Mercury Retrograde is over! Here are some things you can get back to doing (safely).

For if you're thinking: What is this mercury retrograde you speak of?

And, my favorite website to answer the question "Is Mercury in retrograde right now?"

I love these old photographs of 1950's San Francisco.

In college I was a major supporter of Pink October, but as Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close I leave this alarming article as proof that buying pink things is not going to help us find a cure.

Have a lovely fall weekend!

Weekend Reading

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's been a busy few weeks. I spent an entire weekend at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, played tour guide to a friend from Kansas, recommitted to my yoga practice and basked in the last few days of our San Francisco Indian Summer. I return from the land of too much fun and not enough homework with some good stuff I've found over the last few weeks.

More on our ancestors, this time it's all about sleep. (I think I'm seeing a theme in these weekly recaps.)

Anyone else on ello? I don't know what I'm doing but I like it.

I admit I was surprised by one of the key players in the early San Francisco gay movement.

“At what point is one considered emotionally unstable? Like, be specific.” And other thoughts every woman starts having in her 20s.

In preparation for my halloween costume I actually googled this today. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it.

I absolutely love these digital renditions of Disney classics.

A moving article with a provocative title, about the essential nature of relationships.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mid-Week Meditation

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm a bit late to this week's mediation. Instead of a guided meditation this week I thought this article would be nice to refer back to from time to time for insight on some meditating basics.

I particularly love 4. Take your meditation to go- Taking one breath with each step really forces you to slow down and be present. I've done it in a park a few times and I enjoy the added benefit of more time to take in beautiful surroundings.

One of the best tools for this is a labyrinth. There are several in the city that I have yet to use but have so much desire to. Here's hoping this inspires me to take a little meditation field trip soon.

What do you think about the article? Have you ever done a walking meditation?

Mid-Week Meditation

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One of the unexpected things I like most about my school is most teachers lead a centering activity at the beginning of each class. Typically this is a simple breathing meditation but occasionally they'll get fancy with it, by incorporating gratitude or imagery of some sort. Regardless of the direction the teacher takes, I appreciate this emphasis at the beginning of each class because I have been having a hard time feeling present in class. Pausing to focus on my breath in the first few moments has helped me feel more calm, centered and ready.

As a regular yoga practitioner, I know that I benefit from meditating but I have such a hard time incorporating it into my daily routine. In an effort to do this, I've decided to start a series called Mid-Week Meditation to keep myself accountable. Every week I'll share a meditation that struck me in some way.

The following is a brief, 5 minute breathing/body awareness meditation I found and really like.

Let me know if you give it a shot.

Weekend Reading

Friday, September 26, 2014

Picture from the slide show linked below.

Happy Friday! I am off to take care of some chores today before heading down to LA with my family tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a Dodger game and hopefully a trip to the beach. Do you have any weekend plans?

All you need is love (and other things we knew all along, now backed by science)

This super creative, hilarious back to school video.

A beautiful house put their most important art on display.

I am obsessed with WWII history. These pictures of the invasion of Poland had me mesmerized.

Caroline of Un-Fancy revealed her Fall Capsule wardrobe today. I talked about it in my 1001 in 100 update but her blog inspired me to pare down my wardrobe and rethink why I shop in the first place. I love her aesthetic, and while I like a few more colors than she does, I have learned so much from her blog.

Is Detroit the new San Francisco? The answer is no but I think some would like that to change.

Another installment in our ancestors impressing me. Stonehenge, are we still learning about what it looked like originally?

Do you talk to strangers? I admit I am not good at this but my Mom and Nana are so chatty with everyone. It must be in my genes right?