Last week, I thought for about the one kajillionth time that I really ought to be doing some sort of more regular blogging. I've been wanting to for awhile, and it's not just something I feel like I "should" be doing, but something that I think will be good for me. Light & Pine, while primarily focused on my art and my process and my shop, is also still a big part of my life, and my life is full of all sorts of things and inspirations. So I'm going to attempt to do a weekly sharing of some of my favorite things - people, places, internet things, books, cute videos, words - and see where it goes! Tuesdays have always seemed like a strange day of the week to me. It's not quite Monday, but it's still the beginning of the week and it's still a bit of a struggle to get going, at least for me. Maybe this will help, maybe it won't, but we won't know until we try! So heeeeere we go!
And before we get to any of this favorite things business, a very happy International Women's Day to all of you! I would be nothing without all the badass, inspirational, stunning, creative, talented, caring, devoted, and incredible women in my life (and the men who support those women) - here's to celebrating those babes, working towards equality, and smashing the patriarchy everyday.
What Women Find in Friends That They May Not Get From Love by Rebecca Traister, NY Times
Nine Learnings From Nine Years of Brain Pickings by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings (an older piece, but I refound it this week and boy oh BOY is it brilliant, as is all of Brain Pickings)
The Gendered Way We've Learned to Ask Questions Is Terrible for Both Men and Women by Elizabeth Weingarten, Quartz
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (my most recent book I've read and WOW did it make me have all the feels. I cried, I laughed so hard I snorted into my beer, I felt okay being human - an abso-frickin-lutely stunning read about real life.)
(Check out Quartz for a wonderful way to get the news!)
I'm kind of a fan of this whole let's-release-secret-albums plan, and although my hip hop knowledge is pretty limited, Kendrick Lamar's new album is phenomenal on so many levels. If you didn't get a chance to check out his performance at the Grammys, make sure you do now.
I love NPR, I love good live music, and I only wish I had been able to be at the All Songs Considered Sweet Sixteen concert. Two of my favorite sets were by The Suffers, who made me feel alive and empowered and amazing and do some intense seated dancing, and Glen Hansard, who could sing the ABCs on repeat and I'd be gloriously happy, but who chooses to sing his own songs and has my heart forever.
To Anyone Who Thinks They're Falling Behind In Life by Jamie Varon, Huffington Post
Don't Think About The Future by Christopher Butler
I recently finished Amanda Palmer's book The Art of Asking, and it absolutely blew me away. If you also struggle with asking or if you need a reminder that you're not the only one who struggles with The Fraud Police or if YOU ARE A HUMAN, please give it a read. Her TED talk is also a great place to start, and if you get a little teary, then RUN and go get the book.
The Internet is a funny, terrifying, beautiful place, and I'm so damn grateful to have met some of the most wonderful humans because of it. I've followed Nora McInerny Purmort's story for awhile, and I have lost track of the times I've read through her blog and cried and been enraged and astonished at this whole life business. The way she crafts her words is stunning and heartwrenching and honest and true, and if you've somehow missed any of her writing, change that NOW. She is so many things and is doing so much good in the world - her work at Still Kickin and her writing and her honesty - and I'm so glad for her voice in my life. She is one of my most favorite Internet Friends, and we got to meet up and become Real Life Friends not too long ago, and her upcoming book is going to BLOW. YOU. AWAY. Preorder it right now. Do it. Stop stalling. The link is right there. Until it comes out, try and satiate your penchant for badass ladies who write about REAL things with anything she writes - here's some to start you off:
To badass ladies, dancing while seated and standing, and lots of talk about real life. Happy Tuesday!