I got to spend some time at home with family and friends, got to experience nearly every type of weather imaginable in Chicago over two days, and got a cold over the last week. AIN'T NO STOPPIN' ME NOW, FRIENDS.
Becoming Wise: I can't even remember how I first came upon the On Being podcast, but am so grateful, however it happened. Krista Tippett, the host, has a new book out today, and I was asked to make some pieces to help promote it. While I've yet to read it, the blurbs I was given to work from are fantastic, and I can't wait to read the full thing!
To Overcome The Fear Of Failure, Fear This Instead: Another from my friend Luke, this piece has some really wonderful things that I've been learning over the past few years. Failure is really terrifying, sometimes overwhelmingly so. But as Adam Grant points out, "ultimately, what we regret is not failure, but the failure to act."
The Thing Is: I was introduced to this poem by Ellen Bass via On Being, and holy shit is it something else. Through the tumultuous and overwhelmingly hard parts of the last few years in my own life and in the lives of people I love, these words sum it up in the most truthful and hopeful way.
On A Serpentine Road, With The Top Down: I cried my way through this piece about the author's process of letting go of her deceased husband's car, with all the memories that stuff often holds for us, whether we realize it or not.
The Family Footsteps We Follow: My family means the world and the universe and THE WHOLE GALAXY to me, and I am the luckiest to have their love and support throughout everything. This article talks a little more about the inevitable comparison that can happen with families, but I think the author sums up so many family dynamics with these two sentences - "Surrounded by so much loyalty. Cushioned by such love."
To Love Someone by Ben Abraham: Ben Abraham is a new voice for me, and one I've loved getting to listen to lately. This is a quieter take from a song on his new album Sirens, and I'm not saying it WILL make you weepy on public transit if you're already feeling a little lonely, but I'm also not saying it won't.
Overcoats: I believe I heard of these two via Bob Boilen, host of the fabulous Tiny Desk concerts after he posted about their SXSW performance on his Instagram. He described them as "Sylvan Esso and Lucius", two of my favorites, so I was already hooked. Now I've just been listening incessantly to the few songs they have put out, and anxiously awaiting more. Join me!
Buddy Bench A Big Hit At Saskatoon's Willowgrove School: I move that schools and communities and governments and workplaces and restaurants all implement this buddy bench idea. Once again, children showing us the important things in life.
My Year Of Saying Yes To Everything: Shonda Rhimes is a badass in so many areas, and her TED talk is no exception. She wears an astounding amount of hats, but as she reminds us through her words here, she does not want to orient her life around being known as a titan. "The hum is not power and the hum is not work-specific. The hum is joy-specific. The real hum is love-specific. The hum is the electricity that comes from being excited by life. The real hum is confidence and peace. The real hum ignores the stare of history, and the balls in the air, and the expectation, and the pressure. The real hum is singular and original. The real hum is God's whisper in my ear, but maybe God was whispering the wrong words, because which one of the gods was telling me I was the titan?" More joy, more love, more finding our own hums.
Preschool Pocket Treasures: A series on literally what it sounds like - what a mother finds in her preschooler's pockets when he comes home from school. While they are arranged by the mother, the whimsical and imaginative nature of kids shines through in these beautiful photographs, and makes my pockets look real boring. Note to self: carry more than just Burt's Bees.
Toddlerography: It should be blatantly clear by now that I think kids rule. This piece from James Corden's Late Late Show made that stance even clearer, and also made me wonder if this is the form of exercise I've been looking for and just haven't found yet. Time to google "toddlerography Chicago."
May your week to come be full of all sorts of weather but hopefully a good amount of sunshine, lots of good words, and hopefully some good dance parties, with or without toddlers.