Favorite Things, Vol. XIV

As I've been transitioning from one nanny charge to two (my day job), it's left a little less time for art and rest, but thankfully they are both cute and I got a whole day to art this weekend, while watching entirely too much Parks and Recreation. (JK there is NO SUCH THING as too much Parks and Recreation. #knope2016)

A recent custom piece for a dear friend who lives all the way out in Alaska - I always feel so lucky to get to make things for my people, especially when they are far from me.

TO READ

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker: In case you have missed this, please take the time to read this letter in its entirety. The way this case has been handled is nothing short of an absolute mess, and her words are heartbreaking and powerful. We must be better. Believe people's stories. Fight for them. "And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you."

Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person: Alain de Botton brings up some wonderful thoughts on love and relationships and trust - we've all been so brainwashed into the idea that we'll marry THE ONE or THE PERFECT PERSON, but what about when life changes us? What about those things we never saw coming? What about when we argue or disagree or come to a crossroads? As he puts it, "We should learn to accommodate ourselves to “wrongness,” striving always to adopt a more forgiving, humorous and kindly perspective on its multiple examples in ourselves and in our partners."

Let's Get Drinks: LOLOLOLOLOL this is incredibly relevant and also a little bit sad about how true it is, but I LOVE how far they stretch this. Brilliantly written.

Kristen Bell: I'm Over Staying Silent About Depression: I've posted recently about Kristen Bell's video interview with Off Camera, and this piece of writing continues her wise words about the necessity of speaking up about mental health, and specifically anxiety and depression. These words are incredibly helpful to me, as I've been going through a pretty intense season of anxiety, and I hope they will also ease your minds that you are NEVER alone and you are ALWAYS worth it.

 

TO LISTEN

Broadway Carpool Karaoke: This is the most wonderful thing. Just TRY not to smile and/or singalong.

Top Of The World Tour Live: My sister is in town for a few days, and we got to see The Dixie Chicks on Sunday and live our childhood dream. They were just as amazing as they were 10-15 years ago, and I am amazed at how many lyrics I still totally had in my brain. (Okay, who am I kidding - I listen to them all the time.) I've listened to this live album more times than I can estimate, and in case you don't get to see them on this tour, may this be a stand-in for now.

 

TO INSPIRE

What To Do When You're Overthinking Your Own Happiness: Okay, hi, HELLO this is my brain about EVERYTHING relatively good that comes my way. As the author puts it, we've been trained out of the radical trust she talks about in terms of relationships, but I think that radical trust is lacking in SO MANY arenas of our society. Trust is hella scary. It's also hella important. I love that her response to this article is to push towards gratitude. To not make excuses, or make it comfortable, or think it must be too good to be true, but to simply say, "thank you" and keep on keeping on. This has proven to be much easier said than done for me, and I'm sure it will always be that way, but I have seen the importance of doing so, so I will continue to strive for gratitude, to the best of my ability.

More Than Just Parks: I've only been able to watch a few of these so far, but WOW. I'm ready to pack up a trailer and visit all the national parks NOW. See you out there.

Joey Hugs Teddy Bear And The World Goes Wild: The weekly dosage of cute, sent to me from my grandma, who rules.

 

May your weeks be full of singalongs in and out of the car, love with a heaping dose of grace, and cute animals doing cute things.

 

xoxo

H