Greetings from New Jersey! I am currently doing the pre-Russia shuffle, meaning I’m aimlessly flipping through old Russian text books, moving clothes from one pile to another on my bedroom floor, and writing three to-do lists a day. I’ll be there for about two months beginning this Saturday. Borsch, here I come!
Once again, here is a run-down of all my favorite finds from (roughly) the past week. Seriously, if you only click on one, listen to the new Foxes song below. Divine.
- An ode to my favorite alcohol (and, by extension, one of my favorite countries): “Shaking Up Pisco, Peru’s Native Spirit.“
- Not new, but much needed for me this week. Brené Brown discusses the power of vulnerability on TED Talks.
- “Read obituaries. They are just like biographies, only shorter. They remind us that interesting, successful people rarely lead orderly, linear lives.” WSJ’s “Ten Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You.”
- This past week there was a lot of hullabaloo about 30 Things Women Should Have and Should Know (by the time they’re 30) being reprinted. Thought Catalog offered their own version (and a followup), both of which I happen to like better than Glamour’s.
- Man, I love pretty doors. So does SKEdazzles.
- Kickball, a short video by Dana Terrace. Super duper cute animals dealing with bullies and making friends. There’s a land shark. Nuff said.
- The Color of Change: Can Colorful Images Help Solve Social Problems? I would sure like to think so, being a color fanatic myself. I wear bright colors, fill my living spaces them, and attribute particular emotions and inspirations to different shades. What do you think?
- There Are Good People Out There, from Positively Positive. I could not agree more.
- Currently Reading: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, by Masha Gessen
- Currently Listening: White Coats, by Foxes
“As a child, my mother said to me
Don’t be afraid to lead the way you see
And it’s only you who knows
Nobody else can see”