Back in the day, before I started this business, before I was married or had kids even (there was a time!I can almost remember it!), I blogged.
It was in no way professional, or particularly thought through even, but it was a place I shared stuff. Musings and books and art and music and films and photos and clothes and all that jazz. It was basically my Pinterest before Pinterest was a thing.
See when I love something, I have an overwhelming urge to share it.
There is so much cool and wonderful stuff in the world, and everyone should know about it! Enough terrible news makes it's way around, I'm all for sharing the actual good stuff.
When blogging kind of died, I tried Tumblr, then a newsletter. Both lasted for a hot 5 minutes. Then, as we all know, IG became the new blog.
But trying to share a plethora of interesting things in a 15 sec story isn't ideal. And as you may well know if you follow me there, I haven't accrued the cult like follower numbers needed to for the swipe up (despite jokingnotjoking that I'd sleep my way to the swipe), which I'm sure we can all agree, is a TRAVESTY.
So, when lamenting this fact, friend reminded me of my own short sightedness - YOU HAVE A BLOG> RIGHT THERE> ON YOUR WEBSITE. AND YOU CAN SHARE WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT.
SO! This is the new segment of the show where I share whatever the hell I want.
On to the good stuff>
Everyone should go follow Gretchen immediately - she's an INTERNET LINGUIST GUYS! She literally writes about internet grammar and emoji use and everything she has to say fascinates me. She also has a podcast, along with a book called 'Because Internet', which, clapping emoji.
The Collected AHP - Anne Helen Petersen
AHP is a wonderful writer, who has a knack for pinning down pop culture and those complex millennial feelings. Her piece on burnout went viral a few months ago, and her newsletter is on a similar theme this week -I particularly loved the comparison to lent and the ideal way to lose weight... making small changes that are there to help us turn toward the difficult feelings, rather than away from. It's a journey, I guess.
'Its all about what you do when your mind wanders and grasps. Do you give it the quick and easiest fix? Do you sit with the discomfort and name it for what it is? Do you push yourself towards another, more nourishing activity? Do you double down on more work because its the thing you know you're good at, and will restore your sense of value? Its going to take me a very long time to unlearn the idea that Iâm only as valuable as my ability to work more than everyone around me. But Im trying.'
'We spent time talking about the gift of the Sabbath, and the actual aim of Lent, which isnt to give up something you love, but give up something that you grasp in times of turmoil or indecision or boring, as a coping mechanism, instead of confronting whats actually going on. You dont give up chocolate cake because God doesnt want you have things that you love. You give up chocolate cake if its what you turn towards instead of God'
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The Captiuonfluencer NYT
Speaking of IG becoming the new blog - here's an article all about it! As someone who is guilty of writing overly long captions, I am here for it guys.
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) - Philippa Perry
If you know me irl I've probably badgered you about this book already because I really think it's one of the most helpful books I've read in a long time. It's not necessarily a laid back, passive read, but her style of writing is so friendly and open, that in turn opening up feels like a conversation. Phillippa is gentle but firm in her believe that we need to take a look at where we came from, examine our own experiences as children with our parents, in order to parent our own children better. Her advice to meet your kids where they are and validate their feelings (the feelings are important, people) has been the simplest advice for me personally, but has already changed how I react in stressful situations. Even if you're not a parent, this book has the capacity the shift your thinking about yourself and others, especially your own parents.
Here is a great article about the book, and a link to buy.
Ways to Change the World with Simon Amstell
Full disclosure - I'm very into Simon Amstell. And this podcast does everything to intensify those feelings. I LUF HIM OK. He is funny and thought provoking, having that rare ability to keep things feeling light, despite the topics being heavy. I also really like Krishnan Guru-Murthy as an interviewer - he brings an openness to the table that makes it feels like a proper two sided conversation.
Broad City / Fleabag / Wine Country
There's a theme here - women are making fucking brilliant TV. Turns out, al they needed was access to the room!
This week was the end of Broad City, one of my favourite TV shows of all time. However, if my IG stories is anything to go by - NO-ONE IS WATCHING IT?! If that's you, then you're in luck because you now have all 5 seasons to immerse yourself in the crazy, wonderful, funny af world of Abbi and Ilana. It's probably the best love letter I've seen to female friendship - whilst also letting women be women on screen in a real and dirty way that we should all be embracing. Actual lols and heartfelt love to be had.
Start at the beginning, thank me later.
I almost feel guilty about writing about Fleabag here because I have been doing weekly stories on the subject due to my absolute obsession with the latest series (I've saved them in a highlights reel - go take a look). But my main thoughts are: OMG THE FOURTH WLL BREAKING, and HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT HOT PRIEST NOW???
And finally, Amy Poehler is gonna be back on Netflix! She's written and directed a film, Wine Country, based on a friends weekend away t celebrate turning 50, and this interview with her and Maya Rudolph is the perfect way to pretend they're my friends and I'm invited on the next trip.
Sali Hughes budget beauty round up - skin and body care here, make up/nails,hair here.
I want this, and can highly recommend this (I've used for 2 years and it makes me glow).
Currently very into the tag #super_ordinarylife. Does what it says on the tin.