Links I Love (+ an 8tracks Mix): July 27th

So in an effort to post more regularly (and to start bringing in some more varied content other than just book reviews and personal essays), I had the idea of doing bi-monthly posts every other Wednesday on this here blog to share some links of things I’ve read, watched, or absorbed online in some form or another that have interested and/or inspired me in ways both big and small. My goal is to include one YouTube Video, one Podcast, and one or two actual articles. There’s a lot of negative energy and hate online, but there are so many inspiring and interesting things to be learned – and I want to showcase a few things each week that brought me joy or wonder.

Also, I’ll be including a new 8tracks playlist toward the top of each post with some music I’m currently loving. I use 8tracks as my main source for finding new music, and I often have a mix on when I’m reading, blogging, folding laundry, and doing anything really. This one was inspired by a book I’m currently reading titled The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – need I say more?

And, without further ado…here are a few things I saw online this week that I loved:

  1. YouTube: Marie Forleo’s Interview with Tony Robbins
    • I’m a huge fan of Marie Forleo and I watch her quick and uplifting Q+A Tuesday YouTube videos on the regular. Luckily, when I’m in the mood for something a bit longer and deeper, it’s always easy to find an interview that she has done with someone who is extremely innovative (Arianna Huffington and Elizabeth Gilbert to name a few). This week, it was Tony Robbins, and I couldn’t be more excited. The interview runs about an hour in length (and also mentions his new Netflix Documentary I Am Not Your Guruwhich I’m looking forward to checking out this week), but it’s easy to play on your phone while working out or doing laundry, or just relaxing after dinner with a notebook and pen to jot down some pearls of wisdom.
  2. Podcast: On Being Episode with Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward – Being Peace in a World of Trauma
    • I recently started taking actual baths as a way to destress (I literally had not taken one since the 90’s) and I wanted something relaxing to listen to as I soaked in epsom salts and diffused some essential oils (seriously, try this if you haven’t because it is heaven). Since Krista Tippett’s voice is the actual definition of tranquil, I put this episode on. It’s extremely timely with the seemingly endless violence that we have been seeing both in the US and abroad, and the idea of bringing mindfulness practices into the way that the justice system, namely the police force, operates is something that everyone should be paying mind to. This episode also gave me food for thought for Law School, but more than that it made me reflect on the healing that must take place in this world  – and it offered mindfulness as a key component for that reconciliation, which I have not heard from mainstream media.
  3. Article: After Kim Kardashian’s Exposé, Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad Can’t Stop Making Everything Worse by Amy Zimmerman
    • Okay so admittedly, this article isn’t on trend in terms of the spiritual and personal development themes of the YouTube Video and Podcast above, but these articles truly bring me joy, and I have zero shame in that. I literally laugh out loud every time something like this comes out because they are just too clever. I’m also glad to be including this in my first weekly links post because balance is my word of 2016 and while I love a good Marie Forleo interview and a thought-provoking On Being episode, sometimes a good laugh from something pop-culture related is just as therapeutic and essential to our day as something more ‘profound.’ Balance is key, people – let’s not take ourselves too seriously! ☺️

Thanks for reading. I’m trying to keep throwing things at the wall to see what sticks when it comes to this blog, but I’m hoping that this is something I’ll continue to curate every other week as a means of spreading some of the goodness that the internet has to offer. I’m always interested in writing book reviews and reflections on life, but this feels like a good way to both share and catalogue the things that I enjoy in a short and sweet way (and it keeps me inclined to make 8tracks mixes, which I’m way too sporadic about). Stay tuned for more!

Goodbye to All That

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Photo of a church I used to walk by daily in Greenwich Village.

Today, I walked into my (now empty) studio apartment in the Village to tidy a few last things up before finally giving the keys over so that they could find their way to its new inhabitant come July. While I would love to say that it was a deeply emotional experience, filled with revelations and flashbacks to great memories, it was more of a simple and calm goodbye for me. I am deeply grateful for the 3 years in which I made this small space my home (and for the 5 total years that I’ve spent living in the city), but it honestly felt right to say goodbye. I felt at peace, and grateful, and humbled to have had this experience. Before I closed the door for the last time, I stood in the middle of the room and prayed. I prayed in gratitude for all of the growth that I have experienced in my life these past 3 years. I prayed in thanksgiving for being sent to this very location – the place where I made new friends, found great sources of guidance for both my mind and body, and evolved as an individual in countless ways.

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Boston Visit: March 2016

This past weekend, my mother and I took a trip to Boston – a place where we have been meaning to travel to together for quite some time. The main purpose of the trip was for me to attend an Admitted Students’ Day for a Law School (which I have now decided to attend – so excited!), and the secondary purpose was to get a feel for the city and to see just some of its endless history.

We had a lovely trip and I cannot wait to go back again so that I can start to explore even more of this city. Between traveling and spending time at the school, we didn’t have as much time as we would have liked to go sightseeing (plus we had to cut the trip short because of impending snow), but here are just a few photos of what we did get to see – which was equal parts beautiful, quaint, and historic. I am looking forward to discovering all that there is to see in this city both during my upcoming trips there and when I actually move and begin to make it my own.

What I will say is this (and I’ll definitely be doing a more detailed post on this in the upcoming months): this city is New York turned down a few notches – it’s not as hectic or stressful to navigate, and it has charm and history that I have yet to find in my 5 years living in Manhattan. I am exceedingly grateful and excited that I will get to start a new chapter in a new city – especially in a place that already feels much more aligned with my personality and values than New York has ever felt. Enjoy the photos!

Beacon Hill

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Fairmont Copley Plaza

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Boston Public Library

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What I Read: January 2016

So I’m a little behind on my January 31st deadline for the books that I set out to read for last month, but I was self-compassionate this week and gave myself the extension I needed. (Now, I’ll just do it double-time for the month of February :)) I accidentally read 5 books this month (2 were Kindle reads that I read both on the treadmill and on my lunch break at work). But from now on, I’m sticking to the physical books that I own and will reserve treadmill walks and lunch breaks for Audiobooks or Podcasts. So, without further ado, here we go…

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Book Review: ‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes

So, I just finished reading Year of Yes by the queen Shonda Rhimes and I have so much to say about it. This is the kind of book that I want to buy one hundred copies of and give to friends, family (I already gave one to my mom), and strangers on the street, to be honest. Maybe it’s because I can relate so keenly to the revelations that Shonda has had as she embarked upon this project, maybe it’s our shared introverted nature, or maybe it’s just because I’m a huge sucker for a story of true transformation – one in which the protagonist goes through their hero’s journey and by the end is completely changed, with new eyes and a fresh perspective on themselves and the world around them. I think I’m always falling for these storylines (whether they be in films or books alike – Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love comes to mind) because it gives me, too, hope that I can change and grow and evolve in the ways I most need to if only I have the courage to look fear in the face, and, like the Pink song says, say “I just don’t care” as I keep pushing forward.

I could honestly type about this topic all day long, but I’ll digress for now and instead focus on the main takeaways from this book. If no one reads this post, I’ll still consider it an accomplishment because I will most definitely be turning back and re-reading it in the future.

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So, without further ado, here we go…

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