Although it took us forever and a day to choose his first name, it took us a hot second to agree upon George’s middle name: Emerson. Apart from sounding both strong and sophisticated, I adore the poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson and love that my son’s name is a nod to him.
It’s super weird how things often come in threes… in the last week I’ve, rather randomly, had three friends ask me for podcast recommendations.
And then on a podcast this week I heard that it’s #TRYPOD (Try a Podcast) month – where podcasters are encouraging friends and family to try listening to podcasts if they don’t already.
Unlike how I feel about books – so many books, so little time! – I feel that there is so much time in my day when I could listen to a podcast (commuting, exercising, walking the dog, feeding baby, before bed) and not enough good podcasts to fill it with (or, rather, not enough that I know about).
So, I feel compelled to share 7 of my favourites with YOUS – and ask that you recommend me some goodies back!
Friends, it’s World Book Day!
Being in marketing, and being a huge book nerd, I used to be aware of hugely important national dates like this weeks in advance. But because I’m living under a parenting rock that allows me no access or insight into popular culture (seriously, what happened at the Oscars? Who is Ed Sheeran dating? What the heck is Let it Shine?) and most of the time I have no idea what day of the week it is, let alone if it’s a special day, this year’s World Book Day almost passed me by. SAD TIMES.
But alas! I took the little dude to Rhyme Time at the library today (social calendar highlight don’t you know) and the rhyming lady told us it was WBD and I got all excited because I just love and adore books and all that they provide and offer to us. Thanks little library lady.
And! I did just FINISH A BOOK (patting myself on the back while typing) and I loved it and I wanted to share some of the quotes that I highlighted as I was reading (yep I did that, #nerdalert).
Whether it’s the short, dark days, a break up, a stressful time at work – or sometimes it’s just because – we all get stuck in a lethargic rut from time to time. Here are some of my tried and tested happiness boosters for this inevitable time.
(Unfortunately you won’t find eating a tub of ice cream or getting wasted at the pub on this list. While I do think there is a time and a place for these things – especially if you’re doing it with your BFFs! – generally you won’t wake up the next morning feeling ready to take on the world again – which is the goal here.) Onwards and upwards… Continue reading
What a precious day today was.
After feeling utter despondency after yesterday’s election result I decided to look for signs of hope, positivity, strength and kindness. Took G for a walk first thing and passed a nondescript building with a Buddhist sculpture inside. I asked my Mother in Law what it was and she said the local temple had collapsed in an earthquake so this was their temporary location.
A monk saw us looking in and invited us in for tea. What happened next blows my mind…
3 nuns who spoke great English and showed us around. We were then invited back for lunch with the head of the Monastery. The kindest, sweetest soul. She told me that she’d been praying for a foreigner to drop by and practice her English with and was happy the Gods had answered her prayers.
There are no foreigners in this town so though she was educated in America she cannot use her language skills. And there we were. And practice she did. And then we ate a delicious vegetarian feast. And I found hope, positivity, strength and kindness.
It exists all over the world, we just have to believe in it.
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New favourite obsession: The words of Glennon Doyle Melton. What a wise (and hilarious) egg this lady is. I’m late to the party but glad I made it anyway.
I’ve told all my closest go-to girls that they must devour the above content A.S.A.P so that we can jointly digest and discuss. Already three of them have THANKED me for the introduction. They’re as hooked on her words as I am.
Pure class and the sanest words about love + being a woman + grace + realness this side of Venus. Thanks Glennon!