i’m sitting here at the kitchen counter, looking out the window at the overgrown grass and pepto bismal pink tulips and white flowery tree in full bloom, and it’s just hitting me… it’s may. IT IS MAY. WHEN DID IT BECOME MAY.
Not that it’s a bad thing – May to December is definitely the better 2/3 of the year imho, but how did 4 months just go by in the blink of an eye?
At present moment I’m happy to be home and surrounded with all the most important peeps in my little 20something currently-suburban world. I’ve been stumbling across some great stuff in the past few weeks, and since I’ve been so inspired and amazed by some of it, I thought I’d pass along some of that inspiration. So please, behold, here is some of the incredible podcasts, music, books, etc that I loved consuming in April:
My friends are super hip and cool and have been listening to podcasts since forever. They convinced me to start listening to Serial this January while we were all in Mexico together, and as soon as I started downloading my first episode I was like, “Wow so I guess I’m a podcaster now too, huh” -_-
Podcast noob = me. BUT podcast addict = also me. Please send recommendations my way.
- Sounds Good – Brand new this year, and the episodes that have been particularly inspiring to me thus far aaaare the ones with Jedidiah Jenkins, BC Serna & Adam JK.
- NPR Politics – Gotta keep up somehow!
- Being Boss – From what I can tell, these ladies are hilarious and disciplined and smart and badass and family-oriented and honest and tough and adventurous and basically just about everything I strive to be.
- The Minimalists – just… YES. This podcast makes me want to sell everything I own and roam the land freely. Oh wait. I already want to do that. Sigh. “Love people, use things. The opposite never works.”
(You know your pals have turned you into a podcaster when you catch yourself saying, “What does that look like to you?” to people in real life. Ugh.)
Since starting to work at home full time, people keep asking me if I find it hard to stay on task. I’ve actually experienced the opposite – I find I have less distractions at home because, for the most part, it’s just me (and not the distraction of tons of super fun/interesting people to talk to in the office!). For the past 6 months, I’ve found it easier to concentrate at home, but one thing I do indulge in is day-time TV-watching while I work (as long as it’s not writing).
- Shameless – OMG. No words. Lived up to the hype. If you haven’t seen it, watch it now.
- Dawson’s Creek – My latest guilty pleasure. I’m watching it from start to finish and I’m beyond obsessed. Being only 7 years old when it premiered, I could have never appreciated the incredibly melodramatic teenage angst + over-usage of pretentiously beyond-their-years language that is Dawson’s Creek. I might have to write an entire post about the show when I’m finished watching it. Also, I’ve discovered this blog written by someone who watched the entire series and documented their thoughts on each episode as they went. It’s amazing. (#teamdawson)
- The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner – I loved his last book, The Geography of Bliss, and I am loving this one. Eric Weiner was a long time correspondent for NPR, and in his books he travels around the world trying to understand how different countries value whatever it is he’s researching. In the first book, he traveled from Iceland to Bhutan to Moldova (and more!) to understand how the the different cultures viewed happiness. In The Geography of Genius, he’s exploring places where a large number of creatives and geniuses have emerged – from ancient Athens to modern day Silicon Valley – and trying to determine a common factor. What makes those places so special???
- If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski – A collection of stories and essays from the founder of the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. Heartwarming, inspiring, sad, emotional. Something I wish more high schoolers read.
- Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski – A true damn classic. I read it in less than 24 hours and I’m so excited to pick up more Bukowski.
Some new, some old. Yes, I know I have the whitest taste in music ever.
- Troye Sivan
- Jason Mraz
- John Denver
- Not Beyonce
- Jack Johnson
I haven’t seen many movies this month at all, but I super digged the ones I saw!
- Brooklyn – SIGH. What can I say. Nothing. I can’t say anything but sigh.
- Boogie Nights – Sometimes I get super enthusiastic about a certain era or vibe or aesthetic or time or place or whatever. Lately it’s been overly-romanticized 1970s Los Angeles. Know what I mean??? Palm trees, cigarettes, colorful suits, big colorful sunglasses, colorful everything!, using drugs in a glamorous way (lol), all-day pool parties, long hair, side burns, convertibles, big shot movie producers, wood paneling, cocktails, classic rock, mustard yellow… I could keep going. So I watched Boogie Nights. Duh.
“Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homy restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.”
—Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe
“If you’ve seen the world, if you have met people from all over who have different walks of life and you engage with them and you share wine with them or a coffee, and you hear their story, it is much more difficult to be bigoted, angry, and fearful. And so that’s why I’m such an advocate of travel; if you can, just go.”
—travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins via Sounds Good
“When a girl learns that the chance of skinning her knee is an acceptable reason not to attempt the fire pole, she learns to avoid activities outside her comfort zone. Soon many situations are considered too scary, when in fact they are simply exhilarating and unknown.”
—Caroline Paul, from New York Times article “Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?”
What have you been loving in April?