Yes, I did sing that title loudly…
As you know, I tend to feel all of my feelings deeply and overanalyze and ruminate. Sometimes I have to remind myself that life needs lightness and brightness and pleasure. Let’s do that this week. You already know that I love coffee on my porch with my chickens.
Here are some of my favorite things:
I love podcasts. I listen in the car, while folding laundry or loading the dishwasher, while I’m sketching or doodling. While my full list of podcasts I follow is significant, two favorites stand out above the rest.
The Lazy Genius hosted by Kendra Adachi is a game changer. She is a real life genius, I swear it. Her tagline is “Be a Genius about the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don’t”. And she does just that. She has helped me let go of so many stupid “rules” and complex systems that just don’t serve anyone. From meal planning to book swapping to making a new friend, Kendra lays out easy, lazy genius systems that make my world better. Plus, she is super likeable and hilarious. Her episode about the Meal Plan Matrix freed up so much brain space for me. Follow her on IG @thelazygenius.
Holy Ordinary Collective hosted by Amanda Whiting is a symphony of beauty, comfort, and regularly brings me to tears. She is a mom of many (biological and adoptive), farmer, pastor, and enchanted shutterbug. You can find her at her blog This Abundance but she is most active on Instagram @thisabunance where her words and photos cradle your spirit and inspire you to see the beauty right in front of you. This fall she added a podcast called The Holy Ordinary Collective (@holyordinarycollective) to feature the stories of how we connect with God in the ordinary ways of the every day. She offers each story as a narrative first—reading the stories from fellow writers—then interviews the author the next week. Note of interest: I will be featured in a few weeks!!!
I adore reading. I don’t do it often enough, but I here are 3 books that take up room on my side table in my Cozy Corner right now:
Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannon Martin—I received an advanced copy of this book and it has seriously changed my life. Shannon is a great story teller and speaks hard truths with grace and love. This book helped me refocus my soul-vision from way out in the ethereal to right in front of me with my kids, my neighbors, and my community. It isn’t a book about beauty but brokenness and uncertainly and our role in those.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott—This book changed me as a writer. I’m rereading it now and am forever grateful that it was recommended to me last year.
What Comes Next by Heidi Barr—Heidi is the author of one of my favorite books, Woodland Manitau. Heidi’s work has an air of otherworldly beauty but is grounded in human experience and connection to Creation. Her new book (not yet released) What Comes Next is brief, published as a Little Bound Book Essay Series with Homebound Publications, but no less powerful than her previous work. She explores the experience of being layed off from a long-term job and figuring out what would come next. Heidi is an IRL friend of mine and I love everything she puts out on her personal Facebook page, her IG @embodyabundance, and her collaborative group 12 Tiny Things (@12tinythings).
Food and drinks:
I am a little bit of a foodie. I love to cook good food. I love to feed my family delicious treats. But, sometimes I like to treat myself to yumminess that I didn’t prepare.
Apples for life!!! Forget a Pumpkin Spice Latte, next time you hit Starbucks or some other specialty coffee place, try a Spiced Cider. Because I happen to embrace this part of my basic nature, I visit a Starbucks at least once a week. I do NOT like the PSL (but the Eggnog Latte is another story) but I have found that I adore the apple-based drinks. If you like drinks on the sweeter side then go for the Carmel Apple Spice or Apple Chai. For a sweet-but-not-diabetic-inducing-sweet, then go for the chai tea bags with steamed apple juice instead of water. Delicious!
Donuts are life! I happen to believe that no food is bad—food doesn’t have a moral value. I absolutely adore the much vilified donuts. Every summer I take my kids on what we like to call “The Great Donut Hunt”. We make a list of all the donut shops in the Twin Cities and mapquest a path through them all. We don’t make it to all of them, at least we haven’t yet. By the third shop my kids are holding their bellies and asking me never to give them another donut. It is awesome. Year after year our favorite shop is Glam Doll Donuts. The shop is retro meets whimsy meets hipster and I love it. Pink ceilings, vintage furniture, a weird cow video game—perfection. Also, the donuts! I tried to pick my favorite one but they are all too delicious, even the Havarti filled curry and peanut one!
Now I need to go to Minneapolis for a donut!
What are some of your favorite things? I’d love to see some of your favorite things. Tag me on IG @bigbeautifuladventure to share.