1. SPIN Album of the Week: Monster Rally and Jay Stone’s Hip Hop Vacation, ‘Foreign Pedestrians’ (via SPIN) is our younger brother’s latest album. We couldn’t be more proud of all the things he’s doing right now. -Lauren
2. WANT aka Women Against Negative Talk was just launched by the co-editor of The Chalkboard. This site is so eye catching and draws you in. It was a wonderful surprise in my inbox this week. -Farrell
3. Getting Grief Right (via NYTimes.com) reminds us, “…there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no pressure to move on. There is no shame in intensity or duration. Sadness, regret, confusion, yearning and all the experiences of grief become part of the narrative of love for the one who died.” -Lauren
4. The Period Store is an interesting and funny site that Lauren sent me this week after my post about hormones. It is an online store where you sign up for a monthly period box. It’s a pretty crazy and hilarious idea. -Farrell
5. Age 40: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That (via Medium.com) ‘Cause every age is the new 40 -Lauren
6. Babies blown away by being in tunnels is a video that completely made my day yesterday. I think it is the funniest thing. We all know driving through tunnels is awesome. -Farrell
During the past couple of weeks I have delved pretty deeply into some serious research on hormones and all the wonderful and intricate things that entails. One very major take away that has stuck with me is that your emotional life GREATLY affects your hormones and menstrual cycle. As an example, perhaps you are feeling a creative block or stagnation in your life; it is possible that you might be having increased PMS or trouble conceiving. Another example is that you are feeling too much pressure at work to be more masculine, pressure to be a good mother, spouse, friend or employee, etc. that you develop irregular periods or extreme fatigue. Now on the surface this all seems to make sense but sometimes we want such a clinical explanation for what we experience that we do not always check in with ourselves about the blocks in our lives. I find this perspective exciting and relieving because it means what I do can really change my life and my health! Isn’t that super sweet?! Being a woman is such an amazing journey and as I get older I am trying to embrace it instead of feel ashamed of it. If you are experiencing low libido, irregular periods, PMS or menopause I have two wonderful book recommendations for you. Women Code and Woman’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Hopefully you’ll love them as much as I do.
I have also written about this topic before in one of my favorite posts here: What Phases You?
[posted by Farrell]
CARING for my new kefir grains. I will take tips from anyone who wants to share!
DREAMING of getting some new bedding from this Matteo sample sale this weekend.
THINKING about privacy and technology after watching the Ed Snowden documentary, Citizen Four.
HEARING Paul Simon’s Crazy Love, Vol. II over and over in my head and welcoming it fully.
READING the new book I picked up for $3 at Melrose Trading Post: Matisse by Jean Guichard Meili.
DREAMING of a wide range of future lives.
from start to finish, in exact balance, growth is to opportunity as opportunity is to growth
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[posted by Lauren]
1.) Why You Hate Work (via the New York Times) was sent to me and my team by our boss this week. It really makes you think about what is important to you in your workplace. -Farrell
2.) Cate Blanchett (via Porter Magazine) in an enjoyable serious of bright, interesting and colorful photos. She’s one of my favorites. -Lauren
3.) In A Relationship (via Vogue ) is one of my favorite short films that I have seen in a while! Check it. -Farrell
4.) The Locals’ Guide to Santa Monica (via Refinery 29) is helping me get the lay of the land out here and adding items to my list of places/things to check out. -Lauren
5.) Dancing Nana is something I have watched numerous to crack me up throughout the week. It is a dancing grandma. I want to be just like this grandma. -Farrell
6.) At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers (via NPR) …and I guess I want to be just like this grandma; innovatin’ and dancing with my sister. -Lauren
Since Lauren has been here I have really been trying to make our house a home. It can be hard because neither Albert or I really like to get “things.” We like to live a simple and minimal life. We struggle with purchasing things unless we REALLY love them and in turn we end up mostly with random items and hand-me-downs. There is also a bit of an identity crisis that comes up when trying to decorate your home. You really have to ask yourself, who am I? What do I like? So far, there have been a couple of things I have seen that have kept me inspired and ready to chug along with the process.
Image found via Remodelista
Image found via A Beautiful Mess
Image found via ABJ Glassworks
Image found via Bohomixology
I will keep you all posted on the apartment transformation! It is the little adjustments that count.
[posted by Farrell]
CATCHING up on one of my favorite podcasts & sources for new music, All Songs Considered.
STARTING to read The Cleveland Anthology which I received this year as a Christmas present.
RELYING heavily on this moisturizing skin & lip care regime during these winter months. So necessary, even on the West Coast.
LAUGHING at this hilarious skit from SNL about the streets of Bushwick.
DRINKING hot lemon water and spraying this throat spray to make sure I don’t get that nasty flu that everyone has.
LOOKING forward to our group meditation that we have organized at work every day.