For you, from me, with love — 1/15

Paris on my mind photo credit Kirsten Akens 2014

A blend of old and new things I've been dipping into this week. Enjoy!


Oh, yes: A love note from Mara Glatzel on meeting your own needs

Read: Give & Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, by Adam Grant (that's an affiliate link to the book there, just so you know)

Watch: "A Letter to My Dog: Exploring the Human Condition," by Andrea Gibson.

#TBT: My 2007 interview with Taylor Swift. She was adorable and chatty and, at the time, just 17. The final quote is my favorite.

Crowdfund: Esington Glass — the Ultimate Productivity Timer

Eat: 13 Virtuous Vegetable Soups by Food52

Learn: 30-Day Minimalism Challenge

Plan: For creatives, entrepreneurs, small-biz owners, etc., just a little more time to sign up for the 2015 session of Cornerstone

Poetic Insight: "Waking," by David Whyte (from Where Many Rivers Meet) (that's another affiliate link to the book there, just so you know)

Get up from your bed, go out from your house, follow the path you know so well, so well that you now see nothing and hear nothing unless something can cry loudly to you, and for you it seems even then no cry is louder than yours and in your own darkness cries have gone unheard as long as you can remember.

These are hard paths we tread but they are green and lined with leaf mould and we must love their contours as we love the body branching with its veins and tunnels of dark earth.

I know that sometimes your body is hard like a stone on a path that storms break over, embedded deeply into that something that you think is you, and you will not move while the voice all around tears the air and fills the sky with jagged light.

But sometimes unawares those sounds seem to descend as if kneeling down into you and you listen strangely caught as the terrible voice moving closer halts, and in the silence now arriving whispers

Get up, I depend on you utterly. Everything you need you had the moment before you were born.

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For you, from me, with love — 5/12

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The New York Times featured one of my favorite style bloggers, Garance Doré. Fun little inside story on her rise. Find her blog here.

Speaking of Garance, her recent posts, "Talking Age," and "39 x Cooler." Apropos for my journey into my 40s.

After attending a Death Over Dinner discussion, stories like this touch my heart. And make me think.

Documentary-in-the-works by a friend about the National Mill Dog Rescue (which is headquartered here in Colorado Springs). Watch. Learn. And, if you can, help.

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Some suggestions on spring cleaning your clothes closet. (Something I've learned recently I have a talent for helping others do.) (Maybe that will be my next money-making gig.)

An absolutely lovely story on traveling Paris solo.

Adding to the To-Read List — The Rise, by Sarah Lewis

Prepping the kitchen — Ginger beer (#40before41)

And ... the powers that are walking, napping, timing your coffee, and resting.