Since it’s my job to create and write every day, I have to keep the creative juices flowing—otherwise, my work definitely suffers and I feel not so happy. Part of my work is to constantly stay inspired. This can be tough when it’s the dead of winter and you might be feeling a little SAD (the disorder—not the emotion). Really, I think it’s an ongoing challenge for anyone to stay inspired, no matter what your day job is.
So, here’s a list of the things that are my current favorites and what’s been inspiring me. If you have any suggestions, please let me know 🙂 I’m always looking for more!
This is one of my favorite documentaries ever! I love the Avett Brothers and even saw them live once (at the Aragon, thanks to some free tix from my Dad!) They are so incredibly talented—and most importantly, HUMBLE. They have such a sense of community and they really are making music because it’s what they were born to do. They aren’t in it for the fame or the glory. This movie made me love them even more!
This movie made me want to move to Italy, ride around on a bike all day, and fall in love with Armie Hammer. It’s such a sweet and endearing love story and I honestly think it should be required viewing for teens in sex ed. It’s such pure proof that love is love is love. And I know the Dad in the movie (who I thought was Joaquin Phoenix, but found out later…it’s not) was ah-mazing. Timothée Chalamet is also now on my list of celebrity crushes. I loved this movie so much. It’s so sweet and real.
All I have to say is watching this was both refreshing and depressing. I miss Barack so much! He’s light years ahead of our current president (the man who shall not be named). This gave me hope again for the future. Yes we can!
My sister is a doll and knows how freaked out I get by scary shows. So she said there’s some episodes of Black Mirror I should watch and sent me a list. What a gem! This was the first one I watched and it’s honestly mind-blowing. I still can’t stop thinking about it. It’s like The Matrix exploration of relationships. So interesting!
I really, really like this show. It gives the real story of what happens in Chicago in a way that makes people empathize, instead of judge. There’s so much propaganda out there about these neighborhoods and it always infuriates me. This show is telling the real story and it’s so good. And obviously, since I’ve always lived around/in Chicago, I’m a little biased. But it’s definitely a more realistic look at life on the sides of this city that many people don’t get to see.
One of my favorite things to do is make a playlist. I started back in the ’90’s with Q101 and some cassette tapes and have been making a playlist a month ever since. This is my February 2018 playlist in case you’re looking for some new tunes. I like a little bit of everything.
I’ve been listening to the Robcast for the past few years. I’m not religious really at all, but I just think he’s super smart and has really deep insights about life and stuff. I really liked this episode a lot. Made me think. Hard.
My goal this year is to read one book a week (#52booksin52weeks). Admittedly, I’m already behind a little—but I know I’ll catch up during vacation time. Here’s my favorites that I’ve read so far:
Omfg this is the funniest book I’ve ever read in my life! Tiffany Hadish is a total genius and I want to be her best friend. Read this if you can! It’s raunchy and raw and so hilarious.
Get The Last Black Unicorn.
I ❤ Dear Fahrenheit 451 so much! It’s a bunch of quirky letters written by a librarian to books and other literary things…and it’s just amazing. She writes a whole letter about the library in the Beauty & the Beast (my dream room) and is just so f’ing funny and spot on. Love this book x a million.Read Dear Fahrenheit 451.
Such a good exploration of the afterlife and the process of death. Claire Bidwell Smith is a beautiful writer, human and mother. And I loved the chapter on her experience in Bali! Read After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?
I’m literally addicted to this. I make it at least 2x per week. It’s sooo yummy!
I had no idea these were even a thing. But I’m now obsessed with them!
Get some on Amazon.
Make Your Own Candles
I have an addiction to candles. So I started making my own about 2 years ago and I think I can finally say I’m decent at it. I order soy wax from Amazon and add in essential oils to make them smell yummy. My favorite is lavender and bergamot—but I usually will just add a whole bunch of different combos. I also freeze any candles I buy and then re-use the containers to make more candles. You can also melt the leftover wax and add that into the new candle too. This tutorial shows how to do it. If I can do it, anyone can.
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