A Short List of Gratitude and Some Weekend Links

A Short List of Gratitude and Some Weekend Links - The Calm Collective

Happy Friday! (and Happy August while we’re at it!) I’m finally getting back into the swing of things with blogging – as I’ve been putting majority of my focus on the podcast and the Monday Mindfulness newsletter. It’s felt like the right thing to do for the past month, but I’m listening to my intuition and the current is pulling me to spend more time here, back on this platform to write and share the lessons that I’ve been learning along the way.

Blogging is such a trip. I love it so, so much, but it’s also something that can strip you of your energy if you aren’t in the right mind frame (for any of you who blog, I imagine you’re nodding your head in agreement). In full transparency, there are times I read my friend’s blogs or other blogs out there that revolve around fashion, recipes or DIY projects and I think, “wow.. that sounds so nice, so simple.” Now while I know that blogging regardless of the topic takes serious work and commitment, the point I’m trying to make is that sometimes I wish I wasn’t so passionate and obsessed with deep healing and self awareness.

Check out Monday’s post on 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Tuesday’s post showcasing the Inspiration Behind My New Home

Because when I blog, I’m tapping in to the deepest parts of myself – because I have to. It’s what’s on my heart and without expressing it fully or vulnerably – what’s the point? It’s what I feel like part of my purpose is here on this Earth, and I’m not doing anyone any favors by pretending that I’m someone that I’m not.


That’s also not to say that this blog doesn’t highlight the simple things from time to time: wellness and lifestyle posts, little things bringing me joy (like these short list posts!), my capsule wardrobe, etc. But doing the inner work is the hardest work. It requires so much depth, soul, grit and vulnerability. And those things don’t alway come naturally to the human self.

So all of that to say – I appreciate your patience while I took (another) short break to regroup up until earlier this week. I needed to give myself the opportunity to miss this platform in order to return whole, excited, ignited. I know that it’s never encouraged to be inconsistent with blogging, but truthfully I feel like that’s just yet another part of the problem with society.

We’re always being told that we can’t take a break or something will suffer, that we can’t choose ourselves because that’s business suicide, that we’ll lose readers and all that we’ve built will crumble.

But I just don’t think that’s true.

We’re required to take a break or else things will crumble. We need to choose ourselves otherwise that’s business suicide. We’ll lose readers if we don’t. And even if some drop off due to us taking good, honest care of our insides – they weren’t your community, anyway.

I have a handful of bloggers that I follow that if they stopped posting for a while, I’d feel happy for them. Would I feel a little anxious that they may never come back? Of course. But that’s where the love is. It’s in the hope that they’ll continue to share their points of view, their lessons, their story.  I subscribe to their newsletter so that I’ll be one of the first to know when they’re back up and running.

The support is real, so I don’t go anywhere.

I just wait patiently until they’re ready. And I’ll be ready to receive.

So to all of you who have been waiting patiently, to those of you who have been getting your Monday Mindfulness emails and tuning into the podcast every Wednesday in the meantime, to all of you who are ready to receive, I’m ready to give.

So let’s go :)

Weekly Gratitude List

My new home. I’m feeling so lit up by my new space for so many reasons, but mainly I took my time to find her, and now I’m taking my time to decorate her. I’ll be doing a home tour soon and a more in depth post on the manifestation of it all, so stay tuned for that. But I’m so grateful to be able to wake up to a space where the light literally dances (and sparkles!), and I’m just steps from the water. It’s been a real game changer to my well being.

Here’s my design inspiration.

This playlist. I created it (and titled it after my guide number “222”) earlier this summer and have been adding it every time a song resonates and makes me go inward. It’s been such a soothing compilation of music and I hope it does the same for you!

The show, The Fosters. I know that might sound like a strange thing to be grateful for, but hear me out. This show, if you haven’t seen it before, is incredible. The acting is great, yes. But the writing is out of this world, and I mean it when I say that it’s impacted my life profoundly. The topics that they cover are so important, and the way they come to resolutions and handle conflict has had my journaling like rapid fire about how I want to show up in the world.  I could honestly go on and on about this, so perhaps I’ll save it for a podcast introduction down the road :)

* If you’re interested in diving in, I highly encourage you to do so. You can stream all 5 seasons on Netflix.

This book. I open it up throughout the day to get little boosts of inspiration to eliminate any stress I might be carrying, or to gain a positive perspective throughout the day. It’s been incredibly helpful and it basically lives in my purse.

The birds as my background noise. Now, this is big as it’s coming from someone who’s terrified of birds. But it’s honestly such a beautiful, calming sound when I open up my windows and that’s literally all I hear. Compared to my last home where the street noise was so intense and cars were constantly honking due to the fact that I lived at a busy intersection.. this is just, so peaceful. I don’t take it for granted.

Let’s jump into some weekend links / thing I’m loving that I can share on the web!

A Short List of Gratitude and Some Weekend Links - The Calm Collective

Weekend Links / Things I’m Loving

This all over oil. The smell of it is intoxicating, and it’s like giving your skin (and hair!) a huge glass of water (with some shine alongside it) The image in this blog post I actually have it slathered all over my body, face and hair.

These Blue-Light fighting glasses. I have weak eye muscles which makes it super hard for me to tolerate staring at something for too long, and it’s especially aggravated when I’m looking at a bright screen in darkness. So, movie theaters, TV at night, working late on my computer.. my eyes get incredibly strained. I’m supposed to wear glasses, but really only do that when I’m driving at night. I had heard about these blue light fighting glasses and read the reviews, and was compelled to give them a try. I’m so glad that I did. I can majorly tell the difference after binging some Netflix at night. No headaches, my eyes don’t feel overworked, and I’m able to fall asleep quickly once I’ve gotten my “show fix”. Generally the blue light strains my eyes enough to where it’s hard for me to wind down. If you’re even slightly intrigued, I say give them a try.

• I can’t get enough of this series on Refinery29. I love seeing how people spend their money, and the diversity of different living scenarios. It’s the financial nerd in me (plus I’m such a fan of making money – among other things- a non-taboo subject)

• Please, for the love of all things holy, I hope you’ve all been watching Queer Eye and are caught up with the latest season. This show is everything to me. It quite literally was the only thing that could make me laugh during my breakup a year ago, and it continues to be my “feel good” background noise when I’m doing just about anything around the house. I love these humans so much, and fell even deeper in love with JVN when I saw his stand up show at the Chicago Theater earlier this summer. Anyway, do you all remember Jess Guilbeaux? She was the first lesbian to come on the show, and it was one of my favorite episodes to date. The Everygirl highlighted her in this article, and it made me so, so happy. You can check it out here.

“No. My Son Isn’t Rude. He has Autism and We’re Doing the Best We Can” – a beautiful, heart wrenching post from a mother about her son’s experience on an airplane (and dealing with strangers who are un-informed)

Have a beautiful, restful weekend – x

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