This week, I took a walk outside wearing flip flops and a tank top. It was transcendent. And then later in the week we had a sun shower.
Oh, hello Spring. You feel gooooood.
Peach cake. I started thinking about cake last night right before I went to bed. Then I remembered I had peaches in the freezer from last summer. Then I thought, Peach Cake. That is what I’m going to do.
I will make this peach cake (because it looks delicious and doesn’t have an exorbitant amount of sugar) plus the sweet cream glaze from this recipe…perhaps with coconut cream instead of dairy cream. In fact, it is the new priority of my day, above all else. (If I inspire anyone else in the world to make a cake today—which, judging from Twitter, I think I may already have—then my day will have served an even higher purpose.)
Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas. I read this book in a day, and now I want everyone I know to read it too. In an effort to express why, I’m going to tell you what I loved, in particular. (Besides it being poetic and beautiful and clearly written from the heart.)
There are certain things that happen in one’s life, that tend to draw external judgement from society at large—getting married (and divorced) too many times, for example, or maybe going to jail or getting fired or not finishing school or being a single parent or following some other non-traditional path on your journey to getting older. It’s all too common to internalize these events or “mistakes” as we carry on with the rest of our lives, and feel shame or less-than, for not having taken a different, more traditional, or “better” path. We carry them with us each moment of our day, and they are heavy burdens. What I love so deeply about this book is how Abigail articulates the love and humanity and “it’s all part of the journey”-ness about these parts of her own path, and weaves a beautiful tale of a life that wouldn’t be the same without any of those choices (or so-called “mistakes”). It is a beautiful, beautiful book and it will speak right to your heart. To me, it sang of loving every part of your own journey, for the things that make it yours.
Springy things. Going for walks. Opening windows. Vacuuming carpets and washing rugs. Digging out flip-flops from seasonal storage, and washing sweaters and blankets to be boxed up for next fall.
Hallelujah! It’s about time.
Dry shampoo. I recently purchased some dry shampoo, which performs the small miracle of allowing me to go one extra day between washing my hair…while still looking fresh to the unknowing eye, unsuspecting of my sneaky, shortcut tricks. Turns out I must really hate washing my hair if I find this much relief in putting it off.
I just ran out of the spray can I bought, and in true Rosy Blu fashion, before I buy another I’m going to take a stab at a DIY version. If any of you have tried this and have recommendations for me, I’m all ears!
- You are more creative when you take care of yourself. Ariana Huffington agrees.
- If “following your bliss” or “following your passion” seem daunting or woo to you, read Tara Mohr’s suggestion for a third option. It feels quite promising.
- Justine Musk shared the text of her talk at Srinivas Rao’s Instigator Experience. Beautiful thoughts on voice, self expression, intuition, stories and shared differences.
- Hats off to my brother for sending this one my way and BLOWING MY MIND: The Egg.
- I guess I better start evaluating my olive oil choices. (Who would have thought there are so many impostors out there?)