Sunday’s Modern Love by Monica Wesolowska took my breath away. In prose that I found both plain and powerful, Wesolowska outlines the ways in which years of ordinary life can be as challenging as 38 days in the middle of a hurricane, and in so doing highlights the way that ordinary life can be both extraordinarily gorgeous and cripplingly difficult.
Black leather leggings – It has been so cold this winter that I’ve been wearing my pair non-stop. I bought them last year – a splurge (though I got them on ebay!) – and wasn’t sure how much I’d wear them. But, oh, wow, I know the answer now: a lot. With sneakers, mostly. And sweaters. So warm. Mine are from Theory, and the style is Ima. Love.
Beauty Counter – my beloved godsister (her mother is my godmother, and vice versa) Alexandra introduced me to Beauty Counter, and I love their products, their business model, and their philosophy of using toxin-free ingredients in skincare. So far I’m totally besotted by the rosewater spray (as is Grace) and the Twig lip sheer is great – really feels like chapstick, which is crucial for me, but a step up in terms of color and sophistication. Win win!
The Moment is Now – Oh, this essay is beautiful. When the author writes about wanting to witness her own life and about being more in love with her children than ever while also being more pulled by work than ever, I found myself actively crying. She also quotes Landslide (though she attributes the line to the Dixie Chicks, and I would have cited Fleetwood Mac), is about to turn 40 (as am I), and quotes the same Modern Love essay that I’d already written about at the top of this post. Goosebumps. I highly recommend reading this piece, which is a moving love letter to the same full, demanding, exhaustion season of life in which I find myself. (Thank you to Emily for sharing this link with me)
28 Days of Play – I’m honored to have participated in Rachel Cedar’s marvelous project (my essay, about crafting, was up yesterday). Ever day this month she is publishing a post by a parent about the particular challenges, joys, and disappointments of playing with our children. The essays addresses head-on one of those uncomfortable truths about parenting: many of us vaguely dread or actively dislike playing with our kids. Why? What can we learn from this reaction, and from trying to override it?
Flywheel – Another godsister Alexandra introduction! I have been going to Flywheel Boston approximately weekly since they opened. I’m all about the 45 minute option. Right now, I’m in a slump (in an annual black hole of work busy-ness) but I will be back.
I’m listening to Ray Lamontagne, who’s long been a favorite, a lot lately. Especially Let It Be Me.
What are you reading, thinking about, listening, and loving lately? I’d really like to know.
I do these collections of Things I Love approximately monthly. You can find them all here.
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