Recommended Reading

Since everything is connected, I can't help but find similarities in the books I read. Whether a Buddhist advice book, an agriculture book, a business self-help book, or a fitness book... They are all about finding the connections and using that information to better the system. The deeper you dive into anything the more common threads you can find. By taking care of your body, you have more energy to contribute to the world, and by taking care of the earth you can better take care of yourself. What have you been reading lately?

Recommended Reading

1. When Things Fall Apart (Pema Chodron)

So the next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky. This is where the courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear. When I was first married, my husband said I was one of the bravest people he knew. When I asked him why, he said because I was a complete coward but went ahead and did things anyhow. (P. 5)

2. The Unsettling of America (Wendell Berry)

Even worse, a system of specialization requires the abdication to specialists of various competences and responsibilities that were once personal and universal. Thus, the average -- one is tempted to say, the ideal -- American citizen now consigns the problem of food production to agriculturalists and "agribusinessman," the problems of health to doctors and sanitation experts, the problems of education to school teachers and educators, the problems of conservation to conservationists, and so on. This supposedly fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining himself. He earns money, typically, as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job for the quality or consequences of which somebody else -- or, perhaps more typically, nobody else -- will be responsible. And not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is even unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him (P. 19) 

3. The Power of Starting Something Stupid (Richie Norton)

There is no greater time than now to start moving toward achieving your goals. Don't wait. Start stuff. Live to start your stupid ideas, and start to live a life without regret--life filled with meaning, freedom, happiness, fun authenticity, and influence. After all, now is, in all actuality, the only time you're truly guaranteed.

Life is too short not to start something stupid. (P. 14)

4. Body by Simone (Simone de la Rue)

The most important equipment of all when you're working out is your attitude. Go into each session with an open mind and heart. By carving out time for yourself and your health, you are investing in your future in the most important way. (P. 23)

Friday Shortlist

Since moving to Seattle, we've been looking to simplify. Here are a few items that I'd be willing to add to our downsized apartment.

Shortlist 1

1 — Loving the Cuyana Drape Back Dress. It's simple, yet chic.

2 — Isaac Nichol's Boob Pots are becoming iconic. This one is my favorite of his latest collection.

3 — Delving into using essential oils in the home. Love this Remodelista series on making cleaners.

4 — As you know, I love Evan Healy. This new Hibiscus Willow Flower Mask looks lovely.

5 — Great post from Emily Henderson on How to Get That 'Effortless Expensive California Casual' Look, On A Budget.

BHG March 2017 | Green Giant

Even though we don't have a garden yet, I love the idea of a kitchen garden and looking at potential layouts. It's so idyllic to think of growing your own food, harvesting, and making dinner right from your garden. Although having grown up with my parents' garden, I know that it much less romantic than that. In Seattle we have the farmers' market and a little herb garden in our apartment and that's enough for this summer, so far...

Digital image created by Old School from March 2017 BHG/Photos Marion Brenner/Illustrations Holly Ward Bimba