1. I am in love with my new cookbook called The Oh She Glows Cookbook. It is full of tons of plant-based recipes that are full of flavor. I don’t particularly care for cooking, but I made some sort of vegan burritos and this incredible baked oatmeal that will basically feed me for days.
2. Mark Manson, who introduced me to the F yes or no concept, wrote this post about trusting yourself and I love this little snippet:
In the West, the idea of the individual self is so central to so many of our cultural institutions — not to mention the advertising industry — and we’re so caught up in “figuring out” who we are that we rarely stop long enough to consider whether or not it’s even a useful concept to begin with. Perhaps the idea of our “identity” or “finding yourself” hinders us just as much as it helps us. Perhaps it confines us in more ways than it frees us. Of course, it’s useful to know what you want or what you enjoy, but you can still pursue dreams and goals without relying on such a rigid concept of yourself.
3. It was fun being interviewed by Evan, my friend who started the site Say Hello to the City. He interviewed me about all sorts of random (but related) topics: finding meaning and purpose in work, what neighborhood revitalization looks like in my world, why being an enthusiast is my passion and purpose, and the joys of POP UP YOGA DSM. Speaking of POP UP, look at these beautiful humans. I love this photo so much.
4. If you are an online shopper and you are not using ebates, please start immediately. I bought a dresser and a few other things and literally just push “shop target (or wherever)” and it redirects to the shopping cart and you get a percentage of your purchase $$ back. Free Cashola. Boom.
5. The week wrapped up with the Viva East Bank! team being awarded a Better Together award. A couple community partners nominated us and from a very competitive pool of other projects/programs, we were selected. It’s moments like this that really remind me that we are doing good work. It is slooooow moving and I would love to have five more people helping to make even more meaningful connections, but this Thursday afternoon, we celebrated a moment of progress. And that’s important, isn’t it? To step back and say “good job team” rather than “why aren’t you doing this?” or “why isn’t this a priority?” So (insert deep sigh), we are doing great. 🙂 And I am thankful.