I've been really good about buying clothes lately. Don't get me wrong, I still find ways to spend money. But lately, I've been spending my money on more productive things, things that make me happy for longer than 30 minutes -- art supplies, books, dinners out, etc. Here are my current favorite things:
1. Spotify. This might seem silly, but my monthly subscription to Spotify is money happily spent. More often than not, when I'm at work in my cubicle, I feel as if my head might explode. It might be the constant flow of emails or the lack of sunlight. Regardless, nothing sets me back on track like putting on my headphones and zoning out. Spotify saves my sanity. Moving on!
2. Kindle HD. I never thought I'd put my iPad aside, but when I got this Kindle for Christmas, I found myself doing just that. I don't know if it's the book-like size of it or the ridiculously easy access to my Amazon Prime account, but I've been blazing through my reading wish list like gangbusters. All good things.
3. Suja Juice. I found this juice on Refinery29's list of best juice cleanses. No, I'm not doing a juice cleanse, but when I read that they were available at the Whole Foods across the street from my office, I decided to try one. Gotta say, they're pretty good. And they make me feel better about myself.
4. Tiny Devotions. I hate to say it, but I won my mala from them in a Twitter contest. And as much as I'd love to buy another, I can't justify the cost. However, I love my mala, and wearing it makes me feel like I'm back in my yoga studio days. Especially that day when I was wearing it and a guy stopped me on the street to ask if I was from India. Uhh, what?
I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about how I miss creating things. But like a slew of other things in my life, my time spent creating is subject to chronic procrastination. This realization has led me to wonder: why do I continue to put off doing something that makes me feel better about life?
I came to the conclusion last night: creating things terrifies me. Writing terrifies me. Drawing terrifies me. This one resolution scares me more than my other two: run a marathon & do more yoga. Because everyone with an ounce of creativity and the urge to make things has two problems: a huge ego and high expectations. And no matter what I do, it's never good enough. So maybe rather than a resolution to create more, I need to resolve to be easier on myself.
In the meantime, I'll be buying art supplies on art supplies on art supplies.
Thanks to my subscriptions to Fast Company, Wired, Design Bureau, HOW, and Print magazine (I have a problem, obviously. Thanks for noticing.), my daily reading of theSkimm, and my obsessive-compulsive loading and re-loading of Gawker and Gizmodo, I discover a lot of things that blow my mind/earn a bookmark/make me feel better about humanity.
I'm pretty sure that all of these things I've found lately are making me a better person, if only incrementally, so I encourage you start downloading and/or subscribing.
1. The Listserve
Perhaps you've already heard of this, but I'm going to tell you anyway. The Listserve is a daily email from a rando who is also a member of the Listserve about anything they deem interesting, annoying, or thought-provoking. I read the Listserve most days during my lunch break -- it's like having lunch with someone who's really passionate about something I've probably never heard about.
2. Oyster Books
This is Netflix for books, which, if you ask me, is the greatest invention ever. For $10 a month, you can read as many books in their app's library as you want, from your iPhone or iPad. My reading list is already a little out of hand, and that's just the way I like it.
This is basically the same idea as the Listserve, except instead of sharing ideas and stories, users share photos. So everyday, there's a random, out-of-context photo in my email. Most days, they confuse me, but every once in awhile, they're intriguing.
4. Spirit Junkie App
Everyday, an alarm goes off on my phone reminding me to check my Spirit Junkie app's affirmation or thought of the day. So at 9:30am on the dot, I'm reminded that I should love myself, love others, be grateful for all things, or some combination thereof. If you ask me, that's probably the best way to begin any and all work days.
Is it blasphemous to use the term "holy trinity" in reference to style choices? Eh, I feel like Pope Francis is pretty cool, and I don't think he'd mind me using a Catholic term to describe making good fashion choices -- especially since he brushed that whole "a person needs 2 miracles to be declared a saint" thing under the rug.
So, right, fall. If you're anything like me, your closet is a mess, and all your winter clothes are still packed away in the black hole that eats all things out of season. The mornings are depressing, unusually cold, and a blurred, confused mad dash. Who has time to think, "How shall I be cute today?" My solution: cardigans, scarves, and boots. Really, if there's any excuse to break out the boots, October is one of them. Also, scarves. Enough said. Finally, it's not quite chilly enough outside to wear a sweater, and yet, my office is still rocking the AC. Solution: cardi party, y'all.
I've been in this weird mood lately where I would like to shop, but I would rather not spend money. I want things, and yet I can't pull the trigger. Maybe this is adulthood. Maybe I'm growing up. Does spending wisely equal maturity? Regardless, when I get in these rather depressing moods, I can still appreciate that there are crazy things in this consumer world that could be fun to own for about a ... half-second. And I'm pretty sure I've been put on this earth to point them out to you.
I have to admit, I have a weak spot for retro headphones. You know what? I'm just going to say it: I want to be Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer. When you're done judging me, you can continue reading.
Done? Good. So as I was saying, I've come to the decision that it's time to build my retro headphone collection. I already have a pair of pink Zumreeds that I bought from Urban Outfitters (of course) many moons ago to be my "work headphones." But as my Labor Day beach vacation draws near, I've chosen to purchase a pair of "travel headphones."
After weeks of scrutinizing the aspects of the headphones featured below, I landed on the white Eskuche pair. But not before agonizing on the LSTN headphones, which are made of reclaimed wood and help deaf people hear. Did you catch that? They're the Toms of headphones. But maybe one day I'll have $150 to drop on a "home" pair, and I'll stop hating myself for being so cheap and not helping the deaf people hear. But if you happen to be richer than I am, I recommend you check them out.