Happy July! I just finished a lovely beach-and-ice-cream-cone day, and am picking up on the pace on my reading list
I finished How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery in one sitting. What a charming and sweet love note to the animals that taught Sy their life-changing lessons! It's got me thinking about my animals and who who make my top-ten-teachers list. The easy ones:
One short podcast that stood out to me this week was from Ted Talks Daily: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals, by Tim Ferriss (here's a link to the Ted talk itself). He created a system that forces you to tackle your major decisions and anxieties head on, writing out in detail what your'e afraid of happening; what resources you have to lessen the impact of those outcomes; and what your life will look like in six months, a year, three years if you take no action. My kind of strategizing!
Welcome to summer in New England! I've been much slower to come out of hibernation this year but I'm here, I'm alive, I'm showing up, I'm still reading-listening-podcasting!
My mom and I recently took a once in a lifetime trip to Paris and Provence. It was beautiful and fun and the food and wine were LIFE-ALTERING. Someone recommended The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah to me if I want to stay immersed in all things french. Plus, I always love a good historical fiction. I'm immediately hooked.
While I was away I tried reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I really enjoy his writing style and how he's weaving narratives and historical events together but let's just say, it wasn't a good travel read for me. I'm already at an elevate anxiety level and reading about the charming psycopath serial killer dude wasn't terribly calming, haha.
One of the ways I Get Things Done for Saltwater Palette is a whole suite of (mostly free) online tools that help me with the digital graphic side of the business. This ranges from designing social media posts to cropping and photo editing my scanned artwork to designing banners and business cards. And my sidekick all along has been Canva. It's this wonderfully empowering website that lets you design All The Things, with little to no cost for the smallest of small businesses (party of one raising my hand over here).
I didn't know Canva's origin story until recently, listening to the NPR podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz. He interviews Canva founder Melanie Perkins on the beginnings of the site and why she went to a kite-surfing-required conference for her little baby online tool. Listen here: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/688299882/canva-melanie-perkins
Other favorites in the How I Built This repertoire include Eileen Fisher (and I don't even wear the brand), TOMS, Whole Foods, and method.
Hello and happy March! Only sixteen days until spring (she says as her phone alerts her to another impending snow storm)! Here's my shelf for the month:
My reading list is all over the place right now. On the fiction side I've started Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani, which is feeling like a puffy-light summer read. I had to offset the anxiety that last book gave me, bahaha. I don't like the feeling of impending-natural-disaster-we-can't-do-anything-about.... looking at YOU, yellowstone. I also half started Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver because she's my favorite, but I'm pausing that until she can have my full attention. :)
I'm also reading Scale by Geoffrey West - why are things (animals, companies, cities...) as big (or small) as they are? Why do they last as long as they do? What are the rules that govern those answers? ...Annnnd welcome to the two sides of my brain.
Another podcast that I fell for immediately is On Being with Krista Tippett. My all time favorite interviews (so far - I have so much catching up to do) include Mary Oliver, Alan Rabinowitz, Arlie Hochschild, and Seth Godin. This week I listened to Maria Popova's episode. I stopped my car to write this down, somewhat paraphrased, on taking our own road:
"We orient ourselves in the darkness of the unknown by grasping blindly for familiar points of reference, and we seek to construct out of them a compass out of similarities and contrasts relative to our familiar world and existing knowledge. It's especially true about such nebulous subjects as art or philosophy or really how to think, where there is no true north, so we seek tangibles to orient ourselves in this maze of merit and meaning. Most people, all people have that capacity in them, to not orient ourselves to what's been done, what's been thought, and try to every so gently to expand the private locus of the possible."
Alternatively titled, My Monthly Shell-fie. :)
Inspired by Penny and Sparrow's Shelf and my yoga teacher's Simple Joys of the Week, I wanted to share some of the books, music, podcasts, and more that are feeding my soul lately.
I'm new to the podcast world (hello, long commute) but was IMMEDIATELY taken in by one Alie Ward on the Ologies podcast. I've learned so much listening to these episodes it feels like a STEM education all over again, and it's piqued my interest in topics I didn't even know existed, never mind that I care about. I of course loved her Oceanology, Conservation Technology, and Sea Turtle episodes... but lately my favorites have been Corvid Thanatology (crow funerals!) and Microbiology (the gut biome!).
Learn more about the podcast here and explore All the Ologies!
I'm starting my holiday process a little earlier this year. Send me an email if you'd like to commission a watercolor painting now through mid-December!
Here are some ideas from past clients:
+ the view from the hotel on their honeymoon in St. Thomas
+ the spot where he proposed to her in New Hampshire
+ a landscape from a South African safari honeymoon
+ a sunset seascape from the beach near their new home in Florida
+ a bridge for all three coastal cities they lived in and loved
What favorite places do you want to celebrate? I can't wait to hear your ideas!