Series: For This I'm Grateful

Welcome to our new series, For This I'm Grateful. Every Sunday, I'll write about things I've come across, articles I've read, experiences, and my good days and bad days. I hope that in sharing you'll feel something, learn something, and most importantly, go into the new week with a little more gratitude and positivity from some new, beautiful things. Here are some of the shiny gems that made me smile this week:

1. Rupi Kaur revealed the cover of her new book, The Sun and Her Flowers, coming out this October. Rupi's work is pure honesty, heart break, love, loss, and femininity. Her words give me chills and a vulnerable sense that my goodness, we are all the same -- we've all experienced that deep love and that crushing loss, and sometimes it's impossible to let go of either. I'm in awe of Rupi's talent and the words she brings together:

the sun
and her flowers

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

2. Discovering Donovan Woods and Khalid. When it comes to my work routine, I either need complete silence or some good music I can really get into that helps me get lost in the work. I don't know if I'm late or early or right on time for either of these two, but I just love them. Khalid is quirky and I love his fun sound. Donovan Woods' sound is cozy and perfectly raspy. Both of these two kept me company and energized while working this week.

3. This NY Times article. Holy crap, this article was brutal to read. I feel so deeply for Peter's family, and I appreciate his ex-wife opening their lives up for us to read and learn from. The world needs it. Being a lawyer is really hard, necessary and honorable work. And speaking only from my personal experience, it it demanding and stressful, and often secretive about the humanness in us all. As soon as I read this article yesterday I texted a friend to remind her how incredibly grateful I am for our friendship. We often go to each other for career-scaries, work day struggles, and "how the heck do I respond to this" questions. I need that person. We all need that person; Peter needed that person. My time in a large law firm brought me to many places, mentally and emotionally. I questioned my goals and what I'd worked for for so long, and felt myself slipping away from myself every day. I'm grateful this article talks about those demands and fears, and how crushingly they can affect people's lives. Again and again I am reminded that the more we share, the better we are. We don't get anywhere with secrets.

4. Hygge  is on my mind lately. I learned that it's the Danish word for enjoying life's simple pleasures, coziness, contentment, a warm glow. Basically many things. It doesn't represent a place or thing but more so a state or feeling that is just so ... cozy. You know it when you feel it. And I just love it. I get it, and it's a state I know I've always desired, but I never quite knew the word for it, you know what I mean? So I'm trying to incorporate more hygge in our home in small ways. Lots of candles in the evening, a glass of wine with my shower at night, and these new white linens for our table.

5. Eating vegan. It's been about a week since I had dairy or meat. This change came on kind of suddenly and a little out of nowhere, but I'm excited for where it may go. I don't have a goal or a timeline, I'm just listening to my body and my energy, and so far it's really happy. My journey with healthy eating and exercise is a long and (mostly) good one, and best saved for it's own post. I've come a long way in how I treat and fuel myself and my understanding of food. At my core, I'm a total foodie. I love to cook and eat. I love everything from the process of grocery shopping to putting on some music and cooking a meal, to having people I love over to share in it all. More and more, I'd been thinking about my relationship with meat. I started to not feel great that I was having ounces and ounces of meat at every meal, and I flirted with the idea of going vegetarian, but I was just so accustomed to meat. I also believed "we need meat for protein", something I've since learned just isn't true. Email me if you want to talk about any of this more -- I can go on and on! I've been everything from a red meat and white rice at every meal eater to a paleo-fanatic. So this change is a big one, and not one I ever thought I'd choose, but so far, my choice to not eat meat has been an easy one. I'm having a lot of fun discovering fun, new ways to cook with the help of blogs like Earthy Andy and Law of Bliss. I thought giving up my beloved dairy (basically cheese = wine and wine = cheese) would be much harder, but it hasn't been. I don't know if this is because I've had a true internal shift in my feelings for these foods, or just because those brutal cravings haven't arrived yet, but I'll keep you updated. I'm grateful for What The Health for confirming a lot of the things I already thought and for podcasts like Rich Roll, especially this episode with John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, as I continue to learn, grow, and better understanding myself and the food I put in my body.

6. I loved this article on confidence from 25 famous women. Confidence is one word and means so many different things to different people. For me, it means being sincerely, peacefully comfortable in my skin and in my words. I loved reading about the journey of others.

7. Allegra Fanjul's matcha recipe. Urghhh, I am obsessed with matcha. I get up early for it. Look forward to it when I'm going to bed at night, and love the ten minutes I take in the morning to enjoy my drink before jumping into the day. This latte is easy and delicious.