Links I Love

Happy International Women’s Day a day late! Here is where I share some of my favorite sources of inspiration for you to (hopefully) be inspired by as well.

Podcasts:

I love Rachel Hollis’s Rise Podcast and this episode from a month ago is one worth repeating. Rachel interviews John Maxwell on “What Success Really Means”. As I head into a new season, I want to pause for reflection and make sure personal growth is happening–because that’s where success takes place first.

If you’ve ever listened to How I Built This with Guy Raz, you know what an encouraging, interesting, and comforting show this is if you’re an entrepreneur, maker, small business owner, artist, etc. I just listened to this interview with Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees. What a fascinating and motivational story of how two hardworking people in small town Maine created a company that became a household name. Check it out!

Blog Posts:

Yes, Seth Godin, again. His post “On Feeling Incompetent” is short and on point. It’s ok if you feel incompetent–it means you’re learning something new, so get used to it!

I hope you read the blog Brain Pickings by Maria Popova! This post about “The Growth Mindset vs. The Fixed Mindset” is worth the read. The visual is what stuck with me, so at least go take a look at it.

Movies: I watched a gorgeous movie on my iPad while I was preparing food for our wedding. It’s called The Hundred Foot Journey in which Helen Mirren stars as a stuck up French restaurant owner who tries to stop an Indian family from operating a restaurant across the street from her. The other star is a young Indian man who is a gifted cook, but is hungry for training to become a chef. The scenes of food preparation and presentation, the lovely French countryside and villages, and the acting are brilliant. The story is unexpectedly heartwarming and will leave you with a smile on your face and a determination to get back into your kitchen and delight in making food. It is currently on Netflix, which is where I watched it.

Books: How did books make it last on my list? I just wanted to shake things up a bit!

A few books I’m reading and thoroughly enjoying are:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (a young woman growing up in the tea growing mountains of China in the 1980s-1990s, as one of a minority group. She and her people are changed forever by the modern world who seeks them out for their tea.)

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll is more than just a how-to, it has a decent amount of why-to and life wisdom. Chapters a short and to the point and if you’re a Bujo devotee or considering this way of bringing order and intent to your days, read it!

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is a good murder mystery in an Agatha Christie way. Told through the points of view of five different people, a group of posh London friends come up to the remote Western Highlands of Scotland for a New Year’s Eve Party. Supposedly a close-knit group, things begin unraveling and someone ends up dead. I listened to this on audio and it was very entertaining!

OK, enjoy Saturday and Sunday, everyone, and remember that, if you live in the Eastern Standard Time Zone like me, clocks “spring ahead” this weekend!

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