Mid-Month Micropleasures, Musings, and Meanderings: February 2018

First things first, Happy ½ Price Chocolate Day, little fools!

If I'm being completely honest, I almost love today as much as I love Valentine’s Day — seriously, you should see my chocolate stash right now.

For those of you who are new to Littlefoolbook, Mid-Month Micropleasures, Musings, and Meanderings, are a monthly feature where I find a way to tell you about all the things currently on my mind, the products I’m using and loving, what I’m reading, thinking about, and more with a whole lot of link love.

For those of you who are loyal readers and are particularly fan-girly over this monthly installment, you may have noticed that a missed a few months.

Here’s why: IgothomefromItalyandwasunsureaboutthestatusofmylovelifethenimovedintoanewapartmentbutnotbeforegettingintoafightwithmynewlandlordandtheninthemidstoftryingtofigureoutthestateofmylovelifeialsodecideditwouldbeareallygoodtimetorelaunchlittlefoolbookwithawholenewlookandthenisimultaneouslygotanewjobrightbeforehostingmydadinmybfandisstudioapartmentandtheniwentawaytowatchmylittlebrotherplayhockeydespitethefactthatiwasreallystressedoutandhadmoreworkthanicouldhandleandohyahimovedagaintoanewapartment(acrossthestreetfrommyoldapartment)andhadtofurnishitfromscratchandinthemidstofallthisihavebeeninturmoilaboutwritingabookproposal.

So…there’s that. If you could comprehend the above — congrats, you now have the inside scoop on my messy little life. If you quit trying after the first line, well...probably for the best.

Moral of this sordid little tale is that I’m back. And so are Mid-Month Micropleasures, Musings, and Meanderings.

 

Without further adieu…

 

LITTLEFOOLBOOK

 

Micropleasures

My BF gifted me these for V-day and I like to pop them into my pocket before I leave the house so they get all warm and gooey, and then when I’m in a place I probably shouldn’t be eating anything — like an art gallery, or something — I mischievously unwrap the little thing and pop it into my mouth for an instant chocolate O.

I had an epiphany the other day about how whenever I’m in a foreign city or somewhere other than home, one of my favorite things to do is hit the art galleries (the Tate Modern in London holds a special place in my heart). When I’m “home,” however, the thought doesn’t even cross my mind. In an effort to change that, I dragged BF to the VAG — the Vancouver Art Gallery, and yes, that’s actually its acronym — yesterday to check out the Murakami exhibit. Without getting into the art, the experience itself felt sacred like a temporary escape from the real world. It’s interesting how when we’re at “home” we forget to enjoy the things that make our city so incredible — the things people travel from all over the world to see and enjoy. Which got me thinking... What else am I missing? How can you be more of a tourist in your own town? Comment Below.

In an effort to cut down on my coffee consumption (because let’s face it, three a day is a bit much), I’ve been dabbling in the dark art of mushrooms. No, not those mushrooms. These mushrooms.

I had a totally serendipitous meet-cute in my local coffee shop with the incredible #girlboss founder of Hungry for Happiness. I’ll be attending her upcoming event, Untangled, in Vancouver… Join Me?!
 

Littlefoolbook musings

 

Musings

This article on beauty and capitalism and the pressure of buying things you don’t want (or don’t need) is relatable AF. Anyone else? Comment below.

For many of us, beauty is scary. It’s a daily small failure and then the occasional big failure. It is not fun; it is not pleasurable. We know it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t help.
— Sadie Stein, Beauty, The Paris Review

I wrote a condensed version of this post for Hillberg & Berk. You might recognize my words and message over here.

It’s no secret that I’ve started seeing a counselor, for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is my struggle with self-esteem and imposter syndrome (like, who am I to write a book?) which is why this article really spoke to me. Thoughts? Comment below!

 

littlefoolbook - meanderings

 

Meanderings

I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately, because, well, it’s my livelihood. However, when being creative is what you do for your day job (I’m a freelance writer) it’s pretty easy to get burnt out. Like, I have all these big ideas — paintings I want to create, stories I want to write, things I want to build — but when the day is done, my left brain is left feeling wholly overworked and I’d honestly rather crunch numbers than do anything remotely creative. I don’t think this predicament is mine alone. And I don’t yet have a solution to this problem, but, I’m working on it. In the meantime, I’m curious — how do you find time for creativity in your life? Comment below.

Okay. That’s it for now. Except...

One last MAJOR thing ... As I get ready to send the REAL littlefoolbook manuscript out to agents and editors, I’m building an “Early Readers” girl gang. Because just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a girl gang to raise a book baby. Basically, I’ll send you advance chapters of my manuscript to read for pleasure and in return, you let me know your thoughts — what you loved, what you hated, what you wanted to read more of, etc... Sound fun? Sign up below to get on the list.