Mid-Month Micropleasures, Musings, and Meanderings: October 2017

I know. I know.

This one’s late. Like...a whole week late. I contemplated not writing it at all, but once upon a time a few months ago, one lovely lady left one lovely comment on Facebook saying that she looked forward to reading these every month, so alas, here I am. Because if I can make just one babe's day by writing anything at all, ever, it makes everything I do worthwhile.

Not just the writing part, but the toting my backpack full of notebooks and chargers and converters all the way across town on a Saturday to find a tiny little cafe on a side street in Florence that has both food and (free) WIFI from which I can do the actual writing.

Oh yeah, did I mention I’m in Italy? I guess I sorta did, here. Regardless, let me be clear: I’m not here to find myself. I’m here to get radically lost.

Anyway, before I lose you... let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?



Between trains, planes, and automobiles, podcasts have been life, lately. My faves include Let It Out with Katie Dalebout, Modern Love by WBUR and The New York Times, and The Beautiful Writers Podcast.

After a long and hot (by "hot" I mean sweaty) pursuit, I have finalllllllly found the perfect shade of red lipstick.

I’m not a music buff. I mean, I love music, but I never know what’s new or cool or trendy, I have no idea who any of T-Swift’s songs are about, and I don’t know a single name of a single song from Beyonce’s latest album. THAT SAID, I have been listening to and loving Khalid on repeat. There’s something about his voice and enunciation of words that just gets me.

Given that I’m traveling solo, I am DEEP into the Girls Night In culture. Add this smart, witty, and culturally relevant newsletter to your list of things to look forward to on Fridays and thank me lata!



You know how sometimes you find just the right book at just the right moment — as in the moment you needed to read it most? Well, that happened to me recently. TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Cheryl Strayed has been on my reading list for a while now. But anytime I found myself in a bookstore seeking it out, for one reason or another it wasn’t there. (Likely, out of stock, bought up by all the lucky little darlings before me.) However, on my most recent excursion to Indigo, there it sat, on the nearest table to the entrance in my direct view. I hadn’t even been looking for it on that day, but I snatched it up and didn’t dare set it down as I continued to peruse the store. I’ve been carrying it around in my backpack for three weeks now. I’ve read it through once already, yet find myself reaching for it time and time again. Its pages are dog-eared and underlined and scribbled on with tiny little hearts around the passages that affected me the most. I needed this book. Not just in general. But at this exact point in my life. Maybe you do, too.

If you too, have ever found yourself wondering what the hell you look like when you’re running on the treadmill, waiting for a bus stop, or reading your book on a park bench, then you might enjoy — or find some little granule of hope in — this short read published on Man Repeller.

Were you aware that we currently live in a world where Beauty Chocolates exist?

Have you been following the whole #METOO movement? While I applaud all my soul sisters for their bravery in changing their status’ and sharing their stories, this woman’s story totally resonated with me. After reading it, all I can say is me too, ME TOO, ME TOO.

I chatted with the lovely Elizabeth Hague of Wildcat Echo on the importance of being “confidently different” in work, life, and love. If you haven’t read the latest installment of #TheSelfLoveSessions, I highly recommend doing so.



These Daily Affirmations from Lenny Letter are pure gold and feeding my soul.

Are you on Twitter? Sweet! Me too. Let’s be friends and tweet each other always, k?

ICYMI, the ladies of Urban Alchemy and I just launched a brand-spanking-new, totally *free* ebook over at Love Bomb Bootcamp. I highly recommend you go there now to download your copy of HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF.

Oh. And one more thing. Because it’s October and therefore the absolute height of pumpkin spice season, don’t forget to try my healthy #PSL recipe. One reader called it, "seriously the perfect blend!"


Okay, that's it for now, babes! TELL ME. What have you been loving, living in, digging, reading, enjoying, listening to, or otherwise this month? Comment below and let me know.