illustration by Lisa Congdon in Tender Buttons
This week I have barely been able to keep up with all the amazing articles, blog posts, recipes, and examples of artistry from around the web. There are a lot of bits and pieces flying around in my mind. Hope you enjoy this cross cut of my favorites:
I love when pictures breathe new life into words from the past. Lisa Congdon’s illustrations (above) paired with Gertrude Stein’s verse- brilliant. Tender Buttons
Exquisite craft of the week: DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case
Two fantastic writers on the importance of acknowledging one simple fact: you are responsible for your own health. It is harder to achieve than advertisements and diet tips make it out to be, but isn’t anything worth having? From “Why Health Integrity Matters, Or The Power of Being Honest with Yourself“:
Cultivating a sense of well-being opens up your life rather than restricts it. It’s not about self-restraint but self-possession. The more you practice and hone it, the more you come into yourself. Discipline encourages creativity rather than resentment. It’s less about control than composure in the face of daily challenges. – Mark Sisson
And “Equations,” on how affection can sometimes reinforce unproductive behaviors that are detrimental to our overall health:
Because we show our girl-love via validation and affirmation, we can tell each other untruths that unravel the gains for which we work so hard: “You’re sad? Skip that workout and have a few glasses of wine!” – Julie
At the same time, it’s important to interrogate your underlying motivation when setting a goal of being totally fit or healthy. Are you striving for an appearance of health that meets the cultural ideal, or are you prioritizing your best health inside and out regardless of appearance? Those two may or may not be synonymous, with great variety according to your genes, medical history, and body type. I’m saving both of these pieces to think on more over the weekend.
On Wednesday, Eileen shared the devastating transition from being a confident little girl to a self-critical woman–and back to a confident, self-loving individual all over again. Ashley’s piece, The Purity of a Child, about her yearning to reclaim the innocence and simplicity of seeing the world through a child’s eyes, reminded me of the same.
Better blogging is something that’s often on my mind. This helpful list of resources for food bloggers from Pinch of Yum is a great starting point for improvements.
Recipe of the Week: here’s the deal guys. I’m only sharing this if you’ll make some for me too…Paleo Vegan Cadbury Creme Eggs!
I had no idea Kate Spade liked dinosaurs or was generally kind of a badass. Now I know.
“The world needs your evolution + clarity of heart”
Danielle Dowling writes about how we are each simultaneously a student and a teacher, whether we like it or not.
And that’s all I’ve got for you today folks. What treasures have you picked up from around the web this week?