FridayING: First Week of April

readING

listenING

  • Taylor Swift
  • Tranquility du Jour: From Day Job to Dream Job (This week’s podcast was tres inspiring!)

watchING

teachING

Friday-ING Week of March 8th

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From last week’s column: About a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my second FridayING post. Enjoy!

readING

listenING

  • This American Life #464: Invisible Made Visible (so good!)
  • Writing in Real Life #054: The One Where Leia Watches Law & Order (I really loved what they had to say about prologues)

watchING

  • Downton Abbey Series Finale (Seriously, this one takes the cake; it was every happy ending I would want and more!)
  • GIRLS
  • Scandal

teachING

Friday-ING Week of March 1

From last week’s column: About a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my second FridayING post. Enjoy!

readING

listenING

  • The Romemu Now Podcast for some spiritual juice this morning.
  • Indigo Girls

watchING

  • GIRLS (So, so good! I am beyond happy that it is back on!)

teachING

  • It’s chakra / energy wheels month at Harlem Yoga Studio and I’ve been joyfully prepping for my yoga class at 5:45pm tomorrow on the first and seventh chakras!
  • Penguins via Scholastic News + global warming.

 

 

Friday-ING: Week of February 21

df81660a9d208d880973616da07027d0.jpgAbout a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my first FridayING post. Enjoy!

readING

  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
    • This is my “after-work” read. In the morning, when I’m motivated, I devour my graduate school textbooks. But, after a long day of work, I need something a bit more mindless and this book is exactly that: a novel on New York City love and scandal.
  • Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
    • I started this gem this morning after a challenging day not feeling my best at work yesterday. And here’s a nice takeaway gem for some Friday inspiration:

We can reignite the revolution by internalizing the revolution.

listenING

With the 1 Train going out of order over the weekend, I’ve been devouring podcasts like it’s nobody’s business.

watchING

This week, I really developed a much greater understanding of how television and popular culture have a magical way of strengthening interpersonal relationships through providing common ground and fodder for thoughtful conversation. I spent a lot of the week having incredibly conversations about Downton and Transparent. So highly recommended!

teachING

  • Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade by A.B.K Bruno
    • I’ve written about this book before and I am overjoyed that I have the opportunity to teach this book again as part of my main curriculum, and to include within it a project on what my third graders can do to help with climate change!
  • Rosa Parks and Black History Month
  • Confessions of Former Bully
  • The Secret School by AVI
    • The highlight of teaching this book has been having the students teach their own lessons to figure out what it would be like for them to be the teacher, even if just for ten minutes.
  • Bhakti (at my other job over at Harlem Yoga Studio): the yoga of devotion!

August + September Link Love

view from one of my first runs back (central park reservoir)

view from one of my first runs back (central park reservoir)

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

August and September were possibly the busiest months of my adult life. I always hesitate identifying a “busiest month,” because I tend to (pathologically?) make myself busy most of the time. But objectively, moving back across the country + finishing a year-long AmeriCorps service + moving to my first apartment in NYC as a grownup + starting a new job = WHOA.

Anyways, because of all that, I’m combining these two Link Love columns into one. The more aggregated media the better, right? Doesn’t everyone say that?

I have the yoga teacher training bug…again. #consistentstudentship #lotuslove

Maybe, it’s just a deep desire for more consistent studentship. One day, I will take one of Kimberly Wilson’s e-courses.

NPR publishes a list of 100 swoon-worthy romances. And, NYPL publishes a list of the best New York books, in order of neighborhood.

It’s back-to-school season! And I’m going back as a third grade teacher. I found some great tips online for how to prepare over the summer.

GOOD magazine features Jessamyn (@mynameisjessamyn) as the awesome yogi that fights to change the “typical” yoga body.

Happy back to school season! My stepmom recommended this article for chic n cheap ways to revamp the classroom (via BuzzFeed).

On the more intellectual side of B2S season, here’s a book review of The Prize by Dale Russakoff.

Here are 16 healthy + yummy snacks for running.

Glamour reveals 15 mind-blowing facts about Pixar’s Inside Out.

I. Am. Obsessed. With. This. Lady. #feelthebern (in the form of Symone Sanders!). Oh, and here’s the Brooklyn story behind this candidate.

Well & Good provides readers with 5 observations about fitness + body image from the wonderful Lena Dunham looking fierce in her running gear! On a different note from the same site, I am super pumped that the half-bun hair do is back in style!

The New Yorker has some gorgeous advice for young writers.

The Chalkboard provides 8 healthy living podcasts.

After the Columbia Teachers College lecture I went to last night, I am obsessed…simply obsessed with Dr. Christopher Emdin, a professor of the intersection of hip hop + science. Oh, and man’s got swag! #HipHopEd

My dear friend Katie co-started this blog on what it’s like to deal with chronic health conditions in her twenties, a time the general public associates with “perfect health” and being “at our prime,” or whatever that means. This blog is a beautiful retelling, and a space for identification.

Brene Brown is just simply awesome.

Just…read this NYT Modern Love column.

In “The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover,” the NYT reiterates a deeply true fact: it is better to invest in improving existing school systems than to make new ones.

Via an Opinionator article by David Borenstein, we need the heart and smarts to teach kids about their emotions!

A scene from Friends got deleted after 9/11, but you can watch it here.

I miss the Class of 2025 (OPB) so freaking much. Speaking of, you must, must, must watch this Graduation Rate slide show / animation featuring my beloved Bulldogs!

written from o cafe in the west village

July Link Love

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view from the hawthorne bridge while exploring portland for these last few weeks of living here…what july has been about!

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

The caption to the above photo pretty much details what July was about for me: living and loving in Portland for a few more weeks, and soaking it all up (plus, I had out of town visitors in the form of elementary school and college friends to make sure that happened!). Here are some of the truly amazing articles I read this month.

Teaching With a Mountain View provides suggestions for preparing for the new school year (Eep! I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon!).

I recently visited Nourish NW, a beautiful holistic nutrition institution in Portland, and fell head over heels in love with their approach to nutrition and celebrating the Abundance that is food.

HerCampus reveals the 7 types of people you become after college.

I am so sad I am just finding out now about Mikdash, an intentional Jewish social justice community in Portland. Meh! Makin’ me want to stay. Thank goodness for Romemu.

Gala Darling answers 10 questions about life, rapid-fire. In her “Whatever Forever” blog post, Gala Darling writes on why to not “play it cool” on the interwebz. I shared my favorite quote about it on my Tumblr.

I am trying like heck to scheme my vacation time to be able to attend the Penning in Paris 2016 retreat with Kimberly Wilson! #dreamingsohard #makeithappenuniverse

Glamour suggests some easy summer work outfits.

Macy Gray wrote a love song to her vibrator.

David Brooks from the New York Times writes about the (economic) structure of gratitude. Interesting read not to be taken at first value. Also from the Times, Jennifer Weiner exposes her daughter’s desperate texts from camp (my mom sent that one to me because, well, it rang true for this New Yorker). And finally (on a very different note), the Times magazine necessarily details what happens when people leave prison, and what options are available to them for moving forward.

During the last month of my AmeriCorps service, OPB came to my school to film the amazing class of 2025 that make me tear up with gratitude daily.

According to The Chalkboard, this is what what happens when yoga, therapy, and, yes, bootcamp, have babies.

This essay on what it means to go through a gender transition in an ashram, and so much more, from a fellow yoga teacher and former colleague, made my heart swoon and ooze. A must read.

Meet 2 millennials helping to educate girls around the world! Oh, hay, She’s the First, nice to see you on the Today Show!

This news of people stabbed at the Israeli gay pride parade is just too heartbreaking for words. And beyond, beyond, beyond unacceptable. Let freedom reign…everywhere. Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu.

A teacher of mine, Francesca Bove, shares a totally gorgeous article on SONIMA about how the sequence of a yoga class affects your body, by brilliantly providing readers with an analogy that links sequencing to how we move through our days in the most optimal ways possible!

If you were to close your eyes and visualize an ideal day in your life—a day that combined work and play, effort and grace—what would it look like? In the yogic tradition we think of an ideal day as one that is all about fulfilling our dharma, or lawful duty. When one finds his or her dharma, work does indeed begin to feel like play. Work and play intertwine and unite, and balance becomes progressively easier to create. A well-sequenced yoga class is just like that: the quintessential analogue of a day well lived.

An elementary school friend of mine made it big in the poetry scene when we were in high school…and she keeps going!

Women’s Running Magazine had a “plus-size model” on the cover. Progress, but we still need more of it!

Alexandra Franzen provides advice for the predicament of how to charge for something usually done for free. Helpful for me as I start to teach yoga privates!

written from starbucks on hawthorne

June Link Love: Presidential Possibilities, Privates + Practical Self-Care

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

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June was filled with early mornings and late nights out and about. I filled myself up this month with smoothies, heaps of yoga at YoYoYogi in Northwest Portland, time with friends and long walks in this sweltering heat Portland’s been getting. I started a fiction-writing class at The Attic Institute and returned to my NaNoWriMo novel. As a result, this Link Love is shorter than usual…because I’ve also been busy writing and doing the things we write about in the first place. Enjoy!

Gala Darling shares these really amazing, tangible, and do-it-now goal-setting tips she learned from her dad.

HerCampus shares 15 things you should know how to do before you turn 25 (I’d say I have a year and a half and 10 things on that list left to do!).

A dear student of mine is profiled in SONIMA, on how is brain injury led him to his truest self. It is vital to remember that we all come to the mat for different reasons, some of them critical and chronic and deep experiences of healing and expansion of life.

I just don’t know who to vote for in the primary! In an effort to show that I haven’t been basing my personal political preferences on binge-watching The West Wing, I’ve done some research on Bernie and Hillary Clinton’s 20-something campaign workers had just as hard a time as I did finding an affordable apartment in New York. Here’s Hillary Clinton on the issues…and here’s Bernie Sanders. (#conflicted)

This month, I discovered the amazing-ness of Tommy Rosen and his thoughts on recovery.

My own personal authorial guru on most things, Meg Cabot, shares 12 ways to improve your love life and if I’m going to take advice on any of that from anyone, it’d be from her.

Well + Good shares low-sugar cocktail recipes!

Watch Obama’s eulogy. Let the feelings flow through you.

The Examiner profiles Heather Shrock on the intersection of nutrition and mental health – a necessary and innovative examination.

I am so excited to check out these bar specials near Columbia when I move to the area!

Apparently, the right dose of exercise for a longer life will surprise us.

The Abundant Yogi has some great teachings on lifestyle design!

Teachasana helped me out big time this month by sharing pricing strategies for yoga privates.

A nutritionist from The Chalkboard shares her thoughts and concrete tips on self-care. There are some serious gems in this piece:

Self-care is prioritizing and engaging in things that help us function well in our lives; things that make us feel balanced and allow us meet the inevitable stressors of daily life with energy and (ideally) perspective.

Self-care is not just the occasional pedicure or afterwork cocktail. It’s about identifying your own needs and building a repertoire of habits that make you feel grounded and like your best self.

For more super concrete (can you tell how much I love the practical?!) tips from The Chalkboard, check out this Ayurveda article on balancing Kapha. Proud to be drinking a cardamom latte while reading this one!

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May Link Love: Pilgrimages, Princesses + Pantries

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.  What a month May was! In April, I kept saying, “May May May” with the idea that May would be when things would finally slow down, but, as per usual, I was quite wrong. Things just kept going. Especially in terms of future-planning, which, while important, also requires a delicate balance of being able to stay in the present as well. The good news was that I finally had the spaciousness of mind to read some fiction! I read a truly gorgeous book that made me cry sob in my bedroom on public transportation.  The book was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, and it was a great read for a month that involved a lot about planning for the future and taking life by the horns or reigns or whatever expression that is. On that note, here is what I read, including that which is relevant to the present, the future and, of course, some distractions to both. An old bearded yogi friend of mine is going on a pilgrimage and this is what he has to say on the subject. I had the privilege of attending the Seattle Girls School luncheon this month and hearing some of these amazing young women speak in the flesh.

There was quite the emotionally eventful moon cycle this month! Speaking of, Yoganonymous offers up some Mercury Retrograde basics. This truly gorgeous Sonima article on yoga as a healing practice for survivors of all sorts of trauma is a must-read. Privileged to have some friends featured in it. Also from Sonima, if you’re tired all the time (like I was the past few days), here are some simple energy boosters. Well & Good shares some healthy desserts we should all be eating tonight. They also share the morning ritual of the owner/founder of Satya Jewelry. Also via Well & Good, here is what you can learn from the cast of GIRLS about fitness and body image (!!!). HuffPo shares the most recent books women should read in 2015. Bitch Mag (and I wonder): Are you going to watch Game of Thrones after that episode?

My sis came to visit PDX last month and we did this NYT tour of Mississippi Ave. 

One of my favorite parts of my AmeriCorps service is helping to run a food pantry. This NYT article highlighted some serious ways that we can keep innovating as that service gets offered everywhere (I would like to constantly offer the reminder that healthy food is a right, not a privilege).

Breaking news (for me): I’m thinking of moving back to New York. I’ve been doing heaps of research regarding just how affordable this city that I’ve lived in my mother’s house in, actually is (if I were, you know, to be a real life grownup). Brick Underground shares the most affordable NYC neighborhoods for recent college grads. And the Broke and Beautiful Life shares how much one really needs to live in NYC.

This year, through coaching it, I became obsessed with Girls on the Run. I’m excited to one day be involved with their middle school program, Girls on Track.

I had the pleasure of eating cookies for breakfast…and not feeling guilty about it!

On a more fictional note, there’s (shocker) a new HBO miniseries coming up!

Want to daydream a list of the best coastal yoga retreats? Dream away!

First, the Power of Positivity says what we should all do before 10amThe Muse offers the best ways to start our days. my favorite – guess why:

Instead, my morning meditation is making a perfect cup of pour-over coffee. Not only does the coffee wake my body up, but the process of getting the grind right, heating the water to exactly 204 degrees, and brewing by hand wakes up the creative side of my brain. It’s nice to make something from scratch to start your day.

Welcome to Queen B’s 22-day vegan “revolution. Oh, and this is that kale sweatshirt of hers from the video where I was like, “Wait, does that say kale on it?!”

Here’s what the founders of Soul Cycle have to say to the Chalkboard, where they’re guest editors this month.

The NYT features the best and worst places to grow up in NY.

Finally, and this is the epitome of looking forward for me, I want to do the Wanderlust 108!!

April Link Love: Teachers, Thrive-ing + The Times Talks Yoga

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

I met Nicole during Bhakti training as part of my 300-hour with Laughing Lotus. I love her teaching website because it gets to the essence of what she’s about and wants to provide for others.

Speaking of the fabulous Lotus, I got lots of inspiration through Ali Cramer’s Lululemon Ambassador video, where she takes you on a tour of NYC’s Chinatown and her favorite place to buy herbs (for an Ayurveda expert, that’s a big deal!). And speaking of Ali-ma, here’s a one-on-one interview with her and the Adhara online mag.

Via Harper’s Bazaar (an expert on such things), an art director on why she wears the exact same thing to work every day.

For the Yogathon, Living Yoga shares fundraising strategies and special classes in April!

Greatist shares the only 7 things you can control in life.

I love it when the New York Times talks yoga! Especially when it was so relevant to all the travel I was doing – I did every single pose this article recommended…on my cross-continental flight!

A Yoga International article on the mission behind the make-yoga-accessible movement. And speaking of, they’re having their first conference in September!

I can’t sing the praises of this interview and how it brings two aspects of my life together more, but here it is, folks, Melanie Klein, founder of the Yoga + Body Image Coalition, interviewed on Feministing on the power of the intersection of yoga + feminism. #mylyfe

Speaking of, here is a truly earth-shatteringly fabulous interview with curvy yoga Instagram star @mynameisjessamyn.

BUST Magazine reviews the IUD…it’s like a movie review, but more useful.

Here are some Maya Angelou quotes to make your day.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

This girl I went to school with is the new face of herpes (happy STD Awareness Month, BTW!). She’s interviewing her exes on her blog and me and my friends are loving keeping up with her press tour, both internal and external.

Last chance to donate to the Living Yoga Yogathon (sorry not sorry, I had to).

Via HuffPo, Lena Dunham tackles the stigma of mental health with a workout selfie. Bottom line, again and again, it’s about feeling good and Lena Dunham is just quite simply amazing.

BUST lists 7 female musician memoirs you should read. (I want to read Joni’s!)

Via Yoga International, inspire your teaching with the language of the yamas and the niyamas.

Elena Brower, the yoga business machine, did it again with this gorgeous and innovative new website for yoga teachers.

Meg Cabot writes more about the new PD books and I. Am. Getting. So. Impatient.

This SEED program is sparking my educational interest because it is an academic approach to incorporating diversity into both public and private school settings.

The website THE MUSE is absolutely fantastic and coming into my life at just the right time (i.e. as I try to figure out WTF I’m going to do come September).

BUST shares 10 mason jar meals to take to work…time to get domestic!

Via Gala Darling‘s own “carousel,” here are questions to ask before giving up.

Here are 20 career tips from entrepreneurs in a lovely narrative form.

To all the single ladies going through breakups out there, a. I get it right now and b. here are some reasons why jerks show up in our lives, via Danielle LaPorte (also via Gala’s Carousel).

Thrive Forward is a program on Low Glycemic Index clean eating (a process I am beginning on). What a great resource!

Via NYMag, here’s what happens “when rich people marry poor people.” A very interesting topic, especially after meeting a couples finance blogger last weekend at the blogger meetup.

I got quite Glamour.com happy this month. Here are 8 ways to know “he” (I always find the impersonality of their pronouns to be quite amusing!) is in love with you. Now, I read this one for the fashion: profiles of the best plus-size models out there! What TV couples teach us about relationships (because those are, of course, just so realistic!).

Aron Chilewich, fellow Wes grad ’14, wrote this very, very interesting piece on when Burning Man meets Passover (A likely combo? I think not…but he makes it work).

This infographic on where and why people practice yoga…and for how long, is fascinating!

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Happy May, folks!

Namaste,
Shira

March Link Love: Powerful Women, Loving Differently + Body Acceptance

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

my preferred mode of reading this month

my preferred mode of reading this month

This month has been full…of work, of travel and of reading about strong, powerful women in honor of women’s history month. It felt great, during this month, to honor women who will make history – the modern as well as the historical. Anyways, without further adieu, here is what I read this month!

* I really want to go to Europe with this card that will give me a working pass for that awesome continent.

* Lauren Conrad recommends three busy girl breakfasts. Meanwhile, Glamour lists the best (healthy) foods to eat when stressed.

* I’ve been saying this since the beginning! Mindy Kaling is the walking contradiction feminist hero of my generation!

* Welp, someone beat me to it…an article in The Atlantic on how the Cuban literacy campaigns are relating to our current US-American education situation.

* Words cannot describe how much I identify with this article on being a yoga teacher + body image. There has been so much press lately on yoga + body image, but taking it to the teaching level is so important. I’ve had so much healing body image wise through having yoga teachers that have shown me what their “unconventional” bodies are capable of. That, above all, is what has shown me what my own body is capable of.

* A competition for wellness startup ideas, via Well + Good.

* Here’s my Living Yoga Yogathon Fundraising Page! (See how I snuck that in there for a good cause?!)

* Glamour presents dating challenges you should try.

* These are the things happy people do before they get out of bed every morning.

The New York Times shares that fat talk is bad for us. No sh** Sherlock, but since the NYT says it, it must be true! And on a lighter – and better note – here are the 10 celebrities with the best responses to fat shaming (Mindy Kaling’s is – of course – my fave).

* Bustle shares what 15 esteemed female writers did before publishing.

* The Generator School Network seems cool (#jobhunt2015).

* I’ve been all up on reading that Danielle LaPorte.

* A new celeb fitness fashion line that has a great deal if you get it now!

* We had QUITE the New Moon this month!

* After so much physical therapy before I go into work, I definitely needed to read this Well + Good article about how to clean up…fast and without a shower.

* This is the most beautiful article I think I’ve ever read on the ways children of divorce love differently. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for simply reading this beautiful piece. Here are my faves:

7. Love means questioning everything. We ask why over and over, even if we already know the answer. We need to reaffirm your love sometimes, just to make sure it’s still there. We need to make sure you have no ulterior motives, which we learned from our parents’ post-divorce paranoia.

8. Loving one person for the rest of our life seems terrifying. Not because we want to cheat, just because we are incredibly unsure if two people can stay married forever and actually be happy.

* Oh, and most recently, my roommate turned me onto this fantastic Tumblr about love, life, heartbreak + everywhere in between.

I think I’ll end on that note.

Love,
Shira