Friends! What’s new?
This week I live-streamed with Huffington Post and YouNow for 40 uninterrupted minutes all about It Was Me All Along, weight, body image, #girls, turning flaws into assets, the fact that I’ll never give up Little Debbie’s Swiss Cake Rolls…basically everything I’m passionate about. It was such a blast, and it really got me thinking: I’d like to do this a whole lot more often. Maybe a YouTube channel? What would I say? What wouldn’t I say?
If you want to watch me flail my limbs (seriously, it was hard to get a clear screenshot) and gab non-stop to an audience that’s largely 24 and under, you can find the video if you scroll down a bit on the HuffPo You Now page!
Advice I Love
My friend Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats shared this piece a few months back, and reading it was a meaningful reminder.
“Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends” by Shauna Niequist
I am the worst at keeping in touch. I can’t tell you how many friendships I’ve let crumble because my own anxieties of letting people down and my not-enoughness have made me think I should wait to call, text, get together…until I had the right thing to say, until I was sure I would be the best I could for them. But I never feel sure that I’m my best and I almost never recognize the right time until it’s two weeks past, so I wait. Other than Kate and Sabrina, who I’m in constant communication with, and my friend Erica, who I talk to pretty regularly, I feel a deep guilt and regret about how badly I handle maintaining friendships.
We think about our friends and the ones we love–all the time! We see what they’re doing on Facebook, we feel connected because we liked their Instagram, but feeling like a good friend (thinking about them, loving them from afar) and being a good friend (reaching out, making time, telling them how you feel)…are two different things.
“Because it doesn’t matter how you feel in your heart about your friends—what matters is showing those feelings through words and actions.”
Sometimes I accept that I enjoy keeping a precious few friends, because I prefer the intimacy of it, but the friends I’ve lost touch with are ones I think about at least weekly. And they could use a call.
Blog I Love
My friend Phoebe Lapine writes this fabulous blog called Feed Me Phoebe, and for the past year she’s shared a monthly series of self-experiments to, as she says, “do right by your body without giving up your life.” She calls it “The Wellness Project,” and it’s going to be compiled into one hell of a book, which she describes as a “my-life-as-a-guinea-pig memoir…full of my own experiments and idiosyncratic ‘life recipes’ for finding the middle ground between health and hedonism.”
Every month she tackles something new—from sleep to grooming to sex to eating to poop (yes, poop). What I love about her approach to all areas of wellness is how down-to-earth and realistic she is. Phoebe brings levity to the heavier stuff and infuses personality and meaning into everything she attempts. I can’t wait for the whole book. Check out the series and more here: Feed Me Phoebe
Recipes I Love
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / Love and Lemons
16 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes / Cookie and Kate
Roasted Butternut Squash with Balsamic, Blue Cheese, and Pecans / Two Peas & Their Pod
Super Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Bites / Gimme Some Oven
Mini Pumpkin Pies / Recipe Girl
Stuffed Pork Chops + 5 Ways to Use Leftover Stuffing / FoodieCrush
Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnut-Sage Pesto and Roasted Delicata Squash / Blogging Over Thyme
Butternut Squash Creamed Corn / Kitchen Confidante
This year I’m participating in the Penguin Random House social media campaign to support children’s literacy and help promote books as gifts!
From now until December 24th, every time you use the hashtag #giveabook on Twitter and Facebook, Penguin Random House will donate 1 book toward children’s literacy to FirstBook!
So, use #giveabook and PRH donates a book! It’s amazing. Give a book as a gift to a child, a friend, family member, a charity…give a book to an absolute stranger. It’s one of the most meaningful gifts I can think of!
This season I’m giving Dr. Seuss books to my niece Victoria and loads of cookbooks to my best friends! Which books are you giving? Please share your picks along with #giveabook on social media between now and Dec 24th!
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Are you cooking? Are you eating 2 slices of pie, 3, or what?
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