Weekend Reads

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Hey it’s Friday and we made it! AND it’s another 60 degree day! Hope you have good plans in store for the weekend?

I’ve got a hot date with TurboTax and am certainly not looking forward to it. I anticipate many coffee breaks (or perhaps wine breaks, by the time I get to my 6th 1099 form), dog walks and pretty much anything that aids my procrastination.

Which brings us to my next point! Here’s what we’ve been reading/listening to/procrastinating with this week:

I appreciated this one on Man Repellerexplaining what social media does to our brains. It’s important because as the author points out, we’ve become used to photoshopped portrayals of the human body, which has bled onto our own personal expectations and presentations of self. So while we may be following an old friend online, or a mask of this person at least, we’re actually not very connected at all. Do I sound like (an antique) broken record yet? Surprise, I’m actually a 90 year old woman in a 28 year old body.

Should we change the name of this blog to “Minimalist Baker Does It Again”? These kale chip nachos look muy bien.

I laughed all the way through this episode of The Tim Ferriss Show with Jerrod Carmichael. I saw his stand up in New York once, when he showed up unexpectedly and it was hilarious. Also love his HBO special too, if you could use a laugh this weekend. Anyway I find the creative process of comedians, and humor in general, fascinating. An older episode TF did with B.J. Novak, a writer for The Office is also great.

While we’re talking humor, I thoroughly enjoyed this one by Geraldine on The Everywhereist: T.J. Maxx and The Opposite of Shoplifting. Not just because it’s funny, but because I can appreciate the specific nerve-racking scenario of being caught in a shopping-related crime, as I was once held in a Chinese mall jail for an extended period of time. That is a story for another time.

And finally, an awesome new brand alert! Have you heard about Girlfriend Collective? I learned about their free leggings promotion through one of my clients, and my leggings arrived this week. Not sure what I was expecting, other than free yoga pants, but oh man these things are magical! They’re so comfortable and fit great, but best of all the company is doing great work. They use recycled fabrics and run ethical operations in Vietnam. Their recent campaign recycled 6,000,000 water bottles from the landfill! The free leggings campaign is not longer running, but you can sign up now to learn about their Spring line when it comes out, and read more about their mission here.

Happy weekend, friend!


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