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Issue #32: Looking for Bright Spots ☀️ 

via @happinesspells

From Gill: 

I shared in a recent Instagram post that at a time when there is so much suffering in the world, I feel guilty when I catch myself in moments of happiness:

I know this is irrational. I’m not going to lessen anyone’s suffering or solve the world’s problems by giving up all the things that bring me joy. It doesn’t mean I’m opting out of my responsibility to be part of the solutions. And the bright spots keep us going in dark times.

I’ve been focusing my gratitude on these bright spots amid all the fear, anxiety, rage, and frustration. They feel trivial in the grand scheme of things, but I know they’re important. Here are a few of mine:

- Being outdoors: We had a long, blessedly cool spring in Barcelona. The heat only arrived a couple weeks ago, and it’s not too bad yet. I’m thankful for this, since very small, outdoor hangouts are the only way I feel comfortable seeing friends right now. I’m spending a lot of time sitting on our terrace once the sun goes down.

- Cold drinks: I’m trying to stay hydrated, but my enthusiasm for water is waning, so we’re keeping our kitchen stocked with a variety of cool bevies: mint iced tea, ginger-honey switchel, and strawberry shrub with sparkling water are my current faves.

- Things that make me laugh: Most of the books and media I consume these days fall somewhere between challenging and infuriating, so I’m intentionally seeking out content that makes me laugh out loud. Samantha Irby’s brilliant collection of essays, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Second or third viewings of The Good Place and The Office. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ delightfully ridiculous new movie, Eurovision.

What bright spots are keeping you going right now?

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In the meantime, check out previous episodes you may have missed.


Minisode: What Do We Carry Forward? 🎙

We recorded this minisode during the COVID-19 quarantine and discuss the question, “What from this time are you looking to carry forward?”

We like the way the question is phrased, because although none of us knows what exactly the “after this” will look like, we can set our intentions about the lessons and practices we’ll carry forward with us.

Listen to the episode.

👉 Steal This Tip: Be gentle with yourself.

Try being endlessly compassionate and forgiving with yourself. This is a difficult time, and you’re doing the best you can.

😄 Things We Text Each Other

via @girlgoneinternational

😍 Stuff We Love Right Now

On the Interwebs  🖥

From Gill: 

On Our Screens & In Our Ears  📺  🎧

From Melia: 

  • Podcasts for Perfectionists

    I'm always working on being a better human, and lately I've zeroed in on my core challenges: perfectionism and feelings of unworthiness. I started The Evolving Perfectionist to share resources with people who have similar struggles, and I’ve been seeking out more perfectionism-related content. Two podcasts I recommend are the Perfectionism Project (by a charming Australian young woman who runs a group called Perfectionists Get S*&t Done) and Brave, Not Perfect (by the whip-smart Reshma Saujani, author of an excellent book of the same name).

On Our Plates   🍽 

From Melia: 

  • Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

    This is an easy weekday dinner that you can do on a baking sheet or the Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp. The breading on the chicken is light and flavorful, and the small (or cubed) potatoes cook relatively quickly. So satisfying!

From Gill: 

  • Grilled Peach Salsa
    This sweet and spicy salsa is great on tacos, meat, or fish – or as an appetizer with tortilla chips. Here's a loose recipe: Grill peach halves, cut side down, for a few minutes until slightly softened. Cut into chunks, and mix with lime juice, cilantro, red onion, chopped hot peppers (I used a mix of jalapeños and chipotles in adobo), salt, and pepper.

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Until next time! 


Melia & Gill 😘😘

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