Summer is here, and I can already feel my heart and soul slowing down a little.
I’m trying to pay attention in these next few months, to keep an eye out for those small, seemingly insignificant moments, songs, smells, that refresh my soul and bring me joy. I don’t want to miss the little moments of summertime happy that pop up right in front of my face.
They’re like little pockets of light in my days. Some are thought-provoking, and some are just plain fun, but I’m learning to embrace how they all make me feel a little more like myself.
In case you’re needing a little pocket of light on this first day of June, here are a few of my recent favorites:
Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap
I told you, nothing extraordinary here. But, every time I wash my hands, I just take a deep breath of lavender (or peony!) and all feels right in the world. I’ve recently started using Grove Collaborative* to buy some of my household cleaning items (including Mrs. Meyers everything), and I’m loving it.
Because try to watch this music video without smiling. Go on, try.
Trader Joe’s Treats
Currently defined as peonies, and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Because, of course. It’s like a paper bag of happiness.
Penny & Sparrow, Let a Lover Drown You
This album, seriously. If you love gorgeous music and deep lyrics, go have a listen.
Out of Sorts, by Sarah Bessey
This book has been speaking straight to my heart. Sarah is a gorgeous writer and invites you into her story of faith in such a humble, transparent, challenging way. In a season of unknown, her words have been a sweet companion through the wilderness.
Salt, Nayyirah Waheed
I recently bought Waheed’s book of poetry, Salt. I’ll admit I haven’t read a ton of poetry, but goodness, I’m loving it. She can say more in a sentence that I could say in an entire book.
Savor, by Shauna Niequist
Shauna is one of my favorite authors and her devotional, Savor, has been out for about a year. And for a year, her short essays have been a gracious, encouraging, thought-provoking way to start my mornings.
This last one – for all you Aaron Sorkin / West Wing lovers out there – is a weekly favorite of mine. It’s hosted by Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway, and I basically nerd out every week as they pick apart each episode of The West Wing. We did the math last night, and with 7 seasons to go through they’ll be doing the podcast for about three years. Good news for all Sorkin fans.
Happy summer! What are some of your favorites lately?
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