Posts Tagged ‘find time to read’


Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

52 Lists Project | Where is June?

I am super excited about The 52 Lists Project. The buzz surrounding this book is BIG.  It has been featured on many websites and a several magazines.  Pretty sure once it was featured in O Magazine its best selling fate was sealed!  Written by Morrea Seal , it is a journal of lists to be completed throughout the year.  The photographs and illustrations are beautiful, plus lists are easy to write.  The list topics range from the wildest things you want to try to things that always cheer you up.  Fun, right? My perfect spot to write my lists would be a cozy cafe during a mid-week morning.  While that won’t always be possible, carving out time each week just for this purpose seems completely doable.

winter lists | Where is June?

During the holidays this book was literally impossible to get.  {Amazon was even on back order!}  My local book seller ordered me multiple copies but they didn’t arrive in time for gift giving.   SO, I have an extra copy and have decided to give it away to one of my readers!  If you are inspired to be part of The 52 Lists Project, please enter!  I would love to send you a copy.

How to enter:

The first list in the book asks you to list your goals and dreams for the year.  Leave a comment below that includes a goal you have for the year or something you would like more of in 2016.  Please leave your comment by NOON on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  One winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Good luck!

**{UPDATE}  Congratulations, Becky!

This giveaway is hosted by me because I love my readers!  xoxo


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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

humans of new york stories | Where is June?

I am so excited that Humans of New York: Stories releases today.  Brandon Stanton inspires me everyday.  I have said it before and it is the absolute truth.  Humans of New York is the most honest, real, inspiring, touching and unique space on the Internet.  His photos are beautiful, but it is the words that accompany each picture that are the magic.  I look forward to Brandon’s posts and read every single one.

Here is what he says about the new book:

“HONY Stories comes out in less than one week! I’ve already said a lot about the merits of the book. So I want to take a quick opportunity to remind everyone that HONY is advertisement free and almost entirely financed by book sales. (The only exception being income from a handful of speeches I give every year.) Proceeds from books have been used to pay for trips to twenty different countries over the past year alone. Even when working with large organizations like the United Nations or UNHCR, I’m always very careful to cover all costs and reimburse any expenses. I do this so that the content on HONY can remain entirely independent, self-directed, and transparent. By purchasing a book, you can help HONY continue to grow in a way that remains focused on telling people’s stories— and nothing else. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.”

And a post from this week:

HONY | Where is June?

I eagerly await the arrival of my book!  Humans of New York: Stories will make a great gift.  Never too early to start that holiday shopping.

{Images via HONY}

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Luckiest Girl Alive |Where is June?

Whoa!  I couldn’t put this book down over the weekend.  In Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll wrote a lead character who is smart, complex, damaged, brave, superficial and ambitious.  How is that possible?

I loved this book.  Not because the protagonist, Ani, is particularly likable because she isn’t.  I loved how the author carefully crafted her prose to give us insight through the inner monologue of Ani.  Most of the time it was cringe worthy, but is was always brutally honest.  Her painful past and true feelings were never hidden from the reader.

Without giving too much away, it is similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.  It has unexpected plot twists and is dark, quite dark.  I found myself thinking about the end of the book while running today.  I’m left with questions. Big ones.  And in my opinion that is a good thing!

What are you reading?


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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

cheryl strayed

Last week, for a girls’ night out, I spent an evening with Cheryl Strayed.  Well, I spent an evening listening to her speak.  You probably remember my excitement when I heard that Reese Witherspoon was producing and starring in the movie Wild, based on Cheryl’s book.  I saw the movie on the day it opened.  And loved watching Reese, Cheryl and Laura Dern walk the red carpet for premiers and award shows! {Whoa, with all those posts you might say I am a little obsessed.  I swear -I don’t stalk!}

She spoke to a packed house at Benaroya Hall.  How about some highlights?

1.  She shared that she waited almost a decade to write about her trek on the Pacific Crest Trail because she didn’t have anything to write until that time.  She didn’t want the book just to be about her.  Instead, she wanted the book to be less about her time walking and more about what makes us all human.  Those things that connect us all.

2.  Her book editor asked her to edit out her pre-hike sexual encounters with women. Maybe a bit too edgy??

3.  Cheryl dreamed of being a writer as a young girl.  She was fascinated by the magic you could create with a sentence.

4.  The advice Reese Witherspoon gave her about delivering her {one} line in the movie?  “Don’t f*ck it up.” 

5.  She would one day like to hike the PCT with her husband and children.  She wants her kids to be a little older so they can carry their own gear.  Or she would take a llama. Pack animals are allowed on the trail.

6.  No matter how hard she tried, she realized she was incapable of ruining her life.  She finally decided she needed to something big.  Something physical.  She needed to do this to become the person her mother had raised. So, she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.

At the conclusion of  speaking individually {and successfully having the entire hall in tears} she sat with a moderator and answered questions from the audience.  Guess, what?  She answered my question!  I asked her, “While reading your book, I was struck by your encounters with strangers and their kindness.  Can you speak to this and how it effected your journey on the PCT?”  Her answer included thoughts about the kindness of strangers after her mother’s death.  How people she didn’t know showed up to help in big and small ways.  This is the mid-west way.  She added that the strangers she met on the trail helped her immeasurably and they are out there every year.  The good is out there.  Go find it!

PS:  I really wanted to ask her about the red carpet and the 411 on Hollywood secrets.  I decided against it because I was certain it wasn’t “literary” enough for the audience.

PPS:  She admitted the ability to love her children and hate them in the exact same moment.  OMG, I think I want to be her best friend!

PPPS:   Anyone who can speak in front of 2,000+ people and drop F bombs all night-is all right in my book!



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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

cherry bombe | Where is June?

I have to share my latest find!  Last week I was at my local book store looking for reading material for the weekend trip to the ski hill.  I am a lodge mama {bunny} and need to occupy my time when waiting for my ski bums.  On the magazine rack, I spotted Cherry Bombe.  I had caught glimpses and heard whispers about this magazine on Instagram and I loved the cover.  So simple- I was intrigued to read more.

The About page of Cherry Bombe’s website reads:

Cherry Bombe is a beautifully designed biannual publication that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.

Our readers, subjects and contributors are passionate about food, aesthetics and the world around them.

I describe it as a collection of interesting blog posts in print.  The short articles are wonderfully photographed and range in topics from recipes, to cookbooks, to chefs, to modern farmers, to food photography.  I devoured it and can’t wait until the next issue.

Find it a local store front or order @ their website!

{Image covers via Cherry Bombe}

Not sponsored.  Just inspired.  xo


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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Joan Didion for Celine

I follow a ton of fashion blogs and sites.  They all blew up this week with a new ad from Celine. {photo by Juergen Teller}.  Joan Didion appears in a campaign for the luxury brand.  I am not posting about this because I am super excited about the new line.  I don’t own anything from Celine, nor do I foresee myself buying anything in the near future.  The price point is beyond my income {of $0}!  No.  I am posting because I instantly fell in love with the image.  Those sunglasses and Joan rocking all that 80 brings!  I mean really, it is so refreshing.  So I fell down a rabbit hole earlier this week reading everything I could about Joan Didion.  She started as staff writer at Vogue in the 60’s and quickly became a published novelist and essay writer.  I won’t try and write a biography about her, but it is worth doing a little reading yourself.

I love {L O V E} that she is in this ad campaign.  She represents real beauty.  She has a lived a life.  Full of family, success, and heart ache.  She wears 80 proudly.  It doesn’t seem like she tries to be anything but herself.  She is brilliantly talented and she owns it.  That makes her beautiful.

Her nephew, Griffin Dunne, is producing a documentary on her life.  The trailer for We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live makes me to want to know more about this strikingly intelligent, brilliant woman.


Oh, and she isn’t a stranger to the camera.  Julian Wasser photographed her in 1968 for Time Magazine.  She sits in her own Stingray, holding a cigarette, seemingly unaffected that someone is taking her picture. I mean this girl has been cool for a long, long time.

Joan Didion/CAR

What do you think about this campaign?

I 100% admire everything about Joan Didion.  Have you read any of her books?  If you have 5 minutes read her essay on self-respect.


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Monday, December 8th, 2014

Wild Premier

Yep!  Christmas comes early for me this week!  Wild, the movie, will hit theaters in Seattle on Friday! It opened in New York and Los Angles last week.  I have been waiting for over a year.  I posted enthusiastically  when I heard the amazing book Wild was being brought to the big screen with Reese Witherspoon as the lead.  Since then, I have followed Cheryl Strayed and Reese on social media.  Can I just say, I want to be the third wheel with this adorable pair?!?

The reviews for the movie have been amazing and there is Oscar buzz surrounding Reese’s portrayal of Cheryl.  A few things I find extraordinary about this film, is how it came to be and the friendship Reese and Cheryl share.  Cheryl sent Reese an advanced copy of Wild before it was even released and the project was born.  Reese Witherspoon decided to produce and star in the film.  Of course the road was not easy, but she was determined to tell the story accurately.  {This article tells the story perfectly!}  In the last 6 months, Reese and Cheryl constantly posted pictures as they have been together promoting Wild!  They share an authentic friendship.  Cheryl has been part of the movie every step of the way!  From advising on the movie, being on set during filming, starring in a cameo role, attending film festivals, speaking at press junkets, and getting red carpet ready for premiers.  I am not a Hollywood expert, but I doubt that happens very often!


I 100% adored every aspect of the book and I will wait impatiently until I can buy my movie ticket and settle in to enjoy this film!!  Are you going to see it?

CAN’T WAIT to see #wildmovie!

{Pictures via Reese and Cheryl’s Facebook pages}


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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

the goldfinch

I may be late to this party, but I am completely engrossed in the new book, The Goldfinch.  The story is just starting to build and I cannot put it down.  Action, mystery and intrigue begin on the very first page.  At 771 pages, it isn’t a light read.  I purchased the book in hardback and the cover is beautiful.  The pages of the book are silky smooth-almost like those in a dictionary.  Sorry.  Still a total sucker for a “real” book.   I am not sure how the plot will unfold, but I am truly excited about this book.

Have you already read The Goldfinch?  What did you think?  No spoilers!  xoxo


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Monday, October 21st, 2013


Equals LOVE!  Reese Witherspoon started film production on Wild last weekOh. My. Goodness. The film adaptation of the book by Cheryl Strayed is headed to the big screen. When I read this book earlier this year {read post here}, I could not put it down. I told all of my friends to read it.  It is a testament to the human spirit and our ability to overcome.

Now it is going to be a movie and I am more than excited to hear Cheryl Strayed is an integral part of the filming.  She wrote on her Facebook page last week, “I spent the past couple of days on location in beautiful central Oregon with the WILD film cast and crew watching as they transform not only my book but an era of my life into a movie. It’s an extraordinary experience to see Reese Witherspoon dressed in the clothes I wore on the trail, her hair the same style and color and cut as mine then, with my beloved/loathed Monster on her back packed just the way I packed it. I’m humbled and awed and so excited for you to see the movie! Here’s a shot of me on set.”

Oh, this makes me want to see it even more!!

Have you read the book? What did you think?  Will you see this movie?


{Images via Reese Witherspoon: WhoSay}

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Find time to read:  Me Before You

I picked up the novel, Me Before You, to read on the plane.  I actually slept the entire way to Chicago {motion sickness pills and a double Bloody Mary are a wicked combo..FYI}, so I didn’t start it until I got home.  Once I read the first chapter I was hooked and could not put it down.  Without giving too much away, it is a story about an aimless woman who takes a job as a care giver to handsome man bound to a wheelchair.  However, don’t be fooled.  The typical romance novel gets tipped on its head.  And in a good way.  I love how Jojo Moyes crafts her story.  I truly did not want this book to end.  As I was reading I kept thinking, “This would make an AWESOME movie.”  I was thrilled to read that MGM has bought the rights and that Jennifer Lawrence is being considered for the lead.  Uh, perfect casting if that actually happens.

While life is moving at warp speed- give yourself a minute, create space and find time to read.


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