Hello, and happy Friday.
Reading e-newsletters in my inbox usually gives me a jolt of inspiration. One I particularly like is written by Kaki, a Japanese-Texan who currently lives with family in Japan. I’m obsessed with voyeuring other cultures (I doubt voyeuring is grammatically correct but it’s what I do), and am totally inspired by their thriving lifestyles.
How do I adopt some of these mystical ways (calm, mindfulness, health, nature) to influence and improve my daily life?
Last week, Kaki’s newsletter theme focused on how the Japanese deal with anger (are they really as calm on the inside as they look on the outside?) and their approach to mental health. Kaki shared four fundamentals she believes contribute to good mental health: Prioritizing physical health, nature, family, and prayer. It makes total sense, and seems like a no brainer. It’s also why Japanese make up part of the Blue Zones, some of the oldest living people on the planet.
So, why aren’t we all practicing these fundamentals with the same zest and zeal as Americans adopt every new wellness trend as if it’s the magic bullet that’s swooped in to save the day?? Maybe because they aren’t new at all.
Moving into a new season, I’m committing myself to forget about the hype, and instead focus on my own version of Kaki’s four fundamentals, including focusing on more Mediterranean and Japanese clean foods in my diet. More plants like my fave caprese! More fish! More whole grains like my favorite couscous recipe, all pictured above. Look at that. I’m on a roll.
Fall is probably my favorite season, and perfectly ripe to make change. It’s time.
With that, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
I swear this works: 3 tricks to manifest someone into your dreams.
UH-OH! Did you see her light her hair on fire blowing out her birthday candles?? That’s a little scare-eeeey.
These needlepointed ultrasounds are an unreal keepsake!
This funeral home ad is spreading the word to the unvaccinated and bluntly putting it out there.
Here’s a state by state guide of the best spots to catch the flurry of changing fall leaves.
Take a tour of this visual look of classic fall style. Sumptuous. (I mean, who can not look at Brad Pitt?)
I usually go with all-white serving pieces, but these bowls are tempting me to play with color.
OMG, have you seen this new stand mixer? Christmas wish list material for sure.
I’ve been craving curry like a madwoman and this one looks tip tops.
Fall-flavored baked oatmeal is a gangbuster way to start the day.
Truffle + Parm + fries = lip smackin’ good.
Here’s a good one to use up my garden tomatoes: Tomato basil risotto.
My daughter works at Starbucks and this is a copycat of her favorite drink.
Pot roast chicken? Now that’s smart.
If you like churros you’ll love this cake.
This is how apple cider goes margarita style.
I’ve got pumpkin on the brain and these cupcakes are calling.
You had me at pepperoni. This pizza-inspired pasta is definitely happening.
Future Halloweening to plan for now:
- These hot dog mummies are the cutest.
- Oh my gourd this is funny.
- It’s totally acceptable to switch into full Halloween mode and start filling your cart up with simultaneously cute and spooky things like this frightfully cute doormat.
- Or these batty glasses that I would love to drink a creepy cocktail out of (you know, something dark and smoky).
This addictive show is back and I’m 100% ready for season 2—oh the drama.
Stanford Blatch was definitely a favorite SATC character—RIP :(. Here are some of his best moments.
This is how to create a capsule wardrobe.
This coat delivers style minus the heavy price tag.
I have this eye shadow palette and I love it.
The last thing I do before I go to sleep is slather this on my lips every.single.night.
Why it’s harder for us to fall asleep (and stay asleep) as adults and what we can do to get more z’s. (It’s why I quit drinking alcohol!)
And that’s the weekly rap wrap. Have a grand one.
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