Quote of the Week

skyline-desertThe horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” —Maya Angelou

I hope you have a safe, yet adventurous New Year’s Eve. Start the new year doing something you want to be doing all year: smiling, hanging out with friends or loved ones, dancing, baking cookies…whatever it is, best wishes.

New Year’s Rulins’

I first saw Woody Guthrie’s journal on Lists of Note, and it has stuck with me a whole year. I love thinking about these incredibly simple, yet habitually forgotten “rulins.”

NEW YEAR’S RULIN’S

1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
4. SHAVE
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD – FRUIT – VEGETABLES – MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. WRITE A SONG A DAY
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES – LOOK GOOD
10. SHINE SHOES
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. KEEP RANCHO CLEAN
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP HOPING MACHINE RUNNING
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. SEND MARY AND KIDS MONEY
25. PLAY AND SING GOOD
26. DANCE BETTER
27. HELP WIN WAR – BEAT FASCISM
28. LOVE MAMA
29. LOVE PAPA
30. LOVE PETE
31. LOVE EVERYBODY
32. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT

Merry Xmas

christmas-collagephotos via Lomography, 1stdibs, and Kryptons.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone. I found a few perfect reads for this vacation week of doin nothin but reading and lollygagging on the internet!
History of Cocoa via Art of Manliness

♠ Lifehacker’s Back to Basics: Simplifying Your To-Do List

♠ I love end of the year music lists, and of course I trust NPR’s 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2013

♠ More music: Top 10 Albums of 2013, according to Queens of the Stone Age

♠ One of the best stories I read about Peter O’Toole.

♠ A local photographer talks about the magic in and around creating and capturing moments.

♠ Long read about Dave Chappelle and his decision to recede, and his search for less.

The Intelligent Plant. A case for plants being more.

♠ Something to bookmark for next year: A Minimalist Christmas Help Your Child Survive the Season. This time of year can be overwhelming for all of us, including children.

♠ What would a list be without BuzzFeed? The Feature Stories of 2013 (30 Rock *sniff*)

6 Days of Gift Giving Part 5 & 6

Oof – I got behind in my guides, so I am combining the last two days.

This is the day, all about media and awesome last-minute gifts. Music, movies and paper goods are not only something easily accessible, but something that could be a very thoughtful gift.

music_rat_packIf you know they celebrate Christmas, a gift of Rat Pack Christmas, Pink Martini’s Joy to the World or Christmas With the Puppini Sisters, is perfect gift that is perfect music at holiday parties.

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Die Hard, Love Actually, Shop Around the Corner, Home Alone are some great movies to pick up for someone. If you aren’t sure if they have these movies already, go for Die Hard.

itin journal

One of the top resolutions – besides “getting in shape” – is getting organized. A journal or planner is a great way to tell your friend “you can do it!” Some of my top choices this year are Adam JK’s Unsolicited Advice planner, Kate Spade’s agenda, and the new “turntable” Moleskine I mentioned in my last post. For someone who is more of a quick note jotter, a Field Notes 3-pack would be a stylish alternative to a cocktail napkin note. If this person is a very close friend or loved one, a customized Leisure Book would be a huge hit. Although, come to think of it, it is pretty time-consuming, so maybe save this for Galentine’s Day or a birthday.

demerara-sugar-giftAn idea from Anna Bond of Rifle’s Instagram: some local coffee and a cute little jar of demerara sugar, with matching labels!

There’s also Stylish Gifts You Can Find at the Grocery Store, experiences to give from Oh Happy Day and Primer, amazon gift cards, or Serious Eats’ Holiday Ideas.

Happy Cold Moon

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The Full Cold Moon During this month is when the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is also an appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Being so firmly in the cold season, you may think there is nothing to do. But, there is much. You may be “stuck” indoors near a fire, or under a pile of perfectly worn blankets, but that doesn’t mean your mind cannot stretch. This moon is the perfect time to protect your house from winter ices, to care for plants that have been neglected (don’t prune them, just keep them warm and don’t forget to water them!), and to turn inward. Reflect on the past year, make a plan of attack for the next. I love to take my inspiration board off the wall, strip everything off and start anew. What will 2014 mean to me? I still haven’t figured out the guides yet, but above all, I like to keep in mind a personal credo of mine: “be excellent to each other.”

Now is the perfect time for you to think about yourself spiritually – whatever that means to you. In the dark of winter, you know that spring and light will be here again. Rebirth in nature, as in life.

If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others. When it’s cold outside, open your heart and home to friends and family. Reach out to people who might be suffering from the chill of winter, either spiritually or physically. Even listening helps more than you think.

Some other things to do/work on/plan while you are under those blankets:

♠ Get rid of that holiday stress.

♠ Get your bake on, with the Best of Winter Baking.

♠ Think about your 2014 capsule wardrobe, even plan some pieces. what is a capsule wardobe? I have mentioned Madame Chic before, but hey, think about getting the book and reading up on it for the new year!

♠ Speaking of forecasting 2014, you can DIY a planner/notebook/journal or if you’d rather, the Moleskine 2014 planner is pretty rad. With a few different colors, my new favorite thing is the “turntable” feature, so you can turn it to the side and use it that way as well!

♠ Give the space you spend the most time in – be it bedroom, living room, kitchen – a good scrub and switcheroo. Wash the sheets/pillows/blankets/towels, swap out the pillows for something moody, clear the space so there is room to read/bake/sleep. Put things in their places and if they don’t have a place, question whether they are needed in your life.

♠ Create road trip plans for 2014. Number 1 on my list is to get a brand new car, then plan said road trips in that car. Probably revolving around camping since with a new car I won’t be able to afford motels.

Obsidian and ruby are the gemstones that are most valuable this time of year.

♠ Read about Saturnalia.

I hope you have enjoyed the year in moon names.