Does anyone else feel like this week lasted for forever? I had a lot of ups and downs, so I feel like by the end of every day I was so emotionally drained that I needed to sleep for 10 hours (and I was lucky if I got six). With everything going on this week, it got me thinking about happiness. Happiness is such a weird thing to describe to someone, but to me, happiness is freedom – freedom to enjoy a moment, freedom to think about something other than your most pressing problem, freedom to make your own choices. I think by now, we all know that happiness is not a destination – it’s not a to do item to be checked off your list – but I’d be interested to hear what happiness means to you in the comment section. For now, let’s get into what’s been catching my eye this week.
1. This method to reduce paper towel usage…
I’m really not sure of the science behind it, but after I read about the “Shake and Fold” method, I started thinking a lot more about how much paper towel I use on a daily basis. I’ve started shaking my hands off before completely drying them with one sheet, and I’m feeling much better about the impact I’m having on the environment — at least in this sense.
2. These creative ways to display books…
I’m a traditional bookshelf user, but as I run out of space and want to acquire more books, I’m looking for more ways to display my books. I love the idea of just stacking my books under my window ledge or putting three or four books all around the apartment — on the mantle, framing the fireplace, perched on a shelf — anywhere!
3. This Wild Fable faux-leather skirt…
I can’t go into Target and not look at the clothing, even if I know I’m not buying anything. I stumbled upon this faux-leather skirt, and I really want to try it out. I’m not sure if it’s something I can pull off, but I really want to try.
4. This explanation of work-life balance as Gen Zers join the workforce…
This is a pretty long article, but so worth the read. I found myself agreeing with a lot of points throughout the article from having the ability to demand a flexible job being a luxury to Gen Xers hating on Gen Zers for asking (and getting) what they always wanted. The workplace is one of the most dynamic places in your life in terms of the different types of people you have to work with a daily basis, so I find any article able the changing structure of it fascinating.
5. This book about Enneagram types and self-discovery…
I finished this The Road Back to You last night, and boy was it eye-opening. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the Enneagram is a personality identifier with 9 categories. Everyone is a given a number (1-9), and the book goes into how each number would have acted as a child, works, is in relationships, etc. It’s a really insightful book that can help others understand the people around them. I’ve never been obsessed with knowing people’s personality types because I think we can all fall into multiple buckets, but this book was actually incredibly educational. (I’m a one for anyone that’s curious.)
What’s been catching your eye this week? Let me know in the comments below.
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