Has your 2017 started yet? Mine is on its way, and I know I can’t tackle it without a planner. Yes, you can use your iPhone calendar, but there’s something about writing plans down on a piece of paper, and seeing it laid out in front of you that makes it more do-able for me. Here are some stylish and fun planners to help you organize your kick-ass plans for this year…
I found this fun and fascinating. Fore-edge paintings are paintings on the edges of books. When closed, the painting is undetectable, but when the pages are fanned out (as happens when reading a book), the painting becomes visible.
If I were visiting LA for a weekend, I wouldn’t leave without visiting The Broad. It is hands- down my favorite museum in Los Angeles. I haven’t gone to ALL the museums in LA, but I have gone to all the majors (LACMA, MOCA, The Getty) and then some. Of all of those, The Broad is my favorite.
So logistics…Tickets to the broad are free. Yup, FREE. And you can get them one of two ways. You can reserve a ticket in advance on their website, OR you can wait in the stand-by line on the day. Which is the better option?
If you are a planner and have the luxury of time. By all means, reserve a free ticket in advance on the website. However, if you aren’t a planner, you will have zero luck reserving tickets online for the day you want to go because they are usually sold out 3-6 months in advance. I got in through stand-by, and it wasn’t too bad. It was actually a fun experience.
Before you drive over to The Broad and park and such, make sure to check their twitter account: @BroadStandby to know how long the wait will be. It’s usually shortest right when it opens and a couple hours before it closes. Obviously, if you go on a holiday or on a weekend afternoon the wait could very well be over 3 hours. If you don’t mind the wait and want to go during those times, make sure to bring a friend so you can switch off running to the street vendor for food or going to the bathroom. If it drizzles and you’re outside, The Broad does provide lovely umbrellas for you to use (though, you must return them on the way into the museum).
If you haven’t gone to the movies to watch Hidden Figures, go asap. I loved this movie. It was fun, entertaining, educational, and a different perspective.
The film is based on the book, Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Margot, herself, grew up near NASA’s Langley Research Center, and her father and extended family worked for NASA. As an African-American woman, growing up around NASA physicists and engineers, I can imagine, for Margot, this story was not only important to tell on a historical level, but also on a personal level.
Hidden Figures is the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan. Three African-American female mathematicians who contributed to the success of NASA’s Project Mercury and Apollo 11 while also facing discrimination and sexism.
Taraji P. Henson (Cookie?! YES COOKIE, but not really..) plays Katherine G. Johnson, the NASA mathematician who was pivotal in the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission. In the film, we follow her trying to juggle work as one of NASA’s human computers and raising three girls by herself. She not only faces the trials of being a working single mother, but also the racism and sexism of her co-workers and the institution she works for.
The Indivisible Guide. Whether you are a republican or a democrat, here’s a guide on how to be a voice of change in our government. It is a step-by-step guide, written by members of congress, to show citizens how to effectively speak to and contact their members of congress.
Is anyone else feeling a little sluggish lately? I feel a little somethin’ coming on so I have stocked up on soup, honey, ginger, and all things nutritious to combat this sluggishness before it turns into anything more. Did I mention lemons? I mean…they really are in a category of their own. There are so many wonderful uses for them so I thought I’d share my favorites.
Lemon is a great antibacterial and all-natural cleaner. So, you can take half a lemon, stick it in some water and microwave it to clean the microwave. Sometimes, I use vinegar instead, but I love the smell of the lemons.
Since lemon is not only antibacterial, but antimicrobial and antifungal, they are a great aide when you’re sick. I personally like to do a honey, lemon and ginger combo in water. Sometimes, I’ll put some cayenne in to clear up the sinuses. Here’s a good recipe for Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.
I make a conceded effort to not get sick, so I also often drink lemon water. Staying hydrated is important on its own, but adding lemon adds flavor and vitamin c.
I really do love the smell of lemons, especially in the kitchen. So, I like to make an air freshener with them, or I’ll pour a few drops of lemon on my carpet or curtains before vacuuming. Sometimes, if I’m feeling exceptionally crafty, I’ll make potpourri or scented drawer sachets.
Has anyone else noticed that there are no more “No-Rub” contact solutions being sold? I asked my optometrist and found out that not rubbing contact lenses caused a significant uptick in bacterial eye infections so the FDA have quietly taken it off the shelves.
Emmy Rossum will be receiving equal pay! It’s a tough world out there for a lady, especially in Hollywood where discrimination, sexism, racism can go pretty much unchecked if you’re “powerful” enough. Congrats to Emmy for getting what she deserves.
I have had the Amazon Echo Dot for a week and I already feel like Joaquin Phoenix in Her. When I initially received it as a gift, I thought of re-gifting it because it didn’t seem that useful to me. I have an alarm clock, speakers for music, and I don’t need to buy “smart” appliances just so I can turn it on with my voice. It just sounded like more things to put on my to-do list. However, after taking the plunge into this “voice-activated” world, here’s what I learned and love about it…
It keeps track of a to-do list. Sometimes, I’m running in and out of the apartment doing work, chores, etc. and I’ll have a random thought in my head like, “I need to buy lemons when I go to the grocery store tomorrow”. Then, I’ll either forget about it or decide to put everything down and find my planner or a post-it to write that thought down. With the Echo Dot, you can just say it and it’ll put it down on your “to-do list” and it’s pretty neat when you’re multi-tasking.
It has useful “skills” you can enable, like guided meditations, 7 minute workouts, recipes, & rain sounds for sleeping. Or at least, that’s what I’ve enabled so far. There’s so much more that I haven’t discovered yet, and with the rate that the technology is going, I presume more “skills” for the Eco Dot are coming.
“Life was not to be sitting in hot amorphic leisure in my backyard idly writing or not-writing, as the spirit moved me. It was, instead, running madly, in a crowded schedule, in a squirrel cage of busy people. Working, living, dancing, dreaming, talking, kissing — singing, laughing, learning. The responsibility, the awful responsibility of managing (profitably) 12 hours a day for 10 weeks is rather overwhelming when there is nothing, noone, to insert an exact routine into the large unfenced acres of time — which it is so easy to let drift by in soporific idling and luxurious relaxing. It is like lifting a bell jar off a securely clockwork-like functioning community, and seeing all the little busy people stop, gasp, blow up and float in the inrush, (or rather outrush,) of the rarified scheduled atmosphere — poor little frightened people, flailing impotent arms in the aimless air. That’s what it feels like: getting shed of a routine.” – Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Oh, Sylvia Plath…how you move me so. Although, in this week’s case, I’m feeling more like “the little busy people” stopping, gasping, blowing up, and floating underneath the bell jar. My schedule has been hectic due to the holidays and I’m gasping for a way to manage it all. Here were some great tips that I found:
To piggyback off of that tip, more time spent doesn’t necessarily mean more “money” earned. This was by far the most free-ing of the advice I’ve read. Sometimes, I’ll spend hours and hours prepping for an audition and I’ll drive myself exhausted, which is no state to perform in. Spending hours on something doesn’t necessarily produce the results you want.
Make sure you have some time for rest and exercise. Some of the world’s most brilliant people would build-in down time in their days because creativity and inspiration doesn’t abide by the constraints of time. We have to give ourselves rest and experience life to work and perform better.
Be mindful of small bits of time. Every little bit counts, and who better to know this but moms with full time jobs (side note: ummm how inspiring are moms!). I love this tip because it’s essentially about being kinder to yourself.