Inspiration: February 21

This article was shared by at least 3 of my friends this week, so on the off chance you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll share it too: to anyone who thinks they’re falling behind in life.

I’m thinking about taking this free online photography course from Harvard.

A thought-provoking article about weight, body image, and Oprah Winfrey.

I wasn’t really following the response to Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance, but I thought this was a very good commentary piece with some excellent points.

One of my best friends and I watched Life Partners this week and both thought it was sweet, interesting, and a little sad. I loved that it was really about friendship and personal growth as much as about romance.

Jess Lively had Brené Brown on the show to talk about setting boundaries and the (wonderful) concept of santosha.

I used this recipe to make pasta (vaguely fettucine-shaped) from scratch this past week. It was very messy, very fun, and very delicious.

I had my friend Katie here in Quito with me all week and it was absolutely wonderful. We did so much exploring, and our days were filled with the kind of juxtapositions that make this country so great. We’d spend the morning on the top of a volcano, and the afternoon in the historic old town that feels exactly like Europe. We went on a chocolate-making bean-to-bar tour (with a healthy amount of samples) and then took showers under natural waterfalls. And all that aside, it was just so great to gossip and reminisce and have her in my living room every morning when I woke up. I miss her already!

This weekend has involved a lot of sleeping and a lot of reading – I’m reading this awesome book for my book club. I tried to hit the reset button and am looking forward to the new week. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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