What I'm Loving | 03/04/2018

WhatImLoving-3.4.18
WhatImLoving-3.4.18

I know I mentioned in my last post that spring doesn't start until March 20th, but in my mind, the first day of March is the first day of spring!

It's still been uncharacteristically cold and rainy here, but having a gym membership has kept the weather from getting me too down! I still love my at-home yoga practice, but I'm also climbing and trying new classes which I enjoy. (I tried boxing this week! Can you imagine me, boxing? I couldn't either, but it was actually really fun!)

Here's what else I'm loving lately:

Reading :: The Joy Luck Club was beautifully written. In the beginning, I was worried that it might be difficult to keep the characters straight — and it was. However, since the book is told from multiple perspectives that's almost a given. I did love all the cultural elements the author incorporated, and I feel like I learned quite a bit regardless. Now I'm on to This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. She's a delightful author so I'm excited to learn more about her life.

Listening :: The Up First Podcast by NPR is exactly what I've been needing in my life. I think it's so important to keep up with the news, but it's also exhausting. This is a digestible format without the sensationalism you get from typical news networks, so it's a much less stressful way to stay informed.

Spare Time :: Movies! We went to see The Post before it left theaters, and I absolutely recommend it (both for Meryl Streep and the historical significance). Of course, I'm a sucker for anything about journalism so I'm not an unbiased reviewer, but I think the professional critics also rated it favorably. We also watched Evan Almighty on Netflix, and I forgot what a delight that movie was!

Style :: I have been a Patagonia fan for a long time — the style and quality can't be beat. Lately, I've also been inspired by their sustainability efforts and commitment to ethical clothing manufacturing, which is something you don't hear a lot about. I love a great sale at H&M as much as the next gal, but between factory collapses and a lack of livable wages, I've started to wonder if there's a better way. While I can't afford a Patagonia-sponsored wardrobe, I did some research and was shocked at the many small, high-quality brands I've found. To test the waters, I've ordered 2 pairs of workout pants from 2 sustainably-focused brands...will report back!