Friday Favorites

In the Friday Favorites series, I highlight my favorite things, people, and places from the last week of my life. These posts will frequently include Amazon affiliate links. They’re direct links to the things I love and have used and recommend. You don’t have to buy them, but if you do, you get a killer deal and I get a kickback. Win-win. Affiliate income is used to feed my coffee and Harry Potter addiction. 

Week in Review: September 1 to September 8

If you’ve followed me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll notice I’ve been incessantly whining about being stuck inside the house for the last week. My town is quite literally surrounded by wildfires, so the smoke is thick and the air quality has been deemed “very unhealthy”. I have asthma so I’ve been under strict house arrest.

Something else you should know; I hate it when I don’t get to make a choice. I’m a lazy outdoors person, in that I like to drive to a nice, manicured trail, slowly amble through the forest, and then skip on back to my car and drive through a coffee stand. Or I like to drive to the middle of town, roll out of my car without moving my feet, and find myself on a gorgeous mountain lake beach with no effort on my part. That’s why I live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Google it. It’s ridiculous.

But back to my point. I don’t like having my choices taken from me, and even though I’m not frequently (ever) out in the woods, hours from civilization, doing some primitive camping/survivalist shit, I still like to think that, if I decided to do that today, I could. I wouldn’t decide that. But, in my mind, it’s an option on the table. However, what’s not an option on the table is going out of doors in any capacity when the smoke could send me into a deadly asthma attack.

Favorite Books

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
This is a memoir, and it gives an incredible look into the mind of this genius writer through his running process. If you’re at all a Murakami fan, or an aspiring author/writer, you need to read this one.

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy is one of the greats. If Anna Karenina or War and Peace seem daunting, start with this one. I’m always blown away by Tolstoy’s writing ability, his characterizations, and his ability to completely immerse his readers in this reality.

 642 Things to Write About
This is a great resource for writers, bloggers, or anyone who wants to hone and practice their writing skills. The book is filled with short prompts that just get your brain working and your fingers writing. I recommend doing a practice like this (or some sort of writing activity) every day if you want to improve.

Here’s the full list of what I’m reading this week.


Favorite Drink

Coffee (duuuhhhh) from the Chemex coffee maker

Coffee is an essential component in making my brain function properly. And making me a pleasant human to be around. I normally make my own coffee at home, as opposed to buying out all the time, but I’m picky with what I drink. I really like this Chemex, it makes delicious coffee, and it’s an affordable long-term option for coffee addicts.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Favorite Activity

Taking too many baths with Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt. I took a lot of baths this week, alright? Don’t judge me. Just get on the bath train. The rosemary and mint scent is awesome.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Favorite Game

Habba Dancing Eggs. This game is hilarious. Since I was stuck indoors with children who also couldn’t go outside, we played a lot of boardgames. This was the runaway hit, for adults and kids. Highly recommend.

What’s the plan for next week?

Here’s to hoping that next week is a bit better. I’ve got birthday celebrations, a vacation, and will be releasing a few products of my own, as well as helping my clients make content strategy goals (and implement them).

What are your plans for next week? If you have any experiences with any of my Friday Favorites, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear if you try any of these things as well.

I’m also releasing a free training to help you uncover your brand story. It’ll be out tomorrow, and it’s free to anyone who signs up using the link below. It’s perfect for bloggers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc. who have struggled to find their voice and implement a content strategy.

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