meandering things making me happy.

I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

 

-Listening to this made me really happy. Half way through I started it over just because I didn’t want it to be over. Just hearing his voice instantly calms me.

Things specifically I gleaned from it: 

“I try to orient my life in a spiritual context.”  

The concept of résumé virtues vs. eulogy virtues – trying to focus more on eulogy virtues rather than the résumé ones. 

-Meditation gets you back to the eulogy virtues because the ego is a bully that is going to lead you to the résumé ones. You know it’s the ego if it is loud, all about yourself and not extending beyond your own gratification in any specific moment. 

-Heard from the person above that this musical is supposed to be really great. Have you seen it?

-Josh’s latest Museletter. I loved every word as per usual. Sign up. Trust.

-Carrie Fisher seemed way cool. Although I’ll admit I really only realized this after her death. But I loved this Fresh Air tribute episode with her, and this quote she said toward the end really stuck with me. Terry asked her about consequences to over-sharing and this was her flawless answer which haunts me and I agree with fully:

“oh I do over-share and I sometimes marvel that I do it. But it’s my way of trying to understand myself. I don’t know I get it out of my head. It creates community when you talk about private things and you can find other people that have the same things, otherwise I felt very lonely with the issues I had but when I shared about it I found others had them too.” 

-My mom got me this inspiring little book for Christmas and I think it’s really cool.

-A very good article.

-I’ve happily been seeing quite a few movies lately and actually highly recommend all of them…

  • If you haven’t yet seen Moonlight you must. Run, don’t walk.
  • I really enjoyed LaLaLand and listening to the soundtrack when I’m in the mood is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • Just saw Jackie and thought it was so well done and captivating to see these historical events from her perspective. As someone who love and is fascinated by both history and the Kennedys I was super excited to see it.
  • I heard Manchester By The Sea was amazing and I’ve listened to enough interviews about it that I really want to see that one too now…  Have you seen the writer Kenny Lonergan’s early film You Can Count On Me? I want to watch that one soon too.

-I enjoyed this conversation of Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams as well.

-Speaking of conversation between women. I loved this one with this two.

-All 28 days of your cycle in 2 minutes.

-If you’re a RentHead like me you might like this. If you’re not, you’ll think it’s entirely cheesy.

-My 2016 gift guide in case you missed it and wanted to see it; or need to last minute buy for someone who unexpectedly bought for you and you didn’t know the two of you were on that level where you were exchanging…

timely quote:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot

gifs via Libby Vanderploeg 

16 Things I Tried in 2016

Today I have a special end of the year podcast episode. I recorded this episode last night on a whim as I was reflecting on all the things that have happened in the past year.  In many ways this episode is me ‘letting it out’ and sharing with you in audio format a final journal entry for the year. Below you will find a quick list of the 16 things I tried over the past year. I elaborate on each one more in the podcast so be sure to listen to the episode as well. And if you feel up to it, as a bonus exercise, grab a journal and take a few minutes to reflect and let out some of the things you tried this year too.

16 Things I tried in 2016 and suggest trying…

  1. Travel alone. Go on trips by yourself. Visit friends.
  2. Meditate. Learn and actually work it into your routine.
  3. Switch up your hair. Trust your hairstylist.
  4. Say Yes. Do things that you might on want to leave the house for. (dates, classes, meet ups,)
  5. Say no. Be protective of your time.
  6. Put happiness above health and don’t feel guilty about that. (spoiler alert: that actually is the healthier thing for you.)
  7. Make new friends and reconnect with the old friends.
  8. Walk. Walk. And walk some more…
  9. Make up games. Say jokes and puns when you think them. Be silly.
  10. Go to the movies, watch movies, and talk about movies.
  11. Cook healthy food and share it with people.
  12. Have sleepovers with everyone.
  13. Exercise in ways you actually like.  The best exercise for you is the one that is convenient for you.
  14. Listen to a lot of podcasts. They’re my favorite way to learn and feel less alone.
  15. Listen to a lot of music It will give your life a soundtrack.
  16. My ‘Go-To Cocktail’ for feeling good –>Read or listen to You Are A Badass & watch “HappyThankYouMorePlease”

SOME THINGS I MENTION THAT I LOVE AND ARE HELPFUL::

 

Remember — “Stagnation is the only thing we should fear.” 

Wishing everyone a happy 2017!

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Katie WONDERS No. 012 | October/November Favorites + Your Questions Answered!

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 This episode is special because it is a combo of my favorite things right now + answers to your questions + quotes and wisdom I took away from my recent retreat in Hawaii. It’s a jam packed episode. The links and notes for everything I mentioned in this episode are below. I hope you enjoy it. Also, if you aren’t already be sure to join the Facebook Group for extended conversation on this episode and whatever else you have on your mind.

 

 

 

 

PODCAST::
You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
Making Oprah
Putting Happy Back Into the Holidays (bonus episode between #25 & #26)
Lena Dunham’s podcast Women of the hour new season

PEOPLE::
Valerie Chaney

MUSIC::
Krishna Das
Sway by Anna of the North
Downtown by Downtown, Majical Cloudz
Lucius
Misty Boyce 

THINGS I’M WATCHING::
Faces and Sounds – Pete’s comedy show
Career Suicide — Chris Gethard’s new comedy
Easy on Netflix (show)
Moonlight (movie)

BOOKS::
Experiments in Truth by Ram Dass on Audible
Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
If the Buddha Dated by Charlotte Kasl
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
-I love listening to my books via Audible. You can also grab your first book with them for free.

FOOD:: 
SeaClear (seriously my favorite thing)
-Friendsgiving — highly recommend doing this anytime of the year!

OTHER COOL THINGS TO CHECK OUT::
Ram Dass Retreat in Maui
Loving Kindness Meditation
Check out my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
-Come hang with us in the Facebook Group

SOME QUOTES I WROTE IN MY JOURNAL DURING MY RETREAT::

“You can’t think yourself out of a thought prison.” — Jack Kornfield

“You have to remember to keep remembering, the moment we realize we’re on automatic is the moment of wakefulness.” — Jack Kornfield

“The most important part of your practice, is the moment you decide to do it.” — Sharon Salzberg

“Let go, gently, to whatever takes you away, and then lovingly return.” — Sharon Salzberg

“Never go where love isn’t.” — Sharon Salzberg

“The healing is in the return, remembering without guilt.” — Sharon Salzberg

My hair in Hawaii –>

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Theme song::
I Wonder by Kanye West

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NEW Month Meanderings

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welcome back.

I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.

-Some election stand-up I really liked.

-She seems really cool & I liked reading this about embracing your flaws.

-A podcast I was on this month.

This makes me so happy. As someone who grew up listening to the Rent soundtrack and memorizing it when I was young, it makes me so happy to see talented performers from my generation who grew up with it too reviving it for the 20th anniversary of the show.

-Chill out to the sound of Wikipedia?

-I love her. & this entire yearbook is real cool.

-The most helpful thing I listened to about politics recently.

-Can’t wait to be back in LA in a couple weeks and go back here to eat. YUM.

-Navigating racial awkwardness 

happy things. 

-If you liked Stranger Things as much as I did… (trust me as I was surprised as anyone that I’d like a show about a monster as much as I did, but it was really a show about people so check it out) but if you watched it you MUST also watch the kids of Stranger Things on Fallon. This made me really happy.

-My friend and friend of the podcast Dr. Joy Jacobs made an online course for parents about how to identify red flags for eating disorders in your children. Please share with anyone you think it would help… thanks.

Love this on ideas and creativity. You catch ideas you don’t make them.

-Really excited about this TV adaptation. 

-Looking forward to listening to this too.

-This episode 09 of the new podcast I found called ‘Meditations in the City’ with Elizabeth Reid is a must listen for anyone who like me, struggles to actually FEEL feelings in our bodies rather than just think them in our minds which is something my therapist pointed out to me recently that I’ve been trying to become more cognizant of. I like this podcast in general, this week’s guest on

-This article from Ann Friedman about peer mentoring was great. “… it’s hard to seek help in solving your problems when you’re pretending you don’t have any.”

-I really like everything about this.

-A lot of great quotes in this essay.

 

4TH OF JULY MEANDERINGS

13438823_919946334777784_3992432195116703626_n 13521896_920199694752448_3523306463030337664_nHappy 4th of July! Here are some things I liked around the internet over the last week or so. Enjoy meandering my links. Hope your holiday weekend is v chill.

oh FYI…  I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio next weekend for two events with my friend Simi. First my book signing at the Book Loft which you can RSVP for here and the next day I’m on a panel of Boss Babes  which you can sign up for here if it’s not sold out. then the following weekend I’ll be in Chicago for my book launch there on July 16 from 1-3pm details and location to come. Hope to see you there.

Now for the links… 

Flower infused lipsticks? cool. 

Song to meander the internet to.

This is goofy, aka a decent time-waster.

What a cool guy, he will be missed.

-Last 4 minutes of this Moby video are wise.

These are fun. 

-Aziz’s New York Times Op-ed, Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family.

-Cool wedding at my friend’s flower house!

Goth T.Swift is gone, rejoice. This article made me laugh.

This also made me really laugh. #Funny

Oprah & Michelle. #power

-The number one state is the one I live in. omg. #proud

-Best speech ever, hear smart people discuss it. 

Public Hair trends.

-I really enjoyed Ann Friedman talking about Freelancing here.

-I want this to be my wedding dress. I’m not engaged. But I want to be to wear this.

Loved this and love her. 

-Good summer book I’m excited to start reading.

-Yum everything on this I want to eat or drink. …. I actually ate this one with I was in LA at Squirl.

-I want to be a bestiepreneur.  Do you? call me…

-Catie’s podcast Employee of the Month is rad, so naturally I loved this interview with her in the hot seat.

-Where to buy the best bread.  & a trick to make better sandwiches with said bread.

3 things I liked from Rookie Mag this week…

blaming emotions on astrology.

-Summer make-up tutorial.

How to take yourself to dinner. 

Last but not least I few places I was around the internet… 

-I was did a post on friend of the podcast Natalie MacNeil’s blog!

-I was on the Recovery Warriors Podcast this month, here’s the link to that. 

-I was also on Terri Cole’s Hello Freedom podcast this week. Being in the guest seat is pretty fun.