Odds and Ends


1. #6. All of my challenges are rooted in my obsession with finding the answers. ENOUGH THINKING, SARAH. How do you all “let go?”

2. Speaking of letting go, I can’t stop listening to the Frozen soundtrack. And apparently, according to my friends, I’m not the only one. (Sidebar: so sad that Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs separated. GAH, they were one of my favorite celebrity couples ever.)

3. And speaking of music, I have no idea what I would do without Spotify. Here are 20 useful Spotify tips and tricks. (Did you know you can karaoke?)

4. I’ve become so interested in the concept of soul and “soul loss.” Can’t wait for this teleclass on Monday.

5. Well, I got Los Angeles. I don’t know how I feel about this. What city should you actually be living in?

6. I know I just posted about books, but I’m reading three more than I can’t put down. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, and At Last A Life by Paul David. (The last book is about a man’s journey through anxiety and depersonalization, and it’s probably the best book I’ve ever read in regards to the subject. I highly recommend it.)

You know, I think maybe reading some fiction might be a good change for me right now. Hit me with your best stuff.

  1. Erica

    January 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Just finished Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Amazing book, but a big one. Currently 40% into “Eleanor and Park.” Another good one!

    • J.Mill

      January 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

      I’m currently reading The Goldfinch and am finding it slow/disjointed in places. I keep wondering, “Ugh, how does this fit in the whole story?” and “should I care about this detail?”.

      Glad to hear it turns out amazing! I need the encouragement to keep going!

  2. KJS

    January 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Great Rules-Hard not to wonder how the Internet plays into it all, so much easier to research, “think”, compare…but, I can’t help it. I too am a thinker and a researcher, and I finally realize now that I do it more than others. Anyway, I love the Untethered Soul, I need to read it again.

    Fiction: Goldfinch, Someone, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?…all great…I also find that there is as much to be learned from fiction as non-fiction. Those characters come from somewhere, right?

  3. Nadia Carriere

    January 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I love this! Great rules to live by and we are also obsessing over Frozen here in our house. Night and day, day and night. Let it goooooooo! :)

  4. jen

    January 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    as self-centered as it sounds, sometimes the best way for me to let go and stop trying to figure everything out is to look back at my life with an objective eye and realize that things have always worked out one way or another. they didn’t always work out the way I wanted or the way I expected, but I always understood things after the fact.

    so when I feel overwhelmed by not understanding my present, I take comfort in realizing that I’ve been in this position many times before and it has always worked out somehow… and that this time will be no different. it’s like trusting not only in a larger sense of the universe figuring things out but also in realizing that the universe has always hooked me up before, so I should trust that it will do so again.

    sorry for the long post. you asked an intriguing question and I was inspired to give my little answer :)

  5. Heather

    January 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love that list. I think I saw it on Pinterest the other day. A lot of those remind me of The Four Agreements. I read that book every year or so, simply as a reminder to be more at peace. And about Frozen? Yeah, my daughter is obsessed, but the minute I start to sing along – she gets mad.

  6. Lainie

    January 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Sarah, are you on GoodReads? I love it for book ideas. I mostly read fiction and a good one of course is Gone Girl if you haven’t ready it – a guilty pleasure without the guilt because it’s actually good. Although they aren’t new, I recommend Suite Francioise and Time Traveler’s Wife. And recently I read Wild which was fantastic although not fiction (but still told as a story).

    • Lainie

      January 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      *Suite Francaise

  7. jen

    January 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Like Lainie said, Goodreads is a great resource for book ideas. I use it often. Great way to keep track of what I want to read as well. I really enjoyed Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Gone Girl and if you like Ali Wentworth, her book Ali in Wonderland was pretty funny. I got the audio version and she reads it which makes it that much more funny.

    Love the list. I’m going to need to make a copy of that and refer to it on a regular basis.

  8. Sarah

    January 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I have to agree with everyone else goodreads is a great way to find books and keep up with what you’ve read and want to read.

  9. whoorl

    January 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hey ladies! Yes, I am on Goodreads. :)


  10. Erin

    January 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I just read The Rosie Project and LOVED it. I am not normally a huge fiction fan (memoirs and other non-fiction are my go-to). What Alice Forgot is another fave from last year. I am going to check out At Last a Life. Thanks!

  11. angie

    January 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    me before you by jojo moyes.
    go get it.
    i’m in two book clubs with a total of 19 women and universally everyone loved it!
    a great love story.
    another recent fave was rules of civility by amor towles.

  12. Mina

    January 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I was not able to put The Tragedy Paper down! It’s SO, SO good. Also, The Fault in Our Stars.


  13. Sarah

    January 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Letting go. I heard a couple things about it this week. One that seems to be working is when I have the briefest moment, take stock of 3 things I see, 3 things I hear, 3 things I feel. While breathing. :)

  14. gorillabuns

    January 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Goldfinch and I am still in a major depression of Idina and Taye. I want to be her when I grow up.

  15. Torrie @ a place to share...

    January 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    portland, oregon. (i don’t know how i feel about that either)