This & That: January 3, 2020

Jan 03, 2020

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

A new year and if you are like me, strong and good health is always part of my new year’s resolutions. Bill Bryson’s The Body book is an informative guide to teach you how the amazing machine that is our body works, how it can heal itself and how it can frustratingly fail at times. If you are body curious, this is the book for you and your library.

Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Most Greatest Opponent by Ryan Holiday

Perhaps a resolution on your list was to get out of your own way, and if so, this is the book for you. Our egos can become quite the obstacle, often without our realization of its ability to do so. Ryan Holiday’s book (published in 2016) will share compelling stories of fascinating and well-known historical and current well-known figures such as “George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos”. Sharing their strategies and tactics so you as well can contribute to the world uniquely and let go of worrying about unnecessary concerns, Ego is the Enemy is an eye-opener.

The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World by Pilar Gerasimo

Health journalist Pilar Gerasimo is about to released a book I am eager to pick up. Being released on January 7th, discover the truth behind this statement regarding our health: “If you aren’t breaking the rules, you’re probably breaking yourself”. What does she mean? “It means bucking a lot of . . . society’s norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions”. Learn more about the author here and tune into her podcast The Living Experience here.

How to Retire Happy, Wild & Free: Retirement Wisdoms You Won’t Hear from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski

While How to Retire Happy, Wild & Free is more than 10 years old, much of Zelinski’s wisdom is worth taking a look at:

  • Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.
  • Put money in proper perspective so that you don’t need a million dollars to retire.
  • Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.
  • Follow your dreams instead of someone else’s.
  • Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Better envision you retirement goals — including where you want to live.
  • Above all, make you retirement years the best time of your life.

I know many of us are far from our retirement years, but planning ahead is never a bad idea, and the closer it nears, our confidence in knowing how we will manage it and that we can manage it well is priceless.

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times & Bad by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon’s previous book Steal Like an Artist was a book I relished, and so with his most recent work (published in April 2019), he offers inspiration in his own unique way. Banking on the idea that readers who pick up his new book have already found their creative niche, Keep Going shares ideas for, just as it states, continuing the creative journey and doing so well.

L’Art de la List: Simplify, Organize and Enrich Your Life by Dominique Loreau

While mentioned this past summer in a TSLL post that became a readers’ favorite, Dominique Loreau’s book is now finally available in the states (released December 2019). Already a bestseller in her native France, Loreau “turns her attention to better list-making, showing you how to organise them and use them intelligently. Taking you on a step-by-step journey to greater productivity, this practical, inspiring book influences every aspect of your life – from home, diet and beauty to mental health and self-awareness”.

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

No doubt you have heard of the young 16-year-old Swedish girl who traversed the Atlantic to arrive in the states this past September and address the United Nations, Greta Thunberg. And if you are like my students, you were moved and inspired. In this book released this past fall, read each of her speeches given on Capitol Hill, to the United Nations and at the rallies that garnered so many others to march in unity for the planet we love.


Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner

Recently released, bestseller author of The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner, has just released a coordinating cookbook. I think the title says it all. Click through to learn more about what Blue Zones are and how their approach to living and eating well can increase the longevity, but more importantly, the quality of your life.


Dwell, Gather, Be: Design for Moments by Alexandra Gove

Go beyond the surface of your decor’s aesthetic appeal and discover how to cultivate a home in which much more is enjoyed. Alexandra Gove’s new book (released September 2019) shares with readers how to design a home to reflect, complement, and enhance your lifestyle. From creating a welcoming environment for family and friends, cultivating special moments through timeless design, and elevating and celebrating a rich, satisfying life, Dwell, Gather, Be is your guide to truly help you attain a sanctuary to call your own.

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15-minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen

While released a couple of years ago, when it comes to kicking off the new year well, a well-organized and clean home makes a powerful difference in my confidence to achieve other goals and resolutions as well. Cassandra Aarssen’s Real Life Organizing takes into account our already full lives and offers relatable steps and ideas for living a clutter-free life. Check out her YouTube channel, ClutterBug, to get a taste for what she is all about.


Smeg Tea Kettle (many colors)

Tea lovers, if you are looking for a stylish, yet slightly modern electric tea kettle, Williams-Sonoma is offering Smeg’s (in many different color options) for a discounted price.


The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

I will be wrapping up the two week holiday by sitting down to enjoy the Golden Globe Awards this coming Sunday evening. Nope, not one woman was nominated for best director (listen to Greta Gerwig’s thoughts on this here with Katie Couric), but some wonderful shows, films and talented actresses were. Ricky Gervais has returned to host, against his promise to never do so again after the debacle many years ago, so this should be interesting, and the stars always tend to have a bit more fun at this particular award show.

~recipe for David Lebovitz’s French Quiche: Bacon, Green Peas & Tarragon~

Welcome to 2020, and with the previous year’s experiences and lessons at hand, what clear vision we will have, non? Too much? 🙂 But truly, a new year, a new opportunity, and hopefully you have had some time to ponder how to navigate it in such a way to savor the everydays even more as you gradually make the changes you seek become part of your everyday life. Be sure to tune in on Monday for the first podcast episode of the new year (episode #272) in which I will offer ideas and inspiration for doing just that – implementing tiny changes that will ultimately make great progress.

The boys and I have escaped to the wet and windy Oregon coast for a few days, and we are delighted. Cozied up in our small cottage vacation rental, complete with a petite kitchen in which I am making a different seafood dish each night, I am blissfully and gradually stepping my toes into the new year, trying to ascertain how to strive forward in such a way that aligns with the direction I am heading. I wish that you too are beginning this new year, this new decade in a way that excites you for the coming 12 months to be lived and lived well.

Below are more than a handful of articles you might enjoy perusing this weekend, and thank you for stopping by. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~An annual article that is always fun to read – 13 Ways to be a Better Human in 2020 [The New York Times’]

~20 Uncomfortable Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself [Marc & Angel]

~Check out The Atlantic‘s Top 50 Podcasts of 2019

~12 Habits to Adopt to Make This Your Best Year Yet [Tiny Buddha]

~10 Smart Time Management Techniques to End Busyness [LifeHack]

~4 Ways to Travel Better in 2020 [The New York Times]

~If you love French wine like I do, read this to understand how the new tariffs will take an effect on the price and the economy in France’s wine businesses. [Punch]

~And just in case you need a refresher or have a few questions: How to Drink Wine [Times, Cooking]

~Paris’ famed Angelina’s Teahouse is coming to NYC. Yep! It’s true![Eater]

~The Best Paris Museum Exhibits to Visit in 2020 [Veranda]

~Save this! 10 of the Best Brunches in Paris [Complete France]

~Discover the Marvelous History of Mrs. Maisel’s Apartment [Curbed]

~If you haven’t seen it yet or are patiently waiting for it to arrive in your area, I can confidently share, it is worth the wait! Why Little Women is a Triumph! [BBC]

3 thoughts on “This & That: January 3, 2020

  1. Oodles to peruse, contemplate, stash for a later view—awesome awesome awesome, thank you, as ever, Shannon!
    And for those gardeners in our midst—-just got the word today from Erin at Floret: seeds on sale in just a few days!! Here’s the link:
    ***Accidentally posted this to the Dec 20th This & That, I think I need to clear my browser 😀

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