This & That: March 2, 2018

Mar 02, 2018

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The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator’s Guide to Creativity (Voices that Matter) by Marty Neumeier

Based on the premise that there is no such thing as an accidental genius, this short, yet comprehensive book offers a compass in the framework of principles to guide you along your creative journey. Described as “THE essential handbook for designers, entrepreneurs, marketers, educators, artists, scientists, innovators, and future leaders in every field”, if you’re looking for inspiration to follow your own path, this may be the book you’ve been looking for.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

On Sunday former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the title and release date of her much anticipated memoir. Titled Becoming, it is expected to be an intimate examination on her journey to the White House and will be released on Tuesday, November 13th (coincidentally, the same date that TSLL’s second book will be released. I couldn’t be more tickled by the coincidence.) Needless to say, her book is on my pre-order list, and I look forward to reading it when it becomes available.

Insight: When We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich

The ability to be self-aware is a life changing skill, and the good news is – it is a skill, something we all can learn. Interestingly enough, even when we think we have self-awareness, there are invisible obstacles we may run up against if we’re not aware of them which Tasha Eurich’s new book Insight helps to bring to our attention along with many other “how-to”s when it comes to cultivating a strong self-awareness. In episode #143 of the podcast, we explore this topic, break it down and share not only the benefits but how to acquire self-awareness if you would like to see if you are interested in exploring this concept further with this positively reviewed book.


Oskar Candle Dish

Candles are a simple luxury I include in my home, and how we choose to display them offers a creative opportunity as well. Whether on a candle holder or a tray like Oskar’s brass candle dish (black is also available), a simple choice such as these can create a signature vignette on a tabletop, side table, in the bathroom, etc. And for fewer than $50, they are a worthwhile quality purchase.


Still Processing

It seems to happen often that I learn of new podcasts I want to listen to while listening to other podcasts, and such was the case when I was tuning into Splendid Table as Francis Lam recommended Still Processing. Focused on culture, you will hear them discuss everything from the recent Oscar film nominations and whether or not the romance genre has shifted to a thoughtful look at political current events. Everything is on the table, and it is hosted by The New York Times culture writers Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham.  Their description for the show is “a place to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2018”. Hmm, I am intrigued.


Loeffler Randall leather sandals

Nude ankle strap sandals are always a simple classic shoe to have on hand. How high you want the heel will be dependent on each individual, but the style is timeless.

~Reiss Lilia silk pocket-detail shirt

Another classic item to have in your closet is an off-white silk blouse, and with Reiss’ on sale, this is an item to take a look at.

Vartist Thai Handwoven Bag

For everyday use and only $28, made of 100% straw, this simple handwoven bag might be all that you need for your mini grocery shopping ventures or day-to-day explorations.


We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry

Critics are enjoying Ann Curry’s new series on PBS which began airing on January 23rd. With eight episodes and only two more to share, Curry’s program focuses on “dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds”. Always having a deep passion for the entire story and a compassion for the people she is reporting on, I look forward to watching a few,

if not all, of the episodes. Below is the trailer.

~recipe for Chocolate Soufflé~

And just like that March arrives. But not before a birthday came. On Wednesday, as I shared on the blog, my 39th birthday was celebrated and I wanted to take a moment to again say thank you. So many TSLL readers sent birthday wishes, and I was beyond humbled by what you expressed. I must admit it was one of the best birthdays I have ever experienced, and primarily what made it so special was that it was just a typical day but savored so incredibly deeply with so much love shared and felt. So thank you, thank you so very much.

Below are a few articles and this week two videos I think you might enjoy (I certainly did). And while I will be taking in the Oscars this Sunday, tending to a few “to-do”s, for the most part, I think I am going to relax and rest. This weekend seems to be calling for such an approach. Whatever approach is calling your name, I hope you have a lovely time doing just that. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~The paradox of softening into life in order to be strong

~10 Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, as revealed by science.

~Have you ever wondered why Americans are still so infatuated with Paris? This French website has some answers. 

~Sometimes life can be full AND long. In other words, sometimes we can live a good life for a very long time. Lessons on Aging Well from a 105-Year Old Cyclist

~This one is worth checking out – 6 Habits That Are Pretty Much Guaranteed to Put You in a Good Mood

~I have two videos I think you will enjoy. One focuses on an important style question to know the answer to and the other shares the fundamental skills (we are often never taught) to be one half of a healthy, romantic, loving relationship.



~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:

~1 Week Ago February 23, 2018

~1 Month AgoFebruary 2, 2018

~1 Year AgoMarch 3, 2017

~2 Years AgoMarch 3, 2016

16 thoughts on “This & That: March 2, 2018

  1. I love Still Processing. I’m glad some of my favorite publications are adding podcasts. The New Yorker also has some great ones.
    Another podcast I love is La Poudre, with Lauren Bastide. In French.
    That soufflé looks delicious. I’ve been on a macaron bender, trying a bunch of different recipes. I put up two today–chocolate and vanilla.

  2. Wonderful post with great ideas, per usual. Thank you!
    It does appear the handbag link directs one back to the candle display though? Thanks again.

  3. Yasssss Shannnon!!! Not sure if you already mentioned your second book release date already but this is the first time I’m seeing it and I’m STOKED.

    Also happy belated 🙂

  4. I love Justine’s videos Shannon, and I’m so pleased that you know about her !
    I have been a subscriber to her blog and you tube channel for some time, and really appreciate her philosophy on life, creativity and professionalism.
    Have you checked out her jewellery range ?
    I’m looking forwards to following your other recommended links this weekend.
    Thank you , as always , for your lovely blog , it is such a treat !
    Have a wonderful weekend

  5. Encore Shannon another lovely this and that to savour this weekend. Chocolate chaud time in the UK.Snowing !!Possibly a chocolate souffle. I would like to dive into the one displayed. Soo decadent. Recently watched Justine’s video on ” the right colour for you” and learnt that ‘your’ undertone needs to be considered as well. Learnt something new. Is it too early to add two books to my Xmas list ? Yours and Michelle Obama’s
    Have a great weekend ?

  6. Thank you, Shannon, for, comme du tout, giving us readings to pique our interest for the weekend. And I love Justine, you and she have so much in common. Enjoy your well-deserved relaxed weekend.

  7. J’espère ce n’est pas trop tard …….Bonne anniversaire chère Shannon?☀️?????????
    I wish you a beautiful strong year ahead☀️☀️☀️
    Thank you with much gratitude for your wonderful informative soul food blogging.
    Wishing you and the fur babies a great weekend

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