Weekend Reads 15

I feel like I’m always talking about how cold it is outside lately. The reason, is that when I sit down to write these posts I rack my brain for what’s going on around here to give you a little context, and all I can think is, “well it’s really cold.” That’s how I know it’s time for a vacation. We’re escaping to Miami next weekend, and it CANNOT come soon enough. Six days, 16 hours, and about 40 minutes or so. But who’s counting, really.

We had a busy, albeit short, week over here. On Tuesday, we spent the evening at STORY, the coolest little store ever in Chelsea, making DIY skin scrubs and chatting with Adina Grigore, Founder of my fave S.W. Basics, and author of the newly published book, Skin Cleanse. We can’t wait to read it, try the cleanse, and tell you all about it.

On Wednesday we treated ourselves to a Restaurant Week dinner at Fig & Olive. Love us some restaurant week. If you ever swing by, our collective recos would include: the beef carpaccio, the octopus, the pumpkin sage ravioli, and the chocolate pot de la crème.

Here’s the lineup for this weekend:

Funnyman Louis CK discloses the secret to happiness, and we think he’s on to something. As the accompanying article explains, “Taking things for granted is the opposite of gratitude. And gratitude is one of the few things that nearly all the research shows is part of how to live a happy life.” True that, TIME.

In terms of productivity, we talk a lot about what to do and which habits will get you further. I find that when I try to incorporate many tips and tricks, I actually end up less efficient because I’m trying to do more. Does that make sense? So this is not a “read” per say, but rather, a listen. I’m hooked on Tim Ferriss’ podcast, and thought Episode 9: The 9 Habits to Stop Now — The Not-To-Do List, was awesome. Some notables from the not-to-do list: don’t email first thing in the morning or last thing at night; do not check email constantly (I’m sensing a theme here); do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.

If you haven’t read The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, we suggest doing so when you get a minute. For a quick glimpse, check out this excerpt. Here’s the cliff note version: “Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.”

I did not see this one coming from Organic Valley. Don’t you love when brands pull that shit on you? Created by Humanaut, “Save The Bros” is a mock PSA asking for help weaning musclebound dudes from conventional protein shakes in favor of the new OV organic fuel product.

Fun news: we are proud new FitFluential members! So it’s only fitting to include this little ditty I came across today with five ways to boost your fitness at work. I don’t even want to talk about how much time we spend at our desks during the work week. Instead I will talk about how cold it is all the time. Six more days. Six more days. Six more days.

Featured image via Organic Valley

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