-Two smart, amazingly creative, and ambitious friends in Brooklyn, Lizzie Heiselt and Valerie Best, have launched a podcast called Cocoon Stories. It's stories of gestation. But more importantly, it's stories of WOMEN. They want to know how your life has changed because of the process, and what you have become. And they are taking this all the way. They've created a beautiful website, music, a podcast trailer and all that stuff that I know requires a lot of late nights. They'd love for you to listen to their very first podcast. It's with another dear friend of mine, Mary Jane Callister, mother of two and former Deputy Design Director of Martha Stewart Living. Are any readers out there suckers for stories of birth, getting pregnant, etc.? I used to devour stuff like this. I once had a huge collection of pregnancy and home birthing books that you could catch me reading on the train.
-Once in Hawaii, I met a woman named Elon who had been reading my blog. She was the wife of Danny's coworker. We all met for breakfast one day and it lasted like 6 hours because we all were on the edges of our seats talking about transformation. Elon and her husband had been working on TRANSFORMING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR MARRIAGE. And I do mean for real. They decided to literally uproot the way they were doing things. And they HAVE. They are proof to anyone that it can indeed be done. The heart of Elon's journey has involved eliminating fear. Her experiences have been so transformative that she decided to share her journey on a new blog. It's called FEARLESS ELON. And it just launched last Friday. She plans to share a post on Fridays and Tuesdays indefinitely. Writing is part of her journey as she used to be terrified of anyone reading something she wrote (can anyone relate?). Cheers to transforming your life!!!!! Cheers to sharing your voice. Cheers to being fearless. Cheers to inspiring others along the way.
-My friend, Rachel Hunt Steenblik, takes my breath away with her words and her voice; her articulation and her intelligence. We've had some of the best conversations in tiny apartments in Brooklyn. And she just co-wrote a book with Mormon feminist, Joanna Brooks, called Mormon Feminism; Essential Writings. It's the first-ever collection of classic writings and speeches from four decades of the modern Mormon feminist movement. If you've heard of it, have you been affected at all by the Mormon feminist movement? I certainly have. I'm amazed by the women who write about it, speak about it, and advocate for positive changes.
-Have you seen Design Mom's beautiful book yet? (How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide) I just adore the yellow and the handprint pattern she chose for her book cover. Really, I adore everything Gabrielle does. I so wish I could've gone to support her at her NYC Book Tour stop last spring. Do any of you have the book? What are your favorite parts? Have you incorporated any of the ideas into your home yet? I had a book shipped to my sister in Brooklyn since shipping is tricky here (also, she has three littles! :). My sister's favorite part: "Help your kids treasure their treasures." Adorable.
-High fives to Natalie (of Hey Natalie Jean) for writing a book! It's such a huge, huge accomplishment! I wish her many more books to come. I also know the designer (Abby Clawson Low) who designed the book. So awesome for them both. Also: Natalie's life in Brooklyn tugged at my heart strings as just after we moved to Ecuador, she moved in just a few blocks away from my condo. But now she's living in a farmhouse in Idaho! Darn it. I wanted so badly to meet her on the corner and have Brooklyn lunch dates with her someday.
-Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day has recently launched what has to be the best ever party store on the planet earth! It makes you feel like it's time to have a celebration of some kind. Have you been able to purchase anything yet? I don't get very coordinated when I throw a party. But yet, as a guest, I have to admit that it's SO FUN when the host adds some thoughtful details. So maybe I need to rethink my parties. Jordan also has started a new company called Bright Lab and she's selling these amazing strands of lights (in tons of colors). I mean, heck - time to start a business! This woman is showing us how it's done.
-Kate Johnson, a friend in my Brooklyn neighborhood, Park Slope, has started selling HAND-MADE quilts. And aren't they are stunning!? I want one so bad. (I'm such a sucker for blankets and quilts.) You can purchase a quilt online at her new shop, One of One. I heard that orders are just rolling in, which is fantastic! It's so exciting to me to see a friend move forward with an idea.
P.S. Take a leap and register now for our Body+Soul Camp retreat in Ecuador Oct. 11-17. I *promise* you that you won't regret it and that it will be a week of a lifetime. It will help you to live your BEST life.
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