A Beautiful Weekend

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This week, Julie Andrews sat down with Alec Baldwin for his radio series, Here’s The Thing. Firstly, listening to her voice is magic and will put you in a terrific mood. Secondly, she tells wonderful tales of her beginnings in theater and of her childhood in the UK. (This episode also prompted a late night viewing of Mary Poppins last night!).

Have you done the 37 questions yet?

The Daily Intelligencer looks at media’s representation of women in journalism and asks why they can’t get it right. 

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful book.

A beautiful (birthday celebrating) woman.

Have a beautiful weekend! 

 

A Reminder

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Mornings at Blackwater by Mary Oliver

For years, every morning, I drank
from Blackwater Pond.
It was flavored with oak leaves and also, no doubt,
the feet of ducks.

And always it assuaged me
from the dry bowl of the very far past.

What I want to say is
that the past is the past,
and the present is what your life is,
and you are capable
of choosing what that will be,
darling citizen.

So come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing,

and put your lips to the world.
And live
your life.

Your Creativity is Worth it

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We chose to read The Artist’s Way for the first book club for a number of reasons: it’s inspiring, it’s written by a woman, it’s all about creativity and most importantly, it requires its readers to write Morning Pages — three pages of strictly stream of consciousness writing. You must do your Morning Pages before you do anything else and you are encouraged to write down anything and everything that comes to mind, even if it is just “blah blah blah” for three straight pages (which it will be some mornings). The point of this activity is that you show up. Every day. And with each day, you begin to listen. After a while, all of the nonsense taking up space in your consciousness gets released and you are left with the gold. It’s a bit like detoxing in that way. After you’ve rid your mind of those mundane, useless floating thoughts, the truth of who you are, what brings you joy and how you want to be in this world comes to light.

Self care is a commitment and Morning Pages are no exception. Some mornings we will be too busy, too tired, too hungry or too late to do our Morning Pages but we will do them anyway. We will show up for ourselves. We will push through the wall of resistance every time it arises (and it will, over and over). We will do what we know is good for us. Because it is worth it. And we are worth it.

If you are unable to join us at book club over the next few weeks, then maybe dust off your old journal and give the stream of consciousness writing a try. Take a moment before the hustle and bustle of your day begins and listen, be receptive, take time to clear out the clutter and discover what emerges.

“Boredom is just “What’s the use?” in disguise. And “What’s the use?” is fear, and fear means you are secretly in despair. So put your fears on the page. Put anything on the page. Put three pages of it on the page.”

— Julia Cameron

Have a beautiful week!

C+C

A Beautiful Weekend

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The “women who work” conversation continues as the New York Times shares a map depicting Where Working Women Are Most Common and a diagram comparing How Nonemployed Americans Spend Their Weekdays: Men Vs. Women.

And speaking of women working this week — This Sunday night promises Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting the Golden Globes again and the season premier of Lena Dunham’s 4th season of GIRLS!

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful book.

A beautiful woman.

A beautiful way to start off 2015 — won’t you join us? 

Have a beautiful weekend! (And stay warm!)

The North Woods PT 2

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We just returned from our yearly holiday visit with Chris’s family in Wisconsin. It is so different than the Christmas I grew up with. Christmas at my parents house is a production. Lots of family and friends, people staying over from out of town, SO MUCH FOOD AND WINE, and of course, a huge heaping of New York neurotic stress and anxiety. Wisconsin Christmases are quiet. Cozy. Just family. Pajamas all day. Fireplace lit. Kids running around. Easy conversation. No pressure. It’s wonderful. Both have a very special place in my heart. But this year, Wisconsin was exactly how I wanted to spend the holidays with our little family, reflecting on the year gone by and dreaming of the year ahead. 

What’s Good For You

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This time of year, there’s lots of talk about what’s good for us. We discuss gym memberships and healthy eating and taking vitamins. But what we’re trying to get at, underneath the lofty resolutions and the grand promises, is self-care. So how do you take care of yourself? And how well did you do it in 2014? Did you listen to your intuition? Did you respect your own boundaries? Did you make space for yourself in the day to day? Did you meditate or pray or open up to friends? Were you kind to your body? Were you gentle with yourself?

Self-care is incredibly important and it is so often the first thing that we let slide. For 2015, below your oath to quit smoking and your vow to call your grandparents, add self-care. Your self-care won’t be the same every week, or even everyday. Sometimes it will be a yoga class, sometimes it will be therapy, sometimes it will simply be eating three square meals a day. Self-care begs you to ask the question “what do I need to be my best self today/in this moment?”. And then, it boldly demands that you follow through and give yourself that thing. It’s not always easy and there are often a million excuses on hand (“I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”, “I have to take care of X or Y before myself”). But you must choose to take care of yourself. Only then can you be of service to those around you.

 

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
– Parker Palmer

BYOB & BOOK

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We’re kicking off this brand new year with the (official) launch of the Girl Gift Gather Book Club! On January 13th, we’ll begin reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. We know a lot of people have made resolutions this year: to go to the gym, to get organized, to make more money etc. But, what if we started the year off by resolving to open ourselves up to more joy, creativity, passion and purpose? Julia writes“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the un-lived life is not worth examining.” This book is a 12-week program that focuses on connecting you to your creativity. Each week, there will be homework assignments and required reading.

We’re constantly inspired by the power that comes from joining together under a shared purpose. That’s why we’re opening this book club up to our whole community (and why we’re so psyched about getting it started!). We’re making a commitment to support one another as we each kindle the creative spark that burns within all of us. It’s the privilege of being a human being. This is a casual affair —  we’ll sit on cushions on the floor of our Bushwick studio, read and discuss the book, drink wine and tea, and snack on different treats. If there’s a song, a book, a poem, a story, a painting, a sculpture, an idea or simply a curiosity calling you to sign up…do it! This is the year, now is the time.

“But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play?” Yes … the same age you will be if you don’t. So let’s start.” Julia Cameron

We will be meeting  1/13/15 | 2/3/15 | 2/24/15 | 3/10/15 3/31/15 at our studio from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. There will be a reminder email with notes on topics of discussion before each meeting. Tickets are $25 (this is a one time fee that covers all five meetings). We hope to see you there! 

Have a beautiful week!! 

C+C

A beautiful weekend

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We’re resting up this weekend after a week of travel, family, celebration and indulging! We hope this first weekend of 2015 will be bright, beautiful and inspiring for you!

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Slate.com has gathered the best things written about women in 2014 and we are love, love, loving it.

And The AstroTwins are letting us know what’s in store for the first month of 2015!

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful book.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

xx