Inspiration: June 9

Inspiration June 9 >> Life In Limbo

This is a Google Chrome extension that puts all your open tabs into one tab. Thank goodness.

They tried to make it into a meme, but guess what, Oprah is right about almost everything.

I try to run a very minimalist business – the fewer moving parts, the better! I loved these questions to ask as a minimalist business owner.

Big giant list of places to find free images! My fave is Pexels but I’ll be checking some of these out as well.

I haven’t fully explored it, but Story Trail seems like such a cool way to interact with a city. I’m going to watch the videos for New York because I’m going later this summer!

I’m so excited to begin working with With/Out Pretend, an independent publishing company here in Toronto. I had a meeting with Erin today and came away so inspired to get back to my own personal writing and creating.


The above photo was taken at a mini reunion for Nurture, the retreat I was lucky enough to be a part of in April. It was just a couple hours but I walked away so inspired by all the amazing creative women and the incredible work that they do. Spending time with them makes me want to up my game both personally and professionally! I hope you have an inspired weekend too. xo.

 

Book Club: March + April

Book Club: March & April 2017 >> Life In Limbo

I love to read, and I love to talk about the books I like best with other people. Every couple months here on the blog I choose my favourites from what I’ve read lately and write about them. As always, you can see everything I’m reading on my Goodreads profile. You can also check out what I’m reading in real time at #stephlovestoread on Instagram.

I had a great conversation this week with my friend Katie about reading slumps. Are you in one? I know for a fact I was in one for the past few months and my reading life (my precious reading life!) took a serious hit. We developed a great strategy for getting out of one, if you happen to be in one yourself:

  1. Ask your friends for recommendations
  2. Go to the library and choose whatever looks good
  3. Stop reading a book if you don’t like it
  4. Read what you actually like, not what you think you’re supposed to like.
  5. Re-read Austin Kleon’s reading rules

And voila! I cured myself this week with a one-two punch of my book club pick for this month (a fast, easy, fun read) and Commonwealth, which I’m devouring. It feels so good to be back in the groove, and I resolved to make June a month of reading. If you’re looking for something good to read this month, may I recommend one of the following?

Book Club: March & April 2017 >> Life In Limbo

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

This was my pick for book club when it was my turn to choose the book and I’m so happy I did! I might not have ever gotten around to reading it (it’s rather long) had I not had our book club meeting to hold me accountable. That said, since reading it I’ve recommended it to everyone who will sit still long enough to listen to me. The tagline is totally accurate – it’s a brief history of humankind – and it’s told in such a compelling and matter-of-fact way that it’s a really enjoyable read. I love the way it presents the facts without much nostalgia or romance: it made me feel very, very small in the best possible way. Highly recommended for those who are interested in humans, history, and big ideas.

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

I finally got around to reading this one in March – it had been on my list for years. It’s a short book but contains quite a few interesting concepts about relationships and love that I’ve kept with me ever since reading it. These were my top 2 takeaways:

  1. If you want a dog but you have a cat, stop trying to change the cat into a dog and go get a dog instead.
  2. Keep your “kitchen” stocked all by yourself. If you don’t, you’ll wind up desperate and eat whatever stale pizza comes your way.

These might seem like simple ideas, but they’re much easier said than done! I have been guilty of both of these habits in past relationships. Very helpful stuff if you can remember to put it into practice.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This book and Homegoing were nominated in the same category in the Goodreads choice awards and having read both I was pretty surprised that this one won. Having said that, this was still an interesting and important book. Growing up, the author thought that the Underground Railroad was an actual bonafide railroad with trains and stops, so this book contains his imaginings of what that may have looked like, without being fantastical in any way. The story is harrowing and sad and hard to read (as of course narratives about slavery usually are) and brings up some interesting questions. Not my favourite, but still a good read.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

loved this one and especially loved the discussions it brought up both in my book club and with other friends who had also read it. Having lived in Korea for a while, it was so interesting to read a book set there. It was cool to recognize aspects of the culture that I had noticed while there, as well as learn more about family life and customs that I would never have seen since I was a foreigner. The story is about a woman who decides to become a vegetarian, and the implications that the choice causes within her family. It’s also about a lot more than that, but I don’t want to say more without giving parts away! It’s a fast read but an intense one.


You can see all my book recommendation blog posts here.

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately? Tell me your recommendations! 

 

Inspiration: June 2

Inspiration: June 2 >> Life In Limbo

Adding all of these recommendations to my summer reading list! Also planning to hit up Books Are Magic when I’m in New York this summer.

I made a Summer Bucket List this week and it was a lot of fun. Then I saw this list of ways to make your summer even better and got even more inspired!

I’m excitedly (and belatedly) starting season 2 of Master of None. So good! I also just started Dear White People and it’s amazing as well.

If you want a literary analysis of that terrible man ruining things for us all, here you go.

Photos from the retreat I helped out at in April are up now! So many beautiful captures of a beautiful event.

I listened to all the available episodes of Where Should We Begin? this week and have been talking about it to everyone. This podcast is literally just recordings of couples counselling sessions and it’s amazing. Interesting, insightful, helpful.


This week flew by in a blink. I was happy to have made time this week to reflect back on May and look forward to June and the summer beyond. I booked tickets to New York (yay!), had a great meeting with a new client, got some new library books, talked to my friends, and got a bunch of work done. I’m tired and ready for the weekend, but happy. Grateful. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.

Inspiration: May 26

Inspiration May 26 >> Life In Limbo

I love this comic for so clearly and explicitly explaining something that is so difficult to articulate or put into words, but so important and relates to such a prevalent issue. Send it to someone the next time they tell you, “You should have asked for help!”

Austin Kleon created another list of awesome advice for recent graduates (or anyone in transition). His original list is linked in the post, if you’re curious.

For anyone struggling with relationships or dating, I find this blog to be super helpful in giving you a real, helpful smackdown about raising your standards and respecting your own boundaries.

I went to Creative Mornings again this month with my friends and had a great time. The Toronto event this month was held on the old floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, which was such a neat experience! I love starting my day off with a hit of inspiration.

I haven’t watched this yet, but I’m so excited to see this interview between Marie Forleo and Mark Manson – I find both of them super inspiring.


It’s been a blur of a week! In fact, the last few all have. I’ve been keeping very busy both with work and friends and trying new things. I’m so in love with the life I’m creating here in Toronto and though there have been a few rough patches lately – challenges, I’ll call them – I have this lovely feeling of progress and unfolding. This weekend I want to take it nice and easy and enjoy some relaxation. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.