What I'm Reading | January 2015

Winter in California

Sometimes with all the resolution hoopla this time of year, we focus more on where we want to be than what's right in front of us. Living in the present is always a challenge no matter how mindful you are, so it helps to be reminded often. This month, I wrote the following quote on a post-it note and stuck it on my car's dashboard.

Showing up fully exactly where you are is the fastest way to get where you want to go.
— Marie Forleo

I'm not always good at doing this, but I'm trying to make an effort, and a weekend trip to Santa Barbara (see photos) was a great way to practice. In wine country, I'm always relaxed and happy. The wine and cheese doesn't hurt, either.

Oh, and in a bit of blog business, Eat This Poem had an exciting month! SBS Food Australia asked some wonderful interview questions, and thanks to Literary City Guides, Fathom named ETP one of the best travel blogs of 2015. 

Wishing you all a great start to the year!

How to quit Amazon.

15 worthy resolutions from some of humanity's greatest minds.

Where does moral courage come from? Also from The New York Times, bone broth is in the spotlight. 

7 ways to make small talk more meaningful. 

Sarah is writing a cookbook! 

Want to lose a friend who's a writer? Ask her how it's going. 

This poem about the new year. This one about the wind muttering. And this one about happiness. 

The disease of being busy. 

Winter muffins.

An interview with the queen of Creole cuisine

9 food writing trends that require your attention.

Fewer things, more peace.

A little Japanese word that makes all the difference.

A soup for winter. And the ragu I need in my life.

The world's strangest restaurants

In case you're still on the kale bandwagon, because I certainly am.

A night out in the Twenties. 

Why you should burn the candles.