What I’m Reading and Watching Right Now

I remember shopping during the holidays and looking at the people working retail and thinking to myself, wow I could never do that.

The long lines, the pushy people, the exchanges and returns, and SALE SALE SALE, they were all just working so damn hard.

And suddenly I find myself in the heart of 2017 holiday season… working retail. Online retail, to be specific. Constant pushing, grinding, hustling. Can’t stop until December 25th! And of course I’d rather be running my own business than working anywhere else right now. And feeling busy means I’m having sales, which leads me to feeling incredibly grateful. But also just a wee bit tired. 

Oh so tired.

Thus when I get the chance to relax around 9:30 p.m. every night I go all in. I’ve gone on my self-help book bender a little earlier than usual (it typically happens in January, but began in November this year.)

After reading incredible reviews about Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown, I started this one first. I really hoped it would pull me in from page one, but such hasn’t been the case. I’m going to stick it out because I can feel it’s going to get good, and also because I’ve read several self-help books that weren’t exactly page turners, but still some of my favorite books ever. (Like The Surrender Experiment, a book I think about almost daily.)

I can’t read just one book at a time, so I’m also into Jen Sincero’s YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY: MASTER THE MINDSET OF WEALTH. I’m a sucker for all of Sincero’s books. If you want to turn things around in 2018, I highly suggest you give her a read.

And finally, my escape on television for past few weeks has been the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon. In short, it’s the story of a wealthy 1950s housewife living in New York who tries her hand and standup. It’s light and fun and the day after I finished the series I found myself at a comedy open mic night. (Something I haven’t done in over a year now.)

So that’s where I was last night, at a good old fashioned Chicago open mic telling jokes with my four minutes of “stage” time. It felt really good to be back at it again. And so I may just give it go yet again tomorrow… We shall see.

But tonight I’m hosting a quick pop up at my VERY favorite boutique in the city, Alice & Wonder. There will be drinks and discounts and lots of festive fun. If you’re in the Chicago area, please come say hi 🙂 I’m wearing head to toe Alice & Wonder in the photo above. She has the cutest stuff and her price point is very affordable!

So I will plan on seeing you tonight!