Must-Reads of the Month (43) + FFF!

October 05, 2018

TGIF!!! Second week of work down. I had meant to post this last Friday before heading out of town for my birthday weekend....which isn't as exciting as it sounds as it was mainly for training. But a trip is a trip! It was my second time to Chicago. I actually posted the first one on the blog oh so long ago, my second post ever.

Anywho, all that to say so far it's been a struggle to find balance in this new routine of life; when I get home from work, I find that there's no time to do anything. I haven't been reading, my apartment needs to be cleaned, phone calls to friends have been postponed, the blog has been neglected. Taking the time today to finally get to posting as well as do laundry...and clean my bathroom...and mop the floors... Time to savor the weekend.

Alongside Cora and Nicole, I'll be sharing some of the things that have been inspiring me as of late for Fab Finds Friday:

How to read more books -- For the past handful of years, I've made it a goal of mine to read 52 books. However, one thing I'm terrible at is stopping books if I'm not really into it. Appreciate that tip to read what you enjoy. Another one that resonated with me was that first tip on stop thinking there are things I'm 'supposed to be' reading. Sometimes I get trapped into thinking I have to read popular/classic books as books I'm choosing to read aren't "challenging" enough. But like all things in life, I have to focus on me and what brings me joy vs. what others are doing.

Beautifully written piece on our relationships with our bodies. Too many quotable things! Here's one that stood out:
"Part of me is convinced that to be a woman is to live in fear of being reduced to the smallest, meanest thought I’ve ever had about myself, and that’s why I tried to make my body smaller instead. I tried to beat the world to the punch, but I played right into its trap. My body found its way back. My mind is still catching up."

For a while there, I hated Dallas (and still sometimes do); but simultaneously, I felt I wasn't giving it a true chance of inspiring me. The city has grown on me only because I allowed myself to be all there. So even if it's temporary, even if it's painful, even if it's not where you thought you'd be, wherever you are, be all there.

As mentioned earlier a few weeks back, I went to a movie theater by myself for the first time. Then coincidentally came across this Buzzfeed things to do alone list, things like watching a concert or traveling.

A good read on keeping it real, comparison on Instagram and being transparent on social media from an influencers' perspective c/o Cupcakes and Cashmere

This post from The Real Life RD resonated with me -- feeling the need to eat how an non ED person would eat; almost like sometimes I'm afraid of eating 'so called healthy foods' again. Especially when I'm around friends that know about my struggles or my family. I feel almost judged for getting a salad.
"I was eating out of fear of what others might think .
And in turn, I wasn’t caring for myself"

Along similar lines of what Robyn had to say, another of Naomi's posts on eating and people pleasing.

Do you make any reading goals?
Do you ever struggle with people pleasing when eating with others? Or even people pleasing in general?
What are you up to this weekend? 

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