friday fizz, the eighth

Elizabeth does this wonderful sort of post where she talks about what’s going on in her world, and invites us to share with her. So I wanted to make this Friday Fizz a version of that. Here goes.

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All week, I’ve been nervously checking for updates on the marriage equality bill that got to the New York State Senate this week. Yep. Nervous.

Last night, Mary and I went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, and we ate this arugula salad with the most delicious vinaigrette my taste buds had ever encountered. Do you ever have moments where you debate in your head about whether or not it would be weird to ask for a recipe, because you’re afraid they’ll think you won’t come back to the restaurant, but you totally would, you just want to be able to eat this delicious vinaigrette morning, noon and night in your own home? I do.

I’ve been working on redesigning this website. (It’s true! Totally different layout coming soon; eek!) I usually don’t think about the way people organize a sidebar, or the number of pixels of padding between images. But now I’m noticing it all over the place now, and I love the intentionality of it. I find it pretty wonderful that people spend lots and lots of time on these teeny tweaks that make their websites more beautiful and navigable.

Lately, I’m really loving and feeling proud of my coaching services. I got so excited this week when a friend of mine who I thought was pretty cynical about the whole “life coaching” thing contacted me for some coaching around a tough decision she’s been pondering. I did a happy dance.

I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot in terms of reading lately. I finally picked up Tara Brach‘s Radical Acceptance from the library, which is a book I’ve been wanting to read for probably two years. It’s so great, and it’s really answering a lot of questions for me about the connections between mindfulness in everyday life and how that translates into meditation and philosophical ponderings. I’ve also been enjoying her audio meditations, some of which are free on her website. (Though, to be honest, the one I did the other night relaxed me so much I nearly fell asleep.)

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This gentleman (who’s nine in this video) should have gone on tour with Madonna. I mean, wow.

Writing tips from 22 authors is wonnnderful. Thank you to Ty for sharing it.

Havi is doing this Sneak Snack Preview of her upcoming Shiva Nata training on June 30th. I signed up for the call the moment she announced it, and it promises to be splendifferous even if you’ve never done Shiva Nata before and just want to know what the heck is up with it. Oh, and it’s free. And if you can’t make it, sign up anyway, and you’ll get the recording afterward.

Shoestrings Attached: A critique of the TOMS business model.

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And now, dears, I want to know: what’s happening for you this week?

6 Responses to friday fizz, the eighth

  1. Mary June 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Kylie, I like this Friday sharing business! It sounds like things on your end are going well. I can’t wait to see the new site design. I love it now, so I’m interested to see what you have in store!

    For me, this week has been one full of preparing. Tomorrow, my to sisters and I are trying our first Try-A-Try. It’s a mini triathlon for people who want to see what it’s like. We’ve been out in the lake swimming, riding our bikes and running! It’ll be an interesting day. Fingers crossed for a successful finish.

    This week has also been full of visiting friends as my partner and I are off to Quebec for a month to see if we can learn a bit of French! We’ll be in school full-time, paid entirely by the gov’t, a sweet little bonus for being full-time students this year! My French is unbelievably poor so I’m excited to see how much I’ll learn.

    That’s about it for me.

    Thanks for all the links. I’ve now got some reading to do this week, too!

  2. Anna Guest-Jelley June 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Love Radical Acceptance–so fab! Happy weekend!

  3. Kylie June 20, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Mary: I’ve never heard of a Try-A-Tri! It sounds like such a great idea, though. I hope you had a wonderful day and got lots of good recovery rest afterward. Ooh; and so much fun to get to visit Quebec and learn, learn learn. I can already tell you’re going to have a blast.

    Anna: Oh, goodness yes! I think I’m going to need to add it to my permanent bookshelf.

  4. Elizabeth June 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Happy dancing with you re. the request from your friend!

    It would never occur to me to ask for a recipe because if it occurred to me, I’d decide that I’d probably never actually make it so there’s no point. No doubt true.

    Adding Radical Acceptance to my to-read list – yay!

  5. Kylie June 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Elizabeth: Thank you for the happy dancing! Twirl! I think you’d like Radical Acceptance a lot. Definitely pick it up.

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