I’m writing this in the Lake District, where I spent many bank holiday weekends as a kid. It’s been lovely, slowing down the pace, wearing hoodies and jeans and eating amazing local food (the Lakes is a food-loving person’s paradise). I feel so lucky to be able to spend the weekend here, and this whole weekend has felt like a funday, as my new jumper will tell anyone who looks. As much as August bank holiday is a time when everyone is trying to squeeze the very last out of summer, I start getting REALLY excited about autumn, my favourite time of year. Any excuse for a new pair of boots to fall into my shopping bag, leaf-crunching walks and a giant glass of red by the fire in my local. Before then I have one more holiday to do and then I’ll be full swing in ‘back to school’ mode, new pencils and all, and will start hunting down that new pair of boots.
Here are seven things I’ve read recently and wanted to share.
- I found this via one of my favourite people, who shares similar health issues with me, and often shares stuff that moves me. I loved the new take on weather, and how, for some, it’s not all about the long, hazy summer days. Especially if you have anxiety. Why bad weather soothes your anxiety.
- Money worries are still so little talked about, so this piece from Marisa Bate, a writer whose work I can’t get enough of, is a welcome taste of honesty on the subject. Small ways to deal with big money worries
- And on the same note, this, a brutally stark account from an Olympian on what happens to your finances when the medals and the cameras stop rolling. “I’m ashamed to admit I’m struggling”
- Having done the ‘let’s get out of London’ thing, the headline of this article intrigued me. I wasn’t after the slow lane, but maybe a slightly slow-er lane, a more forgiving one. This piece is a lovely take on the need to escape the city and find balance. “London had worn me down, hard, into the ground, leaving a thin trail of my former self smeared over her grimy pavements. Her spiky stiletto heel had crushed every last morsel of energy from my being, every last penny from my wallet and every last ounce of patience from my psyche.” Life in the slow lane – what leaving London taught me.
- In an age when every friend is getting married (I still have two weddings to go this year), this piece on how to stay married was always going to grab me. You can count on the New York Times to tell it like it is: “Being forever content with a spouse, or a street, requires finding ways to be happy with different versions of that person or neighbourhood.” To stay married, embrace change.
- I’ve been spending more time alone recently and have found myself spending a lot more time mindlessly scrolling on my phone without even realising it. If you think you may have the same affliction, this is a good kick up the bum to change your ways: “All those websites you read while you’re in a cab, you don’t need to look at any of that stuff. It’s better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute.” Aziz Ansari on What Happened to His Brain After He Deleted the Internet From His Phone
- The New York Times is getting a lot of love from me this week, and this piece deserves its place in my weekly reading list for obvious reasons. Simple ways, as an adult, to build your resilience. If you want more help on the resilience thing (who doesn’t?!) I highly recommend Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. This article is a good start though. How to boost resilience in midlife.
Have a great week, let’s go get ‘em. Or, ya know, just make it through to Friday. Whatever works for you 🙂