I know I said I was going to take a full month off the blog… but I missed you all too much! So, I thought I would take a quick break from my break to say HI! I hope you’re having a good month! And I can’t say goodbye to 2016 without sharing some of my favourite things about this year with you.
Full disclosure: this post was inspired by Alexandra Franzen’s love list. Once a year, she shares a list of books, music, people, etc. she loves. I used to publish a list of all my favourite posts from around the blogosphere, but like the idea of her love list because it’s much more inclusive of all the things that inspire me – and gives you another glimpse into my life!
Here is a list of my favourite things in 2016. Like Alex says, “I hope you find something that delights you, entertains you, or makes your day a little better than it was before.” I’ll be back January 2nd with an update on what I accomplished during my month off, as well as plans for my next yearlong experiment!
By the end of the year, I will have read 26 books. That’s only half the number I wanted to read, but I let go of that goal long ago. Anyway, of the ones I’ve read so far, I would recommend: The Crossroads of Should and Must for anyone who needs an inspirational kick in the butt, No Baggage and Packing Light for the minimalist who loves to travel, Love Warrior for those who appreciate honest truth telling, and Deep Work and The Productivity Project for obvious reasons.
Blogs and Instagram Accounts
Rather than tell you why certain blogs are my favourites, I thought I would instead share some of my favourite posts written by the authors this year:
- Alexandra Franzen: Just One True Story and Tiny is Big
- Allison Fallon: Why You’re Always Falling in Love With the Wrong Person
- Amanda Sandlin: She Chooses to Be Here
- Laura Jane Williams: My Home (Warning: it’s brutally honest and also contains nudity)
- Sian Richardson: Shouldn’t I Like Own a House or Some Sh*t by Now?
Wow, apparently I love female writers.
Podcasts and TV Shows
I only recently discovered Lena Dunham’s podcast Women of the Hour, and I have to say it’s the best production of all the podcasts I listen to. It’s not for everyone, but it is for feminists… which I suppose means that it is, in fact, for everyone.
I’m a proud Patreon supporter of Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette. My favourite interviews this year were with (in no order): Holly Whitaker on the topic of quitting drinking, Nicole herself on celebrating five years of sobriety, Carrot Quinn on long distance hiking, Teeny Lamothe on the year of pies, and my friend Tammy Strobel on grief, gratitude and good health.
And Dear Sugar continues to give me insight into my personal relationships. I’d recommend scrolling through the archives and listening to any topic that might be of interest to you. The rapid fire episodes are especially great, as are all the two-parters.
As for TV shows, my Netflix history says I loved: The Crown, Black Mirror and Gilmore Girls. I also watched Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent on Amazon. Oh, and the first episode of Good Girls Revolt! I’d love to watch the rest of it, but I can’t find a way to stream it in Canada. :(
People and Projects
Simplicity Voices is the Rockstar Finance of minimalism/simple living blogs.
I love love love everything Amanda Sandlin creates, but #atwildwoman is the best.
It has been wonderful to watch Being Boss grow from a podcast to a brand this year, with a blog, events, vacations and more.
Miscellaneous Odds and Ends
Clue is the best app I downloaded this year, hands down. I’ve been using BlankPage to write my book. And I’m obsessed with listening to authors read their audiobooks (example: Lena Dunham is the best person to read Not That Kind of Girl). Here are some really cool ideas for end of year traditions you can do before January 1st. I love this idea for visual goal setting. Here’s something to do with the extra ripe bananas in your kitchen. And if you ever come to Victoria, go here for breakfast.
PS – There’s still time to get a Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner delivered to your doorstep before the new year! :)