The Sunday Letter

Sunday Sundries | Vol. 7

Just when the sidewalks were starting to emerge and the faint hope of spring was fluttering in Nova Scotians’ hearts, winter once again reared her ugly head and took a 50cm snow dump on us.  That being said, it was fun to cavort amongst the fluffy white banks in snowpants; less fun shovelling the car out of chest-deep snow drifts (thank you boyfriend Rob). We went for a winter drive out to Peggy’s Cove yesterday, where the wind had whipped away most of the snow from the landscape. The family above was exploring the icy granite rocks.

Here are this week’s recommended internet corners:

Δ Sick of interior design websites? This might be the tumblr for you.

Δ Match Total Exposures is a Lightroom Feature I wish I’d discovered a loooooong time ago! 

Δ Yokoo is one of my favourite knit designers on Etsy. Before she was an Etsy superstar, she worked at a copy centre. Here’s a great little introduction to her and her work. 

Δ What English words come from Japanese? You might discover a few you didn’t know about.

Δ The Best Museums Around the World, I want to visit all of them!

Δ Jane Goodall is still wild at heart, by the NYT. 

Δ The Time Everyone ‘Corrected’ The World’s Smartest Woman 

Δ If you also have a shelving addiction, The Best Sources for Wall-Mounted Shelving is for you. I love organizing shit on my walls.

Δ I lived with my boyfriend before we even started dating, but for people who are thinking of moving in together (romantic or not), you might want to sit down and communicate your thoughts and feelings about your living space, maybe using a template similar to this.

Δ I Couldn’t Turn My Abortion Into Art is what happens when the will to be radical comes up against the very real wall of personal trauma.

Δ Why Korean and Japanese Students Can’t Speak English, in their own words.

Δ I’m giving you my top-secret, best-medicine for times when I’m feeling sad: I watch this little penguin. Really. I have it tabbed in my bookmarks. It’s the best. I can’t not feel happy while watching it.

Δ Have you done secret sushi in Halifax? 

Δ If you go looking for it, you can find a lot of people who can tell you ‘what to do with your life’, but Gala Darling gives some great advice on how to cope with that question yourself and look to yourself for guidance, rather than someone else.

Δ For those of you who don’t get Howl’s Moving Castle (either the book or the film version), here’s a tumblr post that actually explains really well the true magic of Sophie’s character development.

Δ Debt can create a chokehold effect on your life. Here are The 50 Best Ways to Get Out of Debt in Canada

Δ The Gulabi Gang is a badass ‘gang’ of women in India who dress all in pink and fight against domestic violence. I would love to meet them someday.

Δ 10 Steps to a Zen-Like Working Environment 

Δ How to Become Instagram Famous, hacking Instagram is something I’m not quite a master of yet, but this article gives you some insight as to how you can expand the reach of your photos.

Δ A fun thing to know: The Year 24 Group was an early group of manga artists in Japan who can be credited as begin the first major female and feminist impact on the history of manga in Japan. They created strong female protagonists who were fighters  

Δ Did you know you can download Google maps for offline viewing ? Very useful for travelling in order to save yourself from data roaming charges.

Δ This One Woman’s 140-Square-Foot Dream Home looks like a perfect writer’s getaway, to me. And so cheap! Large houses are overrated (and more to clean!)

Δ The Five Golden Rules for Self-Employment are words to live by. TL;DR: discipline! 

Δ Six Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make, my favourites from this list are tilt and shift for miniatures!

Δ Listen to this cute little French girl tell a story.

Δ This woman from Oregon is on a quest to master all the languages of the U.N. A lady after my own heart!

Δ This guy has charted out the optimal road trip across Europe, and it looks fantastic. He’s also written an open-source python code for those wanting to calculate your own optimal roadtrips.

Δ This interview with Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.

Δ Con Man is a new comedy project by Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion.

Δ I’m watching the Wildest documentary series on Netflix right now. Wildest India is a great one to start with. Nature documentaries are my go-to when I need to relax.

Δ This NYT Article on Blogger Burnout, and Design*Sponge’s response to it.

I’m heading to Boston this week for Women in Travel Summit, which features sessions with names such as, “How To Get Shit Done and Still Do Yoga”, and “Networking Without Pants”.  I’m also going to get a chance to explore Boston for a few days, so if you have any recommendations, please send them my way! Look for Boston travel articles to follow.

On June 5th I’ll be leaving my secure law firm job and paycheque to spend the summer travelling across Canada in an old Dodge Caravan with my boyfriend. We plan to visit lots of friends and discover new places along the way. I’m hoping to do a lot of writing on the road and photograph people, places and things along the way. I’ve been really busy lately both planning for this summer, working extra photo gigs to save money, and trying to maintain focus and attention to my law job in order to prepare my successor and make some more improvements for my team before I leave. It’s going to be an interesting next few months for sure. I also enrolled in the next module of my tea sommelier training, which begins in mid-April.

I think discipline is going to be key in getting through these next few months. I’ve started doing 10 minutes of guided meditation every morning (headphones in, facing a brick wall) to help lend some more focus and routine to my morning. Have I started levitating? Not yet, but it feels really good to take a stretch afterwards, and then go out and try to conquer the day. 

Best,

Mel

ps. I’ve changed the header design a bit for this weekly feature. 

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