Happy Friday and hello from Tennessee! I’ve spent the past two days in Nashville, and am about to head to Memphis today. Some highlights from this week…
Scottish Referendum. Yesterday Scotland voted on whether to stay in the United Kingdom and to separate. Scotland holds a special place in my heart, and I’m hoping for the best possible outcome, whichever way the vote goes. I’m blown away by the 97% voter registration! As of writing (I’m writing on Thursday), the votes are still being counted and I am holding my breath. Part of me is hoping no, and part of me is hoping yes. It’s a very exciting time for Scotland, and I’m waiting to see what happens once the results come out in the morning. (Update: it’s 11:34pm in the U.S. as I write this and the No campaign currently has the upper hand with 54% of the vote. The Yes campaign is sitting at 46%.)
Kristin of Pastry Affair wrote a beautiful post on what it means to be whole, rather than happy. This post really resonated with me, and gave me some much needed perspective. Thank you, Kristin. I love the Hugh McKay quote she shared: “I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that- I don’t mind people being happy- but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to be a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position- it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are.
Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the world “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.”
As the weather begins to cool down, I’ve begun to eye a few fall weather recipes…
- Cumin-Roasted Carrots with Wild Rice and Chickpeas
- Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
- Peach Cardamom Pie With Coconut Oil Crust + a beautifully written post by Ashlae of Oh, Ladycakes – this is more of a ‘last of summer produce’ recipe rather than fall, but I’m still eyeing it…
- Zuppa di Ribollita
- Curried Roasted Eggplant with Coconut Milk
On Wednesday night’s segment of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head when he talked about how the NFL has no idea what the fuck it’s doing. Also, what is actually new about the NFL’s new policy on domestic violence?
On a brighter note, I found The Gratitude Project by Angela Simson on Instagram this week. She has such an inspiring feed! A quick scroll through her posts always brightens my day.
Yesterday night I met Ashley from Bloom and Nourish for dessert and tea. She is so sweet and it was so lovely to meet her in person! Check out her blog for recipes and her site Bloom Birth Services for health and nutrition counselling during pregnancies.
Have a great weekend,