What I've Been Loving | Sunday Shares

Sunday, January 20, 2019

My first Sunday Shares of 2019. We're 20 days into the new year and I'm already slacking on some of my goals. Remember how I wanted to get a better nighttime routine? I fell asleep on the couch every night during the week. Oops.

On the other hand, I've read two books already and have been jotting down a lot of post ideas that I'm eager to write about. I just need to set aside the time to actually sit down and write. I'm thinking I might work toward implementing that into my mornings, when I'm by myself in the quiet, when it's easier to focus. Spending even 15 minutes writing would be beneficial.

Friday night, I had some friends over. I was weirdly nervous leading up to it because I don't feel like I'm a great host. I'm always worried that I'm too boring and not meeting expectations of how the night is going to be. It kept being referred to as a "party" too, which felt like added pressure. I fall asleep on the couch at 9 p.m. more often than I'd like to admit; I do not hold parties. But I kinda did and it was really fun. It was a mix of my work friends and some life friends; we ate pizza, played board games, and even brought out a table for beer pong (that's what made it a party) (even though the cups were filled with water because that's how you play when you're an adult).

I have a goal to hang out with friends more often, and during the wintertime especially I'm trying to make sure I see people and/or get out of my apartment at least once a week to avoid becoming too much of a hermit. I love staying in, and the cold and snow make it way too easy to keep doing that. Francesca gets it. So even though it snowed Friday night through Saturday, I followed through with my original plans yesterday; I dug my car out of the snow, ran some errands, and went to the gym, and I felt so good because of it.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

"Bird Box"

Obviously. Everyone has been talking about this movie. Chances are you've seen it already, and if you haven't, at this point it's probably because you aren't interested and never will. So this is less of a movie recommendation and more just an exclamation that yes I've seen this movie and it really stressed me out.

[Warning: This next part is not a huge spoiler but does reveal some overall plot.] What I loved most about it was that you never find out what the "monster" is or why it's happening. I know some people disliked the movie for exactly that but I thought that was the better route to take. Usually when a scary or suspenseful movie tries to explain why crazy things are happening, that's where the story starts to unravel and they lose me. "Bird Box" didn't even attempt to do that, and I think that's great. The characters don't know what's happening, so I don't need to know. I'll just sit here and be afraid along with them.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Serum

As I've mentioned many times before, I have fine lashes and wish they were longer and fuller. Although I've heard castor oil can help them grow, I've tried that out for a while and didn't notice much of a difference.

A couple of months ago, I came across this lash boosting serum from Maybelline and no joke, it actually works. I can tell that my eyelashes are longer than they used to be. The proof is that I used to have a slight gap in my lashes on one eye and it's not there anymore. You can put mascara on after it, which is great, so I've been applying it every morning and night.

Anne T. Donahue's newsletter

I'm not signed up for many email newsletters because I'm not great at staying on top of my inbox and don't need extra messages lingering. I do get a few that I really love, though, one of which is Anne T. Donahue's newsletter, That's What She Said: Words and Work. I really loved her recent one, "Too Much," about how being yourself can be frickin hard.

"The thing is, to commit to being one's self is hard. Mainly, because as soon as it's out there, it's out there. Forever. You are you, and if you are not liked, it is 100% because someone doesn't like you. Actual you." 

How painfully true is that? All of Anne's writing is great. She's honest and whitty, hitting the nail on the head about certain emotions and experiences that make me confused on whether I want to laugh or cry but either way it's great.

"The Only Child" podcast

My fave Arielle Vandenberg has started a podcast, you guys. You may recognize her name from Vine. That's how I found her, anyway, and then later followed her on Instagram (RIP Vine). She's hilarious, kind, supportive, and I want to be her friend.

Her podcast is conversational; her and a guest sit down and talk about life. There've only been three episodes of her podcast so far, but I am on board. I mean, her first two guests were Derek Hough and Lauren Paul. Come on.


I read the book last month and started the show immediately after I finished. It was originally on Lifetime but is now on Netflix. It nailed the tone of the book perfectly. Joe is so creepy but also charming. He's a good guy who's also twisted. There are a few significant differences between the show and the book, so certain parts were still all new to me. If you're in need of a new series to watch, check this one out.

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