For me, the first week of a new year is typically met with excitement, anticipation, planning, and even hope. This year it just felt a little meh. Mentally and emotionally, I’m in a way better place than I was this time last year, but I’m also keeping my expectations very low. Facing another school closure with Marin home for an unknown amount of time (at least a week), uncertainty about vaccines for kids under 5, and a pandemic that’s still raging, none of it feels like a great way to kick off a new year.
After a break from Instagram over the holidays I decided it was a platform I needed to step away from. At the beginning of this week I shared that I plan to do just that, hopefully over the next year. I think if there’s one thing I’ve gotten pretty good at over the last few years it’s learning how to pivot. In life and in business. Change isn’t easy but when I consider the alternative, that isn’t either. Why not try and adjust so I can feel good about how I spend my time? If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is promised. I might have really low expectations as we enter a new year, but I’ll choose to be cautiously optimistic too.
If you’re looking for something to buy, try, read, share or pin, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the best of the week…
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We’ve been making a lot of soups and this no-chicken broth is such a good base, especially for making a no-chicken noodle soup. It’s really flavorful and made with sustainably farmed kelp.
We’ve been debating re-painting the cabinets in our RI kitchen and I’ve been searching for inspiration.
For a good laugh, new apps to optimize your anxiety.
Madewell is having an amazing sale. Get up to 70% off with code CLASSIFIED. A few of my favorites: these black jeans and this style in Perfect Vintage fit. I have this sweater it’s pretty roomy and these cashmere leggings are amazing. This henley sweatshirt is super cozy too.
This bird feeder in our yard provides embarrassing levels of entertainment. I got one for my Dad as a Christmas gift and it was a hit. Honestly I think the birds appreciate it.
Have you seen Don’t Look Up? I laughed, and I cringed. I loved it, but it also hit a little too close to home.
So happy the Athleta Altitude tight was restocked. I ordered another pair because they’re the warmest leggings I own and it’s going to be a high of -1F on Tuesday.
These L.L. Bean boots have become my go-to when I’m running out for errands, going to the pool, etc., because they’re so comfy and easy to slip on. They fit true to size.
A really good sale from Equilibria.
My favorite CBD Brand is running 50% off the first month of a subscription plus 30% off any non-subscription purchases. My daily routine is a CBD Gummie in the morning (and as needed), a Daily Softgel at night (has drastically improved my quality of sleep) and the Relief Balm for aches, pains, soreness and cramps. Use my code JESSANNKIRBY50.
The immunologist with a 97 percent success rate for convincing vaccine hesitant people to get the shot.
As I move away from Instagram I’ll continue to share all the places you can find me. I’m really excited about my newsletter which is content available only to subscribers and different than what you’ll find here on the blog. You can sign up here. Check out this week’s edition here.
I know we all need to protect our peace and mental health. I also feel strongly that we can not forget or wish away the events of the January 6 insurrection. Here are a few articles if like me, you’re still trying to understand that day and the aftermath:
- What It’s Like To Be The Child of An Insurrectionist
- Are We Really Facing A Second Civil War?
- Everyday is Jan. 6 Now
- An Opinion Piece from a Canadian Scholar: By 2025 American Democracy Could Collapse
- Is a Civil War Ahead?
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