My October Picks: Books, Blogs & Podcasts I'm Tuning Into
I was originally going to use this space to praise the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur, which was released and delivered to my mailbox yesterday. But instead of an insincere, "It's amazing!" I want to use this space to talk about something a little more meaningful. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my feminism and my activism, especially as it relates to my position in the world as a white woman. I am struggling to balance my desire to expand my understanding of the world by reading and interacting with authors and individuals whose stories are different than mine, while at the same time being mindful of my place in relation to these narratives.
the sun and her flowers was not written for me. There are numerous poems and stories pressed between the pages that I cannot relate to. The author is a South-Asian woman, the daughter of immigrants, and I am neither of these things. Therefore, I cannot (and will not) pretend as if every one of her poems resonates with me, nor will I intentionally try to invade a space that is not mine.
As I read rupi's words, I am very aware of the things I cannot resonate with. This awareness is something I am actively trying to grow, and something that needs to expand into other areas of my life. Many of rupi kaur's poems about heartache, relationships, womanhood, and self love are powerful and relatable, which is why I have clung to her first book, milk and honey, for some time, and why I was so anxious to get my hands on the sun and her flowers. I recommend reading both.
I am working on admiring rupi's work for all that it is, while acknowledging the ways in which her books are not mine to promote. I have a lot of work to do.
- If Beale Street Could Talk — James Baldwin
- Rising Strong — Brené Brown
- Modern Romance — Aziz Ansari
The Whole30 Blog
This blog is gold—especially if you're doing the Whole30. I think what I love most about the Whole30 community is that it doesn't teach that the Whole30 is the one and only way to meet your health goals. The Whole30 is one piece of a multi-faceted puzzle, and the blog covers topics from bad breath remedies to La Croix-based cocktails to Paleo vs. Vegan lifestyles, and more.
The Little Red Skillet
My dear friend Katie just launched her food blog, The Little Red Skillet. Katie is an expert at finding healthier alternatives to some of our favorite foods. She outlines all the ingredients needed to make amazing—usually Paleo—meals, and gives suggestions as to what ingredients will work in place of what the recipe suggests, in case you don't have everything you need in your kitchen cupboard. I have yet to try a recipe I haven't liked. Check her out and follow along on Instagram!
Food With Faye
My friend Emily is currently in grad school furthering her nutrition and dietitian degree, and will soon be a licensed dietitian! For this and many other reasons, I totally trust this girl when it comes to health, diet, and wellness. She knows her stuff.
Food With Faye is Emily's blog, where she covers a wide range of food-related topics, such as everything you need to know about proteins, how to stay healthy on a budget, and the best breakfasts of champions. I highly recommend checking her out!
Conversations With Creatives
Shameless plug! I had the opportunity to chat with Jenna Redfield last month as a guest on the Twin Cities Collective podcast. We covered all things writing, blogging, and social media, while also discussing our favorite groups and events to get involved with in the Twin Cities. Listen to my episode here.
As always, let me know what you think—and let me know what I'm missing, so I can feature new things on my blog next month!