On any given Sunday, you will likely find me curled up on the couch with a mug of frothy matcha and a stack of reading material (including but not limited to): The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Real Simple, Science Mag and whatever book I’m finishing. In these sacred early hours, I comb through pages of information, news, and inspiration, always on a never-ending quest to know and understand more and to be inspired and engaged in our ever-changing, vastly dynamic world.
It’s within these unstructured hours where I plan the upcoming week, which in turn, ensues a natural reflection of the prior. Rather than keeping my weekly discoveries and favorites to myself, I plan to briefly jot them down for you. Each week I hope to share something of value, or at the very least, something that will make your life a little brighter or simpler.
I hope you enjoy this, and as always, please comment below and tell me about what you’re currently loving.
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD
The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.
If a blissful slumber seems like a far-fetched reality or simply not a priority, I highly recommend digging into this data-rich book on all things sleep. Fascinating!
The Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
I’m only halfway through this read, but from the amount of highlighting and corner turning I’ve inflicted on the pages, I can already tell you this is a worthwhile read.
The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner
Building on decades of research, longevity expert Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world.
I have long been a fan of Dan Buettner’s work, so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of this highly-anticipated cookbook. For more information on the Blue Zones (a topic I’m deeply passionate about), visit my recent blog post.
War veteran David Budd finds work as a police sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP, a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as “the sociopath” by one of her aides, and who has plans to introduce invasive new surveillance powers for security forces. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague’s policies and personality, and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.
My husband and I devoured this BBC production in only a few nights. It’s suspenseful, mysterious, and intertwines complex storylines with rich character development.
A co-production of Amazon Studios and the New York Times, this anthology series explores love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms, as well as its effects on the human connection. Each episode brings to life a different story that has been inspired by the newspaper’s popular Modern Love column.
This is feel-good television right here. I especially love the broad array of partnerships featured – everything from interracial relationships to navigating mental illness.
- We’re almost 1 month in, but this is worthy of another read: 13 Ways to Be A Better Person in 2020 (The New York Times)
- In case you need a refresher: What’s The Formula for The Perfect Cup of Tea? (BBC UK)
- A brilliant roundup: How To Reduce Food Waste (NPR)
- For the book lover: NPR’s Favorite Books from 2019 (NPR)
- General Motors and Cruise introduce the Origin Toaster-Car (Treehugger)
I have a new and an old find in the realm of food and beverage: Earl Greyer by The Republic of Tea is quite possibly the best bagged Earl Grey I’ve come across. (‘Greyer’ implies extra bergamot and it is divine.) I’ve been drinking this and the Ginger Peach variation from this brand for years. I only recently rediscovered this when perusing the aisles of Metropolitan Market. Speaking of, I picked up the Metropolitan Market Organic Whole Bean Sumatra Coffee which is a medium roast and has been pulling phenomenal shots on my espresso machine all week.