Sunday, January 20, 2019

What I'm Reading



Hi!

I'm most certainly a maximalist when it comes to reading (and...most other things I suppose). My house is full of books and I tend to read several at a time.  I adore biographies and collect them like it's my JOB.  Interior design/d├ęcor/architecture books and magazines are also a major source of inspiration for my life and artwork.  I figured it might be fun to share what I've been reading lately, and maybe make it into a monthly thing.  Here we go!  I've got FOUR new books and a magazine on deck this week, so get comfy.

A recent addition to my fleet is a couple of what some may call "self help" books (I know, I know), but they're more along the lines of *entrepreneur/biz dev meets life coach meets that is SO OBVIOUS, why didn't I think of that??* reading.  And I love it.  My new favorites right now are by Rachel Hollis (Girl, Wash Your Face) and Gary Vaynerchuk (Why Now Is the Time to Crush IT!).  I'll be honest here, I'm not great at explaining the takeaways from things I've read when it comes to topics such as this, mainly because I feel like these books inspire readers and hustlers like myself in a zillion different ways for a multitude of reasons.  Rachel's a mama, so obviously I'm inspired by her in that respect and the way she's been able to curate her dreams and achieve enormous goals she's set for herself, but it's a lot more than that.  And then there's Gary -- I've actually never watched his videos on YouTube, but I can assess just from his writing that he's a fiery dude and was born ready to conquer whatever projects he sets his mind to, because he clearly has the gift to see big picture and then some...and then some more.  If you're looking for some va-va-voom to set your goals ablaze I highly recommend these two books.  They certainly got me jazzed about managing my art in a new way and (totally unrelated but equally valuable advice): weekly snack and meal prep planning!  Namaste, Rachel & Gary.

Next in my stack this week are two design gems that I am thoroughly enjoying paging through.  Eye candy for my soul!  Ok, that was dramatic, but if you can appreciate how expertly Bunny Williams beautifies a space or how DesignSponge visually inspires widely assorted interior tweakage in your own home, then my friend...you get me. 

Lastly, I often fantasize about one day hosting stupid-lavish monthly tea parties with my girlfriends (and fascinators), but til that day comes, I adore indulging in Tea Pleasure Victoria Magazine 2019.  For those of you in Minneapolis, I scored this magazine at Lunds & Byerlys.

Happy Reading :)

CHEERS!
-OJ

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