Although my reading has slowed down a bit since I got a new job in town, it is consistently a huge source of pleasure for me. I purchased hardback copies of both The Girls by Emma Cline and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler It is a long standing ambition of mine to publish a book, either a novel or nonfiction collection, so I try to pick up the popular debut novels of women. That being said, Bustle has a great list of literary debut novels from women released in the past five years that I would love to work my way through!
While I'm not getting as much reading in as I was a few months ago, I am able to listen to audiobooks while I commute to work and while editing photographs on the job. I'm currently listening to Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. In 2013, Duckworth won a MacArthur "genius" grant for her work on the subject...after being told the whole time growing up that she "was no genius" by her father. This is a fascinating look into the drive behind successful people and our culture's obsession with praising "natural talent." I scored a 4.4 on the grit scale, what about you?
My latest "brain candy" type of show is the old Showtime classic Weeds. Although yes, at first glance, the show is about a suburban mom becoming a pot dealer, it tackles so many more issues than that. It's wonderfully snappy and well written, literally making me laugh out loud rather than just kind of chuckling. I have learned that I can enjoy a show of basically any genre if the writing strikes a chord.
You know what makes it really difficult to have the motivation to cook? A commute and a tendency to work late. I try to save junk food or convenience meals as a rare treat nonetheless; but it is worth mentioning my go-to frozen pizza for such desperate times. The Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizzas are delectable with a perfectly thin and crispy crust and SO many vegetarian options. The size is awesome for eating one or two slices for dinner and bringing the rest for lunch if necessary. Does this sound like the saddest meal game plan ever to you, too? Don't worry, I'm working on getting back into the swing of things cooking wise.
I can only mention my new job so many times without actually explaining it, right? I recently accepted a job a lot closer to home than commuting to Asheville once a week. Although I no longer work remotely the rest of the time, I am excited to announce that I am working as a full time e-commerce photographer for a fashion brand based here in Knoxville. I interned for the brand back in the day, so it is exciting to be back in the swing of things. I absolutely love being involved in the industry in a professional capacity, especially in the marketing department. I am sure that this step in my career will end up shaping a bit of the content on my blog, so stay tuned!
Working as a photographer means that I am on my feet a lot. Even on days when I am mainly editing, it is important to me to make sure I'm as comfortable as possible. There are two pairs of shoes that have been absolute saviors in this respect.
The first: the Acne Pistol boots. It seems like these beauties burst into popularity around 2011, but that meant that I was able to find them on The Real Real basically brand new for a tiny fraction of the original $570 retail price. Of course, after owning them for a week I will be straight up: I would be fully willing to pay the full price should something happen to my pair. The three inch heel is perfect for making them a bit more polished for an office environment, but I can seriously wear them all day with no complaints. This is the type of shoe that makes every outfit better and every piece of clothing in your closet seem brand new.
The other purchase, while a bit more boring, will also prove to be a lifesaver. I am a huge fan of the Dillard's shoe department. It was my first exposure to a lot of midrange brands when I was growing up. They also have a huge sale twice a year, where I managed to snag the Cole Haan Laurel Moc Loafer for around $50. These are the best flats I have ever put on my feet. No blisters, pinching, sore spots or complaints whatsoever after two whole days of wear in the studio. I cannot recommend those puppies enough.