What I’m Reading This Week: August 25, 2019

I have this habit (please tell me I’m not alone) where whenever I’m stumble upon an interesting article or find an item I’m coveting, I text the link to myself. Then, more often than not, I forget about them for weeks. So my text conversation with myself is basically a graveyard of interesting content I have lost track of in the hubbub of daily life. 

Therefore, I’m starting this weekly little post as a better way to keep track of and celebrate the fun, interesting, and thoughtful pieces of writing (ok, and a few fun products) I find each week. Hope you enjoy! 

As a burgeoning home chef and weekly meal-prepper, I’m all about home cooking. However, this interview with the authors of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It was incredibly eye-opening. Yes, home cooking is a great way to eat healthy and foster family time, but that ideal is out of reach for a lot of people – and is an issue we need to address and be mindful of when talking about food.

In that same vein, I love reading about culinary schools and insights from professional chefs. So I was a sucker for this article about lessons learned in culinary school that amateur chefs like myself can incorporate into their cooking practices.

Veganism and vegetarianism are so interesting to me, mostly because it’s hard to imagine for myself given my deep affection for cheeseburgers (also, can you tell I read about food a lot?). That’s why you’ll always find me reading articles like this one about what one vegetarian woman eats in a week. Could I stand to eat less meet? Yes. Would my wallet be happier? YES. Will try some of her go-to’s and get back to you.

Ok, last food-related link I PROMISE, but I loved this piece from The Kittchen on how to entertain without cooking. While I enjoy cooking more and more, cooking for a group/anyone other than my significant other is still intimidating. I’m thinking of dipping my toe in the entertaining water using some of her tips, though.

This article from the NYT had me longing for my childhood summers in Wisconsin, where time spent at lakes and swimming holes was a favorite way to pass the long, hot days.

Switching gears to personal finance: I recently started investing with a robo-advisor. So far, it’s working for me, but it’s also made it painfully obvious that I still have a lot to learn about the nature of investing. That’s why I appreciate articles like this that explain how to view the current market volatility.

Over the past couples months, I’ve gradually been exploring more freelance writing opportunities and just generally started trying to write more (hence, this post!). I’ve been loving how much valuable content I’ve found about freelancing, including both tips and tricks and thoughtful pieces like this one on how freelancing can affect your mindset around time and money.

To end on a fun note, I’ve recently moved into a new apartment with my SO, and we’ve gradually been working on decorating and make the space our own. Our latest endeavor was putting art on the walls, and we were getting discouraged by how expensive art can be. Thankfully, we found a creative solution together by creating a kind-of gallery wall using this set and this set of literary postcards. The designs are beautiful, and it gave us a way to include our favorite authors and literary quotes in our home. Should I do a separate post on the before and after?

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading this week. Send your favorite links my way in the comments!

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