Read/Watch/Listen: July 2019

A Little Princess Puffin in Bloom Edition


10% Happier by Dan Harris
I first learned about Dan Harris and his book in The Minimalists’ documentary, Minimalism. In the documentary, Harris talks about how he had a panic attack on-air while working as a news anchor, and how meditation helped him tame the voice in his head. I took a lot from that documentary, but it took me three years to finally pick up Harris’ book. His story really resonated with me. He talks about how “worrying is the price of security” and that his overthinking and laser focus on how to avoid the worst case scenario in every situation is what gave him an edge in his career. But it was also making him very stressed… and led to drug use and panic attacks. So how do you find that balance? How do you succeed in your career without it taking over all your available headspace? And how do you take a step back without becoming complacent?

This balance is something I have struggled with since college. While reading this book I smiled, nodded, and even shouted, “YES! EXACTLY!” at times. It’s like Harris and I share the same brain. So learning about his meditation journey was really interesting, and assuring, to me. Bottom line: is meditation a cure-all? No. But it can help you gain perspective and learn to respond instead of react. It’s also filled with a ton of fascinating science about the benefits of meditation.

Long story short: I re-downloaded my Headspace app and purchased a 1-year subscription. I’m going to give it another go, and I’ll report back.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This was our book club pick this month and it was a fun, easy summer read. I listened to the audiobook on my commute and it was very entertaining and engaging. It reminded me a little bit of Crazy Rich Asians, but an opposite scenario. Also, one of the main characters has autism, so it was really interesting to read a love story through that lens. There’s some spicy bits, so if you go the audiobook route, it’s NSFW… or for driving with the windows down πŸ˜‚

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I slowly reread this childhood favorite, just 1 chapter a night before bed. It was published over 100 years ago, but it’s still magical. I bought the special edition designed by Rifle Paper Co. (my favorite) and it looks beautiful sitting on my shelf. The story is an important reminder about the power of imagination and positivity. A great read for kids and adults!


Pen15 on Hulu
My only regret with this show is that I watched it way too fast. It’s about seventh grade in the year 2000 and everything from the wardrobe to the soundtrack and AIM speak is terrifyingly accurate. It had me both cringing and laughing out loud every single episode and thankfully it has already been renewed for season 2.

Emarosa live with Set if Off and Broadside
Emarosa – oh, hey Bradley 🀘


This month we went to see Emarosa, Broadside and Set it Off. Emarosa was amazing, per usual, but this was my first time seeing Broadside live, and it was a super fun set! My favorite track is “Coffee Talk.”

Read/Watch/Listen: June 2019



This book has been in my TBR pile for months – ever since it came out last August! I finally decided to start an Audible subscription and listen to nonfiction and memoir audiobooks while on my commute, and WorkParty was my first choice. Everything I’ve learned about how to navigate your career and succeed in business, I learned through books like this one. (I’m kind of a self-help/personal development/career book junkie.) I was hesitant to start this particular book because it focuses on entrepreneurship, and honestly, I never saw that for me. I like working on a team. And there’s a lot of aspects of business I never would want to deal with, ex. billing, hiring/firing, etc. I just want to create stuff! HOWEVER, this book was a great listen and extremely motivating. It tackles the misconception that you need an MBA to start your own business. The book has tons of interviews with women entrepreneurs that literally started with an idea and a laptop, and figured it out along the way. I think it’s an important message for everyone to hear: START BY STARTING!

I also really enjoyed hearing Jaclyn’s story about how she started her first business (an influencer marketing agency before influencers were really known as influencers) and how she started the wildly popular Create & Cultivate conference. I’m hoping they come to Charlotte soon so I can attend!

How to Skimm Your Life Night Out in Charlotte

How to Skimm Your Life

I attended the How to Skimm Your Life Night Out in Charlotte, and I feel so lucky that The Skimm co-founders Carly and Danielle decided to make a stop in my city ✨Their talk was moderated by Brooklyn Decker and I still can’t get over how relatable all three of these women are. It felt like a candid conversation with friends and made me realize that if you have an idea, you need to just START. (I’m noticing a pattern here…)

While discussing the purpose of their new book, How to Skimm Your Life, they said that knowledge is power, and their goal is to provide women with the information they need to make informed decisions and have options. And to that, I say HELL YEA.

I skipped ahead to their chapter on managing stress 😬 Getting my stress under control was one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but the year is halfway over and I still don’t have a method or routine nailed down. According to The Skimm, managing stress all starts with getting a good night’s sleep. And for me, that means actually leaving work on time so I can get home and get to bed on time. So I am making that a priority this summer 🀞🏻

The book also covers travel, business and finances – consider it your guidebook to life. I’m still working my way through it, but in my opinion, it should be required reading for all high school and college graduates πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“



This show surprised me and instantly became my favorite music competition television show OF ALL TIME. Each week, an artist comes on the show looking for a new single or track. So far, they have featured: Aloe Blacc, Meghan Trainor, The Jonas Brothers, Kelsea Ballerini, and John Legend. Four song writers perform original songs for the artist to record. The artist then picks the top three, who work with powerhouse songwriters and producers Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally to tweak the song for the artist. My favorite part is when these three producers workshop the song in real time – they are musical geniuses. And the best part? The artist really records the song and it drops right after the episode airs each week! It’s an NBC summer show that’s on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (also on Hulu). It’s currently on a break until August 14 (I’m devastated, obviously) but that gives you plenty of time to catch up 🎡

The Detour

This is my new 30-minute unwind-from-work show. I was vaguely aware of it from back when TBS first launched it, but kind of forgot about it since we haven’t had cable in ~5 years. However, the first three seasons were recently added to Hulu, which we binged over the past month. It’s a strange mashup of comedy and action/suspense. Recommend if you’re a fan of Schitt’s Creek 🀣


New Found Glory at The Fillmore in Charlotte

New Found Glory – From the Screen to Your Stereo 3

NFG was the first band I got into back in middle school – Sticks and Stones is still one of the greatest pop-punk albums of all time – but I finally saw them live for the first time last month! 😲 The tour was to promote their new album, From the Screen to Your Stereo 3, but they also played all the hits, and I was giddy. The cover album is also great – I mean, it includes a pop-punk cover of Let It Go! And they put on a great show, including costume changes for each movie track. πŸ“½πŸΏ

MPR & Ace Enders

We also got to see The Early November on this tour – such a blast from the past! P.S. Ace Enders is jacked now πŸ‘€