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Weekly Warmth: Leaning Into Joy

The Weekly Warmth is a reminder to take time for yourself. Here, I share a weekly collection of fashion, cooking, lifestyle, and design favourites, along with uplifting stories, helpful tips, and more. With the Weekly Warmth, we can all come back to a creative space and find special moments in the everyday.

In a world that feels increasingly heavier for everyone, I’m doing my best to lean more into joy. I’m seeking out things that feed my soul and nurture a growth mindset that will help build a foundation for the next chapter in my life—my forties! I’m turning 38 this year and I’m feeling more and more grateful for each trip around the sun. This gratitude is pushing me to make each moment purposeful and meaningful. I believe it’s important to align yourself with soulful fuel and to create boundaries to sustain your warmth and energy. This is the only way you can continue to improve yourself and the world around you. From podcasts that help me find a deeper understanding of my emotions, to limiting my news intake, I’m sharing how I’m leaning into joy and investing in myself. I hope you draw inspiration from the little things that brought me warmth this week.

1. Finding a path through gratitude

Making time for gratitude and planning for growth is a top priority for me these days. I’ve been gravitating back to my Five Minute Journal and diving into a new planning journal called Living Full Circle to begin to build out a framework for personal growth. I’ve also been listening to podcasts by Jay Shetty and participating in his meditations through the Calm app. His book, Think Like a Monk is on my reading list!

2. Nourishing my mind

For me, reading is one part escapism and one part education. At the moment, I’m making my way through the audiobook versions of Greenlight by Matthew McConaughey, The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary and Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown. They all lean into the themes of growth, enlightenment, and healing. In paperback, I’m rereading White Fragility as a prelude to Nice Racism by Robin DiAngelo to better understand social constructs and unlearn old conditioning.

3. Investing in myself

While it may seem trivial right now, I’m finding joy in daydreaming about sunnier days ahead and a getaway we have on the calendar. We’re feeling lucky to be able to take some time off and enjoy a different view. In planning for this trip, I’m trying to purchase items that will be completely consumed or that I’ll appreciate for years to come. I picked up a couple of versatile and timeless coverups and I’m looking forward to getting my nails done before we leave—something I haven’t done in years! I also picked up the Ilia mascara and I’m loving it (I’m very picky!) as well as their overnight lip treatment, both of which will be found in my suitcase!

4. Daily joys

It’s the little things that sometimes add the most joy to my day. I’d been eyeing the Always Pan for a year before I received it as a Christmas gift. I quite literally use it every day from flipping pancakes in the morning to sauteing dinner in the evening. It’s a great size and is truly non-stick. I’m grateful for its quick and easy clean-up on busy weekdays.

I believe there’s something to be said for just letting joy happen to you. We all played Super Mario together the other night and felt so present as a family. We laughed until we cried—it was magical. I’m going to seek out more of these tiny moments with big joy where I can let go of the stress of the day and just be with my family.

With love & gratitude ♥,


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