Happy weekend! Time to forget all your worries and focus on being joyful for a day or two. Here's some stuff to lift up your heart:
Woah. Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in 12 hours as part of a national initiative to plant 4 billion indigenous trees to combat climate change.
Too cynical for Good News Friday? Make no mistake it is tough being pro-coal, just ask Ian the Climate Denialist Potato.
Okay, that's enough climate stuff for a Friday.
I'm not a huge fan of sweet potato in savoury dishes (it's so sweet!), so I usually end up squishing them into desserts. I've made these hidden berry dessert squares multiple times and they are a delight.
Frugalwoods is the blog of Liz and Nate, who saved up enough money from their corporate jobs to buy a homestead in Vermont and live a financially independent life (although they both still choose to work from home). Liz blogs about simple living and extreme frugality, and I recently loved her book, Meet the Frugalwoods - look for it at your local library! Liz and Nate inspired me with their ability to maintain a fantastic lifestyle on next to nothing.
I also loved this compelling and unbelievably convincing novel about a pair who travel back in time to insinuate themselves into Jane Austen's social circle and steal a manuscript she never published. The central story is unputdownable, but equally fascinating are the occasional hints of what life in the future (the protagonist's present) is like...they live in the wake of a time nobody likes to talk about, ominously called "the Die-Off". If you can find this book at the library, do it!
An uplifting chat between two lovely people: Prince Harry interviews Dr Jane Goodall.
Regarding interview skillz: How to talk to people.
Weekend project? How to turn a tea towel into an apron.
The combo of home-made art and secondhand finds in this apartment, plus the stories of the sisters who live in it, made this tour of a colourful loft apartment in Brooklyn a really happy read.
What are you going to do for self-care in this coming week? I'm going to get on Groupon now and book myself a cheap Thai massage for next weekend - in between my upcoming PhD annual review and a couple of (very welcome and wanted) house guests over the next couple of weeks, plus the bravery required for a dentist visit yesterday, I have a lot going on emotionally and I think it's a good idea to carve out an hour that's just about relaxation and physical rejuvenation.
Be brave this weekend, friends!