cautiously optmistic

cautiously optimistic
what i’ve found:


Women protest for the right to enter a temple, January 1, in Kerala State, India.

“Cautiously optimistic,” sounds like the prognosis for the development of a disease, but in this case I’m cautiously optimistic about 2019.

Like many of us, I’ve felt kind of “sick” these past two years.  

There have been so many things to be sick about, and yet the aftermath of illness, even crises, is sometimes a new kind of health. We realize what caused us to be sick, what we’ve learned from it, and what we have to do next.

Yes, we’re weary, but also wiser and ready to move on with compassion towards ourselves and others. 

During that week between Christmas and the New Year, the one I like so much, I heard quite a few people talking about their resolution to be more “mindful” in the upcoming year. That’s one of my goals, because one way to remain healthy is to stay mindful.

When you pay attention to what’s going on around you, you can better attend to the needs of others as well as your own. It’s a must for health and happiness and one you can only really appreciate once you start practicing. So start already.

what i’ve found

In my continued search for unique, ethically made, smaller companies that make quality products I’ve found some things I want to share with you. Most of them, from bed sheets to cashmere sweaters, I’ve bought myself. 

I’ve done the research, I’ve slept on the sheets and worn the cashmere.

Other things I’ve discovered while doing what I do: endlessly “catch and curate,” by perusing magazines, reading blogs, looking at Instagram, and visiting new brands. While these are endorsements, none have been sponsored.


Because my husband, henceforth to be known as K, took the week off between Christmas and the New Year, we slept a lot, really, a lot. That’s not something we usually do, but I think we were trying to “catch up.”

Whether or not catching up with sleep is possible, I can’t help but believe that the new Brooklinen sheets I bought for us before Christmas had something to do with how well we slept.

I am very picky about sheets and so is K. In the past we only bought white, high thread count, pure cotton sheets.

Well, if you’ve shopped for sheets and other linens lately, you know that one can quite easily spend a couple thousand dollars on one’s bed.

Enter Brooklinen, based, of course, in Brooklyn, a young company that hit New York City with a huge, subway, marketing campaign, and it worked on me. The quality of their products, as well as their prices will be a pleasant surprise for you.

Brooklinen makes most everything you need for your bed and bath. But I was interested in sheets, and so I bought the Brooklinen “luxe” sheets in a sexy navy color, but they also make percale, linen, and twill sheets. 

It’s not a secret that many Americans don’t get the eight hours of sleep they need to function properly and feel good. 

A part of good “sleep hygiene” is a pleasant and comfortable bed, so if you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, check Brooklinen out.

“Our approach is simple: Quality is the most important thing. The products just need to be awesome. Second, we wanted to manufacture responsibly with top quality materials. And finally, try our best to offer products at accessible prices.”

—Rich & Vicki, Co-Founders of Brooklinen


These earrings are from Gaija, a jewelry brand made in Latvia. Mostly they make porcelain, but I happen to love the little, gold “petals” you see above.

I’ve mentioned before that, with a few exceptions, I’m not the type who can wear dainty and “precious” looking jewelry. These would be exceptions.

I like these black, porcelain flowers for the detail! You can actually see the fingerprints of the jeweler, especially on the gold petals. They remind me of the hand-made orecchiette, or “little ears,” on which you can see the thumb prints of the maker. You can purchase these earrings on Etsy


“Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.”

—Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons



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