Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking a kid for her final college interview and hopefully finishing a good book (or two). And we might finally watch Jurassic Park—Will and I think our teens would enjoy it without being too scared of the velociraptors (are we wrong?).

I hope you have something to look forward to for these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Blessed, Blessed. (Slate) How do restaurants cope with instant success? A compelling look at the real life impact of a local restaurant critic’s rave review.
  • The Work Is Not Enough. (Culture Study) This is the relatable situation I’m texting with friends about this week.

Right for right now:

Don’t Overthink It is turning 3!

Don’t Overthink It turns 3 on March 3! And we’d love for you to join us in celebrating by sharing a picture of your “flowers” ​​on social. I’ll explain.

One of the book’s main themes is that when we stop overthinking, we can get out of our own way and bring more peace, joy, and love into our lives, and one of the stories I tell is about making a loose rule for myself to buy the $4 bouquet at Trader Joe’s. It’s a small thing that makes me very, very happy. (It also makes me happy that readers who’ve read the book often tag me in pictures of their own grocery store bouquets, saying they thought of me when they bought their flowers.)

There’s nothing magical about the Trader’s Joe bouquet; the point isn’t the flowers but what they represent. Maybe your thing is tulips; maybe it’s good pens, dark chocolate, or bubble baths.

Think on it, and then this week, would you show us your “flowers” ​​on social? Whatever small thing brings you an outsized amount of joy: we’d love to see it. Share a photo in the coming week, tag me on Instagram (I’m @annebogel), and use the hashtag #buytheflowers so we can enjoy each other’s posts.

Thanks for celebrating with me! I can’t wait to see what you share.

Have a great weekend!

By cb2gp