Happy Friday, folks!

We’ve basically survived the first week of 2017! Hopefully the shininess of the new year hasn’t worn off quite yet, and your motivation for sticking with those resolutions is at an all time high…or maybe, your gym offered pizza on the first day you were back and you just about cried. Oh, was that just me?

Five things to pique your curiosity this week.

One. Have NOT cheated on the January Whole30 this week, and feeling very proud. I’ll be doing weekly recaps on my usual Monday blog, but a sneak peek at lessons I’ve learned: cook everything in bacon fat and prepare to DIY your entire pantry.

Two. I am gonna miss the heck out of our First Lady—such a classy woman who I know will continue to use her voice in powerful ways. Here’s an opinion piece I liked from the New York Times on the future of Mrs. Obama’s legacy.

Illustration by Cristiana Couceiro, photograph by Nigel Dickson/Getty Images

Three. ED SHEERAN HAS NEW MUSIC AND MY HEART HAS NEVER BEEN SO GLAD. Take a listen to the new tunes here, and admire just how much I’m cheesin’ in this pic from one of his shows a few years ago: 15825948_10211504129669038_7073155560117463887_n.jpg

Four. Make this year a year of learning! Here are a few of the books I’ll be reading in 2017…because let’s be honest, you can only binge-watch so many episodes on Netflix.

Five.  15 minute TED Talk to listen to in the car this week: Pico Iyer’s reflections on the art of stillness. “In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.”





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