My favorite finds from around the web:
• What to expect in 2016: Ann Patchett on the return of bookstores. “I sense a cultural shift coming on: Books and bookstores and reading are the wave of the future.”
• How the Mast Brothers fooled the world into paying $10 a bar for crappy hipster chocolate. “As artisanal food surges in popularity, whether it’s chocolate, liquor or jam, the Mast Brothers’ story highlights how a company can have great success selling a product of dubious quality as something “artisanal” or “handcrafted” with beautiful packaging and handsome, bearded founders.”
• 5 things I’m going to stop doing in 2016. “Sometimes we start dreaming so big and setting so many goals for ourselves that we can lose sight of some of the smaller things that we shouldn’t be doing and that, in turn, are making us unhappy.”
• 12 TED talks to inspire New Year’s resolutions. “New Year’s resolutions are easy to make … and hard to keep. Our advice: Make resolutions that reflect your core values, to be kinder, more confident, more open to change.”
Don’t miss it:
Today is the last day to enter to win a set of all twelve of MY picks for the 2016 Reading Challenge. Click here to check out my titles and enter to win them for yourself. Giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. EST tonight.
(My favorite ePantry cleaning products are listed in the post, but if you want to try their fun stuff instead, I recommend two household favorites: their new whole bean coffee and the Grove Collective’s orange thyme and cardamom candles.)
On the blog:
One year ago: Survival strategies for winter, my least favorite season.
Two years ago: Forget about results: my new approach to goal setting.
Three years ago: 7 lessons I learned the hard way in 2012 (that I’ll carry into 2013). I was surprised to see these are as relevant as ever (especially the one about firing your stylist).
Four years ago: 3 tiny habits to meet my New Year’s resolutions.
Have a great weekend!