Before February comes to an end, I thought I would share my favorites from January! Instead of just sharing a book for each week, as I did in 2020, I am going back to sharing a little bit of everything…what I’m watching, what I’m listening to, foods I’m enjoying, experiences, projects, etc. It’ll be a little mixed bag of things I enjoy that you might like as well.
Here are some of my favorites from January 2021…
On Pointe on Disney+
As someone who went to a performing arts college and was involved in theatre and dance for the first half of my life, I was so tired of seeing the same narrative about performing arts schools in TV shows and movies… Everyone is petty and hates/sabotages talented people. Everyone has an eating disorder and is on drugs. Every professor is abusive and demeaning. I know these portrayals are for the purpose of dramatic entertainment and are rooted in some truths, but I fear that it has painted the entire education system for creative youth as one that is widely dangerous and detrimental.
On Pointe shows what a positive environment it can be and how hard dancers specifically have to work at their craft. They don’t just flounce around all day in pretty shoes and tutus. They have to not only work on the physicality of dancing, but they have to learn how to manage and nurture their bodies and talent as their asset. They have to learn how to audition and land jobs. Professors are, in large part, encouraging mentors who want to see the success of their students.
This documentary on Disney+ shows all of those aspects of pursuing a creative career in a way that’s much more fair and realistic.
On Pointe follows a season inside the School of American Ballet, which feeds young talent to the New York City Ballet. It’s specifically focused on the casting of the 2019 Nutcracker along with the subsequent practices and performances. They follow the stories of very young children who go to the school all the way up to juniors and seniors in high school who are full-time students and boarders, hoping to become apprentices in the New York City Ballet.
Living with Color
I don’t remember many specific classes from my elementary school years, but I do remember an art class in 6th grade when we studied color theory. I vividly recall the color wheel, learning how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors, learning about white and black. I was captivated by color from that introduction, but it’s only been in recent years that I’ve come to recognize it and explore that interest even further.
Anytime I find a book on color, I’m pretty much sold. I spotted this book at Barnes & Noble a while ago but always passed it up. Honestly, I didn’t like the cover and the style represented in the book isn’t particularly appealing to me. (I know this sounds like a ringing endorsement!)
But, when I made a trip to the book store in January, I picked up this book once more and took a bit more time to flip through it. The information and content is wonderful, so I finally bought it.
It is a great book on color, specifically in the realm of decorating and design and I really enjoyed reading through it. If you’re interested in color, as I am, this is a good book to browse.
I love listening to songs and artists Apple Music recommends to me based on the music on my playlists. I have found so many new-to-me artists that way. Recently, I found Canyon City and I love their/his acoustic vibe. There are so many great songs like Alone with You, Between the Stars, Be Still, and the cover of Fix You. You can find the Canyon City playlist I listen to on Apple Music HERE.
I bought these boots with my Christmas money and I have absolutely loved them. I have a pair of Sorel boots that are insulated calf-high, fur-lined snow boots, but those can be overkill to wear out to the grocery store when all of the snow has been shoveled and plowed. The Women’s Out ‘N About Plus Sorel Boot is a much better option to wear out when it’s cold and wet, but I don’t have to wade through snowdrifts.
I wear them with wool socks to make them warmer for the winter, but they would work well as gardening shoes in the summer, too.
Do you like my shoe modeling? Oh my…awkward. Anyway, they are great boots, they come in a wide array of colors, and they are on sale.
One thing I started working on in December is eating more fruits and veggies. I really like them, so there is just no excuse to not eat a lot of them. The more I eat, the more I crave them and I can already see my diet evolving after a year of delving into comfort foods without much discipline! I’ve been adding them into every meal, including breakfast, which has been surprisingly enjoyable and satisfying.
You can find the vegetable & egg breakfast stir fry recipe HERE.
I just love period dramas, as many of you know. I watched Jamaica Inn a while ago but revisited it in January. It has a Poldark sort of vibe to it, maybe a little Brontë thrown in. The heroine is a young woman sent to live with her closest relatives – an aunt & uncle who run an inn and a little smuggling business on the side. It’s a little dark and moody with good people getting caught up in a bad situation. If you’re looking for a good miniseries while you’re stuck inside, this is a good one. I think I was able to buy the entire series on AppleTV for $5.00.
blog posts you may have missed
And, since you may have missed some blog posts in January, here are a few of my favorites and ones that might help you on a project, inspire you, etc.
What are some things you enjoyed in January?