image via Pantone
Hello, weekend, we meet again! The closer we get to the end of the year, the faster these weeks seem to cycle through, don’t they? It feels like every time we look up we’re face-to-face with another Friday.
Currently: We’ve pushed through the thick of the holiday rush, so we’re taking some time to catch our breaths and mentally prepare for the close of this year and the start of the next, both personally and professionally. Even though we’ve loosely scheduled our 2016 calendar, we can't wait to see what’ll actually unfold on the other side of midnight on Dec. 31st. It's never quite what we expect :)
PS. Stay tuned for exciting news on the blog this Monday!
This week, we’re…
- Feasting on this Shakshuka recipe by NY Times. If you’re turkey-ed out and trying to pull back on eating meat during this respite between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this recipe is a great one to throw together. It’s perfect for these chillier winter evenings and you probably already have 90% of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge - maybe save the fresh cilantro. The tangy tomatoes, crumbly feta, and runny yolks make for the most ridiculous (in the best way!) combination of flavors and textures. We love ours layered over fresh hummus and served with toasted pita.
Reflecting on both the mass shootings in San Bernardino, CA and Savannah, GA. How could we not be, right? In just one day, 18 lives were lost and another 20 injured in these two shootings. As of Wednesday, there were as many shootings as calendar days this month. In 2015, there have been 355 shootings in the U.S. - an average of more than one per day.
It’s hard to even wrap our minds around these numbers, but as much as they make us want to hide under the covers, where it feels safe and warm and we can forget about the crazy world we live in for just a few minutes, we don’t. Most of us get up and get on with our days because, well, life calls and these senseless acts of violence don’t take away from the reality that our people need loving and our responsibilities require doing. While evil tries to paralyze us in fear and helplessness, we find ourselves far, far more motivated by love and purpose. Thank God for that. Love always wins. We can't begin to imagine how difficult it must be to press forward for those personally affected by tragedy, but we’re praying that we'd all find a thousand beautiful things that beckon us out of bed each morning.
- Inspired by Pantone’s Duo Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Totally unexpected to hear two colors announced for 2016, but now that the initial whoa whoa has settled, we’re so excited to see all the ways they’ll pop up in design. Currently loving how they add a fun twist to both these classic and modern interiors.