#Grattitude – Week of April 3rd, 2020

Here’s this week’s #Grattitudes – a list of what I’ve enjoyed, appreciated, or discovered:

1. Insecure on HBO-

I just finished watching all 6 seasons of HBO Girls… again.

It’s recently been my go-to show when I eat alone and also one of my favorites of all time. It reminds me of my friend Elyse and the two of us watching it together when we were both single gals living in Korea.

As I was approaching the final season of Girls, I knew I wanted a new show to ease the pain of this one ending. I Googled “shows like HBO Girls” and saw several recommendations for Insecure.

really enjoyed this one, too! I mean, I was supposed to save it for meal time but I totally binged it every night before bed and now I’m done with all 3 seasons. 

Here’s the trailer for Insecure season 1.

2. normalizing my bare face-

With nowhere to go and no one to see, I haven’t been wearing makeup.

I’m hoping to get SO used to my bare face that seeing myself in makeup in the distant future will feel bizarre.

The other thing that’s been new (and extremely freeing) is not popping whiteheads and actually letting them go away on their own. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I did THAT. 

3. making doenjang jjigae (Korean soy bean paste stew)-

One of the blessings during this quarantine is experimenting with cooking, especially Korean cooking.

There are certain dishes that are really difficult to come by on Maui, so if need to satisfy a craving I’ll have to learn to make it. And that I did!

I followed this pretty simple recipe, but made a few adjustments: I added a couple filets of canned anchovies when I sautéed the soy bean paste and chili pepper flakes, used serrano peppers for extra heat, and substituted radish for turnips because that’s what I had on hand.

The result was pretty good… and I only say pretty good because it’s not the same as having doenjang jjigae made by my mom or grandma, which can never be beat. I’ll be making another batch with leftover ingredients as soon as I’m done writing this email. 

4. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb-

This is a book I’m reading with the lovely ladies in my Mastermind/accountability group.

It’s a page turner and I have to stop myself from reading ahead of what’s been assigned. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a memoir by Lori Gottlieb, who also happens to be a psychotherapist, about her experience in therapy (as a patient) during a really tough time in her life. She also shares stories of her patients, and does so while protecting everyone’s privacy.

It’s a fascinating look into other people’s lives and their struggles, and what intrigues me most is that like all of us, Lori is human and doesn’t have everything buttoned up, even though her profession cam often portray her in that light.

Highly recommend if you’re interested in an insider’s look at the life of a therapist.

5. Osmia black clay face soap-

These days my night time skincare routine consists of washing my face with this bar of face soap (a long time favorite of mine), sometimes using a toner, and finishing up with a moisturizer.

It’s really all my skin wants. I love the simplicity of this routine (no makeup/sunscreen means not having to double cleanse, woohoo), and it helps me get into bed so quickly.

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