Currently is a monthly post to check in and chat about all the things I’m into right now.
Oh hayyyy spring! 🙋🏻♀️ Is that you I see peeking around the corner?
Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm winter or the glow on my skin from spending the last week in sunny Florida, but spring feels closer than usual right now.
We went to the Florida keys last weekend with dozens of our best friends to celebrate the marriage of two of our favorite people. What a very special thing it is to go on a tropical vacation with so many folks you know and love! I feel so grateful for the experience and especially for the friends I got to share it with. When will we ever get to do that again? Probably never. Unless I win the lottery, because I’ve always said that the first thing I’d do with the money is book an epic trip with all of my friends and family.
In last month’s currently post I opened up about my depression. Many of you reached out and I want to say thank you, but also let you know that I’m okay. I didn’t talk about it because I was looking for attention or help or advice or solutions, but because writing about it openly and publicly is a big part of me growing and healing. Putting it here on my blog for anyone to read was gut-wrenchingly vulnerable, and thanks to Brene Brown, I’m attempting to be more vulnerable as a way to move past some of the lingering hurdles in my life.
Honestly, my stomach churned with embarrassment and shame while writing the post, publishing the post, and every time someone commented on it or sent me a message about it. Brene calls this a vulnerability hangover – that awful feeling when you know that other people now know about this awful thing you’d really rather them not ever know at all. But as the month progressed, those feelings faded and now I’m on the other side, no longer feeling like I’m hiding something from the world. Shedding the need for perfectionism and caring what other people think of me has been a huge challenge in my adult life, and so putting things like this out there is a huge step in shedding those deceptively damaging behavior patterns.
I fully recognize that this is a food blog and you’re not here to read about my psychological self-diagnosis, but my Currently posts have always been intended to give insight into the things I care about other than recipes. And I care deeply about personal growth, mental health and how increasingly prevalent it is in our society. If my words, insights or experiences can help even just one other person feel better about themselves or to shift their perspective on life… well that’s all I need to know that it was worth it.
I hope it’s warming up wherever you are in the world and that the slightly longer days are giving you a much needed pep in your step.
Here’s what I have for ya this month:
Currently Buzzing About…
- The James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week and I’m super proud that three of my friends were nominated! HUGE congrats to Cookie Till of Steve in Cookies (of the famed Ugly Tomato Salad), Rich Landau of Vedge and Lee Chizmar of Bolete: The 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists. (JamesBeard.org)
- Some of the people I look up to most in the world of research and truth-seeking have been diving deep into how psychedelic drugs can have a profoundly positive affect on mental health. It’s fascinating, terrifying and hopeful all at the same time: Business gets ready to trip: How psychedelic drugs may revolutionize mental health care. (Fortune)
- I’m a HUGE believer in taking supplements and recently started a vitamin-subscription service that I’m IN LOVE WITH. A month’s supply of a personalized cocktail of vitamins delivered right to my door in handy single-serve pouches that are SO convenient for traveling and actually more cost effective than the individual bottles of supplements I had been previously taking. It’s win-win-win: BINTO – Personalized Health Supplements for Women. Use promo code “coleycooks” at checkout to receive 20% off! (MyBinto.com)
- Just a little reminder that we’re all aliens living in outer space: Alien Landscapes On Earth. (Imgur)
- BRB, booking a trip to Mississippi STAT: This Hotel Lets Guests Foster Dogs During Their Stay, And At Least 33 Of Them Have Been Adopted Afterward. (Bored Panda)
- And we wonder why we’re all so anxious: Be a lady, they said. (vimeo)
Currently Listening To…
In lieu of a playlist this month, I’m listing some of the best podcasts I’ve listened to recently, because I listen to a lot:
- I’m completely obsessed with this relationship advice podcast by two married comedians: The Endless Honeymoon Podcast with Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero. (Simplecast.com)
- Interesting, concerning, humbling: Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Addiction & Withdrawl on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. (npr.org)
- Can’t get enough of these two: The Tim Ferris Show #409: Brene Brown – Striving versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages and More. (tim.blog)
- Who knew I would like her so much? Kate Upton on Good for You with Whitney Cummings. (YouTube)
- This episode made me literally laugh out loud so much it became embarrassing: Neal Brennan on This Past Weekend with Theo Vonn. (YouTube)
- After the first episode of what I *thought* was a comedy starring two of my favorites, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, I almost died of boredom – not laughter. But I gave it a few more tries, and I’m so glad I did. It’s slow, but it’s great: Forever. (Amazon Prime)
- If you haven’t put two and two together yet, I love stand-up comedy. Both Jim Norton and Nikki Glazer killed it in their sets with jokes that were smart, incredibly raunchy and really, really, really funny: The Degenerates – Season 2. (Netflix)
- I’m posting this here just to let you know that I made it and it was really, truly, absolutely terrible: Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk Is Probably the Best Chicken Recipe of All Time. (The Kitchn)
- A very delicious soup, especially when topped with more crispy chick peas: Hammy Chick Pea Soup. (Bon Appetit)
- It’s March and you know what that means – St. Paddy’s Day! Join me in indulging in Sheet Pan Irish Nachos (DROOL), Irish Potato Candies (which are not actually Irish or potatoes) and my favorite lass Kate’s Irish Beef Stew. Serve it with some Irish Cheddar + Stout Biscuits and you win St. Patrick’s Day! (ColeyCooks)
- Lard bread? Personally, I’m here for it: God Save Lard Bread. (Taste)
- Ya’ll know by now I have a thing for breakfast goods made with oat flour: Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles (Cookie and Kate)
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. – Bob Dylan
We’re all in this together, aren’t we? Happy Leap Day! Enjoy this extra 24 hours in the year.