Weekly Roundup May 22 Edition

Hi! There is so much going on here at Gold Shoe HQ. In the middle of all of the changes afoot, I thought I start doing a weekly roundup of what's going on, and the things I'm into each week. This first one is running on a Monday, but I might switch things up as the week goes on. Let's jump in, shall we? 



There's so much going on in this category! First and foremost, I'm really enjoying working at home. This is the first time since graduating from college (er, a long time ago) that I haven't had an office. Only I do. I divide my work between two placed in my home: my breakfast nook/jungle room, which I've been working on for months. Today, before interviewing someone for a story, I looked up and pinched myself with thanks at the scene: rain outside, monstera leaves on my kitchen table, NSS reading nearby on the couch. 

I've redesigned a wall in my office to serve as a master calendar/ project management HQ/ inspiration wall. This goes back to how I managed a ton of ideas as an editor. I go back and forth between paper and electronic management, but at this stage, it's important for me to visualize things with Sharpies and index cards.

As far as the actual work part, I have a lot in store that I can't wait to share. But for now, I'm enjoying reporting and writing for some new outlets -- well, new to me. Of course I'll share when stories are posted. 

Also, a few weeks ago I learned my stories will start running on The Mighty. Being a voice for people with chronic and life threatening illnesses is an important part of what I do, and I'm delighted for my voice to be a part of this community. 


I made a quick trip to Atlanta for Mother's Day weekend, where Stephanie and I successfully attended Shaky Knees Music Festival. There's a moment when you are packing your bag for a music festival and make sure you have your Nexium when you realize, "I am old." It was worth it -- The XX were magnificent and we had our photo made in front of a giant chicken leg. We still got it.

The professor, NSS and I will be heading to the Gulf Coast soon to visit my father-in-law, and of course give our regards to some of my favorite sand. Destination: Pensacola, with a side trip to Orange Beach. 

Plans are in full swing for our two week-trip to Italy later this summer for Ryan + Jason's wedding. I haven't had a lot of time to do a lot of research and make plans, but I'm also not in overplaying travel-writer mode, but rather sister-of-one-of-the-grooms mode.  I will be spending time in Rome, Pienza, and Capri. If you have suggestions, please send them my way! 


Recovery, of course, always comes first. I'm doing a lot of recovery work, and keeping that as the foundation of my days is most important. Now I have no excuse to not start every day with prayer and meditation -- though I never really did! 

I'm working hard at physical therapy, dealing with the impact and injuries from a recent car accident. The amazing team at Agile Physical Therapy + Pilates is working so hard with me, and I adore each and every one of them. Especially cannot wait to be cleared for Pilates, which I miss dearly. 

What I'm Reading/Listening To/Eating/Wearing

After months of "Are you listening to S-Town?" texts from friends around the country, I can finally say, yes, I've listened to it all. I didn't want to get into it, but I did, and when I finish writing this post will jump into the Reddit rabbit hole for more, more, more. 

Sheryl Sandberg's "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy," is a must-read for anyone going through grief/loss/change/trauma. Basically all of us. I appreciated the very practical tips, including for those who don't know what to say when someone has experienced a major loss. 

Obsessed with Stumptown's Sparkling Cold Brew. Now to just find a place in Birmingham that carries it! Experienced this wonder (sparkling water! cold brew coffee!) at Read Shop in Atlanta. Want it to be my official drink of the summer. The search for cans is on.

Wow, that was a lot! I can't finish this without saying IT'S THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL! So in two days I'll officially have a middle schooler. In the past week NSS was selected for the middle school robotics club and elected student council historian. I'm so proud of him. I'm so thankful to be present. 

xo, ESS