Sunday Sampling / 057

Sunday Sampling / 057

Bonjour, heroines in training!

I’m back in my tartan blanket cape after a week in Paris (and DISNEYLAND), and while I wouldn’t say no to a fresh croissant for breakfast, I’m pleased to return to normalcy, especially since our furniture for the new flat has arrived! 

Even though this was my fourth trip to Paris, I’m still learning new things about the City of Light, and am plodding along with my language learning app (If you’re learning French too, join us in our Heroine Training Club with the code WCDARM on your Duolingo app). 

Can’t believe it took me 4 trips to Paris to…

  • Discover Café Gourmand: a coffee and an assortment of mini desserts. Give me several tiny desserts over one big one any day. I want to try everything! 
  • Learn how to ask for the bill: “L’addition s’il vous plaît”. Still baffled by how this vocabulary passed me by.
  • Go to Disneyland Paris! As a roller coaster kid and frequenter of Walt Disney World, I knew I’d make it to Parc Disneyland someday, and now I’m already planning my return visit 😮 

Also this week I made my literary debut on Dear Damsels, writing about what rock climbing taught me about the fear of reading forward. You might remember the life lessons from rock climbing I wrote about in my book; I really enjoyed expanding on one of them, inspired by their monthly theme of “TRUST”.


✉️ With most of my friends spread out across the globe, I can so relate to Carly’s words on maintaining long distance friendships. All of her points are spot on!

📚 Meyers-Briggs meets literary heroines? Yes please!

☕️ An amazing review of Gilmore girls and its revival that acknowledges, forgives, and explains Rory’s faults.

🌟 Girlbosses: Look at the startling differences between the wording in these $500, $4,000, and $7,000 offers. How are you presenting yourself?

📖 How many titles have you read on this Black History Month Reading List?

🚀 It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow! Disney has filed a patent for a technology that can read guest’s emotions on rides and alter the experiences based on the results.

🍹 We’ve been experimenting with our juicer lately, and I love these simple, budget-friendly juicing tips.

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: my favourite stories roundup for February (SO many movies!) & how to get the best travel advice for you.

Sunday Sampling / 056

Sunday Sampling / 056

Last week we finally moved into our new flat and began to find home for the things we had packed up over a month ago. When I’m moving or traveling I am most conscious of minimalism, and my desire to live light. This particular journey was marked by getting published on Miss Minimalist – years ago, I would scour Francine’s site for tips on how to be a minimalist, thinking that *one day* I would submit an article for her Real Life Minimalists series. Well, I’m finally part of the collection, and what a kind, supportive community she has built!


🚀 The Hardest Disney Pixar Quiz Ever: In my defense, I got all the Monsters, Inc. and Incredibles questions right and isn’t that what matters?

🌟 How to build your community of movers and shakers: “Sometimes the connections you want to make begin with you stepping out and creating the thing you want to see.” Yes yes yes!

🎬 This article about female-centric films and what La La Land has in common with All About Eve, and Titanic (and how it’s different) is FASCINATING.

⚡️ I absolutely adore this piece on Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, and the Power of Hufflepuff Heroes. More Hufflepuff leads please!

💕 It’s not too late to set an alternative New Year’s resolution, as illustrated (literally) in this lovely guide

🍹 I can’t wait to try these super colourful and summery DIY spruced-up soft drinks!

💖 For anyone frustrated with the overlooked complexities of “just being yourself”

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: How I use the Pomodoro Technique to get things done & why we call things overrated and why we need to stop.

Favourite Stories / February 2017

Favourite Stories / February 2017

These are the stories I’ve enjoyed this month

Life, Animated

directed by Roger Ross Williams, based on the book by Ron Suskind

This film legitimizes the power of stories and childhood make believe. Through Disney, autistic boy Owen finds his voice and understands the world, and through Disney, we understand Owen. I love his perspective on life, and his championing of sidekicks. I am so grateful for how his parents supported him and encouraged his world. Beautiful, inspiring, and so wonderful.

A United Kingdom

directed by Amma Asante, screenplay by Guy Hibbert

THIS is how you fight for what matters. Our hero and heroine rebel in a matter-of-fact way that is built on the foundation of their utter belief in what they deserve: what the world deserves, and what they know they will get. Undoubtedly. Not because they are desperate, but because it matters. > Read my full review on IMDb


directed by Pablo Lorraín, screenplay by Noah Oppenheim

We have different ways of feeling affinity for stories, and how those stories are remembered beyond one’s lifetime is the core of this film. Jackie Kennedy has a sharp, perhaps unprecedented sense of legacy. During the week of her husband’s death we see her dealing with grief and a responsibility to her children, but above all, a responsibility to protect her husband’s legacy as President and historical figure in the making. > Read my full review on IMDb

Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

I put a call into the universe for the feminine version of The War of Art, and the universe gave me Big Magic. Pressfield acknowledges creative reality by embracing the struggle as legitimate while Gilbert liberates the need to suffer, be serious, or put too much importance on your work. My God am I grateful to have both of them. > Read my full review on Goodreads


directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, screenplay by Guillaume Laurant & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

This film explores how we define a person, introducing us to each character through their trivial likes and dislikes that in fact tell us more about those people than the typical questions we ask each other. It is a film of little things that make life magical when they are noticed. > Read my full review on IMDb

Manchester by the Sea

written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan

A devastating, haunting story set against the scenic seaside town, Manchester by the Sea captures the tension of a single person’s sense of obligation: to family, to himself, and to punish himself for his mistakes. This film feels like a novel, with each moment unfolding precisely, the story becoming apparent just a moment before its revelation.

A Prayer for Owen Meaney

by John Irving

This novel is like a massive puzzle; it fills in the big pieces first so you get a sense of the big picture, but all the little pieces fit perfectly too, not a detail wasted. Equally amusing and harrowing, A Prayer for Owen Meaney is about faith and friendship, exposing the absurdities of life. > Read my full review on Goodreads

What have you enjoyed lately? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I’m so excited for Viggo Mortensen’s Oscar nod for Captain Fantastic, which I talked about here.

Image Credit: A United Kingdom trailer