- Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
- Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Sleep is the best meditation.
- Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
- The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
I brought this up to many people in the last couple of months, and only a few have heard of it – so I must share! MoviePass is a new(-ish) company made by a handful of brilliant people (including one of the creators of Netflix). It used to be $50 a month (I think, maybe $40) but is currently $10 a month. With it, you can see one movie a day in theaters for the entire month!
Looking for the catch? Well you can’t see 3D or IMAX movies, and you can only see each movie once, but other than that – no catch!
Every movie theater around us accepts MoviePass. You can check on their website (scroll to the bottom) to see what theaters around you accepts it. My husband, Mark, is a big fan of seeing movies in theaters, so this is something he will be doing by himself when I just want to cuddle on the couch with the pup. With prices of seeing a movie in theater being ~$10 a ticket, this is a such a great deal.
P.S. For anyone that dabbles in the stock market, I have been playing with the stock for this as well. While its own IPO isn’t planned until next year, it’s majorly owned by a company called Helios and Matheson Analytics ($HNNY), which did some crazy things last week and probably will next week again. It’s really great to day-trade if you have the guts for it.
Banana Republic is one of my favorite stores to find comfortable, stylish work-appropriate attire that can be reworked for almost any occasion. They’re having an extra 50% off sale at the time of writing this. I’m going to share some of my favorites from the sale and some cool newer items.
One-Shoulder Flare-Sleeve Top. Appropriate for work in the right setting, otherwise so fun for date night or out with friends. Currently $22.49 down from $88 with an extra 10% off if you have a Banana Republic card.
Wide Brim Straw Hat. After wearing a hat like this in Hawaii this year for the first time, I’m sold. These hats are so great for sun protection, especially on vacation. And the price right now – $8.98 down from $48 – is so crazy!
Floral Medium Flat-Zip Pouch. This canbe used alone or inside a larger purse or work tote. It’s a nice little burst of color. Currently $18.99 – down from $48 originally.
Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress. This dress would be great for vacation or summer-time, pretty versatile. $38.49 – down from $128.
Not on sale [at time of posting, but BR often has 40% off entire site sales]:
Sparkle Circle Bracelet. This comes out pretty much every other season at Banana Republic. Options for it are silver, gold, rose gold, and black. It will inevitably go on sale (as will everything), but keep your eyes peeled because they get snatched up quickly. They are so sparkly and look much more expensive than they are. They quickly dress up any outfit. I have gifted them to people and have a few of them in almost every color for myself. I stock up when they go on sale. They are $49.50 each right now, but like I said, these are regulars and they do go on sale.
Seamless Layering Top with Built-In Bra. I haven’t seen this before at BR, but basically built-in tops are amazing for lazy and comfort-driven dressers like me. This is so great layered or just simply with high-waist jeans or skirts or underneath a button-down or cardigan. It comes in black, white, and nude and is meant to be tight-fitting so that it can be layered. Currently $34.50.
Metallic Brocade Military Skirt. I do not have this nor have I seen it in person yet, so don’t judge me if it is actually horrendous, but it looks great online. It would be something really fun to wear with a bodysuit for a Christmas party or with a white button-down to work. Currently $198 and part of Olivia Palermo’s collaboration with BR.
Something easy that I’m going to try and do weekly (or monthly if I start to drag on recommendations) is share some of my favorite Amazon finds. Amazon Prime is my BFF, and we are constantly discovering new things that I think other people would enjoy too.
Read: The Book of Joy which is the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s brilliant views on finding joy in this life and this world, pieced together by author and interviewer Douglas Abrams. So real talk – I haven’t finished reading this. It’s dense with insight, so it’s hard to binge-read. I bought a copy for my sister, and even in my own copy I’ve highlighted “words to live by” that I want to remember. It’s a great way to refocus yourself on the important and joyful things in life in the cloud of negativity that seems to be around lately.
Eat: Matcha! This is my favorite matcha. I am not a coffee drinker, but this matcha is just the caffeine boost I need to last all day. The difference between the caffeine in this versus coffee is that it’s a slow steady release in your body, which doesn’t result in you crashing when it wears off. The great thing about matcha is the versatility of it. You can drink it alone, or mix it into smoothies/protein shakes, or my favorite – mixing it into my overnight oats. Subscribe-and-save is the best way to get this ordered -15% if you are subscribed to 5+ items. We have dog food, protein bars, matcha powder, chia seeds, flax seed, and a few other things on subscription from Amazon, so we always hit that extra 15%.
Wear: Invisibobble hair ties. There must be other brands of these that are just as good, so get whichever one you want since these are the only ones I have tried. I’m sure they’re sold in a store somewhere too, but secret: I hate shopping. I like shopping from the comfort of my couch, AKA online, but otherwise I only go to a store if I need to. But anyway, these are such a good alternative to any other hair tie I’ve tried. Last weekend I wore one of these in my hair for the entire day, and when I let my hair down, there was no ponytail indentation! It was magical. That’s the big benefit to these hair ties. They come in black, clear, and brown. I have black and clear.
My name is Apurva, and I’m a family medicine physician, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and puppy mom in Ohio. This blog is born from a place of boredom as well as feeling the need to share medical and non-medical finds. I hope to share a general message of health and happiness in addition to what’s on my mind and what’s in my [online] shopping cart. Additionally, I used to be an avid reader and writer. Medical school pretty significantly limited the time I could spend doing either recreationally, so this is my way to dip my toe back into that water.