I LOVE THIS!

November 30, 2015

As we head into the dark winter months, GUTS is launching a new series about the things that bring joy and light into our hearts. We want to know your Top 5: What are your go-to things when you need to cheer yourself up? “Things” can be anything—a nailpolish colour, a Vine, or a dog on the street (pics, please).

Pitch us your Top 5 at submit@gutsmagazine.ca.

To start us off, here are some favourites from Natalie, a GUTS editor.

1. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: SURF

This entire album never fails to make me so happy and it’s all on Youtube. I love the joyful collaboration and I’m so into Chance the Rapper’s intonations, like this part:
“Tryna break bread stop beggin’ my pardon/
My lead is astray, let’s get an apartment/
With a dog and a song that I wrote you this morning”

 

2. Apple and cheddar scones. These scones are so good and everyone likes them. They take just enough work that you feel accomplished when you take them out of the oven but they’re actually so easy.

 

 

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It’s my fault that it took me so long to get into this, so I’m making up for binge-listening to this podcast—choosing to go on long walks around the city just so that I get to listen and giggle for hours on end. Heben and Tracy are funny and smart and goofy and they get to talk to amazing people.
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This account is one of the highlights of my feed right now. A dance a day, which, along with this article, is helping me remember that the secret to dancing is just doing it.

 

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Eileen Myles is a human genius and she writes precise words in an order that makes me smile. This poem, though, is the one that I want inscribed on my (very long and skinny) tombstone.

And
I am an enemy
of change, as
you know. All
the things I
embrace as new
are in
fact old things,
re-released: swimming,
the sensation of
being dirty in
body and mind
summer as a
time to do
nothing and make
no money. Prayer
as a last re-
sort. Pleasure
as a means,
and then a
means again
with no ends
in sight. I am
absolutely in opposition
to all kinds of
goals. I have
no desire to know
where this, anything
is getting me.
When the water
boils I get
a cup of tea.

 

What makes YOU feel good? Let us know – submit@gutsmagazine.ca!

Image: I imagine it as the kitten being like “hey, cheer up, buddy!”

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