Often caught up in the same-old same-old day-to-day, I love when I stumble upon things “regular” people are doing that make me smile, inspired, or both. Most of my happy stumbling accidents occur through the blogosphere, which makes me laugh about how I used to think blogs were dumb. Not so, former un-enlightened self, not so.

Here are the two that dropped in my lap today. Oh, and I put “regular” in quotes because, in all honesty, these people aren’t really all that regular. But, at the end of the day, they’re people, just like me, and they put their pants on one leg at a time, too, as the old saying goes.

#1. Every Thursday I get GOOP’ed by Gwyneth Paltrow. I know, I KNOW-she’s not the regular gal up the block. But, she inspires me. She’s a renaissance woman through and through. Sometimes her GOOP’ed articles frustrate me because she promotes really expensive products, restaurants, shops, etc. that are out of reach for 99.9% of her audience. But, all the same, I think (without having met her) there is a level of genuine-ness there that transcends her fame. And the way she talks with such admiration of her late father tears my heart out and makes me smile from ear to ear all at the same time. She has a new cookbook out (which I hope to someday own), inspired by cooking/eating with her dad. There is a line in it that is not only the way one should cook, but the way one should live. As you might have noticed, I’m a big quote person, and this may be a new favorite motto:

“Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun.
 It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.”

2. These folks aren’t really your typical Joe, either. The father figure in this video is the cinematographer for the documentaries Helvetica and Obejectified, among others. The kid is his son. This is just such a random, geeky science-y project that a father and son researched, built, and tested. Pretty cool stuff. Enjoy: Homemade Spacecraft 

These are just little reminders of the capacity we carry as human beings. And despite all the nonsense happening at every turn these days there is goodness, intelligence, whimsy, and wonder–in abundance–all around us.


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