What We’re Into: October 2016 Edition

Today’s post by Ariel Lawhon and Marybeth Whalen | @ArielLawhon and @MarybethWhalen

Ariel Lawhon


The Momentum Extension for Chrome. I’ve been using this for about eight months thanks to the suggestion from my friend J.T. Ellison. Here’s how it works: when you open a new tab a gorgeous photo appears. At the bottom is an inspirational quote. (Mine is currently a panoramic view of Zion National Park in Utah and this quote from Joseph Campbell,“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”) In the middle of the screen is the time, a message that says “Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, Ariel,” and a prompt that asks, “What is Your Main Focus For Today.” Once you answer that question, Momentum will remind you of your focus for that day in the seconds before it loads a new page. It’s a gentle, inspiring kick in the pants. Because I need one every single day. It’s free and easy and I love it.


The Wunderlist app from Google. Again, JT gets the credit for introducing me to this handy, helpful tool. It’s basically an app that you can sync to all your devices that helps you keep your brain together. Until I found Wunderlist my office was littered with lists and post-it-notes and notecards and scraps of paper with all the things I need to do. But with this app I can keep everything in one place and cross things off in real time. This is a lifesaver for the organizationally challenged. Also free and easy and yes, I love it.


#READ Savannah. Yes, it happened last month. But we never gave you a recap because things got a little crazy before we even left Savannah. Here’s the nutshell version: the event was sold out and was utterly perfect. Savannah was gorgeous. We met Liane Moriarty (pronounced LEE-ahn, who knew?) and she was also perfect. We had pear cider. We met Amy Einhorn, editor of bestsellers like The Help and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, not to mention all of Liane’s bestselling novels. We met many of you, and you were better than perfect–you were smart and funny and charming. We hung out with some truly amazing authors. And then, on our last morning, Marybeth broke her hand. It was a fluke accident but it’s had devastating consequences and she’s not been able to use her right hand since. Thus the reason we’ve been running at half speed and have been, mostly, out of pocket. She’s on the mend, but slowly, and it hasn’t been fun.

My social media hiatus. The last few weeks away from social media have been…relaxing. I’ve gotten a lot done on my book. We’ve finished baseball season as a family. I feel quiet and content and grateful. Highly recommended.

Running. It’s fabulous, effective old school torture. Nothing beats hitting the pavement for an hour and clearing your head.

Marybeth Whalen


McCafe pumpkin spice keurigs— I’ve tried several different brands but this one tastes best. I’m one of those people who go crazy for all things pumpkin spice in the fall.

Sheaffer told me to: this woman is inspiring me to up my wardrobe game. I love her style and suggestions.

My travelers notebook in pocket size with field notes inserts. I have an insert for writing, She Reads, random stuff, journaling, monthly, and weekly to help me keep track of everything going on in my life– keeping it all separate but in the same place. I love decking it out with fall dashboards and paperclips. If you’re curious about travelers notebooks I encourage you to search Instagram and YouTube. My apologies if you fall down the planner video rabbit hole like I have.

I read several forthcoming books that you should put on your radar: The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian, Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser, Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia, And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman.

My book was picked by Redbook magazine as one of 20 brand new thrillers to get you psyched for Halloween. And made Deep South magazine’s fall/winter reading list.

On Tv… You’re never too old to hear “I got a rock” from Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin special. My husband and I are loving This Is Us. We also binge watched the BBC series Marcella on Netflix over the weekend when Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina. Warning: It’s really gripping but not for the faint of heart.

I saw The Light Between Oceans and found the movie just beautiful and the novel rendered accurately but it was a bit slow. We saw Girl on the Train and thought it was also a good book-to-movie adaptation.

We enjoyed some perfect little fall getaways— one to Windy Hill Orchard in York SC and a weekend in gorgeous Southport NC.

What have you been into this month?

One Response to What We’re Into: October 2016 Edition

  1. heather adams October 31, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    I hope Marybeth’s hand is healing nicely! I am a big fan of Wunderlist and I also use Evernote a ton.

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