Recommended Reading / 15.

Every Monday, words to start the week.

This week, from Fast Company: a glimpse into the life of "the world's busiest Santa," who appears at up to 200 parties in just over three weeks during the holiday season, whose beard and belly are au natural, and whose name is, in fact, Santa. Says the in-demand Saint: "There are times when I get tired because I just feel weak and old. But I look forward to this one month all year long and that's how I know I should still be doing it, even on days when I'm weary." Read all about it, here.

A handful more, just because:
-First sketches of iconic designs.
-The world's most spectacular bike path is paved with stars.
-For those prone to cold and flu: immunity soup, and a homemade cough suppressant laced with ginger, honey, and black pepper.
-Jaw-dropping words from Nayyirah Waheed: "I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life."

More recommended reading, here. Have a happy Monday — and thank you for your patience with my less-frequent posting these days. Besides being quite a bit busier than usual (and embracing the happy hubbub of the holidays), I'm also trying to be more intentional about what I post here.  If something's not ready, or not quite right, I've chosen to hold off —  more time and thought, I figure, means better material in the end. Thank you so much for understanding and for reading. It's such a pleasure, as always, sharing this space with you. Wishing you a wonderful week.


  1. Happy to see you blogging again, but totally understand the need for silence. I struggle with my blog. I get almost no return on investment, but feel guilty if I don't have content.

  2. nayyirah waheed - jaw dropping, indeed. i think i need to read anything she has ever scribbled onto even a credit card receipt. now.

    thank you.

  3. When I see Santa's advertised for shopping centre jobs, my mind prays for a second to be an old man with a beard :P The eureka sketches are super fun, I have to say hello kitty stole my heart and I'm amazed at how set in her design she was right from the initial sketch :) Also my jaw dropped a little at the van gogh inspired bike track and I'm saving those recipes because I'm sure they'll come in handy! Thanks Shoko for always sharing such awesome content, you are one of my favourite blogs for sure!

  4. I love that picture! Such a great story.

  5. Brianna, I hear you. You've developed such great content for your blog, though, and so consistently — keep it up!

    Layla, I spent a good half hour scrolling through her work and words — she's amazing.

    Fee, thank you! That means so much. I'm so happy and thankful to have you as a reader.



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