I’ve decided that on Mondays, I’m going to post one of my favorite things here. It may be writing related (and probably will be, because I have an office supply addiction), it may be a quote from a book that I’m reading and love, it may be a book that I inhaled and want to share an opinion on, or it may be something entirely random.

Because this will be a new feature, I’m going to start off with several favorite things.

The Seven Year Pen.
I bought my first two Seven Year Pens at the Strand in New York City–my best guess is that I bought them in 2012, and used them in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. By the time I left for Hawai’i, I’d purchased a third, and I have 5 of them now. I used two of them in grad school (about 10 years of ink–I finished the second pens’ initial ink cartridge while in Hawai’i), and loved them (I have since refilled them both and keep a supply of replacement ink cartridges on hand). Basically, if you’re a writer, these won’t last for seven years, but even if you have to replace the ink cartridges, which cost about $2 each, twice a year, it’s still much more environmentally friendly than endless disposable pens. And it feels very writerly to have a refillable pen. Also, these pens are adorable! But if one happens to get lost, you won’t want to cry for a year, because they’re very affordable (as long as you don’t lose them too often).

These Anglican Prayer Beads I made (small plug, but I truly adore these and will be sad when they find a home)
I love labyrinths and spirals, so when I was able to buy a bunch of spiral beads and labyrinth medals, I knew that I’d be making quite a few prayer beads with these elements. I made 5 sets of spiral and labyrinth prayer beads with mixed finish beads (gold, bronze, silver–you can see them here) that I absolutely loved, and one day I was looking through the beads at Michaels and found a card of the same beads, except they were all silver. I decided to make a set with the all silver beads, and I fully expected them to be kind of boring, but I found that they might be my favorite set of prayer beads currently in the shop. They have a serenity that the other sets don’t have because they are monochromatic.

Diamond Candles.
I have six of their candles. I first found out about them when I was in graduate school, and I’m still buying them because I love them so much! We burn candles in our house almost every day, but the smoke from traditional candles sometimes bothers me, so I went looking for non-toxic and environmentally friendly candles. I stumbled upon Diamond Candles and bought one thinking that it would be a terrible candle–because why else have the gimmick of the ring inside?–and was delighted to have been proven wrong! My favorite scent is Enchanted Forest, and my most recent purchase is Black Raspberry Vanilla, which makes me hungry!

Celestial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Especially this section:

“There need no vows to bind
Whom not each other seek but find.
They give and take no pledge or oath,
Nature is the bond of both.”

All of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (and also the movie, which I’ve seen many times), which I’ve already talked about, but just know that it is still one of my favorite things.

If I Stay and Where She Went, by Gayle Forman, because they made me cry and I still think often of them, even though it’s been about a month since I finished them.