My family of 5 just returned from a holiday to visit family & explore in London. As I mentioned on Instagram, we brought along several kantha throws.
I am, of course, utterly biased; AND, I know it is a huge privilege to have multiple throws in my own personal stash for hauling around the world. But, I wanted to share some pics and stories about how a kantha throw is the best travel blanket in the world!
My cousin, whom we were visiting, bought this blue & red beauty 😍, so I stashed it into my carry-on, so I could use it on the overnight flight.
Here are two more that we brought on the plane. Our flight was leaving at 9pm and arriving at 10:30am, and the kantha throws are so perfect for coziness and comfort on the plane. I used mine for a blanket, or at another time, folded up as a sort of pillow.
They pack up so well, because you can roll them up for a backpack or tote, or make it more of a flat lay to sneak in one more layer on a carry-on suitcase. I had a few packing regrets (too many books), but bringing 4 kantha throws was not one of them!
We made the slightly sketchy decision to camp while we were visiting Bruges, Belgium. Our son got sick and was not in a sightseeing mood, so he & I stayed at the campsite instead & napped! (and, chased the shade, as the sun was HOT!)
Like Kathy & Suzanne's experience, our throws were MVPs at the beach! They make for a small-packing beach blanket or sub in for a towel if necessary. And, if you have a particularly sleepy person in your party, you can cover them up with one:
Typical travel experience: you dress for the weather (which, for us, was lovely & hot — yessss) and then, when you change locations to a plane, or in this case, ferry... you freeze from effective air conditioning! This was Wayne on our ferry over the English Channel: napping on the floor all tucked in with his kantha! 😂
Kate mentioned in an instagram comment that she is always afraid to get her blanket dirty. Of course, I advocate taking care of your blanket (and all belongings)! If your throw resides on the couch (especially if it's white), then going in & out of the house is not much of an option: you would have to wash it too much, then it would wear down.
But, in my experience, it is perfect to take on a road trip or vacation, use it a lot, and wash it when you get home. It can stand the wear & tear, and is incredibly versatile & helpful along the way.
If you have any travel kantha stories or pics, I would love to hear & see them!
We've listened to the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman countless times in my house (or, as my music app tells me: around 30), and the chorus of this song — "Never Enough" — keeps ringing through my head.
The song itself is about love (ie. without you, all the amazing things in the world will never be enough), but as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, I feel like "Never Enough" is the battle cry of retail marketing.
“We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.”
I have often written about my love & admiration for Father Greg Boyle (Father G) and the work he has done with the gang population in Los Angeles with Homeboy Industries. It is not an easy thing to promote the dignity of people who have been involved in violent criminality, finding kinship in mutual love and respect.
This line — “We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.” — is a perfect description of the complex dynamic of running a business that is, at its core, motivated to employ a marginalized population.
For many of us — perhaps especially if you have kids in school, or an affinity for fall —, September is the perfect time for a fresh start. I wrote last week about my fresh exercise start after a summer of indulgence!
Whether it is the new calendar year, or a new school year, milestones offer a great chance for fresh starts. I think it is a fantastic time to dream about what will be different, what systems can change & improve, and how to begin well.
But here we are, mid-way through September, and I want to offer another thought:
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