From mantras to meditation, from mindfulness to manifestation, Well intentioned offers an intimate look at how to make room for meaningful personal care large and small.
In 2008, before Mindy Kaling was a writer-actor-producer-showrunner-mother-mentor, she was a writer-actor on Office who used his free time to blog about shopping, as we did in 2008. “The things I bought that I love” was an outlet for his thoughts on things like polo shirts, jumpsuits and, say, blankets specially suited for watching TV on your couch. âI’m kind of a shameless consumer,â Kaling admits during a Zoom call we organized to discuss her consumerism, which she notes has become a bit more confused in recent years. “As I get older I try to be a little more intentional in the way I shop, so I try as much as possible to help small businesses.” Today, the 42-year-old entertainment powerhouse is putting those efforts into a holiday collection curated in collaboration with Amazon Handmade.
Partnering with the online marketplace manufacturer-led platform, which aims to provide unique products made by verified artisans around the world, has been an easy sell for Kaling. âI love handcrafted items so it made sense to do this, especially before the holidays, because I can recommend products to people with a really good, non-alienating price tag. Kaling is “not good at the visual arts,” she admits, but her 24-piece line – which includes a handful of co-designed items – is heavy with unique pieces of home decor, a new area of ââinterest. that it has developed in the past. a year and a half while stuck in her Los Angeles home. âHoneycomb Studio makes porcelain products in small batches that I really love. And it’s run by this woman Courtney Hamill, who works in her garden in Atlanta, and I just loved her story, âKaling continues of the emotional bond she developed with select vendors while participating. to virtual market calls and returned samples. -forward. A particular point of pride are the herringbone white linen napkins that she co-designed with Lithuania-based Thing Stories. âI am obsessed with linen; I think that’s really a thing in Southern California – and it’s just a beautiful product that everyone would love as a gift. You can give them to Kanye West, or you can give them to your mother, âsays Kaling. “These are just very simple and warm neutrals, great value for money and they are closely tied to local traditions, so they are trendy, but they come from a personal place.”
Kaling, who has two young children, just enjoyed the success of season 2 of his hit Netflix comedy I have never, and she’s currently gearing up for the November 18 premiere of her new HBO Max series, The sex life of the students– that is, she does not have much time for new projects. But designing her own products is something she might get used to. âI would get a box from Amazon with some nice candles, or some nice linens or some great cutting boards and I could edit them and send back notes, and I was like, ‘It’s an amazing life. I wonder if this is how Jessica Alba is all the time? Her busy schedule also means there isn’t a lot of time for self-care or introspection. But Kaling finds those times when she can, whether she’s cooking in the kitchen or making a vision board. âWhen you ask a comedian what his intentions are, we feel really vulnerable! She laughs, before forcing, downstairs.
I’m actually in a great place to talk about my intentions because I just did a vision board two days ago. Being 42 and making a vision chart can be very triggering, and can only be compared to making a report as a child. So you’re already transferred at the age of 11 or 12: I have Staples posters, and I cut out words in magazines. I’m a funny person so it’s hard to write like to breathe, and forgiveness on a billboard. Being in comedy and being around people all day long who laugh at anyone who has soul-searching, it’s hard to have that soul-searching yourself. But I was really determined to do it because I had done a vision board two years ago and ended up removing it! I put it on the back of my door around January 1 of the New Year, because I heard you should always be able to watch it. There were all these vulnerable photos of things I wanted, and for eight months nothing happened. In fact, some of the things absoutely didn’t happen, so it was just, like, taunting me. So I took it apart. But in the last month of the year, three of the things I had put in there came true – and it was three big ones – and I remember thinking, “Oh my God, that was that fuckin ‘. of visualization board. I just had to be patient. And I thought that was a really good lesson, because when you put up a vision board, it’s not like asking Santa for things. So one of the things I have on the new one is patience, because the last time I took it apart. This year, I will try not to do that.
2. Give gratitude
Every morning, because I’m a stressed and competitive person, I take the time to think about what I’m grateful for: that my kids are healthy, that I’m healthy, that I have a job. who provides them with resources and that I have a nanny and my dad to help me take care of them. Honestly I think if I didn’t do this I would start every day with a chip on my shoulder which is my natural state. Gratitude is really hard for me, so taking the time to do this first thing in the morning puts me in a healthier state of mind. I don’t write anything. I’m just sitting cross-legged on my floor, and I’m like out loud, “I’m thankful for my health, I’m thankful for the health of my children, I’m thankful that my father is alive, and I’m grateful for our nanny, there is something about having to say it that makes it really real.
3. Cook, eat, love
4. Live in color
5. Turn chores into personal care