Heyyy! It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to ramble- out loud. I’m linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons, and you should too!
1. I can’t stop watching Scandal. Holy cliffhangers!
2. This is the song I’ve had on repeat for days:
3. I can’t stop inhaling pounds of brussels sprouts a week…they’re just so delicious and salty and roasted.
4. I can’t stop dreaming of tropical vacations and procrastinate every day by searching for travel deals, even though I can’t take a vacation now.
5. …But we are headed to Florida in early May for a few days of sun and fun!
6. Remember how I wrote about stalking one of my best friends for years before we were actually friends? My lifelong dream to attend her wedding is coming true! She and her husband are renewing their vows in April, and I’m going to be there! Yes, I know I sound like a total creep. This is because I am one.
7. I’m reading Friday Night Lights right now, which is my favorite story. I adore the show and anything related to it, and I finally started the book!
8. I’m considering joining a soccer team for the spring season (if spring ever comes). A couple of friends and I tried to sign up last fall, but it filled up too quickly and we missed it.
Hope you’re having a happy Thursday! Tell me what’s on your mind.
Do you guys ever feel like things are spiraling out of your control, for no particular reason? Like no matter how hard you’re working to maintain balance in your life, stay on top of things, and accomplish everything you need to, you feel like you’ve lost yourself a bit?
When it happens to me, I find myself being negative, irritable, anxious, and a variety of other things that just shouldn’t be part of a normal, balanced state of mind.
I’ve sort of been feeling this way lately and that got me thinking. What do I usually do to restore my “normal?” I made a list of some of the things that have pulled me out of most ruts and while not all ruts are created equal, these reminders have been effective for me. As I attempt to shift back into what I find to be a comfortable balance, I thought I’d share some of the tips that work for me, with you.
1. Be in the present. I know this one is hard, but it’s the truth. The past is in the past, and the future hasn’t happened yet. A sizable amount of the future is directly related to what you do today. So make a to-do list, think about what it is you want to accomplish, and think about ways to make it happen. Nothing will change overnight anyway, but eventually, things will take a turn.
2. Be good to yourself. It’s crazy that one of the most admirable things in life is one we so often feel guilty about. Eat well, sleep well, take breaks, engage in guilty pleasures without guilt, move, indulge in moderation, etc. You deserve it.
3. Travel.Of course we’d all love to hop on a plane at our leisure, but that’s not usually a possibility. A change of atmosphere does wonders for head clearing. Take a day trip, an overnight trip, or plan and schedule a longer vacation if you can.
4. Walk. This too, can do wonders for head clearing. Grab your headphones and your iPod and get out of the house, at least once a day. Fresh air, music that makes you feel good, and just using your legs will encourage you to do nothing but hang out with your own thoughts. This is a great time to sort things out and regroup.
5. Look good, feel good. I promise I’m not getting all shallow on you! What I mean here is that wearing the clothes you feel your best in, your favorite perfume, a favorite piece of jewelry, etc. will ensure that you feel good, all day. I feel sluggish on days when I forgo taking the extra 5 minutes to make myself look good, and therefore feel good.
6. Stick to your to-do list. To me, this is everything. Losing track of what I have to do turns into an endless cycle, and I find myself upset and behind at the end of the day.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others. Admire instead.
8. Remember that everyone feels the same things, just as different times. Everyone feels inadequate, confused, sad, etc. at some point in their lives, just not at the same time. Just because someone seems on top of the world, doesn’t mean they don’t have insecurities or bad days. You’re not alone.
9. Get all your check-ups. Don’t procrastinate. Make sure you get all your yearly check-ups done. You’ll feel in control of your health and well-being and those will help you achieve balance.
10. Breathe. Think before you react to things. It will save you from a lot of irritation and anxiety.
11. Have things to look forward to. I procrastinate less when I have something to look forward to. And when I procrastinate less, I’m happier overall. Schedule friend time, movies, dinners out- whatever it is that will excite you and make you feel good about the present.
In the comments, I’d love to hear what helps you get restore your balance.
Hi guys! I hope your weekend was wonderful and that March is off to a good start.
As I write this, I’m preparing to watch the Oscars Red Carpet, eat pizza for dinner, and have a two person Oscar party with K, which is really just an excuse for snacks.
The snow is falling yet again, and the only thing to do is hope that March will end warmer than it started! The other thing to do is think about the goals that will help me stay on track and on top of everything throughout the course of the month. As I mentioned in one of my first “goals” posts, I realized that making a list of small, attainable intentions is really helpful for staying motivated and feeling accomplished. Here’s what I’m looking at for March:
Organize. I have several jobs. I’m a photographer, which means I always have a few projects going on simultaneously, and I have this here blog! I have tons of photos, videos, and snippets of things all over my desktop, my notepad, my phone, and it’s turning into one big mess. So this month, I’m focusing on separating everything into categories and getting things cleaned up. I wish I did this more than once a year, but alas…
Train for my second 5k. I’m going back to running because winter is not letting up and there’s only so many times I can use the weather as an excuse. I guess I should actually register for a 5k as for extra motivation!
Watch all the Oscar movies. From this year, and last year I feel very behind and uncultured.
This seems like a very tiny list, but you haven’t seen just how much organizing my computers, notes, and hard drives require! And movie watching takes a lot of time.
Hope you all have a wonderful week. Tell me, what are some of your plans/goals/intentions for the month of March?
Happy Friday, folks! We’ve made it to the weekend and the weekend promises to be as frigid as this past week has been. So, I guess I’ll be whittling down my tea stash, as I have been doing all winter (extra hydration- yay!), watching some movies to prepare myself for the Oscars on Sunday (or not- does anyone know if any of the nominees are on iTunes yet?), and enjoying some indoor workouts. Despite my requests to the weather gods, spring is not ready for us, so my desire for an outdoor run will stay shelved for the time being.
Today is also the last day of February! I’m going to send it packing by reevaluating my monthly goals, which I’ll share with you next week, taking a yoga class this morning, and celebrating a friend’s birthday at a new spot in town. Sounds pretty decent to me!
Something I’m really excited about: for the month of March, Kim over at BusyBod, Erin at The Almond Eater, and Paige at Fit not Fad will be hosting a daily yoga challenge. I’m going to be joining in and you can too; check out the rules right here on Instagram for more info! I’m excited to actually, really, do yoga every single day, even if it’s for 10 minutes.
What are your plans for this weekend? Have a lovely one everybody!
Good morning everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve shared a recipe here, but the day has come again! Today, I’m going to share one I encountered while reading this month’s issue of Self Magazine, with some minor modifications.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup fat-free plain Greek Yogurt
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp flaxseed
1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Vegetable oil cooling spray
In a blender, pulse oats until finely ground
Add yogurt, eggs, chia and flaxseed, and blend until batter is combined
Spray a skillet with cooking oil and allow to heat for about 1 min.
Cook each pancake about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown
Top with berries of your choice and a little bit of maple syrup, and enjoy!
Despite these being flourless and sugarless (except for the maple syrup, if you choose to use it), these taste so good and are filled with fiber to keep you fuller, longer. I noticed at the last minute that the batter was a bit too thick and decided to add some almond milk to the mix, which I added to the recipe above. I’ll know to use a little more next time because mine still turned out a bit small and thick, but I had to share this right away because I loved the flavor anyway! The berries add a delicious touch of sweetness and juiciness, and a dash of maple syrup just works so well with oats and seeds.
Let me know if you decide to make these and have a wonderful Thursday!
Here are some of my favorites from this past month:
1. Pilates, which I’ve recently rediscovered. It’s such a fantastic workout and you really feel it for the next day or two!
2. Matcha green tea powder. I’ve finally invested in some and have been happily adding it to smoothies! I have yet to try making some actual tea with it, but that’s next. During the summer months, I often order a skim iced green tea frappe at Starbucks, and I’m planning to recreate the almond milk version at home.
3. Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion. This one is an old favorite, but something that I haven’t had in my possession for several years. It smells like lavender and just feels so good after a long day!
4. Hibiscus tea. I’ve mentioned this one before, but it remains a favorite. The best thing about this tea is that it doesn’t need any additions (if you’re a sweet fan) — it has enough flavor and light sweetness on its own! Hibiscus also has a variety of health benefits, one of which is cold prevention!
5. Black Box wine. I’m sensing a beverage theme here today, but this BOXED Cabernet Sauvignon is so delicious! They also have other options, some of which I have yet to try, but so far I really like this one. The whole box is actually equivalent to 4 bottles of wine, and because of a spout and a bag that compresses when you pour yourself a glass, it lasts up to a month.
What are some of your favorites this month/week/year?
Since spring is in the air, here are a few things I’m really looking forward to:
1. A little bit of redecorating! This is, as you may already know, my favorite thing to do at the start of a new season. I especially love light and airy spring colors, and I’ll be at Target this weekend getting a couple of new things.
2. Pinning spring things- expect some spring fever on our Pinterest page!
3. Happy hours and dinners outside! Ahhh I can feel the warm evening breeze already.
4. Running. I’m so ready to get back to it and to sign up for another 5k! Anyone doing any races in the NYC area?
5. Longer days. This is obviously a no-brainer. Who isn’t ready for that?
6. Iced drinks. For some reason, warmer weather and iced coffee/tea go together like bread and butter.
7. Farmers markets. Need I say more? We have one right around the corner from us and as soon as it gets warm, the number of vendors triples, there’s live music, and people come out of the darkness and get nicer to each other again- at least by NYC standards
8. As always, I don’t have an eighth thing but I have to end on an even number. Happy Thursday!
Hello everyone! I hope Wednesday is off to a great start for you – we’re almost over the hump!
I’m just popping in for a minute today to tell you about one of my favorite weeks that’s actually longer than a week: Restaurant Week.
This is one of my favorite winter and summer activities, and it definitely makes February more exciting. It’s one of two times in the year that some of the best NYC restaurants feature their lunch and dinner menu for a fixed price ($25 for lunch/$38 for dinner), and multiple courses. This is a great way to try some of the fantastic restaurants in the city without breaking the bank too hard. One of my friends calls it her “favorite holiday”, and I can’t help but agree.
Our first reservation is up today at a Lebanese restaurant, and I’m so excited! I’ll definitely be featuring the ones I think are worthy of a visit in our new Healthy NYC series, and even though I’ll be looking at a limited menu during restaurant week, I’ll make sure to check out all the offerings and report back! I always look to see what healthier options are available (even if I’m not necessarily ordering them that day) so you can definitely expect to see those, as well.
Does your city have a restaurant week? I want to hear all about it so I can visit!
Wishing you a great rest of the day! I’ll catch ya tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud!
Hey guys! I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day and a great weekend, and hopefully Monday off! For me, this was the first weekend that I had nowhere to be, no errands to run, no laundry to do, nothing. To celebrate this, the bf and I went to the store on Saturday, got some staples (baguette, brie, olives, pickles, grapes, and pastrami salmon), sat ourselves down on the couch, and proceeded to watch 10 hours of Scandal. Ten.hours. No, no, I am not joking. We stood up only to stretch here and there, and then to eat again when dinnertime came around. Typically, I would feel guilty beyond belief, but because this is something we never get to do, it was the best thing ever. I fell asleep somewhere towards the end of the tenth episode, and had the best night of sleep I’ve had in a long time. Clearly, I needed that.
Last week, I hinted that something unusual had happened in our neighborhood, and that is partially what contributed to the exhaustion that I felt this weekend.
On Thursday, we had another big dumping of snow in NYC, and the morning started quietly and cozily. Kenneth (boyfriend name reveal!) had a snow day and I was deliberating giving myself one as well. We were having our morning coffee and watching the news, when the reporter mentioned that there was a water main break – right outside our door. I immediately got dressed and grabbed my camera and went downstairs, where sure enough, things were looking a bit…flood-y. At first, it looked like everything was mostly under control and the water had slowed down, so I decided to step away and look for a weather feature. Even though there wasn’t much going on, my photojournalistic instincts told me to stick around the general area to see if there were any aftereffects. Sure enough, as I started my way back home twenty minutes later, I noticed that emergency crews were arriving and that the lobby of the building a few buildings away from ours was filled with water. I was allowed in to photograph, and by the time I got out, neighbors from the basement apartments of our building and all the ones surrounding it were outside because their homes were completely flooded, their furniture destroyed, and their belongings soaked in dirty water. One couple asked me to photograph their apartment, as well as the vacant one to which they were temporarily relocated. When I walked in, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at; ankle-length mud and water, covering every part of the apartment.
I’m not going to go into too much more detail, but suffice it to say that most of their things were going in the trash. Despite this, they were relatively positive and just happy that they were okay, which is, of course, the most important thing. One of the reasons I was particularly affected by this is because I am constantly freaking out over every little thing that goes wrong in my apartment. This winter, we’ve been having ceiling leaks in our bedroom because of the snow, which has been driving me nuts. Aside from that, every time I notice a crack in the wall or any other minor imperfection, I get anxious and annoyed. Anyone who knows this about me thinks I’m crazy, so you have permission to agree!
My point in telling this whole story was to bring to light just how much life can give us a little bit of perspective sometimes, by showing us what others can endure. Here I am, upset about a few cracks in my wall, when several families on my block were left apartment-less. That whole day, none of us had heat or water, but most of us still had our clothes, books, furniture, etc., whereas the unlucky few did not. I definitely learned my lesson that day and began to see things a little differently. Instead of the annoying leak that inevitably shows it’s face every time it snows, I was more aware of the roof over my head.
Happy day of love, everyone! Whether you love the holiday or hate it, it’s going to be everywhere today. I personally like any reason to celebrate something, big or small. It’s also a good time to remember just how much I love certain people in my life, including of course THE love of my life.
Even though we’ve always done something at home on Valentines Day, this year we decided to try out a little Cuban restaurant in the city, one without a crazy prix fix menu and all the hoopla that restaurants often pull out for the sake of love (money).
I think winter months like February and March could use all the extra fun they could get, especially with the insane weather that we’ve been having. I know most of us are completely done with it, but has anyone else noticed that people get nicer to each other during catastrophic weather? Maybe that’s just in NYC, but there’s some serious bonding going on in our neighborhood, though we were hit with a bit of a surprise yesterday that left us all heatless, waterless, and for some, even homeless. More about that next week, but it really reminded me just how important it is to stop holding grudges over minute things and focus on the love. Those are my philosophical two cents for the day
Hope you all have a lovely day, regardless of what you’re doing and who you’re with!