Currently / September 2016

This week has been pretty blah, so I thought a fun little survey post would be just the thing. Here’s a quick snapshot of all things currently going on in my life (similar to posts here and here). Hope you enjoy!

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(Also enjoy this picture of a minion.)

Reading The Wild One, the third book in the Brooklyn Girls series. It’s a fun, quick read, perfect for the end of summer.

Listening to The Head and The Heart, but thinking it’s about time to bust out some Fleetwood Mac.

Looking forward to a weekend spent at Notre Dame. (!!!)

Watching The Mindy Project on HuluPlus. Binge-watching, to be exact. I went home from work early with a migraine today, so it played in the background of my dark living room all afternoon.

Needing a pedicure. Like real bad.

Drinking tons and tons of cold water—I need to flush out those toxins stat!

Indulging in handfuls of Enjoy Life chocolate chips whenever we have them on hand.

Wearing yoga pants and an oversize Notre Dame sweatshirt.

Wishing that fall weather would show up soon.

Making a Project Life album of our trip to California. It’s really nice and super easy to do, I’m just taking forever to do it.

Wanting a new pair of ankle boots (these or these maybe?).

Loving simple nights at home that are filled with relaxing instead of scrambling to do projects and work. ❤

Now you: Tell me, what are your currently-s?

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Weekending & the Importance of Self-Care

Hi! I’m currently enjoying a quiet Tuesday night after a busy weekend + Monday.

Someone special had a birthday on Thursday, so I took a vacation day Friday to hang out. We ran a bunch of errands (including Chipotle and Target, my 2 loves) and then set up a sweet new projector for watching movies outside—and football games this fall. 🙂

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The first thing we watched? Parks and Recreation. ❤

Saturday was the annual Bluegrass in the Park fest in Henderson, aka my Most Favorite Event of the Summer. Seriously, I can never turn down pulled pork barbecue and fries.

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Saturday was miserably hot and humid, so we were all surprised with a-mazing weather Saturday night. Like this beautiful sunset.

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Plus a nice cool breeze and zero humidity. I was a happy girl. (Also there was an older gentleman with a fat chihuahua and 2 cockatiels present = best thing I’ve seen all summer.)

Sunday was church + hot yoga, followed by pizza with the roommates and a grocery run. And Monday ended up being a crazy day at work and a late night (like, not falling asleep till after midnight), so I was dragging all day.

So tonight after work I decided to take it easy. I cooked myself dinner,

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watched an episode of New Girl, and took Dora on a walk. And now I’m chilling out with the Balanced Bites podcast and probably some reading before hopefully heading to bed early.

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the past 2 years is how important having a night to myself is. I’m not really an introvert, so too much alone time and I tend to get weird. But just one night where I can do whatever I want—whether that’s being super productive and doing meal prep and exercising and whatever, or just laying on the couch with Netflix on in the background and catching up with my roommates—that’s my sweet spot.

I think my 20s have definitely been a lesson in self-care. When I was younger, I constantly wanted to be busy and fill all my time. Now, I still like being busy, but I can recognize how being busy all. the. time. is so unhealthy for me (cue stress/anxiety/depression perfect storm). It definitely takes time to figure out where you function best—maybe you need a solid 9 hours of sleep every night, and you have to work around that. Or maybe weekends are your time, and you like having your weekdays and nights full. There’s no wrong way to practice self-care. We’re all unique and awesome and again, just because something is good for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you.

And with that thought, I’m off to spend some time with this book. Have a great evening!

Tuesday Things

Hello and happy Tuesday to you! Since Tuesday is the worst day of the week and I’m feeling kind of foggy today, I thought I’d share a few things that are making me happy lately.

Busy Weekends and Quiet Evenings

Friday night through Sunday night were basically nonstop—dinner with friends, a going-away party, and a full day at Holiday World with my whole family. We had so much fun (and got so sunburned—or maybe that’s just me), but I was very thankful for a quiet Monday night at home. I went to the grocery, did laundry, caught up with the roommates, and did some cleaning in my room. I love those kinds of nights because they are so immediately satisfying—I feel like a weight has been lifted off me.

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(This is before the sunburn had really set in.)

The Balanced Bites Podcast

I mentioned I was looking for some new podcasts to listen to, and this one had been recommended by one of my best friends, along with some blogs that I follow. So Balanced Bites is basically a paleo podcast, and while I don’t consider my diet paleo (at all, ha!), I am in love. Diane and Liz are so relatable, and even though they eat a paleo diet and believe it is the healthiest, they are by no means paleo-nazis. I’ve flipped through their 200+ episodes and just downloaded ones that look interesting—some about anxiety, hormonal balance, exercise, whatever.

You guys, I feel like I’ve learned so much. I also think what’s exciting is I’m not letting myself feel overwhelmed by all of this info, or stressed that I have to eat a strict-anything diet. This is another reason why I love Robyn’s blog so much: She is all about listening to your body and finding what’s best for you. There is SO MUCH nutritional info available now, and pretty much everything is conflicting. But what I think we can learn from this is that what’s good for someone else does not mean it will be good for you. All of our bodies are different and complex and amazing, and they all need to be treated differently. Moving forward, I’m planning on focusing on real, whole foods and seeing how my body does—with and without grains, dairy, animal products, etc.—and then trying to eat the way that makes me feel best.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist

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I’m not super good with Spotify—I would say I just now can barely use it confidently. So maybe this is old news to everyone, but yesterday I found this Discover Weekly playlist—basically just music they think I would like based on what I listen to I guess? I’m actually surprised there’s not more embarrassing pop and rap songs included. I turned it on this morning at work, and it’s pretty good!

And with that, I’ll leave it to you—what Tuesday things are on your mind? I hope you all have had a lovely day!

Top 5 For Friday: Songs

Hello! I’m sitting here on the couch having a wild Friday night—watching the first episode of Breaking Bad. I’m the last person to start watching this, yes? I figured since the series just ended, now is the appropriate time to start watching it.

At work this week, we were asked to submit Top 5 lists for a mysterious contest. Since this is one of my favorite things to do, I submitted 5. I thought it might be a fun thing to do around here on the blog, so I present to you my first weekly feature: Top 5 For Friday.

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