Life has gotten the better of me lately and it feels like there hasn’t been time for much besides getting through the day to day, which is why I haven’t posted here in so long. The new year has included me trying to get healthier and be more spontaneous which has led to a much less free time. I’ve also been starting to plan a trip overseas that I’m really excited about. Hopefully I will have some content based on some travel related fun and more soon, but for now I leave you with this little creation. Have a great week!
The time change marks the official start of spring for me. The weather is wonderful, the plants are changing and everything seems fresh. I love spring and seeing all of the blooming flowers. The scent make me nostalgic for my childhood. Since it’s so beautiful and the temperatures finally allow it, I’ve been trying to spend more time outside. I’ve planted some succulents, visited San Francisco and started thinking about more trips I will take once summer comes along. I’m really looking forward to the summer and being able to take some time off. Here’s to spring!
Some days/ weeks the only thing I can think about is getting to Friday. Let’s be honest, most weeks are like this, am I right? Once Friday comes along, I know it’s only a few short hours of work separating me from relaxation. We all have so much going on in our lives that it can feel overwhelming just getting through the week. I often need motivation in order to get to Fridays because the weeks can start to feel like they will last forever. The monotony of the daily grind can really get to you unless you have ways to break up the week and do things you actually enjoy. Here are a few things I do in order to make the wait to Friday more enjoyable.
Friend Time – Sometimes you just need a little pick me up during the week. Grabbing dinner or drinks with friends can really do a lot to alleviate the stress of the week and put you in the right mind frame to make it to Friday.
Gym Time – Going to the gym after work instead of going straight home helps me to not only get in some exercise but also helps tire myself out in order to get a restful nights sleep. By getting this extra exercise and sleep, the rest of the week really seems to go by much more smoothly.
Make Something – Be it art, food, music, or whatever your passion, creating during the week is the ultimate motivation. I love feeling like I accomplished something personal during the week to make it feel like I really earned my weekend.
Read – Reading is the ultimate relaxation for me. Taking time to read a book or magazine is a luxury that I usually save for the weekends but taking a little time out of a weekday evening to read can motivate you to kick the weekday blues. It can also be the best way to help myself fall asleep.
Movie – I tend to avoid watching movies during the week. It usually feels too decadent to sit still for 2 hours to fully enjoy a movie during the week when there is so much to do. But some weeks, it’s a luxury that is completely necessary. It’s so nice to curl up with a movie you’ve never seen and maybe learn something new.
How do you deal with the weekday blues?
- No soda or alcohol – I’ve decided that for the month of January I will give up soda and alcohol. So far I haven’t had a sip of either and I feel really good about it. Not only is it a test of my willpower but it’s a chance to start the new year in a more healthy way. Since December was a month of over indulgence, I figured January should be a month of healthier habits.
- Get Stronger – I’m excited to start the new year with making more time for working out. No matter what, when I work out, I feel better. This has been something I’d been really missing at the end of the year so getting back to it will be a great way to kick off 2015.
- More Traveling – I really want to start to travel on my own. I love to travel but I’ve never really gone to a new city and traveled on my own. I’d really like to plan some trips for myself to do whatever I want and to see places that I’ve never seen.
- Volunteer – Another thing I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is to find a place I would like to volunteer. Checking volunteermatch.com helped me to see what type of opportunities are out there. I think I would really like to start out with volunteering with animals since I love animals and don’t have any of my own.
- Take Classes – I’ve also been wanting to do this for a long time. In addition to new workout classes, I’d love to take some sort of art class that forces me to learn new skills. Learning new things is something that I really love and by taking classes, I would get to learn lots of new things.
- Create More – I’d love to start focusing more on making my own art. I’ve always loved creating and haven’t made time to really work on much art. I love making stuff for the blog but I’d love to also brush up on my sketching skills and learn some new skills like watercolor or ceramics.
This year has completely flown by and I can’t believe it’s already November. November means a lot of different things to me. It’s the beginning of my countdown to Christmas and my birthday. It’s the changing season and arrival of cozy clothing choices. It’s also a time to give thanks for what we have and to relish the important things in life like friends and family. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving to have a little vacation and spend some time with family. I am grateful for so many things and I think about them all year long but Thanksgiving is a time to really celebrate them. What are you most thankful for this November?
Interstellar – This movie blew my mind. I loved everything about it: the acting, writing, storyline, visuals, score, everything was stunning. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I watched it. Although there have been mixed reviews about the science behind the movie, it doesn’t really matter as it’s a work of fiction and it was incredible just to see this story that was imagined and put into this beautiful package. I think I need to see this movie about 40 more times in order to understand everything in it, which I so look forward to doing. I do suggest seeing it in IMAX if possible because it is so worth it. It always blows my mind thinking about how movies are made and the long and grueling process that is required to put them together and seeing this beautiful movie really made me marvel at that process.
Macbook – I finally gave in and bought myself a new laptop. I’ve never owned an apple computer before but I chose to invest in a macbook and I’ve loved every minute of using it. Its going to be great for creating new content for the blog and keeping myself motivated to keep adding to this website.
Food Photography – I’m still obsessed with food photography. There is so much great photography out there and I have been totally into photographs of food lately. It’s amazing how great the simplest foods can look when they are photographed in certain ways. My pinterest has been crammed with so many food photos that it probably looks like that’s all I look at but I can’t help myself. One blog I recently found is Adventures in Cooking. I’m in love with her moody food photography so much that even though I do not cook, I find myself gushing over all of her photos. One day when I actually start cooking, this blog will be the first one I go to to recreate a recipe.
Serial Podcast – Serial is a podcast by the producers of This American Life and it follows a story of a man that was put away for the murder of his ex girlfriend. The podcast goes through elements of the crime episode by episode breaking down seemingly every part of this trial revealing more and more details in each episode. From the very first episode I was hooked. It is so well produced and put together that every week I look forward to the new episode and wish they were longer. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds but also don’t want it to be over.
I love Pinterest. Like, a lot. It is something that honestly brings me such great joy. At the end of the day, I love to scroll through my feed and the popular tab to look at all of the beautiful images. There are so many inspiring images and quotes and diy projects. There are a few categories that I’m always drawn to including typography and food photography. Here are a few pins that have really caught my eye lately.
Food photography has been one of the categories lately that I have really been drawn to. I am so drawn to photos with dark backgrounds or wood backgrounds. The quality of food photographs can sincerely be so enticing to eat the food that they depict. I love seeing how the different lighting and background combinations that can really showcase the foods. source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Typography has always been a favorite of mine. Lately I’ve been looking into inspiration from different typographic sources. I love seeing what people are doing and gathering inspiration for my own creations. source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
And then there are Ecards. Certain Ecards feel like they were written specifically for me and put into words so perfectly and hilariously things that I think about. It’s great to browse through them when you need a laugh and find one that relates to you perfectly. source: 1 | 2
So tell me: what’s your favorite type of thing to pin?
Nerdist – Hosted by Chris Hardwick, these podcasts are usually celebrity interviews and are so funny. Chris is a comedian and he’s so good at getting his interview-ees to open up. Listening to these is usually an hour of me trying not to laugh out loud in my office.
Life moves so quickly. Lately I’ve been trying to take time to myself and do things that make me happy since I’ve felt in a bit of a funk. Something as simple as getting into a new show or buying a new shirt can really bring joy to my day and I marvel at how the smallest things can really make a difference in changing my perspective.
The end of summer is always bitter sweet. Although I am so ready for autumn and the reprieve from this endless heat, I will miss the summer days and warm nights that summer brings. This summer has been pretty eventful. I’ve loved being able to hang out with friends, take a few trips and see a lot of shows. Visiting San Diego, Santa Monica, and seeing a few of my favorite musical acts in concert; this summer has been full of fun, family and friends. Here’s to what has been an awesome summer and what will hopefully be an even better fall.