Monday, September 8, 2014

Delicious Procrastination

I'm in that strange part of the semester where I haven't figured out my schedule yet.  Sometimes I wake up and I'm overwhelmed because I don't know what's on the agenda for the day.  Whenever I have a HUGE expanse of unplanned time (more than 4 hours) I immediately think of EVERYTHING on my to do list and get overwhelmed.

Sometimes, I find creative ways to avoid my to do list which included: grocery shopping, cooking, and crocheting. 

So now when need to grab a bite this week I've got the following options:
+ Salad with cherry tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and mozzarella
+ Salad with walnuts, crasins, and feta
+ Crasin, walnut, chicken salad lettuce wraps
+ Turkey lettuce wraps (not pictured)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thinking About...

I've been inspired to write a lot this week so I'm posting more than usual. Today, I am writing to include my mind in this week's intention "Take Pleasure" by considering what I like to think about and remember.

The first thing that comes to mind when I consider what I like to remember is being outside. I've been thinking about camping, changing seasons, and places I've spent a lot of time ourdoors. One of my favorite places to remember is the Lake Groton campground in Vermont. 

Some of my favorite vacations were spent camping in the summer at that campground with my parents  and a huge group of family friends. It was the best place where I could climb boulders, jet ski on the lake, read Harry Potter (the 4th book came out while I was on vacation in VT one summer), swim, and eat Ben and Jerry's with my friends. Some of my best memories include stealing away with Dad to scramble up bolders for a few hours and hiking with my parents

We actually have a version of this photo, which Mom took of Dad and I at the top of this mountain overlooking the lake. It's a family favorite and sits on Mom's desk at home.

Tiny: A Story About Living Small

Sometimes you read a book, listen to a speaker, or watch something that really motivates you and gets you thinking. Like a great TED talk or an awesome keynote speaker at a conference.  That's how I felt last night when I watched Tiny: A Story About Living Small on Netflix.

I've been editing for the Tiny House blog (mentioned in the video) for a few years and I loved watching this documentary. It's great watching people talk about their passions and choosing to live small.  This documentary follow Chris Smith as he plans and builds his own tiny home - and I don't know why but watching others modestly achieve big things really motivates me to tackle projects too.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Relish the Pleasure of Daily Life

This morning I have a few minutes to myself and I'm taking  time to focus on my intention for the week, "Take Pleasure." The goal is to think about my senses and savor the things I notice and enjoy.
  • What smells good? Freshly brewed hazelnut coffee.
  • Tastes delicious? Fresh mozzarella cheese and yellow Sunkissed tomatoes which I ate for breakfast.
  • Looks beautiful? The way the sunlight makes the arms of my spider plant semi-translucent.

  • Sounds wonderful? N/A (I should really go outside so I can listen to the birds or wind. My apartment has tons of mechanical noise like my dehumidifier or window AC unit).
  • Feels good on your skin? The fabric of my couch. It's an old hand-me-down from HB's Aunt and Uncle but I love the texture. It reminds me of the couches my best friend Michelle had growing up which we climbed all over playing "the floor is lava."