I'm reintroducing my Friday favorites - things that have made my week a little better, one way or another.
We all have busy lives and oftentimes forget to enjoy the little things. Through this series, I am reminding myself of the things that made this past week and you can expect it to be anything. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
Now, shall we?
Hi there! I hope that 2018 found you in a good state and determined to make it the year of good changes and experiences. I have taken a few days off to focus on my priorities for the year ahead and the ways I'm making it MY year.
While reflecting on the past year (feels so good to say it), I realized that, apart from feeling like a zombie throughout, I also felt very tired. We made changes in our diet but it didn't seem to help, so I tried looking back to find what could have been the culprit. I didn't have to look too far.
Over a year ago, I have set up the bedtime option on my iPhone (if you have a different kind of phone, try finding a similar app), along with a reminder to ensure I'm getting eight hours of sleep.
Needless to say I was ignoring that reminder,
2017 has been a strange year and I know a lot of you will agree with me on this one. Things didn't go according to plan, situations escalated, changes that were supposed to make it better backfired and my health declined.
But don't get me wrong, it wasn't ALL that bad. We got to visit Alcatraz and Grand Canyon West for the first time, found art in unexpected places, changed our diet and made healthier choices that led us to discovering unusual recipes, and found a way to cope through it all.
We're hours away from a new year in the calendar. It's that time we start drafting our goals and resolutions. We all agree that they are important, however, most of us fall short of carrying on with them for more than a few months. I'm embarrassed to admit that I am part of that group as well and I want out. But in order to be successful, I need to do a few things.
So, in this new year, I vow to...
With the holiday season in full swing by now, it is really hard to keep a stress-free mind. It takes us more time and effort to keep things under control and keep a positive attitude. It certainly doesn't mean that you or I should give up though. In fact, trying to reduce stress and be more calm are key to a happy life. And speaking of that, this is also the time that most of us are drafting our resolutions for the new year.
If meditating is not on your list just yet, I urge you to add it asap. Here's why:
The holidays are fast-approaching and the panic is starting to settle in for the most of us. There's long lists of things to do and buy and no matter how many times we tell ourselves that next year we will plan better and do this or that ahead of time, somehow we find ourselves, once again, rushing to find those "perfect" gifts for our friends and family.
I hate gift-shopping. There, I've said it. But to be fair, it's stressful and there's a lot of pressure to "get it right".
Thankfully, me and my family worked out a "habit" of sending each other lists of things we want/need to avoid receiving things that will end up either returned or unused - we like to be practical.
However, if you don't have a list and are a bit overwhelmed at the thought, I got you covered. I've curated a list of the things I'd like to receive, in hopes of inspiring you to move away from gifting just for the sake of it, and heading towards giving experiences or more thoughtful gifts, in general. So, here's what I'd like:
Here we are just days away from another Thanksgiving holiday and, normally, around this time of the year, we start reflecting on the things we are thankful for.
Each year, as we get older, I notice that while, some of the things on my list are changing, the majority of them are the same, year after year:
Hubby and me love the outdoors - not in a "camping" kind of way but we simply love being outside - after all, we live in So Cal.
And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than go biking?
I am not a sporty person, meaning, I don't like or care for sports and that same applies to exercising - yes, I know it's bad. I tried to change this about myself but I just wasn't enjoying it, so you know, I did what most people do - I gave up.
But I like to stay somewhat active and I do that through biking - not that bad now, huh?
I love biking especially because of the feeling it gives me - freedom, peace and relaxation.
It's been so for as long as I can remember. And speaking of memories, I just remembered how it all started - funny story ahead...
Do you follow rules? And by rules I mean, do you wear white after Labor Day? Well, I clearly don't follow this so called fashion rule and I wear whatever I want, whenever I feel like it.
Anyway, living in So Cal means that we do't get to experience fall the way everyone else is. Truth is, fall doesn't come here until late November usually. Summer is still in full swing here and the heat has hit us once again. Whenever that happens, we naturally seek that ocean air and breeze. It's just one of the perks of living here.
Everyone loves summer, I'm sure of it. I refuse to believe otherwise - there must be something for everyone to love about it.
I used to love summer more when I was in school because of the vacation (DUH!), but I enjoy it now too.
And while, in other parts of the country, around this time it might start to feel like fall, here in So Cal, summer is only beginning. August and September are typically the hottest months of the year and there's only one solution to that.
Everyone spends their summer time differently, but I think there's one thing we all have in common - we all love the beach! Right? Right?
So that's where we usually head to, to escape the crazy temperatures.
And while, it's very relaxing for me to simply watch and listen to the waves, if we plan to spend hours there, I need something more.
If you've been reading my blog, you must know by now that I love the beach and the ocean. I could go there every day, heck, I could live on the beach and never get tired of it. Every occasion we get, we go there, but we tend to choose beaches that are not as crowded.
The beach is my escape, the place I recharge my batteries and simply enjoy the simple things in life,
So, of course that that's where we ended up during the long holiday weekend we had.
We went to a small beach in Encinitas, CA (a city I absolutely love), usually attended by surfers, and very few people, or at least that's how we found it each time.