Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Favorites

Hey everyone! I hope that all is well! I decided that I really love reading monthly wrap up/favorites posts like the ones that Jennifer writes on One Raw Bite so I thought it would be fun to write a post with some of the things that I have been loving over the past month. This is by no means a comprehensive list but hopefully by next month I can fine tune it and organize it a little better. For now, here are some things I've been loving over the past month!

Podcasts


If you are into True Crime podcasts True Crime Garage is a really great podcast to get into. The hosts do a really great job of telling a story without being unnecessarily gory or disrespectful to victims. I am really into true crime but have to be careful about what content I consume because I am so affected by it but this podcast is a really great way to indulge that interest without triggering me. Another True Crime podcast that I have mentioned here before is The Generation Why which remains my favorite but I'm all caught up on those so I've been binge listening to True Crime Garage lately.


Another podcast that I've been listening to is called the Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher. I haven't mentioned it here but I'm working on starting up my own business and this podcast has been incredibly helpful and inspiring to me as I am working on my product and setting up my brand, finding my voice as a business and business owner and working out what I want my social media presence to be. Even if you are not an entrepreneur I think you'll find a lot of the episodes really interesting and motivating. Oh, and I'll give you more info about my business as I get closer to opening ;) 

Netflix


So I don't know if any of you were into the Gilmore Girls when it was on but that was my show. I loved it and wouldn't miss and episode. I'll get this out of the way, the Revival was horrible and I hated it and I was just so disappointed with where the story went. I decided to take up the lofty task of rewatching the entire series on Netflix (because I have no life haha) and I've gotten through almost two seasons and watching it now it's become how glaringly obvious to me that Lorelai and Rory have kind of always been assholes. I'm still watching though. Coincidentally my favorite characters were always Paris, Emily, Jess and Luke and it was probably because they owned their assholeness/crankiness (Luke was more cranky than an asshole). Have you guys watched this show? Did you find Lorelai and Rory to be completely entitled, spoiled and self absorbed even though they claim to be anything but that? It's kind of disappointing but I still love the show and will continue to see this through to the end (these are long ass 22 episode seasons and there are 7 of them).

Vegan Food Finds


My first favorite vegan food find was the Follow Your Heart Provolone Slices that played a major role in making the best grilled cheese ever! I found that it melted even better than Chao and I really loved the flavor of it. If you are feeling a little splurge-y and want to try some awesome vegan cheese to make the best vegan grilled cheese ever, try the Follow Your Heart slices. They have tons a flavors, even an American style (which I've tried before and it's also good).


I also found the Spring Onion flavor of the Dr. McDougall's soups and it was by far my favorite packaged soup I've ever tried. It is perfect for a grab and go meal and the flavor is awesome. My plan is to actually try to recreate this at home since this flavor is harder for me to find. If I can get it to work I'll definitely post the recipe here for you!

Self Care


As I've mentioned my anxiety and panic definitely got the best of me last month so I purchased this Natural Calm drink to try and calm my nerves at night before bed. I really really like it and will definitely continue to drink it. I don't drink it every day but I'll usually drink it a few days per week. I highly recommend it if you have trouble sleeping or have muscle tension. It definitely helps calm the nerves in a very natural way.


I also did something for myself and chopped off my hair this month! It was a big change for me but I'm still so happy with it. It's also forcing me to not be so lazy about doing my hair and learning how to style it more which has been… interesting and marginally successful 😂 I've also been able to embrace the gray more and more as time goes on because there is nothing I can do about it so I may as well embrace it.

Goals For April

I thought it would be fun to include a section on some goals that I am going to set for April. My first goal is to make progress with starting up the business. I've done a lot so far but there is still a long way to go and not all that much time before my goal opening date. Therefore I need to take some pretty big steps and keep the train moving. I'm so excited about it and I can't wait to share it with you!

My second goal for April is to really focus on getting a handle on my anxiety and to let go. It is so hard for me to deal with it every single day and it has affected my life so drastically and I just can't let it do that anymore. My journey with mental illness has been long and incredibly difficult but I really need to utilize the tools that my therapist has given me and get it under control. I'm really tired of allowing anxiety to dictate my life and how I feel. So I really need to be conscious about taking the steps to try to minimize its effect on me as much as I can.

Another goal is to get back into the kitchen and cook more! It would be fun to try a bunch of new recipes and I can choose my favorite for this post as well. I just need for variety and I definitely feel like I need to get in a lot more fresh fruits and veggies so I'm looking forward to getting into more of those. Hopefully the snow will go away soon (can you believe it snowed here one APRIL FREAKING 2ND?!) and I will be more inclined to eat cold food again. I miss smoothies but I can't bring myself to drink them when it's so cold.

What were some of your favorite things this month? And do you have any goals to tackle for April? Let me know!

Hope you have a great week and I'll see you on Friday!








7 comments:

  1. I love podcasts! Goal Digger sounds great!
    I'm still loyal to Chao, but I so agree with you the FYH slices are amazing! Have you tried the smoked Gouda? Mind blowing!!
    I love your hair, it's so beautiful! I need to lop off about six inches of my own hair!

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    1. Goal Digger is very good! I definitely recommend it!

      I am a FYH convert. It's so good. I haven't tried the smoked Gouda because I'm not a fan of smoky flavors but maybe one day I will!

      Thank you so much! Hair cuts are so great in the spring. It's like a fresh start!

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  2. I love these most excellent posts that touch on all kinds of topics - food, what podcasts you kids are listening to these days (I am OLD!), Netflix binges (never watched GG but your commentary is hilarious!), new finds (I recently purchased a 15 lb. weighted blanket to help with my insomnia and although everyone on Amazon raves about it, I’m still on the fence about sensory integration a.k.a. suffocation in order to sleep), and your gorgeous hair. I need to get me some goals too!

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    1. Thank you! Haha you are not old! I only just got up to Season 3 of GG (this is seriously going to take forever, ha!). I've never heard of the weighted blanket! I'm sleeping so much better now that I've kicked the caffeine. It makes such a huge difference.

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  3. I’m not very good with podcasts, but I know I need to make time to listen to a few! I used to love Gilmore Girls, too, but haven’t watched the latest reboot.

    I’m so glad you are enjoying the Natural Calm! I like the mild effects, too.

    Your hair is super cute, and you have such beautiful skin!

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    1. I love listening to podcasts! I have them on in the background all the time! They are great during meal prep especially. I love the show so much but I think I'm just watching with a more critical eye now. ANd don't watch the reboot if you want to preserve your happy memories of GG ;)

      Thank you for the recommendation! I am loving it!

      Aww thank you <3

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  4. I love when people embrace the grey! I am not sure if I will be so excited when my hair greys (my husband thinks he sees a white hair) but I do like how it looks, and it does mean it is easier to dye hair fun colors.

    "now it's become how glaringly obvious to me that Lorelai and Rory have kind of always been assholes"
    Funny how watching a show as you get older the more flawed characters seem? My husband made me watch X-Files, and I had a hard time liking the Mulder character. He was such a jerk! But I do agree that Rory and Lorlei are very selfish- at least with their romantic relationships. Which makes sense to me why they wrote what they did for the newest reboot/season. I think my husband and I are the only ones who liked it.

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