Morning! How was your weekend?
We had a decent one with a run, a photo shoot for a good friend of mine, & lots of being indoors still because of the never-ending rain.
It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, so here’s some things I’m loving lately.
Having Flowers Around 24/7
This is my one guilty pleasure splurge at the store lately. I’ve stopped buying random snacky foods and sweets as my treat and consider flowers my treat instead.
With it being as gloomy as it’s been, these are a pick-me-up for sure.
Because that’s the only way I can really run these days! I haven’t talked about anything fitness related in a lonnnng time. I’m running a half marathon in April and signed up for a full marathon again in December though. So this year will likely include a lot of running again.
Stroller running is not always great (i.e. fighting children and being a snack slave AS I am running), but because it’s my only option right now I’ve become really fond of it. I did nine miles with the girls in the stroller over the weekend and wow… I think if my former marathon training self knew I would be doing long runs with TWO children in tow, I’d have been really surprised.
I am not running as often during the week as I’d like and my runs are very slow with the double, but I feel like I accomplish so much despite that because any run with the double is really pushing myself.
There are two closets in my room and I was using one of them in place of a dresser (don’t have one). I recently made the vanity in my room into an actual desk/office space, so I really wanted more space for office supplies, especially for my typed prints shop.
I downsized enough of my stuff and organized it better in the main closet to free up this whole closet and now use it as a built in book case.
I still need to take the actual closet door off, but other than that, I love it and how I styled it. Very “me” and it makes me so happy 🙂
Wearing “Normal” Clothes
The weather here has been super funky, as I feel it is everywhere. It was already super hot here this time last year, but it’s been quite chilly by Hawaii’s standards lately which means I can actually, you know, wear pants!
I’m not a hot weather person, so being able to wear jeans is like, whoa. The shorts and t-shirt life is fun for a while but it makes me miss wearing about 80% of my wardrobe!
I’ve been wearing this t-shirt dress from Target with leggings and *gasp* even a sweater over it a lot lately.
And speaking of what I’m wearing, I’ve decided to challenge myself in April to actually give a crap about what I’m wearing! Fashion is totally not my thing. I will likely never be a fashion blogger or be on Like To Know It or what have you. I do love shopping and generally like clothes, but I have been living in the crummy pjs at home or yoga pants and t-shirts life for a lonnng time now.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that most the time, but I am start to feel crappy about it and just want to actually look cute and utilize my clothes. So, I’ll be posting my outfits of the day weekly for April on Fridays as a way to motivate myself to actually get dressed.
The Happy Guide
I was given a copy of the Happy Guide by Michael Kinnaird to review. FIVE readers will get a free copy of it as well (see details below).
While the cover of this book may be a little cheesy, this was a really refreshing and fast read. I have been struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a while now. This book was so simple on how to get more happiness out of life. It wasn’t anything that other health books haven’t shared before, but it was truly what I really needed to hear in this season of life and has inspired me to be a healthier version of myself. There were many “ah ha” moments for me in reading this.
The book goes over healthy habits and how to break bad ones, the reasons for unhappiness or why we are struggling, diet and lifestyle suggestions, a diet guide (diet, meaning healthy eating, not being on a crazy fad diet of any kind), exercising, sleeping better (oh, how I need this one), getting organized, and living in the moment.
A quote that really hit me from the book was, “Perhaps the saddest part of modern living is that our moods are flattened, and our joy for life snuffed out by poor lifestyles. Continuous stress and struggle becomes are accepted normality.” I couldn’t relate to that more if I tried right now!
As a tired mom who has had sleep and eating habits all over the place recently, this book was just really what I needed to be like, yup – this is a problem, and look, it’s not all that hard to change.
It was simple, straightforward and I was able to finish the whole thing in about two days. Overall, it was very inspiring and refreshing to know that life doesn’t always have to be so overwhelming!
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Questions for You:
- What are you loving lately?