Mixin' Up Breakfast. The eggs in that photo look scared because they know that I'm sick of them. As much as I love waking up, making my egg white omelette, and enjoying it with a cup of coffee and a side of SportsCenter, I've been in need of a change.. a desire to scramble things up, if you will (pun intended). One of the new things I've tried (and loved) is Quaker Banana Bread Weight Control oatmeal with a scoop of JIF natural peanut butter. It is SO. DELICIOUS. Next on my list to try: Egg White Oats via Live, Love, Nutrition's Lindsay (@wholefoodjunkie).
Lift App. Lift is a simple way to achieve any goal, track your progress, and get the support of your friends. I'm a to-do list fanatic. I get intense satisfaction out of writing down tasks and crossing them off - typical type A, project manager neuroses, I suppose. I guess I like seeing accomplishments visually, so I love that Lift allows me to check things off my list on a daily basis. Lift has a ton of "goals" to choose from or you can create your own. My Lift app is devoted to health, wellness, self-improvement, and activities dedicated to "me" time. I know it sounds lame to put "read" or "blog" on a list to check off on a daily basis, but I do find that this strategy helps me to turn tasks into habits over time. Self-improvement is a huge focus for me right now, but more to come on that later (another post, another day).
Out the Door Top Coat. Thank you, thank you, thank you Boog (@meggietrox), for introducing me to this stuff! I have this predicament where I like to paint my nails frequently and I'm good at sitting still never. I was incredibly skeptical that this top coat would actually dry fast enough to meet my needs (essential 4.7 seconds flat), but I was pleasantly surprised. So, yes, I can decide to paint my nails during the last 15 minutes of The Following because I'm so scared that I need something to semi-occupy my mind.. and then go to sleep almost immediately (no smudging!). Also, I'm skimming over The Following as a favorite (the only reason to get through a Monday) because I feel like I can't even talk about it right now without obsessing or being incredibly annoying. Let's come back to this after someone finally kills off Emma so I can have some semblance of sanity when I think about the show.
This Article: 19 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20's. Wow. I repeat: WOW. This article really hit home. Is it just me or are the mid-late twenties just the weirdest, sort of uncomfortable couple of years? Some days I feel more like 21 than 28. I found this e-card a while back and - at the time - it made me laugh, but I've since come to the realization that this age does feel like a strange limbo between young/fun and real, undeniable adulthood. At what point do I start to feel my age and not some pseudo-grownup? At what point do I have that "aha moment" where I find my adult niche way of life? Or does that just never happen? Regardless, this article was incredibly eye-opening. It's like having your blunt best friend look you in the eye and call you out on all your bullshit. Because I am so guilty of so many of these things. Reading this really did bring to light the fact that it's time to take on some projects and/or routines focused on self-improvement. How can anyone be truly happy if they don't at least attempt to change some of these behaviors (no matter how natural, understandable, or human)? I honestly have trouble pinpointing which of these things I'd like to stop doing first, but these seem to ring the most true as far as a starting point:
Stop allowing yourself to be so comfortable all the time. Coming up with a list of reasons to procrastinate risky, innovative decisions offers more short-term gratification than not procrastinating. But when you stop procrastinating to make a drastic change, your list of reasons to procrastinate becomes a list of ideas about how to better navigate the risk you’re taking.
Stop identifying yourself as a cliché and start treating yourself as an individual.Constantly checking your life against a prewritten narrative or story of how things “should” be is a bought-into way of life. It’s sort of like renting your identity. It isn’t you. You are more nuanced than the narrative you try to fit yourself into, more complex than the story that “should” be happening.My Bridesmaids. My little Boog MOH and the rest of my 'maids recently planned an incredible, incredible bridal shower for me. I don't even have words for how perfect and special it was. I feel so lucky to have such strong, thoughtful, amazing women in my life to stand by my side every day, not just on May 25th, 2013 (#finally). Also, they are really ridiculously good looking, as evidenced by the photo below. #loveyous
My bridesmaids are really ridiculously good looking. @meggietrox @keekedee @laurbenn twitter.com/ohheyitscaitli…
— ohheyitscaitlin (@ohheyitscaitlin) March 26, 2013
Finally, introducing: the honorable mention (and another favorite thanks to Boog): Just Give Me a Reason by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess. Fair warning: you will want to head right to the gym (P!nk's body is just unbelievable) and/or marry Carey Hart.
And no, I'm not just back with no explanation for my absence. I promise to update you and give you a quick and dirty of the past few months. Yesterday, I read a blog post by someone that really resonated with me. They said that it was hard enough to keep up with just living their life, let alone chronicling it for the world to read. I feel very similar in that regard, but I'm starting to wrap my head around my new world and I'm convinced that writing and chronicling is going to be a very important part of that. So, stay tuned.