Happy end-of-January! I thought it would be nice to start a monthly series on this blog to share some of my updates and current favorites. I’m excited to kick this little series off, and I hope you enjoy reading this type of post.
A fresh start
This month was the start to a brand new year. It took me a little time to get into the swing of things – especially as I’m not too keen on new year celebrations in general (this year, I fell asleep at, like, 9).
I wrote about my thoughts on the perceived importance of a brand-spankin’-new you every time a new year rolls around, and what key ingredient we’re often missing. You can read the full article I wrote for Reef Magazine here.
After a couple weeks into the new year, the appeal of having a clean slate grew on me. I’m feeling more hopeful about this year, and am planning for great things to happen in 2016. I’m also leaving a little room for the unexpected, because – fellow control freaks, beware – there’s no real use to overplanning your life.
Speaking of clean slates, there are always little things that are so important to remind ourselves of on a regular basis. I loved McKenna’s take on it in her video called “A Reminder to Myself for the New Year.” I think these little reminders are so important for everyone to hear, so check it out any time you need a little pick-me-up.
I spent the last few months of 2015 in a yoga and meditation funk – I was barely practicing at all. That lack of motivation kind of fed on itself. To get myself back in the right mindset, I renewed my subscription to Headspace and started meditating every morning again. (I also downloaded the Meditation Studio app, which has been a great add-on.)
As for yoga, Adriene has saved the day yet again! I’ve been following the 30 day yoga camp on the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, and it’s just what I need to get back on track. Adriene is a complete sweetheart, and her 30 day yoga camp brings in a new mantra every day, with a focus on cultivating a positive mindset. I haven’t been doing it every single day, but I’m keeping up with the practice several times a week. Yoga camp has been the perfect way to get back into the swing of a home yoga practice.
If you’re looking for reasons to start a regular yoga practice, look no further. This month, I got the chance to write a guest post on fellow writer Kimberly’s lifestyle blog, Belle en Rouge. You can check out my post on 5 reasons you should start practicing yoga this year on her blog. I had a lot of fun meeting her virtually and writing up a post to motivate us all to get into down-dog.
A healthy foodie’s dream
Deliciously Ella is back! Ella Woodward, author of the popular blog and book by the name of Deliciously Ella, released Deliciously Ella Every Day in January (note that you’ll have to wait until April to order the US version).
I thought I might wait before getting it, but after a quick flick through at the book store, I decided to get it on the spot. The book has gotten me completely excited about home cooking again. I enjoyed her first book, and I’m even more pleased with this one. I love that it’s divided into easy-to-find sections with a variety of healthy recipes for throughout the day, as well as practical healthy eating tips. I’ve already tried her Quinoa and Ginger Porridge recipe, and it did not disappoint! It makes for a great alternative to my usual oatmeal. I love having new healthy and plant-based recipe ideas, and I’m sure this will be my go-to book for many months to come.
A wannabe digital detox
The idea of a digital detox is pretty appealing. While I’ve been so much better at not impulsively checking Instagram, it’s still the first thing I check in the morning. And on most weekends this month, I found myself watching cooking video after cooking video, and couldn’t seem to find much else to do than watch every other recommended video on YouTube.
I’ve been meaning to making a little more time to do things sans screen time. So I finally tucked into The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. I had delayed it for years (pretty funny since everyone else in my family has read it), but I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend doing so.
So while I am still surgically attached to my laptop at most times, I want to make an effort to shut down all electronics at least an hour before bed so I can have some real me-time and brush my teeth without falling asleep over the sink. Goals, right?
What have you enjoyed this month? I’d love to hear about all the things you’ve been loving… until next time!