If you know me at all, you know how type A I can get. I like a regimented schedule, I like things to go according to plan. I crave organization and I need order. Well, last week was the epitome of Type Z for me. I didn't write my Tuesday Ten, I was barely home, I didn't go to yoga, I traveled to Las Vegas and Los Angeles and I barely slept. I did my job on the fly while traveling without a formal plan, and I shifted around my entire schedule and routine.
I'll admit: I'm tired right now. But, for one week, it was refreshing to be so outside of my comfort zone.
Right now, though, I can't wait to get back to my normal schedule and routine...and mostly, my bed.
Aside from feeling tired and a little run down, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
When I hit a breaking point with "Western" medicine last year (I still have a tricky relationship around this...), I started looking into traditional and Eastern medicine. One of the best things I found that has worked magic is acupuncture. Acupuncture uses teeny tiny needles at points in the body where energy concentrates. Essentially, this balances the body's energy and works towards healing. While nervous the first round of needles, my fears quickly disappeared. You hardly feel anything when the needles are inserted - and if you do, it's a tiny, fast prick that goes away immediately. Acupuncture puts me almost immediately into a zen state where I fall asleep - it's magical. Two weeks ago, I went and had another acupuncture treatment...and am still riding the good vibes from the session. It has helped alleviate my anxiety and helped my GI issues move a long a little. In the San Diego area? Try Najah from Multi-Dimensional Healing. She's a gem of a human.
The weekend prior to my Vegas/LA excursion, my friend Leah and I went "glamping" in Warner Springs. We stayed at a beautifully furnished "tent" in the middle of the desert. The tent was set up as an actual tent - canvas drapings, zippers and almost entirely open air. But, the interior was stocked with a fridge, gas stove, bed and rocking chairs. The deck leading to the tent provided a barbecue and a hot tub. One night here (bugs and critters and all...it's a long story...) was not enough! This place was stunning, the view was perfect (during the day and night - aka the Milky Way) and it was nice to be secluded for 24 hours. Leah and I played board games, caught up, watched the stars, did yoga and read. It was such a cute little getaway that I want to keep for myself! Warning: Warner Springs is really hot in the summer. I suggest staying in the fall or winter!
3. Elevation Culture
Two weeks ago, I visited Elevation Culture for their open house and left feeling inspired. Elevation Culture produces handcrafted wood awards and medals for trail races. While I can't race anymore, the design is stunning and takes me back to trail running. Bonus: each person who attended got a unique "medal" of their own.
4. Massage 2 You SD
Last weekend, my friend Lauren recommended her friend Gretchen for a massage. Within the week, I already booked an appointment with Gretchen. I've had dozens of massages in my lifetime (#treatyoself), and this was hands-down the best massage I've had. Gretchen runs her business - Massage 2 You SD - as a mobile operation. She brought the table, oil, music and lotion. I was able to have a quality massage in the comfort of my own home - amazing. More than that, she was able to really dig into where I was holding stress. It won't be long until I schedule another.
5. Pineapple & Ham Pizza
This is a divisive subject, I know. But, I am a huge proponent of pineapple on pizza (haters to the left, please). While glamping, Leah and I made the best pineapple and ham pizza. Pro tip: add fresh basil. Game changer.
6. Lunch Dates
When Nick started at his new job, I was thrilled to find out that it was just a 3 minute drive from my office! Between all of the rush last week, we were able to set a lunch date and meet each other on our breaks. It was a nice treat to break up a stressful workday. It was simple, but sometimes the simple things are the best!
7. Delicious Foods
Delicious Foods has been on my library hold list for quite some time, and I was happy to finally snag a copy to dig into. The 2015 book by James Hannaham details the story of Darlene, a drug-riddled widow, and her young son, Eddie - all amidst the background of the South and a company called Delicious Foods. The book was beautifully written and so intriguing (I couldn't put it down halfway through). One of my favorite parts? The book has chapters written from the perspective of crack cocaine - the drug Darlene is addicted to. I liked how the book was able to touch on so many topics - modern slavery, addiction, grief and family - in a compelling way. I definitely want to re-read again soon.
8. Mala Meditation
I have a really, really difficult time meditating. It's hard for me to stay quiet, I make excuses about not having the time and my mind just races. In an attempt to make a better effort at practicing, I've been exploring apps like Headspace, but I also recently invested in a mala to help guide my meditation practice. You repeat a mantra for every bead on your mala, and I've found this to be more helpful than I imagined. The repetition and the ritual has helped center me and quiet me down. My mala is made of rose quartz, lava rock, amethyst and a few other stones - and was created to give off healing, grounding, positive and creative vibes. Isn't it gorgeous?
9. How I Built This
It really wouldn't be a list if I didn't include a podcast at this point. Lately, I've been feeling a lot of self-doubt in terms of my career. I love listening to NPR's How I Built This for inspiration and for stories that make me feel like I could maybe one day achieve something great! How I Built This interviews big-wigs from huge companies and tells the story of their entrepreneurship and innovation. It's fascinating to learn the stories and secrets behind all the brands I love. It really gives me inspiration in my life - even outside of career.
10. Trader Joe's Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies
I am a carrot cake fiend. In college, my friend Emily and I used to always split a piece of carrot cake at lunch over laughter and studying. It was our little routine that I miss - so, needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw these cake-like cookies at Trader Joe's. OMG. The frosting is fluffy and thick and the cake is moist and spicy (just the right amount). Leah and I devoured these cookies (while ants tried to!) during our camping trip (for breakfast...oops). Yum. Pro Tip: these are so good after being refridgerated for just a bit.
What are you into this week? Let me know in the comments?