For years, I had a routine down. I knew when I'd get up, where I'd run, what I'd eat and what I'd do throughout the day...so on and so forth. When I received the news that I could no longer run, my routine skidded, crashed and burned. I didn't know where to start to rebuilding (and if you haven't gathered by now...I like structure). How did I structure my mornings? When did I workout? What did I even do to workout? When do I wake up? Well, after months, I finally settled into routine - still maintaining my early mornings writing, but changing up some other areas and learning to love working out in the evenings as well as mornings.
I recently started a new relationship...and you guessed it: the routine I had worked to achieve again took a hard left. I moved my personal plans to see my boyfriend, and when I stayed up late hanging out, I inevitably woke up late and skipped workouts here and there. While I was frustrated at times that I let my rigid schedule slide, I knew that I was opting to share my time with someone who I wanted to. And, most importantly, I knew I had to get flexible with my time and find a balance somewhere.
So, this week, I making a conscious effort to get a bit more of a flexible schedule back in my life. For starters, I am working on this at 5 AM on a Tuesday morning. Feels good to be back, but I acknowledge that sometimes life will get in the way - and that's not always a bad thing.
Aside from rediscovering routine after a few mishaps, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
1. Slow Burn
Like I've said many times before, my Tuesday Ten wouldn't be complete without a podcast...This week, I'm digging on Slow Burn, a new podcast from Slate that tells the story of Watergate as if listeners were living through it. It's a miniseries and is revealing so much that I hadn't known about the political scandal. Super interesting listen.
2. La Jolla Natural Park
On Saturday, I headed off to La Jolla Cove for an event called Bodies in Motion. Simple concept: bring people together outside of comfort zones to get their bodies moving in creative and unique ways in new places. So, this time around, we headed off to La Jolla Natural Park to hike and draw. The park, a hidden gem in the coastal neighborhood, overlooked all of La Jolla and was the perfect vantage point for the sunset. Plus, it was a quiet little getaway in the heart of a bustling city. I'll definitely be back...journal in hand next time.
3. Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Prior to Bodies in Motion, I began my Saturday with a 6-mile stroll along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach (coffee in hand, of course). While PB is typically crowded and loud (and drunk), I love to visit the boardwalk in the morning for a peaceful sunrise. It's beyond gorgeous...and just a few minutes from my apartment.
4. Beautiful You
I am currently finishing Chuck Pahalniuk's Beautiful You. He's one of my favorite authors (Fight Club, Choke, Invisible Monsters, etc.), so I was excited to pick up the book. While it wasn't one of my favorites of his (but, much better than Tell-All, which I couldn't even force myself through), it was an easy read, full of manic energy and was an interesting dark, sexual satire.
I am obsessed with Neakita teas. These teas are unique blends, inspired by Native American teas. They're yummy and calming - I can't get enough. My favorite blend? Wisdom. Wisdom is made with gingko, gotu kola, ginger, licorice root, lemon verbena, cardamom and cinnamon bark. Yum.
6. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World
I finished off my weekend by settling in to watch Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World on Netflix. The documentary looks at the art world economy from production to circulation to curation to galleries to collectors to donors to auction houses. It was fascinating to see the ecosystem revealed. Maybe I'm just an art geek, but this documentary had been hooked...and really questioning who sets value for any material possession in life.
Honesty is the best policy...through and through. That thought kept coming up all week, and I really dug into the question: how can I be more honest within my own life and to those around me?
8. Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy Tea
Tea is really getting me through Whole30. It helps keep my appetite at bay, while giving me some flavor...and keeping up my intake of fluids. Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy tea has been one of my favorites (next to Neakita!). This tea is a blend of rooibos, chicory root, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger, anise, orange oil and orange peel. It tastes like dessert - and keeps me warm when my office is a bit chilly.
9. Primal Palate
Another resource getting me through Whole30: Primal Palate. This dynamic duo run a blog and Instagram account for paleo recipes, but have been featuring Whole30 recipes for the last three weeks, as well. I've been testing some of their recipes...and they're all delicious. Yum. My favorite? Turkey meatballs over zoodles.
10. Being a beginner
As I mentioned, on Saturday, I headed up to La Jolla Natural Park for an event called Bodies in Motion. When we reached the top of the park, we were surprised with our dear friend and talented artist Mike, who passed out art materials and led us in taking a moment to slow down and practice an active meditation through drawing and painting. Here's the thing: while I studied art history in college and while it still remains my big passion, I, myself, am not creative or artistically inclined. So, when we sat down with our papers and pencils and charcoal...I made the active decision to not get frustrated with my inability. Instead, I looked at it like I was a beginner. I felt like a child, getting to experience something new for the first time...and it was exciting. I so rarely take the time to feel like a beginner, and it was an exciting and humbling experience all at once.