My world lately has been stressful on so many levels (more on that later). I've been angry and sad...and happy all at once. But, this weekend, I was served a harsh reminder that all of these little stresses and issues don't matter in the long run. What will matter? Spending time with those you love, doing things that feed your soul and embracing all the happy moments. So, I'll leave it at this: love more than ever with the time you have.
Aside from focusing on love and happiness, here's what else I'm feeling:
1. In n Out
If you don't like In n Out, I'm not sure if I like you. Maybe I'm biased as it is a really sentimental, nostalgic place in my life...but I swear by their burgers (and milkshakes...I'm a strawberry gal). I was really craving one the other day...and guess what?! A protein style hamburger (with no sauce) is Whole30 compliant! Score. Still got my fix without feeling guilty for breaking Whole30. Thanks, In n Out!
2. Oceanfront Yoga
On Sunday morning, I met up with my friends for some coffee, yoga and brunch. Perfect Sunday in my books. We headed to Palisades Park in Pacific Beach for oceanfront yoga overlooking Law Street Beach. The warm sun on my back during downward-facing dog, the sound of the crashing waves and a solid 90-minute practice...well, it just can't be beat.
3. Kwaay Paay Peak
This week, I hit up my fifth hike in my 2018 52 Hike Challenge. I woke up before sunrise on Saturday morning and headed out to Mission Trails for a sunrise double date hike up Kwaay Paay Peak. The hike is only 2.5 miles, but the steep incline and loose gravel make it a killer workout. The view from the top is so worth it though. We could see all the way out to Coronado. Bonus: it's not as crowded as Cowles Mountain, which offers a similar view.
Yet again...not a Tuesday Ten without a podcast mention. I found Dissect through a link in theSkimm last week...and can't stop listening. Dissect is a serialized music podcast that analyzes one album per season and one song per episode. It's music analysis presented in a non-intimidating way. Season 1 is about Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, so I was bound to be a fan.
5. Rooftop Hangouts
Last night, I headed to my friend Emily's for dinner and we ended up hanging out on her rooftop, where she has the cutest patio furniture and fire pit. I was obsessed. There's something about being up so high and feeling the fresh air...It's the perfect spot to hang out and talk for hours, forgetting about the time.
6. The San Diego Symphony
Call me nerdy, but I do enjoy classical music. While I tend to enjoy contemporary classical, I'm game for it all. So, on Friday, I got dressed up (for the first time in months, honestly) and headed to date night out at the San Diego Symphony. The music was beautiful and the place itself was stunning (albeit way smaller than I imagined)! I definitely want to go back when the symphony plays Harry Potter scores in concert!
7. The Ocean
After yoga on Sunday, I headed down the hill to Law Street Beach. I couldn't bring myself to waste the sunny afternoon inside meal prepping. I read on the sand and splashed through the waves...and I truly forgot how much playing in the ocean makes me feel childlike joy every single time. It's powerful (and cold...).
8. NARS Velvet Lip Glide
I'm not always the hugest fan of liquid lipstick, but I did find a winner with NARS Velvet Lip Glide lipstick. I have the lip color in Le Palace (deep cherry red) and love the way it lasts for hours as a matte color. I can't wait to snag a few more colors that I can wear on the daily.
9. L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
Don't hate me East Coasters...but I've been pretty chilly at night in San Diego. It doesn't help that I permanently feel cold. For Christmas, I received a pair of L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins...and they are a GAME-CHANGER. Seriously, so soft and comfy and keep me warm in my apartment. I almost immediately put them on anytime I get home. Bonus: life-time warranty. Win!
10. Quince Street Bridge
On Saturday, I had some time to kill before meeting friends and it didn't make sense to head back to my apartment, so I ended up snagging a coconut milk latte from the Pannikin inside Lazy Acres in Mission Hills and toting my book out to Quince Street Bridge...a random bridge nestled on a street in Banker's Hill close to downtown San Diego. It was the perfect peaceful spot to perch and read for a bit - super quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. Definitely a hidden gem.