Monday, April 17, 2017

My Everyday Life [Weeks 13-15]

Here's what the past two weeks looked like!

Nothing beats roasted veggies. Yum!
 I enjoyed this Kite Hill almond milk yogurt. I'm just bummed that I can only find it at Whole Foods.
 An art break at work.
I look like a hipster in these Warby Parker glasses. Sadly, all five pairs I tried on at home weren't a fit for me. I've got another box on the way! This time, I sent a selfie to a customer service rep and she recommended some frames. Their customer service is amazing!
 Pema smelling my hair after a fresh cut.
 Craig and I discovered a new place to hike up to for great views of the pretty countryside.
 Yummy chocolate!
I've been needing to use up vacation days lately and have been using them wisely. I spent a rainy day off reading and taking quizzes for my CEUs. I passed three quizzes that day and now I only have a small portion of a credit left to finish.
 Finally chilling outdoors with my favorite magazine (and my favorite sandals ever).
Ordered a Schlitz beer at a local bar just because two of my grandpas worked for the company.
 An early morning walk is so peaceful.
 Back to walking in the morning before I have to sit at work much of the day!
I took this picture to taunt my sister since she loves Kopps custard so much. I got the flavor of the day which was, "roll of the dice."
This flavor tastes like pancakes. Very tasty!
 Celebrated national grilled cheese day with a vegan version!
I became an Aunt for the 20th time last Thursday morning! My sister-in-law had little Conner. Look at those adorable and tiny fingers!
 I just loved holding the little guy for as long as possible. He was so warm and cuddly.
 I propagated succulents for the first time. I hope they take!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Books I Read in March

I didn't read as many books as I had hoped to this month. I need to still spend less time on my phone after work and more time reading!

Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple
I started out the month with Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. I enjoyed Semple's previous book, Where'd You Go Bernadette?, so I wanted to check out her latest title. While I think Semple is a decent writer, I didn't love the topic of the book. The character's life was not that compelling to follow along with and the surprise ending was not as shocking and unique as I had hoped it would be. I rated it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but probably should have actually given in a 2. 

Wake up to the Joy of You
by Agapi Stassinopoulous 
I technically have not finished this book, as each chapter is meant to be read one week at a time. I have read six chapters and skimmed the remaining topics for this review. 

The author, Agapi Stassinopoulous, has a famous sister who is also into wellness and happiness: Ariana Huffington. I was attracted to ordering the book because it focuses on her passion for wellness. 

As the book description suggests, I keep it on my nightstand and read a chapter every Sunday night. The subjects dive into self-care topics like meditation, making time for yourself, and health. It also confronts commonly faced roadblocks such as pouring your energy into other people (which I am totally guilty of) or living in denial.

Many of the chapters end with a guided meditation, which is hard to follow and complete, so I would recommend getting the audio edition if you would prefer to use the guided meditations. 
Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger 
I was drawn to this title because of the concepts of connectedness and community. One of the most fascinating perspectives Junger presented is that people actually felt more connected and even happy during war or post-war because they bonded with others to overcome triumphs. They had a tribe they could depend on. It seems like technology is actually isolating humans and disconnecting us. 

He also theorizes that PTSD is more common now than in the past because veterans are not as connected to the communities they live in vs. previous generations. Non-veterans (like me) also cannot relate to what veterans went through while in service, which makes it even harder for veterans to feel understood by their non-vet peers. 

The Art of Stillness 
by Pico Iyer
This was a short one, so I finished it one day. Iyer discusses the advantages of meditation and stillness in this crazy busy world. If you're looking for encouragement to step away from the demanding business of your life, like I am, you may like this title. I enjoyed reading many great quotes such as these:
  • Stillness is a "unclogging" of the mind's "arteries"
  • "For me a flight is just a brief retreat in the sky." -Matthieu Ricard