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True Life

True life…

1. Yesterday, I combed a hair mask through my locks, wore a shower cap and completed a 30-minute yoga video in my living room.

cat shower cap

2. Sometimes when you work odd hours, dinner gets weird.

Dinner

3. It worries me for the children of our country that Kelsey from the Bachelor is a school counselor.

Kelsey gif

4. My work laptop is so freaking huge, like 18 inches or something. Finding a chic laptop bag that is large enough has been the thorn in my side lately. Send any recos my way, but I’ve got my eye on this one:

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4. I wish I craved egg whites in the morning, but I almost always want something carb-y and/or sweet.

kashi

5. I like to pretend that I quit ballet yesterday, but really, it was over ten years ago. I may or may not have watched this video five times already. I can’t get the link to imbed, so you’ll have to go here to watch it.

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Question for you:

  • What’s your true life moment today?

xo,
Lizzie

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Thoughts on a Thursday

Good morning!

Your regular reading has been a little different this week as I slowly acclimate to my new work schedule. Thanks for sticking with me! Any full-time workers + bloggers out there? I would love to hear your secrets. I thought I would keep today’s post more true to form, a little tangential and more about what’s going on in my world. Sound good?

WORKOUT + BREAKFAST

Yesterday I just could not wake up. I snoozed a couple of times before turning off my alarm and stumbling out of bed. Transitioning from a couple months of not having a schedule to working a busy full-time job is not pretty, ya’ll. I am so fortunate to have this new position; honestly, it feels like a dream. However, the schedule is a little wonky and will take some time getting used to. Most of my days start at noon and end closer to 8 or 9 p.m. Sometimes they will be longer like 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. I am most definitely not complaining though. Like with anything, my body and mind will adjust in time!

I started my tired morning with 20-minutes on the treadmill following a modified version of this routine.

20 Minute Treadmill Workout

If you’re looking for a quick calorie burn, this PopSugar interval workout does not disappoint. It was challenging, but it was also over quick enough to even notice. I also completed a 10-minute yoga video (<– I actually do not recommend this video. It was a little slow and the instructor is kind of annoying!) in the group exercise room alongside two meathead-like men who were grunting and panting the whole time. It felt a little awkward and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Ha! I guess it’s my fault for trying to follow a yoga video outside the comforts of my living room.

Fortunately, I had prepped a bowl of oats the night before and they were waiting for me patiently in the fridge. Otherwise, I might have eaten my arm for breakfast.

Overnight Oats

Old fashioned oats, almond milk, plain greek yogurt, truvia and chia seeds mixed together and left to sit overnight. In the morning, I added honey, walnuts and craisins. 

A couple more thoughts about this week…

  • My meals have been monotonous, rushed and probably not the most balanced. However, my weekend meal prep has literally saved me this week. I might have eaten the same things, but they kept me from devouring microwaved popcorn for every meal.

Eats from the Week

  • Getting fitness out of the way in the morning has been key to feeling productive. Since I don’t have my evenings anymore, the morning hours are my time to get thangs done.
  • Speaking of fitness, on Sunday I took quite the embarrassing photo. It’s on my Twitter feed and you’ll just have to go there because I can’t find the actual photo to post. I wasn’t paying attention to how I was dressed myself (mindfulness, anyone?) and ended up in all pink. Um…
  • Coffee really is my bff. I have a sleep shirt with that saying plastered on the front and Bobby loves to make fun of it.

Coffee in bed

I don’t have time for a filter, so just ignore my dark circles, beautiful hair and the fact that I’m typing this from bed, mmmkay?

  • Since I’m really great at transitioning, speaking of Bobby… I arrived home late on Tuesday night and he had dinner waiting for me! How awesome is that? This isn’t even a #humblebrag. It was like the nicest, most needed gesture ever.

Chicken fajitas

I had the above serving of chicken fajitas x2.

  • Valentine’s Day is next weekend. Excuse me? How is that even possible? It’s one of my favorite holidays and I really need to get my *shat* together.
  • I forgot how much I love business casual clothes. I find work outfits to be the easiest to put together. Now if I had to wear “nice” jeans everyday I would end up in leggings and sweaters.

Work Wear

  • Since I know how much you love cat pictures, I will leave you with this one. He’s also had a long week.

tired baxter

Questions for you:

  • What is your work schedule like?
  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you do? <– When I was single, I once hosted an all-girls party and my teeny tiny apartment. We had a blast!

xo,

Lizzie

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Trusting Your Gut

Good morning!

I’m currently sipping on a protein smoothie while typing up this post. I was too lazy to snap a picture, but it looks exactly like this.

BREAKFAST

smoothie

Recycled photo alert! 1/2 frozen banana + 1/2 C frozen cherries + 1 C almond milk + 1 scoop vanilla About Time protein powder + 5 ice cubes

I thought I would share something that has been heavy on my mind, in lieu of Weekly Wisdom today. I’ve always been interested in the power of my gut, especially as of late. In social work school, we are taught that your intuition is one of the most powerful tools you have. If used effectively, it can guide decision making, alert you when something feels “off,” and at its most powerful, save a life. But what about tapping into your gut in regular life?

Hello

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day in a funk. It’s normal to have days, or even weeks, where you feel down. Whether it’s about your job, your relationship, your health, or something else, funks are just part of life. But yesterday, I couldn’t pinpoint the source of my feelings. I needed to talk about it and was waiting for Bobby to get home when I received a phone call. I should preface this by saying it has been a very difficult year for my family. Without getting into specifics, which I am just not ready to do yet on here, there has been a lot of change for my parents, my brothers and me. Last night I was told something that was unanticipated and to be honest, threw me for a loop.

Though I’m going to be just fine, I realized yesterday how remarkable the mind-body connection can be. My instincts were telling me that something wasn’t right, but I didn’t make the connection. Tapping into your gut doesn’t happen overnight; it takes practice. This Huffington Post article says it perfectly,

“we feel something, ignore the feeling, decide something else is true, then have all kinds of emotions about what we just made up.”

There is a stark different between a thought and a feeling. Thoughts are easier to recognize, but feelings reside in your gut. 

I always create a variety of New Years aspirations that I’d like to achieve – or at least work towards – in the coming year. Figuring out how to use my intuition more effectively will be at the top of my list.

ocean

Of possible interest:

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever made a decision based off a gut feeling?
  • Do you make New Years resolutions?

xo,

Lizzie

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A Random Act of Kindness

You know it’s winter when I’m wearing a turtleneck. I spent most of my life hating those constricting sweaters (I thought they were itchy?…), but now I wear them solely for warmth.

selfie

WORKOUT

After my classes today, I snacked on a honeycrisp apple with peanut butter before heading downstairs to our gym. I am quite sore from yesterday’s strength training – like sore to the point of bracing myself on the handrail while walking down the stairs – but I knew it would help to loosen up my legs on the recumbent bike. I completed a quick 30 minutes while reading The Book Thief, and followed it up with some light stretching.

bike

Sometimes, easy cardio is where it’s at!

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Now, for my eloquent transition…

While walking to campus this morning, I passed a homeless man. Not a uncommon site in downtown Chicago, but it was 16 degrees outside and he didn’t have gloves. It was cold enough that I couldn’t even take my gloves off to send a text because of the biting wind.

I couldn’t stop thinking about this guy throughout the day.

It’s only November, how will he survive the winter? How is it ok that I have a different pair of gloves to go with all my different coats, and he doesn’t even have one pair? Who am I to complain about the cold when I have a roof over my head and too many clothes in my closet?

I know there isn’t much I can do for him that will improve his life. I can’t provide him a home, or homecooked meals, or a job…but I had an idea.

I’d already planned to stop at Walgreens on my way home, so while there I picked up a pair of gloves. I have no idea if I’ll see him on that corner again, but I walk that same route on Thursdays and will surely look for him.

gloves

By no means and I trying to paint myself as a martyr. There are people out there that provide far more for the homeless population.

Tthis situation got me thinking about finding a regular opportunity to volunteer. When I first moved to Chicago, I spent time volunteering at an animal shelter, but that fell by the wayside when I started graduate school. In this interim period between my final semester and finding full time employment (read: lots ‘o free time), I would love to volunteer in a direct service capacity.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you volunteer in your city? I would love some ideas!
  • What’s the last random of act of kindness you did?
  • Do you feel more inclined to volunteer during the holidays? I know I’m guilty of this.

XO,

Lizzie

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