Last night, I was craving a chocolate chip cookie – with no cookie in sight. So I took a walnut-fig bar, poured a bunch of cacao nibs onto the counter, and then proceeded to squish the bar into the nibs until I had a fig/walnut/chocolate bar. Viola! I always knew I was Top Chef-bound.
And yes, I know what you’re thinking… Of course I’ll make you one if you come visit! Duh!
Aside from my newfound dessert, there are numerous other things I am currently binging on. I wanted to share my list in hopes I’d inspire you to Google something, furrow your brow, pick up a new book, try a new tactic, or gain another vice.
I’m also [selfishly] hoping you hit me back and let me know what is making your present list of indulgences. That way, I can add to the things that keep me unable to watch Netflix on my own. (I’m the queen of pausing each time something pops into my head. I guess the good news is I’m constantly chasing curiosity, wonder, pop-ups… or something shiny…)
But in all seriousness, or as much seriousness as someone who squishes faux-cookies into the counter can take, I’d really love to hear from you!
Without further ado, here is my list:
The thing that keeps my going morning, noon, and night (and if I could, I’d buy it for each and every one of you): Reishi and Cordyceps mushroom powders. Among other things, they will change your focus, and physical and mental stamina. I take Reishi when I need to chill out, or if I’m fighting restlessness but really need to sit and get work done. I take cordyceps when it’s time to turn up my physical or mental stamina (before the gym, if I’m feeling mentally sluggish, etc.). My favorite brand is Sun Potion. #Notsponsored- wish I were, though.
Current workout inspiration: Gymnastic Bodies. They sell online courses, but check out their Facebook videos for a plethora of mobility and strength exercises you can add to your routine.
Favorite Instagram account: @sarahjekyll. This artist’s creations feel like a warm hug on a frigid day in Nova Scotia. They feature a girl and her little bird as they journey through life’s discoveries. Sarah’s illustrations and captions embody friendship, adventure, hope, lightheartedness, and love. I look forward to each and every post. Do yourself a favor: follow, follow, follow.
This week’s yummy yoga pose: child’s pose with one leg extended. To get into the shape, come onto all fours, widen your knees, and bring your big toes to touch (like you are about to press back into a wide-knee child’s pose. Extend your right leg straight out to the side, plant your right foot, and then send your sit bones back toward the left heel. Rest with the forehead on the floor, or set up on forearms if you need extra space. Keep your right foot spun flat, or flex your foot and roll to the instep/inner ankle of the foot for an alternate stretch. Stay. Breathe. Ahhhh. Switch sides.
Snack of the month: dehydrated beet chips. (Nothing but beets! Found at Trader Joe’s.)
On that note… Seasoning of the month: “Everything but the Bagel” (also at Trader Joe’s). I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed or proud… but I finished a whole jar by myself in one week. Safe to say, it goes on everything and the bagel.
Quotes of the week:
“What you know doesn’t mean sh**. What do you do consistently?” – Tony Robbins
“It is essential to get lost and jam up your plans every now and then. It’s a source of creativity and perspective. The danger of maps, capable assistants, and planning is that you may end up living your life as planned. If you do, your potential cannot possibly exceed your expectations.” – Scott Belsky
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’” – Hunter S. Thompson from The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967.
Books I’m currently reading: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown (inspired by The Moth, an epic, storytelling podcast), and Darling Magazine Issue No. 22.
Groundbreaking thing I recently learned: If you disconnect your e-reader from Wi-Fi, the library can’t take your e-book back once you’ve hit your loan expiry date. It’s a great way to finish a book when you’ve waited a long, long time to receive it. I know… tisk, tisk. Morally, I still don’t know how I feel about this. (As a matter of fact, I actually do, because I ended up purchasing the book- since it’s a heifer of a thing and I’m only 49% of the way through. I’m currently going through, page-by-page, with both Kindle and hard copy in-hand, to transfer all my notes and highlights. I don’t want to lose those precious marks! I’ll return Tools of Titans shortly… and with a clear conscience. And my apologies if you’re behind me in line at the Paso Robles Library- I’ll loan you my hard copy!)
Most recent purchase: True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure, a cookbook by Andrew Weil (hardback bought used on Amazon for under $10!). I can’t wait for it to arrive – I know my nightly dinner of spaghetti squash is going out of season soon. I’m trying not to panic and simultaneously taking preventative measures to have a go-to meal for when I show up to an empty squash bin at the grocery store. (Sad-face inevitable.)
Current smoothie mixture (in order of appearance): frozen cherries, frozen spinach, almonds, water, cacao powder, chia seeds, vanilla powder, and cacao nibs (nibs added last and blended for only a few seconds – keep that crunch!).
What I’m currently flowing to: My recent vinyasa playlists, “Troll Dolls and Scrunchies” and “True North”.
My next reads: young adult novels! I recently received recommendations for The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and Wonder by R.J. Palacio, among others. As soon as I take my e-reader off airplane mode, it’s on! I can’t wait for teenage angst, surging hormones, and high school nostalgia.
That’s a wrap!
I look forward to hearing your binge-list. Just hit that little reply button. And if you attempt my makeshift cookie recipe, please give it a five-star rating… if not for presentation, for ingenuity and optimism.
P.S. I am leading a weekend retreat in Ojai this spring! Picture three days of yoga, nature, journaling and meditation, meals created by a whole foods chef, and lots of space to relax, roam, and restore. Details to come this week - you will be the first to know when registration opens! Message me if you need to be numero uno.
P.P.S. For other curiosities, head to my website.