I know some people absolutely loathe the month of February, but people, February is my favorite month of all time. Why? Well, it’s my birthday month, duh.
My first official cooking guide for all of you, woohoo!First, let me start off by saying this. I am not a professional cook. I have no degree. I have no chef-ing experience. I just love to cook and create my own variation for recipes – and have a desire to share them with all of you. I haven’t poisoned my husband yet with my cooking, so I take that as a good sign.
Right before I turned 24, my parents came into the city and treated me to a day of shopping. We hit up a ton of stores around Union Square and Soho, but for some reason it was a total bust. Except for the new Kate Spade purse my dad bought me (praise), I wasn’t able to find any good clothes. Nothing seemed to fit right, even when they were my size. Too loose. Too tight. Too short. Too long. After at least 5 different stores, we just gave up and got a drink.
I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism. I know some of you that ship has already sailed. But honestly, the more I think about it, I believe minimalism can easily be the secret ingredient to living a thriftier, healthier, and happier life. Think about it; the less you own, the less you have to worry about, the less money you spend. When it comes to your house, your closet, even your choices at the grocery store – giving yourself less options can actually open you up to some freedom in the long run.
This week I totally and completely fell for the comparison game. I looked at other blogs, social accounts, writers, and entrepreneurs and thought, “there’s just no way I can be like them. I should just give up.” I let that awful thought fester in my head until, well, right this moment. Even as I type out these words I feel these insecurities. I sit here, typing these words, knowing that I set a goal to publish a new blog entry every Tuesday and Friday…and it’s Thursday night and I have no idea what to write for the next morning. I feel emptied out. Tired. Feeling like I’m not going to make it.
Six months. Half a year. Wow was that really six months ago that we said ‘I Do?’ (actually, we said ‘I will’). So much of our normal every day life has changed since moving to New York City that it almost feel like years have gone by. Imagining our lives before getting married feels like a dream almost, and now I’m living in this beautiful fantasy world of being with Oliver every single day.
I know I’m always posting a ton of lunch and dinner meal prep ideas on my Instagram, but I promise, I eat breakfast too. I just have a secret: I tend to go for the same six things. I am most definitely a creature of habit when it comes to my mornings.
Ever since I started setting three tasks for my day, I find that my evenings are starting to become stress-free. When I finally check off task number three, my body feels relaxed and I slump right into my nighttime routine. Yes my routine is simple, but I have found that by doing some of these simple things I am able to fall into a full night of incredible sleep, waking up the following morning actually feeling refreshed and ready for my day.
First, let me start off by saying that I absolutely had 100% no idea what to write today. Some days when it comes to my blog, I feel really good about the content that I produce to my readers. Other days I contemplate if anyone is actually listening, taking my advice, or even cares about what I do. I want to desperately serve you (even if that number of readership is small) and yet, still feel insecure about the fact that I do all of this work, hit the publish button, and just kind of hope someone is stumbling upon my work.