This is one of those things that happens and I check off but I don’t realize it’s happening or going to happen. I had something else to check off today, but I think this one is more appropriate.
Today is my 7th full day on Maui, and sadly my last. After a long day of beaches, food and napping (I know, sounds awful) I kind of wanted a moment to myself just to breath and take in the week.
The sun had already set but I thought it would be nice to go take in a few moments on the beach.
I won’t go into great detail, because I think a great solo moment, should remain just that, but I will say… it is important that we take moments for ourselves. I think this vacation reminded me that I don’t do that enough for myself and I need to remember to do so. ESPECIALLY when I am not on vacation.
Ahhh. What a morning! This was a beautiful way to the start the day.
Working in a bar can sometimes create a very late schedule. I often wake up early but lay around trying to soak in some extra lazy hours in the morning. Starting today I vow to wake up at 8am and get out the door doing something.
It is a great week to start this since I just adopted AJ, my sister’s dog. So this morning I was up and on my way to the dog park by 8! We ran around, which I’m sure my dog, Mia, appreciated too.
I look forward to the next 6 days and hope I can keep a trend going from there!
As for the rest of my list I have a lot of catching up to do. Stay tuned and follow me for updates on the last few weeks, I’ll be adding in things that I got done or will be getting done retroactively.
So I did this last year and got a lot of responses, so I cut it at 10. I still have not gotten through all those books, and hope to at some point. But I might as well stack some new titles on top of those!
So here are the book suggestions I have gotten and where you can find them on Amazon! Maybe some of them will be good books for others of you too!
- Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Beaten Territory by Randi Samuelson
- The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
- Earth Children Series by Jean M. Auel (This one counts as the last three because it is a six book series!)
Hope if you can find some time to read something this year, you will give a glance over this list and give some a try. If you have already read some of these I would love opinions on them… which ones I should dive into first, which ones I might want to wait till later and any other comments you might want to share!
As a social media manager, which I am if I have never mentioned that before… it is pretty hard to steer clear of social media all day.
This was first thing this morning and I just had to refuse to look…
But not checking social media today all became possible since I spent the day with my nieces. Now that they are asleep I still have a hour and a half to go, but I think I can make it (spare this post as social media and more a catergorical memo).
I have a TON of notifications waiting for me but I cannot describe the amazingness and free feeling I got from not looking at anything today. I think my generation and most definitely, generations after me, have forgotten what it is like to unplug and just be in the moment.
However, strangely, it also maybe me uneasy and somewhat anxious. I feel disconnected and behind in my day. I scheduled a bunch of posts to go out today and even tomorrow for work, but not responding or answering questions, comments and likes makes me feel anxious.
For now, I just need to revel in the independence from it and think more consciously daily about letting messages go unanswered for a few hours of not commenting on things within 2 minutes.
I suppose the last few days have been filled with movies. It has been interesting to see some classics. Quite a difference between Casablanca and Schindler’s List but both so great and historic in their own right.
It is interesting to compare and contrast the differences in people’s experiences between the two… and although I had no intention of comparing them, it’s interesting that they are comparable.
Anyway, always just lovely to sit down and watch a movie.
With Spring here it has been so great to get out and enjoy the sunshine every day. I work so often that I don’t have much time to do this, so when I do I feel the need to take full advantage of it.
So today I urged myself to get up and go lay in the grass for a bit.
It was so relaxing! At least for me… Mia wasn’t too happy because she had to stay leashed near me. Regardless, she did have a smile on her face just being outside.
It was lovely to cloud watch!
This was not my plan for the day but I happened to be driving by the movie theater and did not have plans for the night so I decided to go catch a film by myself.
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It was funny and a great story.
Even though I really enjoyed the movie and had a fun time, I prefer going with a friend. It makes the movie experience more fun.
Wow, I understand the term “cool as a cucumber” a little more after that experience. Cucumbers really are cooling, almost chilly.
Anyway, in all honesty when I added this thing to my list at the end of last year I actually had no idea why people did this, I just knew they did and thought it was something I should try.
So I looked up how and why and all the normals questions and got this info:
Putting Cucumbers on Your Eyes
I actually don’t really have dark circles, or puffy eyes, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.
It is cool and refreshing. And it is just nice to sit eyes closed for 15 minutes, not being blue to open your eyes… somewhat meditative.
I recommend it. Plus, the site has lots of other benefits of using cucumbers in a variety of ways.
This task might be a little dangerous in Denver due to the obscene amount of geese in the parks these days but lucky for me the park near my house is pretty clear of geese, meaning no worry of all those droppings.
So today was just a nice afternoon to walk barefoot in the park. Of course I brought Mia along and she had a blast running around. She is now sleeping very soundly.
It is getting to the point where everyday when I do something new I feel the need to remind myself I should always be doing these things. Yet, I have tried so many new things so far this year and pushed myself to do new things that I am beginning to forget some of those things I started off with. (Well, this is a rambling.)
Anyway, my point is, it is nice to have this blog because I can look back on the year and say “oh yes, I wanted to remind myself to do that more often”.
This morning was one of this enexperiences. I found a morning stretch routine online: Morning Stretches.
They are nothing difficult. Just something to wake you up and get you moving. My initial rant was because I need to remind myself to do this more often. My body feels better. My mind feels better. And my morning grogginess is not so prevalent.
This might be one of my new favorite things.
I have been living in Colorado for over five years now and one thing I miss about Florida is the sound of rain… nearly all the time. So in my search to complete this I found this video of TEN HOURS of rain and light thunder.
Ambient Noise – Rain
It is so calming and soothing. I fell asleep and stayed asleep for a long time, which I do not do often. But then listen to it again when I wake up as a sort of meditation. The funny thing is, I half expect to walk outside to a rain shower… 😂☔️