Last week I had a few “big girl moments,” some of which I’ll share eventually. But perhaps the most sobering realization—who have I become that 60 degrees is COLD? Like, need-heated-seats cold. Yikes. I do love me a good fall day, but not in the pumpkin-spice way. I love it for the natural pull toward rest, coziness and family (as I’m sure so many people do). A good balance to an active season, although it never really comes to fruition down here. But a few nice football days and Dutch Oven meals are all that I need.
Moving on from the weather to share some recent favorites and “life” highlights. I have a few non-fluffy posts in mind but I’m not holding myself to writing every week just yet :)
P.S. The formatting of my blog is bothering me. It’s on my list to fix.
The Morning Breath
The Morning Breath is one of my current favorite podcasts. Forewarning- this is NOT like any podcast I’ve ever suggested. It’s more People Magazine than Moby Dick or Da Vinci Code, if you know what I mean. It’s hosted by the creator of the popular Instagram account @girlwithnojob and her sister. So both of them have jobs but still play into the post-grad, millennial mindset. It’s hilarious. I don’t watch any television shows regularly and I still laugh at their commentary (they talk about non-TV stuff too). They also go live on Facebook every day at 10:30 a.m. Apparently they are funnier on camera.
Lark Ellen Granola
I bought my first bag of Lark Ellen Granola in August when I was in L.A. I’m now on at least my seventh bag (I’ve lost count). I love everything about this company—their values, products and customer service. All of their trail mixes, granola bites and cereal are grain-free and made from sprouted and dehydrated nuts and seeds. Simply put, sprouting nuts and seeds makes them easier to digest. More info here.
My favorite granola is Pumpkin & Fig but I also love their Chili Lime Kale Trail Mix. Lark Ellen is not cheap, but higher quality often leads to higher price (<–that’s how I justify it).
Mari Andrew + Rupi Kaur
In an over-saturated, not-so-relatable Instagram world, Mari Andrew and Rupi Kaur stand out. Neither of these women are up-and-comers (quite the opposite), but I believe they are worth noting. Go follow them!
Mari’s illustrations are cute, honest and always spur some self-reflection.
Rupi is a driving force behind contemporary poetry. Some poems are inspiring, others tug more at your heart. It’s crazy how just a few simple words, when strung together correctly, can be so powerful. I guess that’s good writing for you.
Batman and Robin
I know that some people are 100% opposed to animals in costumes and I respect that. However, Rocco and Archie are dressing up for Halloween…and I can’t stop smiling. You’ll likely see them again on Instagram tomorrow.
The Marine Corps Marathon
Last Sunday I ran my third marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. There’s no way to put into words how I felt crossing the finish line. This race was really personal and while I started to write a full blog post about it, I opted against it. I’m extremely proud of this accomplishment and learned a lot about myself—as a person and an athlete—in the process. I finished in 4:01:38 with a huge smile on my face.
What are you loving lately?