Happy Friday and Easter Weekend!
I’ve been allowing a lot of the space in my head to be filled with thoughts about what I envision this blog to be. You may – or may not – know that for almost four years, I wrote a personal blog primarily based on my running life. I’ve been an avid runner for a number of years. The blog was born out of a need to have an outlet to share my passion, trials, and successes related to the pursuit of PR’s and a Boston Marathon Qualifier.
Having fulfilled the initial purpose of the blog, wanting to switch gears, and other personal reasons, I shut that blog down at the beginning of 2017. (It is still active if you’re curious… www.wasntjusthewinetalking.com)
The absence of that outlet has definitely created a hole. However, with the launch of this site and having created a section reserved for a blog, I figured what the hell! This little piece of the world-wide web is mine to do whatever I want with it. So, while you can expect to find posts about writing, including tips for DIY types, poetry, excerpts from my manuscript, what I’m reading, and the like, you’ll also find some random posts related to some of my other passions and life stuff.
Now that you’ve been warned, I’m kicking it off with a feature I hope to make a regular occurrence; a little roundup of the things I’m currently obsessing over.
I have no idea how I didn’t know about this sooner. I love to read but have struggled to make it a bigger priority based upon the fact (or is it an excuse?) that life gets busy. I’m committed to changing that and like that this site features options to create lists of books you’ve read, books you want to read, and books you’re currently reading. Plus, you can find author biographies, see what your friends are reading, and find reviews.
Another recent obsession is podcasts. I have a few favorites, including one of my most recent discoveries, Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette. She interviews a lot of athletes, authors, adventurers, and really cool people in general. Episodes can be accessed on her website but she also has a community with bonus features for $8.00 per season. I haven’t signed up just yet but plan too. It’s definitely worth a listen.
I’m off coffee. And it sucks. I could wax poetic about coffee all day long. However, as I’m learning, there are things that I love that don’t love me back. So coffee has been benched and matcha has replaced it.
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves. The powder has a slightly bitter flavor, is super high in antioxidants, and makes a delicious latte. I’ve been making one every morning to replace my beloved cup (or three) of coffee. My recipe is as follows:
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. matcha (I’m currently using Mighty Leaf.)
½ tsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. ghee (I like 4th & Heart.)
1 tsp. ashwagandha (I’m currently using Moon Juice. This is nonessential but an adaptogen that I take daily.)
1 tsp. honey
½ tsp. vanilla extract.
Combine over low heat until powders have dissolved and milk has warmed through.
4. Unicorn Hair
The last time I dyed my hair was the beginning of September 2015. A year and a half later, I LOVE the silver strands that are growing in. However, I didn’t love the remains of the previous dye job. Even though we tried to match my true hair color, the grow-out was off and had turned brassy and drab. I needed a change but didn’t want to alter the 18 months’ worth of my natural hair growth. So, I opted for a few highlights on the old growth. Not just any highlights, mind you. I wanted unicorn hair! The intention was a pastel lavender color. My hair decided it preferred periwinkle. Either way, I love the fun hint of color!
5. Ginger Beer
Kombucha is life. It’s also damn expensive and I haven’t started brewing my own. Looking for something fun to sip, I picked up some ginger beer a couple of weeks ago and am hooked. It’s so refreshing and a four-pack costs roughly the price of 1.5 bottles of my favorite ‘booch. I’m looking forward to trying some different brands but Reed’s is a good standby.