Obsessions

::A Curation of Obsessions 5/26::

Picking up where I left off… since I bailed last week and didn’t post my weekly list… I’ve got a few fun obsessions to share!

Birkenstock’s

I just bought a new pair of Birkenstock‘s as a little reward for a few personal achievements and I’m over the moon! In fact, they’re only the second pair I’ve owned. The first pair I got in high school – my junior year if my memory serves me. I loved them and wore them to death. Literally. I had them for at least 10 years before they were no longer fit to wear. I’ve been wanting a replacement forever. There are a few styles I’ve been eyeing but I went with the Mayari in Black.

Silver Hair

The backstory: I started sprouting silver strands of tinsel from the top of my head at least three years ago. Probably longer. I’d been coloring my hair since high school so I’m not certain when I started the transition. Anyway, a couple of years ago I decided to “ditch the dye” as they say and quit coloring my hair. The experiment ended after 7 months when I cut my hair super short to rid the ends of the old dye job. It was the shortest haircut I’ve ever had and I hated it. I couldn’t have both a haircut I hated AND grey hair. One box of hair color from the pharmacy later and I had black hair. Black.
 
Another year and a half passed before I decided to, again, try to embrace my natural hair color. I last dyed my hair at the beginning of September 2015, by attempting to add highlights that would match my natural hair color as closely as possible. I haven’t looked back. (Though I will note that just two months ago I dyed some of my ends purple because I needed to do something FUN!)
 
Anyway, I really like my hair but sometimes I still need to feel inspired to stick with it. A few years ago I started a Pinterest board specifically to save images of beautiful grey goddesses. It’s my favorite board and it gets more traffic on my Pinterest account than any of my other boards. Whether you’re looking for inspiration to blaze your own silver path or just curious, you can find my board HERE.
Chicks who Make Cool Shit from Wood
I love hand-crafted furniture and art made from natural and reclaimed wood. I recently discovered a couple of chicks that are making cool shit with wood. I’ve spent waaaay too much time scrolling through their Instagram feeds. One day, I’d love to own something like this… perhaps even make it myself!

curation of obsession woodworking

@aleksandrazee

curation of obsession woodworking

@rawrestorations

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::A CURATION OF OBSESSIONS 5/12::

The only thing I’ve been obsessing over this week is my business. That’s not entirely honest but I’ve had very little free time to indulge in my favorite pastime of perusing the internet for the purpose of mindless entertainment. I’ve hardly been on Instagram this week either. Gasp!

I’ve had a few things stirring in my mind though so I’ll share those for my curated obsessions this week.

The Deschutes River

Um, yeah. I live in Southern California. The Deschutes River is located in Central Oregon. Specifically, the portion of the river that I love the most is about 800 miles away. But I’m craving the smell of the juniper and ponderosa pine trees and mountain air, feeling the desert heat soak into my core, the sound of the rushing water through the canyons created by centuries old lava flows… be still my heart. Those places that make you feel alive and free and soothe your soul in ways that words cannot do justice… where you long to be… go there.

Abstinence or Moderation

This one is a tough one. I recently learned that there are two types of people when it comes to behaviors: abstainers and moderators. People who can moderate their behavior set limits while abstainers cannot. It’s all or nothing for the abstinence type folks.
For this example, I’ll use coffee consumption because that is where I’m heading with this anyway. For a full month, I completely abstained from coffee. I didn’t love the idea of giving up coffee but I had tried to cut back to a single cup each morning and the occasional latte. No go. Without batting an eye, I’d be onto cup number two before I’d realized what I’d done and grabbing a latte a few hours later. The ticket for me is to not have any at all. It sucks, yes. But I love tea and my matcha lattes too so the month without coffee wasn’t the worst thing ever. At the end of the trial period, I tried the moderation route again. Guess what? I’m still not a moderator. (Hangs head in shame.) So, for now, coffee is back in a big way. At least until my adrenal glands freak out again. (This means I’ll probably quit again next week. UGG!)
Anyway, the link above is a good blog post from Peanut Butter Fingers on the subject that covers a variety of things that one might find themselves trying to abstain from or do/consume in moderation.

Manifestation

I’ve been a fan of Free and Native for a few years. It’s been my go-to website for studying manifestation, among other things like holistic living. Yes, you read that right. I’m a big believer in the idea that we are responsible for manifesting the things that we want and that we have the ability to bring our desires into our lives with the power of mindset. Just this past week I found myself in a frustrating situation that almost caused me to surrender to someone else’s needs which were unrealistic for me to do. However, I stood in my power. Had I caved, it would have been a declaration that I’m not worthy of my own needs. Worse, it would have sent an invitation out into the universe to allow others to take advantage of me in the same way. In the end, I stood my ground out of respect for myself. And you know what? Everything worked out fine. It was a good lesson and reminder that I (we) have the power to generate what we want.

Before I jet off for another full day, I just sent out my May Newsletter with a special offer to new subscribers. If you’re interested, you can read it here: MAY NEWLETTER

::A CURATION OF OBSESSIONS 5/5::

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s been another wild week behind-the-scenes around here! I’m extremely grateful for each and every opportunity I’ve received to follow my passion and grow my business. My vision is starting to become my reality and there is something so satisfying about seeing your hard work pay off!

But enough about business. I’m not an “all work and no play kinda gal!” I’ve curated a list of my current obsessions for your amusement so read on and have a fantastic and safe weekend!

Girlboss

I’ve been mildly obsessed with Sophia Amorusa for a while. When I first jumped into the realm of freelancing and owning and operating my small freelance business, I was looking for inspiration. One such form came from the book #Girlboss. I bought it as an audiobook and listened to it each morning while commuting to my “real” job. While I’ve never been fond of the clothing brand, Nasty Gal, that Sophia started as an eBay shop when she was 22 years old and grew into a multi-million dollar company (which also just recently filed for bankruptcy), I admire her ambition and drive. Despite the company’s financial woes, she has rebranded herself and her #Girlboss trademark. In fact, there is a new Netflix series “loosely” based on her life and the start of Nasty Gal.

Lauren Fleshman and the 5k

Another mild obsession I have is with Lauren Fleshman. She’s an all-around cool chick and role model for female athletes. I recently listened to an interview in which she talked about an article that she wrote for Runner’s World regarding why she thinks the 5k is so “freaking” awesome. The opening of the article sets the stage with a funny story about a conversation with a guy on a plane about running, who wasn’t impressed with her status as “just” a 5k runner. Anyway, her argument is that 5k’s aren’t just a stepping stone to longer distances. As I analyze my relationship with running, and particularly with long distances, it was refreshing to find reassurance that shorter distances matter. Not only that, you can train and race for a 5k without burning yourself out or induce an injury, especially if you’re already prone.

Instagram

It’s my guilty pleasure. Mostly, I follow people, organizations, and companies that inspire me so I like a pretty eclectic assortment of accounts. Currently, though, I’m dreaming of adventures… so these are a few feeds that I’m drooling over.

And for fun, a couple of photos from my most recent outing; an overnight backpacking trip with my brother.

::A curation of obsessions – 4/28::

Where do I begin? This week has been nuts! But in a super good way, because as some like to say, myself included, I’m living the dream! Ha! (And also the reason why I’m posting this on Saturday instead of Friday, as intended.)

At any given moment I’ve had at least 800 tabs open in my head if you know what I mean. I haven’t had a lot of space between tasks to curate my obsession list this week (In fact, nearly every little gap of time I’ve had has been filled in with another task, such as this blog post. I’m never not writing!) but even with little free time, there’s always something to be obsessing over. And I found my title!

This is what got my attention this week:

Passerbuys

I’ve become slightly obsessed with the life of an author who recently published her first book. She was featured on the site and since then, I’ve sought out the profiles of some of the other women they’ve showcased; an assortment of creative types. (I romanticize the writer’s life but let the record reflect that it is hard-ass work. In fact, my ass literally hurts from sitting in a hard wooden chair for hours on end in hopes that something magical will manifest from my brain, travel through my fingers onto my keyboard, and launch me into author stardom. A girl can dream, right?)

Brooks Peacock Line

Peacocks are such beautiful, regal birds. I’ve admired them for a long time (before they were “trendy” even) and was stoked to see that Brooks has launched a new design for the Pure line that has a peacock feather print. They offer two colors for the PureFlow 6, which is what I wear, and they’re awesome! (I will have to add a savings goal to my budget to snag a pair – see below.) A fresh pair of running shoes would, I’m certain, help me set some new running goals!

Mint

Budgeting… er, trying to budget, is something I’ve been pretty much working on my entire adult life. Admittedly, I have a long history of hang-ups about money… earning money, spending money, saving money… fear that there is never enough to do everything that I need and want to do… stuff like that. Honestly, it’s something I really detest about myself and I’m constantly trying to figure out ways to improve my relationship with my finances. What I like specifically about Mint is the ability to create saving plans for a number of goals such as an emergency fund, travel fund, car down payment fund, laptop fund, etc., that you can customize. It also tracks how and where you are spending money which is a huge eye opener! (I should probably cut down on my kombucha consumption.)

What obsessions have you been curating lately? I’d love to know what you’re into! If you feel compelled to share, please comment below.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. One more day to take advantage of discounted services!!!

::This week’s obsessions – April 15-21::

::a few of my current obsessions::