Confessions: Things I Love Doing Recently
1. Barre Class
Do y'all know about the wonders of Barre? I've been going to the classes every other day for about three months. They're a mix of yoga, pilates, and ballet barre practices. I always leave the studio feeling rejuvenated and I'm always sore the day after -- something I love after a good workout; it reminds me that I'm working hard to improve myself. The classes are a good mix of cardio and muscle-building. Here in Austin, a popular place is Barre 3. Here's what Barre 3 says about their services: "Barre3 is for everyone. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to exercise. Instead, we empower each individual to modify postures and develop body awareness for lasting results. Our signature approach to teaching gives clients a rewarding endorphin high and a deep muscle burn—without pain in areas of the body prone to injury." Check out if they're in your area.
And by baking, I mean adding 1 cup water, 1/2 cup oil, and 2 large eggs to Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Mix. Whether it's because there's been a chill in the air every morning and night, or because Halloween is right around the corner, I've simply been in the mood for fresh-baked smells to come wafting out of my oven. Lately, these s'mores chocolate chip cookie sandwiches look scrumptious. On a recent trip home to Cape Cod, my mom made the most delicious pumpkin pie with molasses inside. Makes me want to try some more unconventional pumpkin treats such as this brown butter confection. With the help of Home Chef, my boyfriend, Alex and I are cooking more often. Would love to try this yummy breakfast treat one lazy Sunday morning. Though I'm proud of this recent #adulting, with most baked goods' primary ingredients consisting of sugar and carbs, I should probably start taking some notes from this Minimalist Wellness blog.
3. Listening Walks
When my mind is cluttered, as it so often is, walking tends to help calm my nerves. Vitamin D must be a real thing ;) When I was a kid, I'd wake up to the sounds of my parents in the kitchen making breakfast and watching the news. Ever since then, it's become a habit to live with constant background noise (probably not the healthiest life model?). My favorite background noise recently isn't Pandora or Spotify, but a few select Podcasts. I find myself tuning in and out as I walk past streets and weave in and out of neighborhoods, but it provides a familiar nostalgic feeling I haven't yet learned to give up. My preferred podcasts these days are Dear Sugar, My Favorite Murder, and Modern Love. I so miss Serial (did you listen to season 2? I couldn't get into it).
4. Going to Sleep Earlier
I know, I know, I'm rolling my eyes at my own lameness. I still stay up late from time to time if I'm working in the studio or watching the new episode of Westworld or catching up on the latest Kinfolk Issue, but when I go to bed before midnight, I actually wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Imagine that!
What are some things you've been loving recently? Any great podcasts or music or movies to recommend? I'm always on a mad hunt!