As some of you may have noticed, things have slowed down here around the blog. To be honest, I’ve been slowing down (on all fronts), putting my focus on a few other ventures, and making sure that I’m giving myself the appropriate amount of time to enjoy life, too. ;) Striking that balance between work and life can be challenging at times, but is something that I’m thoroughly committed to. That said, I thought I’d keep you up to date with some of the things I’m enjoying (or working on) in my new found free time. First up, cookies. I tried out this recipe last week and have since made two batches. They are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have made to date.
Another big thing I’ve been tackling is my back pain. It’s been about a year now since I felt that first twinge in my neck + upper shoulders from sitting at a desk all day and putting too much stress on myself. It’s been debilitating, to say the least. But instead of complaining, I’m taking action. Last week, at the suggestion of a reader, I tried Yoga with Adriene, a free online yoga practice that’s very inviting for somebody who has ZERO experience in yoga. ;) And so far, it’s been amazing! I feel 10 times better after each session and am eager to learn some of those crazy poses. I also went back to a new chiropractor last week for an official consultation and soaked up a bunch of great insight. We started the adjustment process (is it weird that I like getting my neck cracked??) and I’m hoping that this, with a combination of yoga (and strengthening), will help get myself back to normal.
Michael and I have also been watching Anthony Bourdain travel episodes almost every night now (with a side of air popped popcorn). He has two series on Netflix: Parts Unknown and No Reservations. Anyway, we’re quickly blasting through the curated collection on there, so I’m hoping they upload some more soon. ;) Speaking of travel, I actually booked a trip to Rome & Prague (!!!) last week with two of my good friends. We’ll be heading that way in May and staying for about 10 days. Sometimes, you just gotta treat yourself. Have a great week friends. ♥
Lately, I’ve been dreaming about how wonderful it would be to take a month off of work (completely) and travel somewhere adventurous or relaxing (or both). Although I’m quite a homebody and can’t imagine being away for more than a few weeks, it’s definitely fun to think about. Maybe. Someday. With a few travel ideas in the works, I thought I would share my own personal travel wishlist.
WINTER IN PRAGUE How romantic does a winter in Prague look? I honestly don’t know much about this place, but have filed this image away for years wondering what it would be like.
EVERYTHING ICELAND Michael & I are actually seriously considering a trip to Iceland this summer. We’ve had a few layovers there on our way to other destinations and every time I’ve been filled with curiosity. What would we see if we hoped on a bus and went into the city? Or if we rented a car and drove the ring road? After reading this post about the country, I’m 100% ready to go. Anyone been?
ALYS BEACH I’ve actually briefly stopped by Alys Beach during a routine trip to Florida, but wanted so badly to stay. Maybe forever? All I know is that the first words out of my mouth were “can I retire here?” All in all, it’s one of those places where I’d love to rent a nice AirBNB, lay out by the pool (& ocean), and just relax. Plus, this place is an absolute dream for any designer smitten with white space.
I’ve been following the flourishing work of Corina Nika for some time now. Her blog, Cocorrina, provides the perfect backdrop for a daily dose of beautiful photography, snippets from her life on Kefalonia Island, and a whole lot of good design. Seriously, you should go stop by. ;) For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING Every morning, i wake up 30 minutes before i start getting ready for the day. Although it counts for less sleep, i get to start my day in an inspiring, non stressful way. No emails are allowed. Instead, i browse through Pinterest, Instagram, catch up with Twitter and quickly browse my go to blogs while having some tea and cookies on the couch.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED Today, was one of the most difficult days, in terms of schedule. Sometimes, no matter how good your organise your schedule, things just get out of hand. My challenge was completing all the client projects as scheduled, and firing in the day some me and family time.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT Sticking to my timer! I always calculate the amount of time i have to spend working on every project, and the amount of time i get to have a break. Although lots of times i do loose the track of time, whenever my day is as tight as today, not a second slips my hands.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED To be polite. I’ve talked a lot about how being polite would make our world such a better place. It’s something that comes naturally to me, but my challenge is to be polite and show kindness even when someone doesn’t deserve it.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK Today i got to work on one of my favourite rebrands ever. Always leave dessert for the end :) It’s a gorgeous mix of modern ethnic, classic, fun and natural at the same time. That project captivated me from the very beginning, since it’s so much fun playing with ethnic patterns and all.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY Yes! I’ve turned into a passionate breakfaster through the past month. So i completely love having a royal breakfast to get me through the day. Today i had a bowl of oat, raisins, honey and fresh pomegranate.