Lately I’ve Been…

Hi friends.  I’ve really been slacking on the blogging front as of late, but I’m okay with that.  Life is good and busy and crazy and I’m just taking it day by day.  I saw this “Lately I’ve Been…” post on a few blogs lately and figured I could make time to do one myself to keep my loyal readers in the loop.  Thanks for sharing, Tina & Julie & others! Here we go…


Lately, I’ve been…

Making: Compost! Ha…I haven’t been cooking much lately, but I started a compost bin at our new house and I’m SO excited about it.  Ideally, I’ll write a whole blog post about it one of these days to share how it’s coming along.  Don’t hold your breath, though! :)


Eating: My favorite salad combo…seriously, I could eat this salad ALL the time.  Spinach/leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts, dried cranberries and goat cheese.  YUM!
Drinking: Sun Tea & TJ’s Maple Water!  I love the Maple Water for a hint of sweetness and SunTea is just a summer thing.  Right? 


Wanting: a hammock!  We still don’t have patio furniture for the house, but I’m daydreaming (and online window shopping for…) of a hammock where I can relax and read books this summer!

Wishing: Time would slow the heck down.  I’m trying to be more mindful lately and live in the moment, but geez does time fly!  
Loving: Wide leg printed “hippie” pants.  I’m no fashionista, so there is probably a term for these that I’m unaware of, but whatever they’re called I’m loving wearing them to work, on date night, etc.  

Needing: Exercise.  I am struggling to get back to a regular routine between moving and work and travelling and my body knows it.  CrossFit is one thing that makes me feel good, so I need to continue getting my butt to the gym! 
Wearing: My new JORD watch.  Full review coming soon, but it’s a beautiful wood piece that totally goes with my hippie vibe lately.

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Feeling: Happy.  I went through a pretty rough period recently (details of which I will not be sharing on the blog), but I am starting to really feel whole and happy again.  I’m contributing a lot of it to mindfulness, meditation, exercise and therapy.  If you’re feeling down or unhappy in some aspect of your life, trust me…it’s normal and happens to all of us.  Reach out to friends, family or even professional help to get yourself back to where you want to be!

Noticing: How much I love being outdoors.  There is just something about nature that speaks to me and brings me to a happy place.

The labrinyth at Avalon Park & Preserve.  So cool!

The labrinyth at Avalon Park & Preserve. So cool!

Opening: Lots of pacakges!  Moving into a new house is fun!  We are receiving cards and housewarming gifts…and also doing a bit of shopping for things we “need” for the house.  Ya know, like a cornhole set and this gorgeous wreath for the front door.  Did I mention we still don’t have patio furniture?! 

Looking: foward to exploring our new hometown.  We spent date night at Avalon Park & Preserve and took Beth to our local Bakery last weekend, but there seems to be so much happening in Suffolk county, especially during the summer.  Yoga in barns, local music on the vineyards, kayaking in the bay?  Sign me up!

Playing: Zac Brown Band.  I’ve loved ZBB for a long time now and with the release of their new album, I’m back on a country kick.  Boyfriend bought us tickets to their Citi Field concert in August and I CAN’T WAIT!
Reading:  Lots of meditation and happiness books.  If you haven’t already, go pick up 10% Happier by Dan Harris.  I listened to it on audiobook and it resonated with me so much.  Dan talks about reducing stress through meditation despite being a huge critic.  Seriously, go read it!

Thinking: That it’s time to cut back on social media.  The more time I spend trying to be mindful and live in the present moment, the less time I have for twitter and facebook.  I still love Instagram, but I really feel better when I’m not glued to it all day everyday.  

Knowing: That life is good.  I have so many good people in my life, my calendar is full of big (and little) happy plans and I know I am a lucky girl.


Your turn…Tell me what you’re up to in the comments. :)


Home Sweet Home

Hi there!  I’ve been MIA for a little while and I probably will continue to be for a bit, but I wanted to pop in quickly and explain why!  You see, we just bought our first HOME!  For the first time in almost 10 years, I’m not throwing away my money in rent.  I’m paying a mortgage! Ahh!  The past week has been jam-packed with last minute packing, cleaning, closing and moving.  Besides the quick 3-mile run boyfriend and I squeezed in the morning of our closing, I haven’t made any time to exercise.  



I also haven’t been cooking (you need pots and pans to do that…) and we have been eating meals out for the last week plus, which almost always means my healthy eating goes off track.  Last night I finally made a grocery trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up, made a real meal for dinner and then packed a big beautiful salad for lunch today.  It was glorious.  

We are SO excited to be homeowners and have spent the last few days consumed by unpacking, decorating and making our house truly our HOME.  Even Rocky is enjoying himself..



So that’s our house update for now.  I’m hoping to get back to CrossFit tomorrow night and am really looking forward to exploring our new hometown on foot!  Stay tuned for those regular posts about my fitness and healthy eats…they’ll be back soon!