I’m avoiding chores like crazy right now: my kitchen needs to be cleaned, I need to swap summer clothes with winter, and I’m totally out of clean exercise clothes. But I have SO many things I want to share with all of you. If you watch my Insta stories, you’ll have heard of a few of these. I’m hunkered down in the evening with popcorn, hot tea, and my cozy robe so let’s go…
Like always, Ms. Rachel Hollis is inspiring the heck outta me. She’s running a 90-day challenge that starts Monday because — guess what? — there are only 90 days left in 2017. If that made you gasp, you need this challenge.
Some of her classic tough love below ⬇ (click the Play button in the left corner between the video and the caption)
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STOP feeling sorry for yourself. STOP making excuses. STOP listing out all of the reasons why you can't. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are capable of astounding things. The negative self talk isn't serving you and I love you enough to tell you to STOP. 🛑 [Double Tap if you Agree]
It’s so easy to disregard the end of the year. It’s Halloween, and then it’s Thanksgiving, and then it’s the holidays. We’re all crazy busy with work projects and vacations and shopping and pie-making. We don’t prioritize healthy eating or workouts, we drink too much, we let family drama drag us down, and we take all that stress out on our spouse.
It doesn’t have to be this way!!!!
Rachel is challenging all of us to ramp up at the end of the year, not wind down. Maintain your healthy habits (mind, body, relationship, career), and maybe add a few more. Sign up here for the email-based challenge. I promise, it will be worth your while. Leave a comment for me if you sign up! I’m an ambassador for Rachel’s brand, so I’d love to know if you’ll be playing along.
G and I have been watching the new Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War.” I am typically not one for war documentaries, but this is fascinating. There are interviews with American vets and their families, Vietnamese citizens, and Viet Cong. The tagline for the doc is “there is no one truth in war,” and the multi-perspective approach really helps to hit that point home.
My close friend Lindsey coordinated a Kansas City screening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the documentary directors. They spoke on a panel with a local veteran and a local historian, and it was incredibly moving. After the hour-long series of documentary clips that we watched, there literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including all of the tough-guy-looking vets sitting around me. Watch this! It’s streaming on PBS through next month.
Loving “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood (author of “The Handmaid’s Tale”!), and I can’t wait to start “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue. I better not wait too long to start it, actually, because I have to finish it for book club next week. Whoops.
If you want to know more about what I’m reading and loving (or not finishing), follow me on Good Reads. I review every book I read, so check it out!
I have been listening to the new Kesha album on repeat. It’s the best. I have so much respect for her and her honesty. She’s clearly struggling with her identity, her spirituality, and her place in the music industry, and the vulnerability in her lyrics is powerful. Also, my newlywed brain loves “Finding You.”
I’m also listening to the “Waitress” soundtrack in preparation for seeing the musical in November. I have always loved that movie, and I love Sara Bareilles (who composed the music and wrote the lyrics), so I’m really looking forward to that date night!
Finally, if you love reality TV as much as I do, you must listen to this podcast: Reality Reality with Whitney A. Whitney, who is an awesome and funny wine and booze expert, and a guest discuss reality TV and reality (sex, dating, friend drama). It is so funny, and it’s a great outlet for all of my otherwise useless reality TV knowledge. (If you ever have any Kardashians or Housewives conspiracy theories to share, hit me up in those Insta DMs.)
EATING AND DRINKING//
I’ve been starting most days with a smoothie, and my new thing is adding frozen green peas for protein. I got this idea from the lovely Christina of Dessert for Two (please disregard that this post says “for kids” in the title 😂).
Rough recipe: 1 frozen banana, ¼ c frozen cherries, ¼ c frozen green peas, 2 scoops collagen peptides, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 c water. Blend on high until super-smooth. Tastes like PB&J.
The blend of protein and fat keeps me full from 7-11, when I usually have a snack (hummus, dried edamame, wasabi almonds, or hard-boiled eggs).
What are you obsessed with this month?