Happy SPRING, everyone! It snowed here yesterday, but WHATEVER.
How was your March? Mine was incredibly busy and really fun: celebrating my sister’s birthday, a book launch party for Girl Wash Your Face, seeing the KC Jazz Orchestra with my family, making these freezer meals, watching Grant refinish the hardwood floors in our family room and assemble the bookshelves of my dreams, AND celebrating my birthday. We rounded out the month by celebrating our FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY over the weekend. Stale cake from the freezer? Actually very delicious. Shoutout to Mudpie Bakery and my awesome sister.
It’s #internationalwomensday, and I got to spend last night with my favorite internet person, @msrachelhollis. If you’ve ever been inspired by anything I’ve said or written, go follow Rach. She’s the original, and I’m the remix. ✨♥️✨ I love being an ambassador for Rachel’s brand because I know she will never disappoint me by being catty. She truly lives and breathes by the adage “a rising tide raises all ships,” and it shows from how she speaks, to what she posts on social, to how tirelessly she hugged all 100 of us last night. ✨♥️✨ My favorite feminist theory is #ShineTheory. It says that women should surround themselves with the best, most intimidating women they can. When you befriend women like that, it doesn’t dull your shine at all. It brightens it. (Shoutout to @aminatou and @annfriedman for the best theory there ever was.) ✨♥️✨ Take a leap today. Do something that makes you feel powerful. Reach out to a woman that intimidates you, or help a friend who’s struggling. Women, we’ve got to band together. None of us shine unless we all do.
I’m attending with my friend Brooke and about 100 internet friends, including Becca Peterson. Becca and I met and bonded over Instagram direct messages, and I was a guest on her new podcast, the Imperfectly Perfect Podcast, last week!
I love the internet. It has its downsides, FOR SURE, but it’s also a place where I get to hang out with all of you, and it’s where I met my buddy @browneyedbec. Becca and I connected on Instagram, finally met in real life earlier this month, and TODAY, I’m on an episode of her podcast @imperfectlyperfectpodcast 💕 . Becca and I chat about catalysts for change, choosing happiness, and macaroni and cheese. Listen and let me know what you think! #linkinbio
I loved chatting with her, and re-hearing my own stories and advice helped me get over a real hump last week. After a weekend of celebrating and eating for my birthday, I was having a hard time getting up on time, making my workouts, and making healthy eating choices, but listening to the podcast reminded me what I’m working toward and why.
I’d love it if you’d listen! Becca is obsessed with authenticity, finding joy, and embracing imperfection, and she’s pursuing her dream of hosting a successful podcast. On my episode, we chat about how I learned to cook, catalysts for change in my life, and my very famous (in my house, anyway) macaroni and cheese recipe.
I have been having a lot of sciatic pain in my right leg, so I took that as a sign to sloowwwww down. I’ve been going to my normal classes, zumba and spin, and then walking the treadmill for about an hour while I read on other days. I love it so much. I walk at a fast pace, so I’m out of breath and sweaty by the end, but it’s easier on my knee. The extra reading time is awesome, but I will not lie (and you know this if you watch my stories): I have cried more than once on the treadmill because of the book I’m reading.
This was definitely a month of splurges and celebrations. According to the photos on my phone, I had sushi at least three times. I had birthday cake for my birthday and my sister’s. But I also ate 1,000,000 salads and my new favorite lunch: spread a piece of deli turkey with really spicy hummus. Add a thick slice of bell pepper and some arugula. Roll it up! Repeat 3 times.
In other eating news, we reintroduced poultry to Grant’s diet. If you don’t know the details: G and I started eating a mostly-vegan diet about a year ago to see if eliminating animal products would solve some unexplained allergic reactions of Grant’s. He’s allergic, and always has been, to all red meat, but we also cut out poultry, just in case. In the past few weeks, he’s eaten chicken breast and ground turkey with no issues, so I think we’re in the clear!
I think we’ll stick to mostly plant-based meals from now on, though. He really likes the way vegan meals make his body feel, and there is no denying how much money we save relying on beans for protein over meat. Eating plants is also SO MUCH BETTER for our bodies and the environment. We plan to eat meat about once a week at home. So far we’ve had basic grilled chicken breast and tacos with ground turkey. I cannot WAIT to have my favorite slow-cooker bolognese (I need to share this recipe on the blog!) and our very, very favorite roasted chicken.
A lot of HAIM and Lizzo, in preparation to see them in May. A ton of old-school J.Lo, just like middle-school me would have wanted. Khalid, Miguel, and Janelle Monae. The Wicked Deluxe Soundtrack (did you know that the musical has German and Japanese translations?! Truly fun to listen to).
Like everyone else on the internet, I read this article about the ultimate rules for eating well: The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right. A food writer interviews a doctor, and the answers are so simple. It basically all boils down to Michael Pollan’s adage: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” Definitely, definitely read.
If you, like me, have very fond Little House on the Prairie memories, please read Caroline by Sarah Miller. It’s the same story, but from Ma’s perspective. So good and interesting and eye-opening (you’ll never be more grateful to be a 21st-century woman than when you read the phrase “maternity corset”). It’s also one of the books that made me cry on the treadmill. 5 stars!
My favorite reading-related thing that happened this month: my new bookshelves! All I wanted for my birthday was new furniture for our living room and Grant definitely delivered. My poor books had been languishing on my childhood bookcases and in stacks on the floor. They now have a proper, beautiful home, and I just want to sit and read all day long. On my birthday, I woke up at my normal time, but sat in my new reading chair and read one of my favorite books instead of doing chores or writing. Magical.
What were you up to this month? Anything fun planned for April?
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