Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Creative Clarity Vol. 2

Nearly every time I've sat down to blog in the past few days, I've been pulled away from my computer by some other item on my "to-do" list. It seems every time I have a free moment to write, something else pops into my head and takes priority! Laundry, pack, buy paintbrushes, tape to paint, actually paint, return items to the library, eat (very important to not forget), put light switch covers back on, pull up tape, continue packing, fold laundry, etc. And then of course working full-time and working out! Needless to say, my blogging inspiration has taken a bit of a hit. So while the past few days have been a bit chaotic, they've also given me plenty to reflect on and smile about. I'm still pushing myself to notice the joy in the little things: the moments that give me creative clarity. (And its honestly been getting so much easier ever since my switch to minimalism and writing volume 1.)

So amidst the packing, the painting (finally pulled up the last bit of tape yesterday!), orchestrating the U-haul, and getting ready to move on Saturday, I've taken a few snapshots of recently enjoyed things. I hope you enjoy them, too!
 Getting to see my friend Angela for the first time in 2 years! Check out our weekend together here.
 Glorious Baba Ghanoush plate at Bière de Mac (also the only vegan option on the menu), one of our favorite breweries in northern MI. John and I went last weekend to celebrate his (belated) birthday.
 Two solid days and the apartment is finished! Purple, yellow, and blue walls are back to white. I loved the colors while I had them but definitely did not expect painting over them to be such a pain.
My new yoga wheel from BodyGood (psst Amazon). I've only fallen a few times trying to balance on it, but it is a total game changer!
 Speaking of yoga, lately I've been meditating for 10 minutes every morning after my yoga session (crunch, I know), and I'm loving Soundscapes on Pandora. (My current favorite channel is "Meditations Spa" and includes tracks like this, crackling fire, and rain)
Buying professional clothes for the first time in a long time - I'm back in the office next week! Definitely will miss the comfort of yoga pants/leggings all day but part of me is ecstatic that I'll get to dress up every day and make use of my clothes again. (This dress is from TJ Maxx.)
 Cauliflower rice, every day! Here I mixed it with TVP, romaine, and peppers (topped with avocado) but I also make a great vegan "fried rice" with tofu, too. Recipe to come! 
 This account on Instagram - love the positivity (and the humor) in each of their posts!
 Relaxing evenings with Pinot Noir and a bit of Yoga Ed. Getting serious about yoga lately has generated this intense interest in body systems, posture, muscles, etc. and how the different asanas (poses) in yoga affect them. I'd highly recommend this book if you're interested!
If you follow me on Instagram, you knew one of these was coming! This smoothie bowl was made with frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, Navitas açai powder and cacao powder, and cashew milk. Topped with Nature's Path Organics coconut chia granola (my fave) and fresh fruit.
More Yoga Ed, but this time reflecting on the mental "muscle" affected by yoga rather than the actual physical body. I found this book on Amazon.
I hope you're all having a great week so far and take a few minutes each day to acknowledge the little things that bring you joy. It can make such a huge difference in your day (and your week) to just take that extra moment to appreciate them. Thank you for checking out my post today and letting me share some creative clarity with you!

Ok...signing off for now. Watch for the next Travel Bug post coming soon!


  1. That dress looks amazing on you, I love it! Only three more sleeps until the move, YES!!

    1. Thanks Miriam! I was looking through my wardrobe and realized the "clothes for work" section was in need of some serious help...I was so excited to find this dress! AH only three sleeps! And one will be on the couch! (lol)


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