Taking moments

These days, it’s can be very easy to just stay cooped up inside your home from the time you wake up until you go to bed, and in turn, life can feel like a blur. I’ve been making it a point to get outside of my apartment for at least an hour every day and try to be present and enjoy whatever environment I’m in (park, beach, stroll around the neighborhood). A couple weeks ago, I picked up an iced latte and walked to a park next to the beach. It was such a nice morning, about 70 degrees with a slight breeze and it wasn’t even 10am yet. I stayed off my phone and just people watched and enjoyed the weather. Even if you think you’re too busy or just too lazy to change into real clothes, I think it’s still important to get yourself outside. I want to incorporate more simple, peaceful moments like this into my life. XO

Technically summer doesn’t begin until June 20 but we’re almost there! Summer is by far my favorite season – longer days, warm evenings, outdoor activities, tan skin… here are my current favorite jams that give all the summer vibes. You can follow my summer playlist here

  • Sit Next to Me (Stereotypes Remix) – Foster The People
  • Don’t Move – Phantogram
  • Let’s Go – Khalid
  • Wait – NoMBe
  • Blem – Drake
  • Sure Thing – Miguel
  • Let Me Live – Rudimental, Major Lazer
  • Body – Loud Luxury
  • Guatemala – Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi
  • Broken – lovelytheband
  • La La Land – Bryce Vine
  • Summer Days – Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Fall Out Boy
  • One Thing Right – Marshmello, Kane Brown
  • Look What God Gave Her – Thomas Rhett
  • Go Flex – Post Malone
  • Mexico – Ollie Joseph
  • Get Along – Kenny Chesney
  • Waves – Mr. Probz, Robin Schulz
  • Coke & Henny Pt. 2 – Pink Sweat$
  • Summer – Calvin Harris
  • Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  • Ballin’ – Mustard, Roddy Ricch
  • Ride It – Regard
  • I’d Love To Change The World– Ten Years After
  • Dance Monkey – Tones And I
  • Memories – Petit Biscuit
  • Secret – Burna Boy, Jeremih, Serani
  • Kinfolks – Sam Hunt
  • Blue on Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Night Moves – Bob Seger
  • Congratulations – Post Malone
  • Young Dumb & Broke – Khalid
  • Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
  • Habitual – Justin Bieber
  • When Am I Gonna Lose You – Local Natives
  • House Party – Sam Hunt
  • Heartless – Diplo, Julia Michaels
  • Always – Panama
  • 4Tounce – JAWNY
  • Almost – Hozier
  • Put It All On Me – Ed Sheehan, Ella Mae
  • Intoxicated – Martin Solveig, Good Times Ahead
  • Chateau – Angus & Julia Stone
  • Money – Mat Kearney
  • Don’t Need Me – James Hersey, narou
  • Mind’s Eye – Jordan Rakei
  • Haircut – Ryan Beatty
  • Marinade – DOPE LEMON
  • Tessellate – alt-J
  • Waves – Miguel, Tame Impala
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Weekend

Some more hiking trails opened up this past weekend, so I went to Will Rodgers with my family. I haven’t been able to go on a hike since March, so being able to go again felt amazing! There aren’t many places to go nowadays, so it was nice to finally get a taste of freedom again. It makes me think how crazy it will feel to be able to do other once-normal activities again.

Pics from my hike. I love the Spring and I love little cactus-flowers!

So nice to see the world opening back up again. xo

Spending time alone

It’s been 8 weeks since the the safer at home order started. I haven’t seen any friends but luckily I have been able to see my family lots. I feel like I’m going through different phases of quarantine life. At first, I was buying a bunch of stuff for my apartment, beauty products, etc., but now I have completely stopped spending money on anything other than food and bills. I plan to do this for the next couple months. I’ve let my life slow down and for once am just appreciating and finding happiness in what I have and I’ve realized there is something really calming/zen about that. I have been having trouble falling asleep, so I cut out coffee (sad), eliminated screen time 30 minutes before I go to sleep, and use lavender essential oil in my diffuser, and it has worked! I don’t even try to sleep until I start yawning (lol). I was binging a lot of t.v., but decided I needed to put my energy into something creative – hence the blog, eventually youtube, and getting into photography…. one thing that’s been consistent throughout all of this has been me working out almost every day. A few goals I have for going-forward:

  • Spend at least 1 hour outside every day (sitting on balcony.. with spf.., going on walks/hikes, etc.)
  • Drink more water and tea
  • Try new recipes (I bought a couple new cook books – The Tiny Mess, Dining In)
  • Complete the last bit of Marie Kondo-ing my apartment (kitchen cabinets, bedroom nightstands)
  • Full body stretch every day (poses here)

Vacation Vibes

I’m a little bummed I won’t be going to Greece with my family in June like we had planned. But I am on some type of weird quarantine vacation in my apartment? I think everyone will appreciate traveling a bit more once this is all over, and I’m looking forward to that feeling. In the meantime, here are some dreamy vacation inspiration pics I found.. xo

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