a note on inspiration
so… it’s been a while. about 2.5 months to be exact. i did feel pretty guilty about this for a while [what’s new?] because i love writing, i love this blog, and i love putting my thoughts, ideas, tips, and tricks out there… and i feel great when i do it… but i kinda came to terms with the fact that i also don’t even care that i’ve taken a little unplanned hiatus… and here’s why.
inspiration comes and goes. my last post, which went up right before i left for cuba, was on a topic i felt really passionately about… something i feel like i have enough experience with and knowledge about to put out into the world. i felt inspired to write the post in the days leading up to my trip because i was living it. i was in the moment, doing what i normally do when i’m preparing to go on vacation… so the post came very naturally for me… one could say that it flowed.
when i got back from cuba… it wasn’t that i was feeling uninspired… quite the opposite actually… but in a different way. i spent the entire week i was there disconnected… no cell phone service, no wifi, no TV… nothing. and i loved every second of it. that aspect of the trip was honestly a huge part of what made it my favorite vacation i’ve ever taken. i was so present… i was living in the moment… and when i got back to LA, i kinda sorta wanted to keep that feeling going.
i kept telling myself “okay this week i’m going to sit down and write a post” … “i’m going to post once per week again starting next week” … and it just didn’t happen. and that’s okay… because this is what i’ve realized:
forcing yourself to do something when you’re uninspired to do it is completely pointless. sure, some people might argue the opposite… and in some cases, you probably do need to pull yourself together and fake it ’til you make it… but, taking a step back can be a good thing… and a totally necessary thing, too. which was absolutely the case for me.
my experience in cuba [which i’ll recap soon!] was so surreal that i don’t know how to put it into words… a few weeks after that, i had one of the most fun weekends ever at coachella… then i celebrated my 29th birthday, and went all out in the process… my family came to visit me in LA allllllllll the way from PA…
i’ve also been teaching yoga, working part time at a really effing cool workout studio [which i’ll tell you guys more about later!]… i’ve met a lot of amazing new people…. gone to parties and celebrated birthdays… i’ve spent a lot of time outdoors [my truest happy place]… i had nights that turned into mornings… i’ve taken naps in the middle of the afternoon [so unlike me]… i got into a car accident [no one was seriously injured, but holy sh*t is dealing with insurance companies a nightmare]… i went camping with 23 of my closest friends in joshua tree…
i’ve had a pretty eventful few months… and blogging took the back burner. and you know what? i’m okay with it. because here i am now… i’ve had some time to breathe, go with the flow, and really live in the present… and get re-inspired in the process. i’d rather post nothing than post something that felt forced… or that was total sh*t [which i’ve done before, let’s be honest]… but now, i’m back in a place where i feel like i’m full of inspiration and i can’t wait to share it all with you!
so, before i sign off, i just want to say this: if you’re feeling uninspired… if you want to do something but just can’t find the will to do it… don’t force it. take a step back… re-evaluate your whys… maybe you’ll discover that it’s not really what you want to be doing… or maybe you’ll discover that it absolutely 100% is… and you just needed some space to figure that out. [kinda comes back to that whole idea of saying “no”, ya feel me?]
and with all of that being said, i’m so excited to be back! i have weekly posts planned for the rest of the summer… and hopefully i’ll be able to revamp some things around here in the next few months, too… so i hope you can forgive me for my little hiatus and hop right back in where we left off… it’s gonna be fun, i promise.
the 3 podcasts i’m obsessed with right now
i’ve spent the last few months really refining my morning routine. to say that this has been a process for me is an understatement, but i’ve added something that has required no additional effort on my part: listening to podcasts while i’m getting ready!
to be honest, i was never really much of a podcast listener until a few months ago [aside from serial, obviously]… i love music and typically spent my mornings bopping around to whatever band/artist/d.j./pop diva that i felt spoke to my mood at the time, but once i realized how much amazing content is out there and available via podcast [and once serial wrapped up], i decided to dive a little deeper.
i’ve found a few podcasts that i’ve become obsessed with. they range from inspirational to funny to informative… whatever you’re looking for, i guarantee you can find it in a podcast!
so, without further ado, here are the 3 podcasts i’m obsessed with right now that i suggest you give a listen to, as well!
1. the skinny confidential’s him + her podcast
the skinny confidential has been one of my favorite blogs for a few years now, so when lauryn and her fiancé, michael, launched the him + her podcast, obviously i was going to jump onboard with it. they talk about everything from business tips to health and wellness to boob jobs [yep, seriously] to relationships, and they are effing hilarious. if you’re looking for a well-rounded, kind of random but also informative and funny podcast, start here.
2. this american life
the creators of this american life also created serial, so this seemed like a natural next step for me once the second season wrapped up. the format is very journalistic, and overall this podcast is kind of hard describe, but they cover a wide variety of topics that are super interesting. the best thing about this podcast is that it’s been around for a while, so the archives go waayyyyyyy back. you could literally listen for days. bonus: the host, ira glass, has the most amazing, soothing voice and is just lovely to listen to.
3. #girlboss radio
sophia amoruso, the founder of nasty gal and the author of #girlboss, is a huge inspiration for me, and #girlboss radio is right up my alley, too. i love her book, can’t wait for the next one, and truly admire her hustle and the empire she’s building. each week, she interviews a different #girlboss about their climb to the top, the struggles they went through to get there, and asks them what advice they would give those trying to find their way in the world.
so, there you have it. who knows… maybe one day bananas + bellinis will have a podcast… the wheels are certainly turning! [allison micco: i’m lookin’ at you.]
what are you favorite podcasts? share in the comments below… can’t wait to hear your suggestions!
all images via podbay.fm
motivations mondays: under construction!
so, last week marked the 52nd installment of motivation mondays … an entire year worth of inspiring quotes … hard to believe it! i love these posts … they’re so fun to write and such a great way for me to start off the week [we all know how much the “sunday scaries” or a “case of the mondays” can impact our mindset] but i’ve kinda been feeling like they needed a little revamping …
with that being said, i’m still in the brainstorming stage of making this a reality. i know i don’t want to completely do away with the positive quotes, but i think motivation mondays could use a little more … weekend recaps? more links i love that lead to content directly related to the week’s quote? images that offer an escape? interviews with inspirational people? i’m just not sure yet!
i hope to have this figured out and LIVE in time for next week’s post … and i would love to hear your ideas, too! what would you like to see? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything that comes to mind.
in the meantime, here’s a quote that kind of aligns with where i’m at to start the last week of november [like, WUT?!] off on the right foot:
no further explanation needed, right?
p.s. prepare to see a lot of thanksgiving themed posts going up this week … check back wednesday and friday for brand new content … and a newsletter will be going out this week for the first time in a while … so make sure you sign up! only 3 days of work until we can begin 4 days of rest and relaxation!
motivation mondays: week 52
good morning, ya’ll! hope you had a fun weekend … i had friends from new york in town last week and one of them stayed through the weekend, so the past few days have been full of eating, drinking, and playing tour guide!
we hiked temescal canyon trail saturday morning … couldn’t have asked for better weather or a prettier view! i love how l.a. gives you so many options for things to do outside … all year round!
week 52 of motivation mondays … a whole year worth of inspiration, good vibes and straight up motivation. i can’t believe it! in the coming weeks, i’ll be re-vamping the appearance and structure of the motivation mondays posts … just because change is sometimes necessary and i think after a year, it might be time to re-evaluate, but …
today, i just want to leave you with a simple message about love and happiness. with everything going on in the world, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s most important in life … to be angry and feel hopeless. in tough times, we need to remember that love is what conquers everything in the world that hurts us.
you have the power to spread happiness and sometimes the smallest act of kindness can go farther than you can imagine. don’t overlook any chance you have to make someone happy, and never underestimate your ability to help change the world, one small step at a time.
i’m not going to do any links this week, just because i think it’s important to focus on what’s most important to the world right now. i’m sending all of my love to anyone who has been impacted by the awful events of the last few days, and trying to remain as hopeful as possible. never let the actions of some discolor your views of humanity as a whole. there are more good people in the world than bad, and there is more love than hate.
motivation mondays: week 51
i’m so sorry for how sporadic my posting has been as of late. i’m working a job in l.a. that i love, but it’s much more time consuming than my last gig in new york was, which means less [re: no] free time for developing content during the day like i used to. it’s an adjustment, and i’m still committed to bananas + bellinis … health and wellness will always be my passion and writing, my creative outlet, so i’m not going anywhere anytime soon … it just might take me a few months to get into a constant swing of things like i was before … so, please, don’t give up on me!
this weekend, i treated myself to some much needed r + r after … what you could call a “wild” halloween weekend. saturday, i hiked griffith park up to the griffith observatory with two of my sorority sisters, which was awesome. it was so good to get out in nature and i absolutely love how accessible a good hike is to l.a. residents [like myself now!!]. also, check out that view of downtown!
after the hike, we ate some real mexican food at a taco stand in hollywood, cactus taqueria. i had the vegetarian burrito “wet” [smothered in red chili sauce and cheese] and the freshest, creamiest guac of all time. definitely an LA “must eat”.
not gonna lie, it took me a while to find a quote i really loved for this week’s motivation mondays. the last few weeks of my life have been a little stressful and last week, after a rough weekend, i was in funk at work, my stress levels were elevated and overall i didn’t feel like myself. i was questioning just about every move i have made in the past few months, wondering if i was really in the right place. i came across this quote, which i had saved to my camera roll months and months ago, and it felt like just the perfect reminder i was in need of:
sometimes, life feels like it comes to a screeching halt. it can feel like we aren’t going anywhere, like things around us are moving forward, but we just aren’t. one second you can feel great about everything and the next, not so much. that’s the ups and downs of life, right?
we know that life isn’t always easy, and when it gets tough … you have a bad day … a rough week … or a hard couple of months … the most important thing to remember is that it’s not always about how fast you’re moving forward, but where you’re headed. don’t be so hard on yourself. don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect all of the time … it’s simply not possible.
as long as you’re working hard to improve yourself … your life … your situation … and you’re growing as a person and moving towards a destination, or a goal, that makes you excited, happy, and feel alive … you’re doing better than many, many other people out there.
links i’m loving this week:
1. a sh*tload of boozy ice cream recipes for the holiday season? don’t mind if i do!
2. um … this list of tweets about exercising. cry. ing.
3. and finally … really excited about the end table i just ordered this weekend for my living room [which officially has a couch!] … my l.a. apartment is slowly starting to feel like home!
that’s all for today … short, sweet and simple! see you on thursday for a little #tbt with my final australia recap [can i go back for more yet?] and on friday with a new recipe post!
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