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 email@example.com 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!
motivation mondays: week 50
good morning! i’m finally back to feeling like myself, which means getting back to my regular schedule … as always, thanks for bearing with me … sometimes [always] you just have to put yourself and your health first, especially during cold and flu season, and get the extra rest that you need. i loaded up on all of my natural remedies, as per usual, which always helps get me on the right path quickly. you can read about them here, and if you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen the newest addition to my routine when i’m sick, temple turmeric.
also, i spent all day saturday doing the mandatory fall acivities we all know and love, and i just need everyone to know that in l.a. there are TACOS at the pumpkin patch.
my friends and i opted for non-traditional pumpkin decorating this year … mint green with rose gold accents and a little nod to beyoncé? sounds about right.
for motivation mondays, i just wanted to share this little bit of wisdom from the one and only joan rivers today … and i don’t really think it needs much explanation:
i love this because it’s so. effing. true. you can’t go through life without struggle. it just doesn’t work that way. no matter how good your life is, there will always be hard times. but just as there is always going to be hard times, there is always going to be good times. the hard times should only make the good times that much better. r.i.p. joan, and thanks for all of your wisdom. one of the most real women ever … i mean … not counting the plastic surgery.
links for the week:
1. check me out on prana writes again … 3 ways to get balanced like a yogi for people who aren’t regularly hitting the mat!
2. my friend allison had an amazing article about finding your purpose in life published on elite daily last week … definitely worth the read … go alli!
3. and this list of life lessons from a 90-year-old woman … is just … everything.
have an amazing day everyone! see you on saturday for a halloween themed post … think: candy!
photo courtesy of people
motivation mondays: a day late
it’s certainly not the first time i’ve posted a “motivation mondays” post on a tuesday [club goin’ up?], and it probably won’t be the last. i’ve actually been rethinking this whole motivation mondays thing, and they will be getting a little bit of a makeover here soon … so be on the lookout for that!
anyways, the reason i wasn’t able to get this post together in time for yesterday is pretty good: my weekend was jam packed with fun, fun, fun that involved a lot of go, go, go and by the time sunday evening rolled around [when i typically write these posts] i. was. dead.
reason #1: i got way too drunk on friday night with my new coworkers, stayed out way too late and loved. every. minute of it. it’s all about #balance.
reason #2: i was lucky enough to attend the u.s.a. vs. mexico soccer game at the rose bowl on saturday. it was a close game, and team u.s.a. almost pulled through, but in the end, mexico came out on top. it still was a great time with a friend i hadn’t seen in months who was visiting from the east coast!
reason #3: i went to disneyland on sunday. all day. in the 100° heat. and had the most fun ever. felt like a kid again, which is never, ever a bad thing.
so motivation tuesday … whatever, it’s fine.
i love this because it’s so true. we’re always waiting around for other people to do something for us … to make us happy, to give us validation, to keep life new and fun and exciting … but guess what? relying on other people doesn’t always work out so well. actually, it can often backfire and leave us feeling let down, disappointed, sad, angry … you get the idea. so, every once in a while [or all of the time if you’re really feeling dangerous] blow your own mind.
try to impress yourself. do something nice for yourself … buy yourself flowers or the necklace you’ve been eying for months … go on a solo road trip one weekend … take yourself out to dinner … whatever it is you’re waiting for from someone else, just give it to yourself. doing something nice for yourself is often more satisfying than getting it from someone else in the first place.
links i love this week:
1. so, the company i’m working for out here in l.a. is pretty effing cool for more reasons that i can even express, but today, i want to highlight this reason: the awesome office show. it’s a podcast all about creating awesome workplace culture, and whether or not you own your own business, there is a lot to gain by checking it out … please take a minute to subscribe, rate and review if you like what you hear :)
2. i’ve been struggling with my protein intake, and this article really helped open my eyes a little bit. i’ve never worried too much about getting enough protein, but as a vegetarian, i need to be doing this. great read for anyone!
3. edward snowden, just killin’ the twitter game. this is seriously the best.
see you on thursday for a brand new post!
photo courtesy of cardigans and cocktails
motivation mondays: week 47
i can’t believe it’s already monday again…the past few weekends have gone by wayyyyy too quickly. there just aren’t enough hours in the day, days in the week, etc. for everything i want to do … i’m beginning to establish a routine to try to solve this dilemma, and it’s slowly coming along … but i’ll talk more about this in a blog post later! let’s talk motivation mondays!
to me, this is a reminder to not force anything, to let whatever happens … happen. often, when we’re trying to force something, we’re going against the “plan” that the universe has in place for us, and there is no need to struggle, especially if we keep in mind that everything will be okay in the long run. be open to new opportunities, people and ideas. if life takes an unexpected turn, ride it out. if people come into your life unexpectedly, welcome them. if things don’t work out how you thought they would, accept it. deal with the upset, the pain, the heartbreak however you need to, but then leave it behind you. go with the flow. sometimes the best things in life are the things we least expected.
links i loved this weekend:
1. did everyone get a chance to see the blood moon last night? i did … and i actually had a pretty good view of it from my apartment here in l.a.! it’s significant for more than one reason … you know … if astrology is your kinda thing [it’s slowly becoming mine].
2. so this is my new favorite instagram account … this girl is living my definition of “the dream”.
3. and a special thanks to my best friend lacey for showing me this over the weekend … had me laughing pretty good.
have an amazing week … see you on wednesday!
photo courtesy of nautical wheeler
motivation mondays: week 46
sorry i’m a little late getting this post live today … my mom was visiting me in sunny los angeles this weekend and helping get me a little more settled here … we covered a lot of ground, ate some great food, drank some drinks and did some shopping … i even signed a lease on a shiny new car, which is seriously a game changer. still working on getting some furniture for my apartment, but seriously, baby steps.
so, here we go! motivation mondays! i saw this on pinterest [where i get all of my motivation mondays inspiration, let’s be honest here] and i loved it because it’s so freakin’ true and something i really had never thought of looking at this way before.
sometimes i think we can get hung up on what we want to do and can become so focused on doing it [not that this is a bad thing] that we miss other opportunities. we put all of our time and energy into something, and if it doesn’t work for us, we get upset and beat ourselves up and get into the “what am i doing wrong?” mindset. we rarely consider that some things just aren’t going to work for us because they aren’t supposed to.
it can be hard to come to terms with this because when we want something so badly we can’t imagine what will happen if it doesn’t work out. sometimes, as hard as it might be, you need to come to terms with the fact that maybe you’re pushing for something that isn’t right for you and start exploring new options, at the very least knowing that you tried and gave it your all.
often it’s not us, it’s the way we’re doing something or where we think we’re headed that’s the problem. and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. time will tell you where you should go, and i’m a big believer that everything works out in the long run. patience and persistence pay off, but so does flexibility and openminded-ness.
links i love this week:
1. my friend sean has an article on the infatuation today … pretty freakin’ awesome, considering my obsession with all things food and the infatuation‘s current status in the foodie world!
2. this LITERALLY killed me. too good. TOO REAL. anyone who has a love/hate relationship with spinning will be able to relate.
3. animal rescue is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart, and the work that new york bully crew does is amazing. they take in dogs from horrible situations in the worst condition imaginable and do it all from the support of their volunteers. please, if you have anything to spare, consider donating to them … anything helps and they need all the help they can get!
see you back over here on wednesday for a fall themed post [can you believe that summer is over?!] and on friday we’re gonna talk all about routines and why they’re so important and can be so beneficial to our health.
have a great week!
Photo courtesy of Jon Van Gilder
motivation mondays: week 45
okay gang! it’s been a while, and i really appreciate you all hangin’ in there with me during my mini-hiatus … it’s been a process getting settled over here in sunny california, which has messed up my routine in many, many more ways than one, but this week, i’m back and i can promise that you’ll see posts going up as per the regular schedule (monday, wednesday and friday).
before we get to this week’s quote, let’s pause to talk about the fig and goat cheese ice cream with pecan crumble i had last night:
yep. that happened. sweet rose creamery at the brentwood country market makes fresh ice cream daily and they have some of the most unique flavors, including this one, that i’ve ever seen for ice cream. yea, you should go. not even a question.
this week for motivation mondays, i want to talk about the importance of your attitude when dealing with juuussstttt about anything:
your attitude can impact a whole lot more than you probably realize. worrying, thinking negatively, or not believing in yourself can be really detrimental to the outcome of any given situation. if you think you can’t do something, i promise you, you can’t. believing that you’re capable of achieving something you’ve never done before is more than half the battle.
i mean … let’s think about it … if you don’t think you can, who else is going to? probably no one. whatever you focus on, whatever you think is going to happen, you give power to.
so, you should start trying to be positive. believe in yourself. even if it’s only for one millisecond every day, it’s better than never believing in yourself. attitude has a greater impact than we’ll probably ever realize, but we can start using the power of our minds in a positive way almost immediately, because it’s something that we actually do have control over, unlike so many of the other variables playing into our lives.
what’s one area in your life where you can start changing the way you’re thinking, the way you’re seeing yourself or talking to yourself? share in the comments below … or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
links I’m loving:
1. you know i love a good puppy video, and this little game of tug-of-war is no exception. i mean, seriously?!
2. have you guys seen my most recent post on wellspired? it’s a round-up of my favorite healthy, happy products that you should try immediately.
3. and finally, if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter! i’ve got plans to totally revamp it, and you’re going to want to be in on it … so go sign up!
see you back here on wednesday with a new product review that i know you guys are going to love!
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