exciting changes in the works!
happy monday, lovelies! hope you all had an amazing weekend … mine was pretty damn good, if i do say so myself.
as i’ve mentioned a few times before, motivation mondays is getting revamped, so these posts are on hold until 2016, but i wanted to use today’s post to let you guys know that i’m currently working on making some other changes to the way i do things over here at bananas + bellinis, too!
as you’ve probably noticed, i’ve been posting pretty sporadically over the past few months. between moving from new york to l.a., living on a couch and out of a suitcase for a while, finding an apartment, buying a car, starting a new job, meeting new friends, and exploring my new city … it’s been hard for me to find time to dedicate to creating content. and it bums me out!
but sometimes, you have to go with the flow and live in the moment, which is definitely what i’ve been doing. i even made a rule for myself that i’m not allowed to say “no” to anything [unless there is a really good reason, like i already have said “yes!” to something else or it’s dangerous/illegal/against my morals] for the foreseable future. this will either be the best or worst decision of my life … but it’s to ensure that i’m stepping outside of my comfort zone, putting myself out there, and not becoming too much of a homebody as i build my life on the west coast.
and … not gonna lie … life is pretty good right now.
but, with time away from blogging, i’ve had some time to brainstorm some ways to switch it up and keep things fun and exiting over here, and i have to say, i’ve got a few things up my sleeve that i’m anxious to get started with!
so, what does this all mean? let me give you the rundown.
motivation mondays makeover: the details for this change are still up in the air, but i do know that i want to continue incorporating positive quotes each week, and i’m thinking about doing weekend recaps, and highlighting 3-5 things i’m digging at the current moment … books, websites, products, videos, you name it! but i’m not 100% sure yet … so stay tuned!
**all new** thirsty thursdays: i’ve only posted one “clean” cocktail recipe before, but this is something i have so much fun doing that i want to make it a regular thing. and what better day of the week than good old thirsty thursday?
more recipes: in 2016, i’m committing to doing more recipe testing so that i can post more recipes for you guys. i love cooking and baking, and need to be doing more of it … and i also want to work on my food photography skills!
restaurant reviews: i honestly can’t even believe how long it’s taken me to realize that this is something i need to be doing. for anyone who follows me on instagram, it comes as no surprise that i consider myself to be a bit of a foodie … i love a good excuse to do some #eatingfortheinsta and i think some official reviewing is long overdue. [and just to be clear, these reviews will include all types of restaurants … not only “healthy” ones … balance, remember?]
so, that’s that! who knows what other ideas i’ll come up with along the way, but this is a start. i’m going to be posting regularly for the rest of the month … check back thursday for my healthy, happy holiday gift guide, and on friday for more newness that’s still t.b.d.!
oh, and here’s a quick quote for you today … a reminder to find the courage within yourself to get after whatever it is that you want … via j.k. rowling.
photo courtesy of society6
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!
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!
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