What I’ve Been Loving: April
April (and my first month of blogging!!) seems to have absolutely flown by. I’ve had so many things I’ve been grateful for and so many things I’ve been loving that I wanted to share them with you.
Real talk: April wasn’t the greatest month for me. But, everything on this list — some experiences and feelings, some tangible goods — all brought joy and gratitude into my life.
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1) Absolutely lovely coworkers and managers
This was something that made it onto my gratitude lists almost every day this month. When you feel stressed and drained, going to work can be one of the hardest things. I’ve been beyond blessed to have a team at work that makes it a positive experience and something I can look forward to instead of dread. I can even generally count on work improving my mood which is really something special.
2) My new Manduka yoga mat (and starting a consistent home practice)
After one too many frustrating slip-and-slide experiences during my weekly hot yoga class, I finally invested in a real yoga mat. I’m stubborn and cheap and really hate to admit it makes it difference but it. so. does.
I’ve recently decided getting my 200-hr yoga teacher certification is one of my goals for the next year so unrolling this mat for the first time and standing on it filled me with so much excitement and anticipation. I’ve been practicing yoga on it almost daily at home with a combination of youtube videos, the Down Dog app, and just playing around with some of my favorite flows and poses.
3) Binge listening to ‘The Rich Roll Podcast’
Anyone who knows me in person probably knows I’m addicted to podcasts (mostly because half my stories start with “so I was listening to this podcast…”). For pretty much all of April, my commutes to and from work included an episode of ‘The Rich Roll Podcast’.
I’ve been loving Rich’s long form interviews (many are over two hours long) with a wide variety of inspirational people, athletes, and health gurus.
The first one I listened to was his interview with Danielle LaPorte (thanks to The Journey Junkie for the recommendation). Another favorite and a great place to start is his interview with Brogan Graham (one of the founders of the November Project). Also, I had the hardest time just picking one to recommend so you should just go listen to all of them.
4) ‘What the Health’ Film
Honestly, this deserves its own post (and stayed tuned because now I think I’m going to give it one). This is a new documentary by the same guys who make ‘Cowspiracy’ and it’s just as eye opening, well done, and inspiring (if not more).
If you care at all about nutrition, sustainability, government shadiness, and community health it’s a must watch.
5) Time with my momma
For now, I live just a short drive from my parents and I honestly love taking advantage of that (in a good way! And also for free food.) I’m beyond lucky to call my mom a friend and spending quality time with her was one of the highlights of my month. She’ll always be my favorite lunch date, shopping buddy, confident, and race cheerleader so I’m trying to make the most of the time we have living in the same city.
Full disclosure: credit for this one totally goes to my roommate. But I could only watch her drink delicious, super healthy looking smoothies every day and not join her. This also means our freezer is completely overflowing with half empty bags of frozen fruit (sorry Lindsey!!).
I’ve been using IdealRaw protein powder to help make my smoothies a balanced meal. I really hate gritty, weird tasting, overly sweet protein powder and theirs is none of those. It’s plant-based, organic, and all natural. My favorite for smoothies is the vanilla, but I’m super excited to try the mocha to mix in with iced coffee and almond milk!
I think I really have blogging to thank for this one. Since I’ve started, I’ve been writing more, thinking more, and been more tuned in with myself, my emotions, and my ideas. Having a creative outlet makes inspiration feel empowering, not frustrating. Before blogging, when I had ideas they felt like something I had to brush off, ignore, or put on hold for later. But now, I have a way to put those ideas into action and the confidence in myself to actualize them.
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to sharing more favorites with you in months to come!
What have you been loving this month? What do I need to check out during May?