Monday Happy List

Today was…foggy, in a word.

My eyes fell out of focus more than usual while trying to do work, my head felt not only heavy, but full of white noise and static.

I just didn’t feel like myself. Maybe I was so unfocused on today because I was too tuned into the weekend now behind me. I won’t get into just how deeply I disagree with America’s 40-hour, 5-day work week, but I yearn for more days off, more time to not only relax, but enjoy my life.

I just can never get over how unfair it is that we must work more than we don’t work, that many of us work so much that we can’t even enjoy the life we work so hard for in the first place.

So, true to my word, I tried all day long to get over my Monday fog and be grateful for the beautiful days now past, along with the start of a new week full of possibilities.

  1. After a jam-packed Sunday which brought a family visit to a close, and a crispy, beautifully chilly 4 mile park run, I was craving a giant salad bowl and made this Quinoa-based spinach salad topped with Peanut Miso Dressing:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp. light Miso paste
  • 1/2 tbsp. crunchy (or creamy) organic Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 1 small clove minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

In a small bowl, stick peanut butter in microwave for a few seconds to soften it. Add miso paste, water, garlic, sriracha, sesame oil, and orange juice. Whisk until smooth, and then add salt and pepper, adjusting the taste as needed.

I know it doesn’t look too pretty, but it’s so delicious, so savory, and pairs beautifully with the cold crunch of a salad, and atop rice, quinioa, or cous cous.

2. I’ve always loved tea, but recently my tea drinking has been more and more frequent, and my interest in different teas and methods of steeping, boiling, etc. has been sparked.

While my dad, grandma, and I were having Sunday brunch at 2vine, we were served tea in a tea press, which I instantly fell in love with. My Gigi (what I call my g-ma), being the classic grandmother she is, bought me one about five minutes later when we were browsing around my neighborhood.

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This beauty is just the inspiration I need to start experimenting with loose leaf teas more. I’ve already dug into my virtually untouched stash and can’t wait to enjoy my fresh pressed Yerba Mate every morning before work as a new addition to my annoyingly precise ritual (Hey, anything that makes the dreaded lull before work more enjoyable, I’m all for).

3. Since I sucked it up and got a membership to the yoga studio nearby, I’ve been going 2-3 days a week and fall more and more in love with it during every single class. As a pretty scrawny person, especially in my upper body, I’ve always wanted to be able to do arm balances, handstands, and all that jazz but was never able to stick with my practice long enough. Well, this past week brought a yoga breakthrough!

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I can now not only do Crow Pose, but this Firefly Pose variation! I’ve never been more proud of myself during a yoga class and can’t believe how fast I’m progressing…I guess this goes to show that if you actually practice what you think you’ll always be shitty at, you’ll actually prove yourself wrong. The human body is so badass.

5. An absolutely stellar weekend with some of the people nearest and dearest to my heart.

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My BFF Victoria, My cute little Gigi, My Dad, My Collin, and I getting our drank on at Havana Cabana.

This weekend just cemented how lucky I am to have a family I was born into that I can be my authentic self with, but also that I have people I’ve chosen as my family. My best friend is not only a friend, she is my sister through and through. My boyfriend isn’t just a guy I’m dating, he’s my homie, my lover, my friend, and a part of my family as well.

Just writing this post has made my Monday a bit brighter.

I hope that maybe it made yours shine a little more, too.

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