Hello and TGIF! It’s time for Feel Good Friday 3 where I share little tips, life hacks, and inspiration from around the internet that has been useful to me lately. I truly hope that you are enjoying these posts because I absolutely love putting them together for you. As I go through my week and listen to podcasts, hear helpful hints and habits, read articles and books that can benefit my life, and think about products I use daily that I happily stand behind, I create a megalist in my phone of all the things so that I don’t forget to share them with you here. I know if they are useful to me, you will get something from them, too. After all, don’t we all just want to live our lives to the best and fullest of our capacity? When my head hits the pillow at night, my mind swims with hopes and dreams for the future (sometimes a little too much that it’s hard to turn off!), and of course some worries and fears as well. My hope is that these posts help you dream bigger and worry less. Without further ado, let’s dive into it this week! (This blog uses affiliate links).
Vision Board: I have been doing some serious soul searching this year, figuring out where I want to go in my career and life, and I’ve heard so many amazing tips from blogs, podcasts, books, and more. One idea that I’ve seen but never before followed was to create a vision board. The idea is to gather images that speak to who you want to be, what you want your life to look like. I wrote a list of all of the things I want for myself in life (chickens, family Disney vacation, brands I dream of working with, healthy habits, meaningful female friendships, a new laptop, to become a podcaster and creator with an awesome industrial loft studio space, shelves filled with books- possibly one written by me, etc.) From that list, I searched for images that coincided with my goals and created my board. If this is something you’re interested in, I can write a blog post on how to create one. Here’s what I came up with:
Some of these are stock photos, but here are some other photo credits. Also, I sincerely apologize because I didn’t plan to share this so I didn’t save the image sources and am having a hard time finding them. If you happen to know of any, please please let me know! coop, salad, motivational mug, runner/outfit , the world needs quote, Macbook Pro, 100% HUMAN sweatshirt
Must-Get Book: Full disclosure, I have not read this book, but I heard the authors speak on a podcast last week and was blown away by this story and inspiration. You are Worth it: Building a Life Worth Fighting for is the story of Kyle Carpenter, a retired marine who jumped on a grenade to save his friend’s life. He flatlined three times, lost an eye and part of his jaw, suffered terrible burns and injuries, but he never gave up. He kept on moving forward, one foot in front of the other, literally at first and figuratively. His book is a memoir, but also digs deep into what Kyle did to once again find joy and purpose in life. I listened to him while I was running on the treadmill, and heard how he ran in the Marine Corp marathon to honor his fallen brothers after he recovered. Wow. He has overcome so much to do great things, including earning a congressional medal of honor. His story is sure to make us all want to strive to be our best selves. I can’t wait to get a copy to read!
My Favorite Fall Recipe: I have been making Brooke’s paleo pumpkin bread recipe for a few years now, and we make loads of it each fall. I gave up wheat products for the month of October, and have been baking a loaf of this to quench that bread taste each week. It’s delicious and made with all clean ingredients. If you’re into pumpkin, I’ve also created a pumpkin smoothie bowl recipe of my own which you can find here. (Pictured below.)
A Feel Good Song: Every fall, I tend to play the most depressing music… I am trying not to let myself get in that rut, though I do sometimes let myself indulge. I have found the perfect song that is filled with joyful words, though the tune feels a little morose. Heavenly Day by Patti Griffin has been on repeat at my house, and I am sure you will love it, too. My brother introduced me to Patti Griffin when I was in college, and I’ve loved her music ever sense. She has a soulful and unique voice, and her songs are loaded with deep meanings. The first album he gave me was 1000 Kisses which sadly is not on Amazon music, so Alexa is dead to me. Anyhow, check out this song… It’s the kind of song to which you will want to dance around your kitchen with your loved one.
Shoes You Can Feel Good in & About: Have you heard of Oka-b shoes? If you haven’t, I can’t recommend them enough. Oka-b is a women led company that creates eco-friendly and recyclable shoes in the USA, actually not too far from here in Georgia! In addition to all of those wonderful ethical credentials, their shoes are COMFORTABLE and AFFORDABLE!!!
I have flat feet and have a hard time finding shoes I can wear for an extended period of time. I’ve purchased trendy shoes in the past at larger retailers, only to wear them two times and discover they hurt my delicate feet. I have a pair of their basic ballet flats in nude and they are my go to flat in the fall and spring. (In winter, this cold girl is wearing furry boots all day long!) Here I am wearing them in Austin, TX last week!
New Book Club on Instagram: I joined a few of my instagram friends to form a book club and we’re inviting anyone and everyone to read along with us. Each month on the second Wednesday we will share a review of the book we’ve read on our stories, and announce the next book as well. We joined The Foxed Box to kick off our series with us and they are offering our followers 15% off of their box which will include this month’s read, Anatomy of a Scandal, as well as another book they select based on your personal preferences. Use code BLOGGERBOOKCLUB. If you aren’t familiar with The Foxed Box, it’s a subscription book delivery that sends you books based on what you like! You can order just the book club box here. I read the surprise book they sent me first and LOVED it! They nailed what I like! I’m 3/4 of the way through the book club book as well, and I will say it’s well written but very intense on the sensitive topic of rape, so if this is something that triggers you, I just want you to be aware. As a victim myself, it hit me a lot harder than I expected, but the storyline is really good and I’ll keep reading.
That was a lot of information this week, and I hope that you found at least one useful thing. If you’ve tried or plan to try anything that I’ve shared, I would love to know in the comments! Additionally, if you have any recommendations you think I should share here, fill me in. Have a wonderful and happy weekend, my friends!