Feel Good Friday 37
Hello, my friend! I am truly enjoying this season of taking time off from actual work and projects, but I do enjoy popping in here every Friday just to share some things that are helping me along this stage of my journey. This week I have a delicious summer recipe, a yoga routine I have actually been able to stick with, an inspiring podcast episode, and more! I would love to hear from you at the bottom of this post as well. Tell me what is getting you through this time? First, it’s my turn to share!
This photo is from my walk with Wilder this week… I just loved the sign. 😉
Healthy Summer Recipe
Full disclosure: The recipe I am going to share is similar to what I concocted. I created a recipe on my own for a tomato basil corn frittata, and Chris said it was his favorite frittata that I’ve ever made. Would you like it if I shared that actual recipe here? For now, I will tell you it was delicious, full of fresh summer flavor, and similar to this one except that I used almond milk in place of cream, added scallions, and for cheese I used a mixture of vegan and shredded mozzarella. (I knew Chris would know if I did 100% vegan! He doesn’t know I mixed it up. 😉 ) I love frittatas all year round because they are healthy, and it is simple to change out the fillers to whatever is in season. I’ve shared a butternut squash frittata recipe here.
Ease Into Yoga
As a runner, I am always super tight in my hips and thighs. When our gym was opened, I was going to yoga once a week, which wasn’t much but it was better than nothing. Lately, I have started to take care of myself better and realize that I need yoga to help me stretch, but also to calm and quiet my mind. I came across this 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene, and it was exactly the thing I needed. I am over a week in, and loving it! After just 4 days I jokingly asked Chris if he could see a difference and if I looked like a yogi yet. His answer startled me! He said, “Yes, I do see a difference. You are much happier.” His answer blew my mind, yet I acknowledge that, indeed, I do feel lighter and happier and I feel much more positive energy flowing through me. If you’ve thought about trying yoga, I highly recommend this 30 day program.
Summer Craft Beer
Ok, so this one isn’t too healthy, but I do enjoy a good craft beer. I have limited my alcohol intake to special occasions only (and no, a random Tuesday at 5 is not special, Cassie!), so I only drink at date night, or social outings (which of course are limited these days!). Last Friday night we had date night out on the patio, ordered from a local vegan restaurant that was amazing, and drank some great summer craft beers, and played games. I selected two beers, this Tyrannosaurus Mex from Lost Province Brewing was the first one. As you can see it’s super light, and the flavor was excellent… I mentioned to Chris that it reminded me of lime Tostitos, so he read the can and saw that it was made with corn as well. Anyhow it was light and refreshing! The other beer I had was a jalapeno pale ale by Birdsong, and it was also refreshing with a little kick! I actually liked this one better than the first, but both were great.
Empowering Story of Overcoming Domestic Abuse
Back in May I shared Angela’s amazing clean skincare products from Solarté Collections, but I had the honor of interviewing her this week on instagram. We dive into her story of survival, and how she got out of domestic abuse and went on to becomes founder and CEO of her brand. Solarté now gives 10% of their profits to safe houses across America which are helping women and children who are breaking free. As a little bonus, she is doing a giveaway and announcing the winner TODAY, so head over to her instagram page, give her a follow, and DM her to let her know if you like lavender or lemon verbena. You can check out the full interview here. (This is my favorite product!)
Inspiring Podcast Episode
Sunday morning I recoated our front door (it just needed a little refresh of the same pink), and tuned into Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episode featuring US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, who was the first Native American in that position. She was filled with intuition and insight, and said something that really spoke to me. “You must be friends with silence to hear.” I know I have mentioned it here, but I am really taking a pause and taking time to just listen to myself, and that means quieting all of the other voices and information coming at me. I am a work in progress, but it’s amazing to me how much progress is actually made in stillness.
This time of year, it is a joy to walk through my neighborhood and behold all of the transformations going on around me. I’ve noted at least 5 houses have been painted. (We are hoping to paint ours one day.) This house above is one that has been in need of repair. For a long time, I wasn’t sure if anyone lived there, and vines were growing all over it. Lately, it’s been a buzz of activity with all of the vines removed, the roof has been replaced, as you can see other bushes have been dug out, the garage has been repaired… I am super excited to watch it progress!
I have just started reading Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor which is about manifesting the life you want, and I am a little more than half way through. I came across these cards that she created with beautiful art and positive affirmations and thoughts and wanted to share because I think they would make a great gift for a friend. My birthday is in a few weeks, FYI. 😉
Well, my friend… I am off to the mountains for a weekend away with a girlfriend, doing exactly what I’ve been focusing on, things that feed my soul. We’ll be hiking, reading, maybe painting (if it rains), and there will be wine and good honest conversation. I am sure I will have so much to tell you about when I return. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and focus on the things that make you happy.