Why is it so hard to do things that you know are good for you? Showing yourself love almost always makes you feel better, calmer, and stronger....but our instincts tell us that we're either too lazy, too self-obsessed or don't deserve it. Often it's the simplest things that boost our spirits; eating well, taking a break from our phones, meditating, writing in a journal, or going for a hike.
The past 3 weeks I've been stuck in a whirlwind between travel, being sick, and work. I've made excuses EVERY day about how busy I am and how I don't have time for self love. Finally today, I broke the cycle, took contrary action, and went for a long hike, meditated at the top of a hill, listened to a podcast and took photos. It wasn't a perfect morning but it was the reset I needed! The real question is, what can I do for myself tomorrow? Or will I fall back into the cycle of excuses?
BABS is one of the brightest, most spontaneous and uncaged people I know. Her style is always completely her own and her attitude is often bordering on outrageous (in the most loving way). She called me the other day; "Are you home? I'm outside of your house." I was home so we rattled off a few 120mm shots on my Pentax 67 real quick.
Daily Reminder: Be More Like Babs
We must really like living in Chaos! So often as humans, we KNOW what makes us feel better and what our bodies need but we choose to do the opposite. The main things that come to mind are eating junk food, working out, and most important to me, meditation (others include over drinking and undersleeping). Almost DAILY I find myself saying "this would be a great place/time" to meditate; that's about as far as I get. I can spend hours aimlessly wandering around the internet on my phone, but putting my phone down and closing my eyes for 10 minutes seems like an impossible task. When I meditate, my day slows down, I become more present, I find myself being more appreciative and often more productive. That being said, I'm gonna finish this blog post, put my phone down, and get 10 minutes of Namaste in.
Maybe not the prettiest meal I've ever made, but I just wrapped on set directing a 25 person crew with a 6am call time and my appetite is HUGE! Had some midday brunch inspiration!
I boiled a sweet potato for 10 minutes until soft enough to cut while I diced up tomatoes, garlic and onions (keeping the tomatoes separate). Then I added the tomatoes and a gang of olive oil to a saute pan until it was saucy, added salt and pepper and put on low.
I cut the sweet potato (I only used half) into little half inch pieces of various sizes and along with some more oil turned the flame up and threw them on with the now tomato sauce! Once the started browning I added the minced garlic and onions.
I gave it about 5 minutes to start getting crispy, I shuffled all the contents of the pan over to one side and cracked 3 eggs right on top; 2 would probably be fine. I added salt, pepper, turmeric and cinnamon and covered for 3-4 minutes without peaking! I then removed the pan from the heat, let sit for a minute before uncovering it, and then slid the whole mess onto a plate. Add Hot Sauce to taste! BOOM!
I get asked almost daily where I find all my cheap flights! Anybody who knows me knows I've gotten some crazy deals since I started exploring ($99 LA to Iceland, $94 LA to Stockholm, $320 RT from SF to Hong Kong etc). 2 things factor into these finds! 1. My schedule is extremely flexible, if I see a cheap flight I grab it and work around it. 2. I check EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
My two main sources are theflightdeal.com, I check this everyday to see if anything magic popped up on the radar, the other is Skyscanner - they have a super convenient feature that lets you say I'm traveling from "Wherever you are" and I want to go "everywhere." What makes it even better is there is a "cheapest month" option so you can really find some gems!
Happy hunting fellow travelers!
One of the biggest life gains I’ve experienced in the last 2 years is a new sleep schedule! Early to bed early to rise. I never understood morning people but now that I consider myself one of them I’m reaping all the rewards. I drink my coffee, go for a hike, make a smoothie, do some writing, read the news and stretch all before I used to even wake up.
Getting that all out of the way allows me to jump into work focused and relaxed. I’m more efficient for sure, I’ve always worked better when the sun is out so this gives me ample amount of that, especially in LA. I usually finish before the sun sets and can enjoy my evening and get a comfortable nights rest without be anxious about what I failed to accomplish today.
See you tomorrow bright and early!
I'm finally on the other side of my first #DavyDoesChallenge!
I went 30 days without added sugars, and I feel great-ish. The reason for this challenge? When I quit drinking my sweet tooth kicked into overdrive; for 2 years I've been eating ice cream and oreos and donuts like it's nobody's business! I started to realize that when I was stressed or anxious I did this even more and I needed to break the habit.
Initially, the toughest part was figuring out WHAT I can eat. I did not realize how much sugar is in everything! My neighborhood isn't the fanciest, who knew you couldn't even buy peanut butter without added sugar at the local grocery stores - no more hitting the smart and final on the corner for me. Smoothies saved my LIFE! My favorite was frozen banana w/ blueberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter & collagen protein; drink that in the morning along with a bowl of steel cut oats and a black coffee and I'm off to a good start!
Not eating carbs was the next biggest challenge for me - ramen, pizza, pita and hummus, and pb&js are staples of my diet so it was like starting from square one! I don't think I've ever cooked this much meat in my home in a whole year, forget about 30 days! I stockpiled on chicken breasts, steaks, salmon filets and even some gamier stuff like livers. Lots of eggs, lots of black and garbanzo beans and lots of fresh salads with mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, golden beats and balsamic vinegar.
About 2 weeks into the challenge I got the hang of things; my sweet tooth subsided and I started having a big more fun in the kitchen. Yams and avocados and 'meatier' veggies played a big role in making a filling meal. I still have a long way to go before I'm cooking up meals like @leefromamerica but it definitely put our eating habits as a country in perspective.
I will say, I maybe went overboard on the beans and bananas and am now trying to cut back. I never really understood what "bloated" meant/felt like until this month. I'm gonna try and keep away from sugars except on special occasions, and steer clear of desserts favoring healthier snacks like fruit.
Oh yea, and my only cheat day? I was on set, and starving and all they had was pizza....I succumbed and had a single piece (of heaven) - but the guilt was too much to have another.
All-in-all, I feel better....maybe not always physically, still trying to figure out what my body likes and doesn't like - but I don't feel guilty about what I'm eating, and mental happiness is just as important as physical well-being.
You should give it a try! If you don't like it, there's a pint of oreo icecream waiting for you!
steel cut oats
blueberry, avo, banana, peanut butter, almond milk, collagen smoothie.