Summer 2016's Greatest Hits
Now, though? Bring. it. on. Summer is just...harder than it used to be. When you're young, you actually have no responsibility during the summer—or at least, much less than you do during the school year. (Truth, I still consider September the real start of the year, and I likely always will.) Now, though, there's still that feeling of freedom and lessening obligations, but you still have to to all the same stuff you have to do on any Tuesday in October or March. Summer makes me feel incredibly lethargic, but the workload doesn't lighten. Blogs and Instagrammers make us feel like summer has to be THE MOST FUN and we have to do ALL THE THINGS because apparently we can't go outside any other time of the year, and I always feel like I've wasted my summer if I didn't do a ton of epic shit, but the truth is...I'm tired of being sweaty all the time and I want to stay inside until it's below 80º again.
Oh, and forget about it if you're a hot yoga instructor and runner. If you guys read my SS posts, you know that struggle already. And if you don't, you can assume and I don't need to bore you.
But it hasn't been all bad, of course. I've even had a few highlights this summer, if you can believe that. I haven't done a post just chatting about things I dig for a while now, and let's face it—this is a lifestyle blog. I need to hit my quota of "favorites" posts for the year, so here are my favorites of the summer of 2016.
Hot yoga. I know, it sounds ridiculous. But outdoor workouts (running) have been torture, and the lower cardiac demand of yoga has been much kinder and easier to accommodate. Plus, there's so much less self-motivating involved. On a run, I need to motivate myself to run each and every step. At the studio, as soon as I get there, I'm there and the instructor is basically my conscience. And bonus: When you practice in a room between 98–105º, low-90s temperatures don't seem so awful for a little while.
favorite clothing purchase
I live in rompers over the summer when they make me put on real clothes, but I didn't find any worth buying on my un(der)employed budget this summer. I did make a few purchases in the yoga pants department, because when you teach 5 classes a week and try to practice 3 times, and you don't have an in-unit washer and dryer, you need backups. My favorites are from TJMaxx, particularly the 90Degree brand. They're like $16.99, hold up against weekly washings, are comfy and fun, never see-through and so far, no pilling. That's a win.
David introduced me to Indian food this summer, and I'm a convert. It wasn't that I didn't want to try it before; it just had only been presented as an option at inopportune moments (such as before a big race or long drive. That's not the time to experiment with new spices.) and I'm not one to seek out strange (to me) cuisines in daily life. As I type this though I'm salivating over the thought of chana masala, and I think I know what's for lunch.
Quick shout-out to ice cream as a secondary winner in this category. My love for ice cream became a full-blown addiction this summer, and if the grocery store would just stop having Ben & Jerry's on sale everything would be fine! But between them and David thinking my ice cream habit is adorable, I'm a lost cause in a sea of enablers.
Back in July, David and I took our first trip together. It was just a weekend getaway, but it was made all the sweeter by the fact that we went to DC, where he used to live and where my dear friend resides. He got to show me a piece of his life I'd never seen before, and I did too. On top of that, I got to hang with Tracy, which is just an automatic +10 for any weekend!
favorite nail polish
Butler, Please by Essie is one of my all-time favorite polishes, and I've had it on toes and fingers more times this summer than I can count. Blues are fun sometimes.
Recently I bought myself a gift. It was the white moonstone and amethyst mala, made by Erica Jenkins whose Etsy shop Reid Beads I highly encourage you to explore if malas are your thing. It's beautiful and helpful and important. Bonus, the price feels ludicrously low for such a well-made piece, and the shipping all the way from Canada to NJ was fast and inexpensive.
So in love already with my first gift-to-self from @reidbeads, this beautiful moonstone & amethyst #mala. Thank you @getfityogagirl for making such a beautiful and inspiring piece! 📿🌔. . . . . #abmhappylife #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeisbeautiful #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #livecolorfully #darlingmovement #livefolk #liveauthentic #mindbodysoul #yoga #yogateacher #meditation #mantra #newbeginnings
And that's about the size of it. Happy Friday, and happy final days of summer. (Sorry, it's the truth.)