I’ve been trying to think up some content ideas for Mondays now that write these posts on Friday vs Sunday when I use to share weekend recaps. I really enjoying writing the IE/eating disorder/women’s health posts or Thursdays, but they take a good bit of time to write. I enjoy writing more lighthearted content and it gives my brain a break so I don’t burn out between the blog, counseling clients and hopefully in the near future working clinically as an NP.
I remember Kylie use to write a lot of these “5 Thoughts” posts and I always enjoyed them, so I thought hmmm, maybe I’ll try out that concept as a loose idea and go from there. I still want to weave in bits of my life, but just not full blown weekend recaps every Monday. If you have content ideas for Mondays, leave them in the comments!
This Instagram Post
One of my good friends from nursing school sent me this post after I talked about “elite” self care last week and I lol’d. Because this drawing felt so real and true. All that to say, you don’t to sell your left arm to take care of yourself. Self care has become a trendy word and I want to change it to “taking care of my adult self like an adult” but that seems long and ridiculous. What I’m trying to say is that self care is as simple as saying no to that online purchase because paying off student loan debt is more important to you (this is currently my life) or not scrolling through Instagram at 6:30am and instead opening up a book and reading that as a healthy way to start your day. Often our natural tendency is do things that are more comfortable and distract us from reality. Scrolling through Instagram has the ability to distract us from our own issues and challenges. We can read about other people’s instead. Online shopping gives us instant gratification and makes us temporarily feel good. But what will make us feel satisfied and content from day to day and long term is saving money and decreasing debt. I’m not saying Instagram is always unhealthy and to never online shop, not at all, but I know these are important things for me to consider.
Working Clinically as an NP
After what feels like an eternity with getting my RN and NP license in Massachusetts (which is largely my fault because I didn’t realize how incredibly long this process would be, and apparently MA takes unusually long according to other people) I am finally licensed. Cheers! And there are things in the pot stirring with jobs. Thankfully, the private practice and blog is full time work which has kept me more than busy and I have health insurance through Nick. I recognize this is a total privilege and has luckily allowed me to be patient in looking for an NP job that is aligned with my career path – eating disorders and women’s health. That field of work is narrow when it comes to nursing positions, so I’ve had to be patient. Thankfully, I continually using my nursing knowledge in private practice and coordinate with physicians on the medical side of things when working with clients so I feel like I’m keeping up those skills. All that to say, I’m hopeful and looking forward to what unfolds in the next couple months!
It was super hot last week and we don’t have air conditioning yet because our apartment doesn’t have central air and we haven’t even thought about buying a window AC because it’s only the first week of May in Boston. And it was 40 degrees three days before it was 93 and HOT on Thursday. So for lunch I blended up a fruit smoothie and ate cheese and crackers and I think I’ll be making this smoothie more often. I don’t have a food blog because I’m not good at it. I tried once and then realized I hated coming up with recipes and hated taking photos and hated it all. It was something I felt like I should do and then a long while later realized, “oh I’m not good at this and don’t like it and I’ll let others who are good and do enjoy it do that.” So this is the closest I’ll come to sharing recipes. And this was so easy! I blended about 2 cups (I think?) of frozen blueberries, raspberries and mango, added a big squirt of honey, a spoonful of chia seeds to thicken it up and about a cup of water. Then I blended in a lot of ice. It was so refreshing. And the color was really pretty too. So if it’s hot and you need something cold and sweet, here ya go.
Whole Foods Pizza
We eat pizza at least once a week. Picco is a really good pizza place a few blocks from our apartment. And Eataly has really good pizza too. Better than Picco in my non expert opinion. The crust is doughy and chewy and awesome. Although both Picco and Eataly are really good, sometimes I just need some cheaper pizza that I can pick up whenever I want. Whole Foods has fresh pizza being made all day. That isn’t news to me, I always knew Whole Foods had pizza slices. But what I didn’t know is that you can put six slices in a box for $14.99. I realize that isn’t $5 delivery cheese pizza, but have a box of six different slices of good quality pizza sounds good to me. We had pizza on Thursday when a friend was over for dinner and I picked up three slices of pepperoni, two slices of white pizza and one slice of veggie.
Looking for Lovely
I talked about this book on Instagram last week and here I am talking about it again. The simplicity, yet profound message, that Annie shares really resonated with me. Often I move through my days fast, checking off one thing after another and trying to be as efficient as possible. I’m learning two things in this season of life. One, that I need to be effective instead of efficient because who cares how fast you can get things done if you’re not doing the right things. And two, there are many mundane moments that are actually full of so much happy and goodness, but I miss them because I’m moving so fast. In the book, she talks about how she use to be an avid nail biter. And the condition of her nails reflected the condition of her heart and wellbeing. The more bitten, ragged and red her nails were, the worse she was doing that week. So she starting painting her nails a bright color because as she watched them dance across the keyboard when she typed, they reminded her that she was in a healthy place and that was something to celebrate. Now, I’m not a nail biter – but I do think I need to be reminded of the joy and beauty and happiness that can come from the simplest things. I like getting my nails done at the salon, but in an effort to save $$, I’m going every six weeks or so. In the meantime, I’ve got some good cuticle clippers and an assortment of Essie Gel polish. And currently, bright pink nail polish painted on that I’m into.
I have several clients (and friends) with parents and family members who comment on their appearance in a triggering and detrimental way. That’s really hard. I’m a huge fan of the Love, Food podcast. This episode is awesome and I highly recommend listening if the title resonates with you.