Good morning and welcome to March! We got dumped on with 12+ inches of snow on Monday, so here in Boston, March is coming in like a roaring lion. That’s fine by me. I love nothing more than a cozy, snowy morning spent tucked inside with a warm blanket, cup of hot coffee and waffles. WAFFLES, you’re a dream.
Pretend you’re in my living room too. And we’re chatting away about a few things this morning.
Reading > Social Media
Why does this seem like such a simple concept, yet so hard to stick to? Social media, for me, is a love hate relationship. I really do think social media is a beautiful thing. It has the ability to spread important messages and connect people who might not meet otherwise. I mean, I met Alexis and Simi over social media and they are now real life friends who I love so much. But, social media easily distracts me from life. I follow a small amount of people who positively influence my life, but even after thoroughly filtering my social media I still find that scrolling is not good for me. A little IG scroll here and there is fine, but I find that not being on social media except to briefly engage with you all is SO GOOD FOR ME.
I get so much more done, but more importantly I see the world with more clarity + wonder. The limitations of my five senses mean I can only process so much at once – so many sounds and words and smells. But with social media, I can scroll and be inundated with information. It inhibits my ability to rest on an idea, to ponder, to wonder because there’s always more to look at and scroll through. And this teaches my mind to continually crave surface level stimulation that I find leaves me feeling restless.
I’m learning the less I’m on social media (for me that’s less than 20-30 minutes a day for business purposes only and at least 1 day of no social media per week) and the more I read instead, the more I’m able to think more deeply, contemplate things, see the beauty in the mundane moments of life and enjoy the people right in front of me. And I feel SO MUCH MORE RESTED. It’s wild how automatic picking up my phone and scrolling is because I feel I need to be stimulated at all times. So I’m typing all this from a place of learning. I’m learning to use social media less and instead pick up books more. And so far, it’s been a really good thing.
The Lunch I’m Into Lately
Momma Coale is in town this week which is always a good time and she made her chicken salad recipe for lunch. Why don’t I make chicken/tuna/egg salad more? It’s so much easier to make a wrap or sandwich out of a pre-made salad than to bring out turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and assemble a sandwich. In theory, sandwiches sound easy but I find them to take so much more time than I originally think. Am I missing something?! Chicken salad on the other hand, I can whip that up on Monday morning pretty quick and when lunch rolls around it takes me 30 seconds to throw chicken salad and some baby spinach into a wrap, roll it up and eat. Note to self: I accidentally bought the small Ezekiel tortillas in my hurried grocery run and obviously I needed the bigger ones.
I’m not a skincare expert, this is simply my own personal experience. I have skin that is just genetically wrinkly. I think of my wrinkles as laugh lines letting me know I’m enjoying life 🙂 I’m very uninterested in spending tons of money and time trying to get rid of wrinkles. I feel like the pressure to prevent the aging process can be almost as intense as the pressure to be thin in our culture. Aging is a natural process. What I am interested in is caring for my skin the best way I know how. For me that means putting high quality, yet affordable products with fairly recognizable ingredients on my skin. And it also means having a simple skincare routine without a ton of steps.
I know some people enjoy more complex skincare routines or using several products and that’s great too. For me though, I’ve found if I keep it simple, it doesn’t overwhelm me. A month or so ago I discovered Skin Essence Organics and am loving their products. This is just 100% my opinion after finding these products on Amazon and purchasing them myself. I wash with the cleanser, use my toner, put on the moisturizer in the morning or rose hip oil at night and then put on the eye serum. A few times a week I use the exfoliant facial. So far, I love how super silky soft and hydrated it makes my skin feel! And while it’s not cheap, it’s also relatively affordable. I find that “natural” beauty products can be so dang pricey!! Since I’m not a big makeup person, this routine + a swipe of mascara and some chapstick works well for me as an everyday thing.
Another thing I’m genetically prone to….cavities. Cute, right? I’ve tried everything over the years, but my teeth just love to create holes in themselves. I kid you not I’m the most avid brusher, flosser and mouthwasher around. What gives?! There are some things you just can’t control though. Just like we have a genetic set point weight and genetic predispositions to certain diseases and cancers…we also have genetic predispositions when it comes to our dental health. I haven’t had a cavity in a like four years which is NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE in my world, but I do have the lovely delight of having a dental implant done next month on my very back molar that has been missing. Yes, I HAVE A MISSING MOLAR. Thankfully, you would probably never know because I have huge teeth and a small mouth. I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was 11 to create some space. I’d probably benefit from zero back molars. Those suckers are hard to get back to and brush! Which is why a few years ago they decided to just my back left one yank out. And now it’s time to finally get that implant. So April 23rd should be super fun. Send milkshake recipes please.
What is my point with these dental ramblings? That despite my entertaining dental track record, I actually enjoy the dentist. I loved my dentist in New York and I love my dentist in Boston and I find having to lay in a chair and do nothing while they do their thing in my mouth quite relaxing. Sometimes I actually fall asleep. I have a cleaning today (I go every 4 months to take extra care of these teeth) and I’m looking forward to it. Do you think I’m the weirdest person ever now? It’s okay if you do.
Ok, that’s a wrap. Share with me in the comments what you’d say if you were here on this coffee date with me!