Wow, where is February going? I mean, honestly, I’m kind of okay with the way time is flying because, well, fuck winter. That said, taking time to appreciate the small, good things and doing that daily gratitude journaling goes a long way in helping me get through. Here’s what I’m into this month.
For my body
I’ve been kind of a creature of habit this winter with my eating—lots of eggs and veggies and yogurt and berries, and definitely back to craving avocados and sardines a lot—between Seasonal Affective Disorder, work and life stressors, and just the undeniable energy suck of the grieving process, I’ve been trying to make sure I cover my nutritional bases but just haven’t had it on me to get really creative with recipes. I’ve also been eating a lot of soup. So. Much. Soup. My evenings have been all over the place so it’s just been easier to make a big batch on weekends so I have that ready to go so I don’t have to worry about cooking as much. We all go through phases where we’re more and less busy so I’m practicing what I preach by allowing myself to be flexible and lean in to what works and helps me feel energized and nourished.
I’ve been getting out to note events and get-togethers true last month or so, which is a nice change of pace. A few notable eating occasions:
Dirt Candy—I went to an event here that was sponsored by Cece’s Veggie Co. and was blown away by the creativity—every single item on the menu included vegetables. Even dessert! Chef Amanda Cohen is a genius.
Barn Joo was a fun experience—great oyster happy hour & really fun decor! I went to Mermaid Inn a couple times for oyster happy hour and dinner. I’ve had a lot of great meals here and am always happy to go back!
Press Lounge is a fun spot for drinks. I took advantage of a warm night to venture to this rooftop bar in Hell’s Kitchen—amazing views!
I’ve still been doing a lot of barre, Pilates, and yoga and continuing to walk on the treadmill while multitasking things like work emails. It’s a nice way to keep myself energized and focused and it makes the time go faster when I’m doing those tasks that otherwise tend to suck me in and burn me out.
I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to try out some natural deodorants, and so far I am loving Biossance Squalane + Bamboo Deodorant.
To combat dull winter skin, I’ve been using and loving Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil — and it also has a lovely citrus scent that’s a great pick-me-up.
My friend Jen from Sea and Stone Wellness turned me on to Khiel’s Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment, and WOW. This stuff is amazing. I imagine this is what it feels like when you meet the person you’re meant to marry.
For My Mind
Because I used to go to so many yoga classes (between flow and restorative classes) meditation was a baked-in part of my routine. However, since my studio closed in November, it’s been hard to establish a regular practice. When a friend suggested a regular check-in for accountability, though, I’ve found it actually doable. Even health coaches need help with stuff! So far for the month of February, I’ve been doing a daily meditation using the Headspace app. It’s been making a big difference in my day-to-day life, and I’m definitely planning to write something about that after a little more time has passed. I also went to an amazing Valentine’s Day meditation led by Ko Im in the Modrn Sanctuary Salt room—what a cool experience!
Podcasts have really been getting me through this winter. A few more recent favorites:
Um, where has Why Won’t You Date Me been all my life? Nicole Byer is so fucking funny.
I’ve also been digging The Cut On Tuesdays. They always have such thought-provoking topics and strike a great balance between being enjoyable and educational.l
David Kadavy’s Love Your Work podcast is another one that’s filled a void I didn’t even know was there. The whole theme of a podcast for creative entrepreneurs is right up my alley.
Still working on Becoming. I’m a slow reader!
What are you into this month?