Happy Thursday! How’s your week going?

The hot weather here in NYC basically has me wanting to drink smoothies and eat lots of salad and wishing I could drink rose every day. I mean, I guess I could, but I find that wine really zonks me out in the heat. You gotta make exceptions sometimes, though.

pink wine and pen

Did anyone else clean up on Fourth of July sales? I decided my July spending fast would start on the 5th. With my weird schedule, I live in workout clothes and easy dresses most of the summer, and I found some adorable stuff to spruce up my summer wardrobe. I probably didn’t “need” it so much as wanted a treat for some hard work I’ve been putting in lately, but hey.

Speaking of clothes, one little thing that made me happy was matching all the socks to their rightful partners. Does anyone else lose socks at an alarming rate? For the past few weeks, I’ve been on a role with successful sock-coupling.

Anyway, moving on.

I’m always interested at themes that emerge through the course of a year, and this year is shaping into something of a “be fearless” year. I’ve been doing a lot of things I was afraid to do before, or doing things that are a bit outside my comfort/impostor-syndrome zone, but it feels good.

Case in point: The other day, I published a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time about my experience with vegetarianism. If you read my post last week about nutrition for healing, then some of it is familiar, but putting all the pieces together and being, like, “This is a thing I went through, and it was hard, but it made me stronger and better at my job.” So yeah, writing it scared the crap out of me, but I am so happy I finally took the leap. Sharing something that involves other people is tricky, and I always try to proceed with caution and compassion.

I do think that vegetarian diets can be healthy, provided you make sure to cover your nutritional bases. In fact, I just wrote an article about plant-based iron sources, which is a common deficiency on plant-based diets.

Another theme I see coming up a lot is healing. On a semi-related note, last weekend I was kind of glad to have a few hospital shifts to fill the time, as I was feeling a little bummed about the anniversary of a friend’s passing. Music has always been a big part of my life—celebration, mourning, understanding—so there was a lot of that this weekend.

This wasn’t one of the songs that I was listening to, but someone posted it to Facebook the other day, and I was so blown away, I just had to share. I was so sad when David Bowie passed away earlier this year, and this performance is just so wonderful.

Also, this Milk Carton Kids cover of one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs is so beautiful it makes me want to cry. It might have made me tear up on Saturday night when it came on as I was cooking, but I blamed it on the onion I was slicing.

I always have certain songs I associate with certain years. I’m curious to see what the 2016 theme songs will end up being.

Do you have “theme songs” for certain times or people in your life?

This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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