PACKING MIX + 3 PODCASTS I'M LISTENING TO

It's Monday, it's a new week and I'm feeling a little bit underwater. We're in the process of getting our house ready to be put on the market, and the thing my mind compares it to right now is a tsunami. I've known it was going to hit for sometime, but now it's here and it's hit and that tsunami is literally taking all my things and rushing them down an unexpected river roaring through my home. What's currently left in the aftermath are random piles of clothes and junk drawers and work supplies and SO MUCH home decor and art [I'm a quiet hoarder if you didn't know]. My life has been turned upside down. It's like when I tip out my junk drawer and have to organize it all. Except that junk drawer is gigantic and filled with 10 years worth of stuff.  INSERT EXPLETIVES!

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Actually though, I'm writing this after things have calmed down.  There is an end in sight, it's just going to continue to be a struggle to get there.  Today I picked out just enough clothes to last me for the next few months, and right now I should be sorting and discarding bins of makeup and toiletries [yes I have stupid amount of both] but it's strangely exhausting.  I think it's more mentally taxing than anything else, but my saving grace in all this has been music and podcasts. I've switched between two music mixes over the past week or two, one being this one of newer songs and the other being a classics mix [to be shared on another day!]. Here's the link to the Spotify mix I started: MIX 2. When I feel like I need to be ingesting something new, I turn to podcasts. I listen to more podcasts than I'll ever have time for, but the three that I've been sticking to lately are:

Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey: I've been a big fan of Casey Neistat for years, mostly through Youtube.  He's based in New York, and I love his vlogs because they bring me back home. His wife Candice is the epitome of RBF and I sort of adore her. She's super salty and funny and I love the dynamic between her and Casey. The podcast 100% isn't geared for people in relationships. It's more of an outlet for the two of them to chat about anything, and though the focus is at times something from their relationship and their past, it's more light but still informative on how people interact when in a couple.  ANYWAY, watch Caseys videos a little to get some context, but for sure listen to this podcast.  

Decoding Westworld: This really only applies if you watch Westworld, or if you've tried to watch it and couldn't get into it and gave up. Don't give up! It's so complex and fascinating. I should just write a post on Westworld in its entirety, but I make no proimses! I'm a total TV and movie nerd, and the pair who do this podcast do a number of podcasts I listen to. Dave Chen and Joanna Robinson are fantastic at breaking down some of my favorite shows and movies. But this podcast in particular completely changed how I viewed Westworld. I find a really good TV/film podcast helps you understand the show on a deeper and sometimes more intellectual level. I know this sounds so silly, but I seriously appreciate these podcasts for this reason!

Song Exploder: I love music, I listen to it constantly, and I love it infinitely more when I get to know the stories behind the songs I love. I don't know how I stumbled upon Song Exploder, but it literally does just that. Each week it takes a different song by artists from all sorts of genres, and has the artist[s] explain the development of the song, from the sound to the story behind the lyrics to how the song affected the artist. I love hearing the songs build bit by bit. Of course I get extra excited when a song I know and like pops up here, but I actually enjoy hearing the process behind music I'm unfamiliar with.

Okay, back to sorting through my life's objects. Sigh. I've had the mix [below] on while I wrote this, but now I think I'll switch back to the podcast [currently on the Song Exploder episode on one of my favorite new Arcade Fire songs]. 

MIX 2:

BULLET JOURNAL FLIP THROUGH: MARCH

I've been keeping up with my bullet journal [if you're not sure what this bullet journal stuff is all about head here for an overview of the process!] fairly steadily for the past five months, my longest streak yet! That being said, I was in and out of town most of March, so my month was much more abbreviated than all the others.  I kept up with my monthly calendar, but didn't end up logging my weekly/daily tasks.  Traveling makes that tricky, and I honestly was so busy with non work things, I didn't really need a log to stay on task.

Instead, I used my March pages to include a few quotes that resonated with me. I made things a little more creative by using last year's beautiful Rifle Paper Co. calendar as a backdrop for the quotes. They're a thicker card stock material, so it gives those pages a bit more weight, and reminds me to flip to those pages whenever I want to review them. I also kept track of my first trip to Dallas, making quick notes of the things I did. I tend to do that when I bullet journal while on vacation, so I can refer back to what I did each day, where I ate, even how much or more likely, how little sleep I got!

I do love the flexibility that bullet journaling gives me. Had I purchased a traditional planner, I'd have to skip over and waste so many pages.  This route is far more resourceful for someone like me whose months vary pretty significantly when it comes to work and travel.

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MY SECRET TO THE BEST GREEN APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE

I've never been much of a breakfast person, with the exception of pancakes and bacon on Sunday mornings, or my occasional love affair with an almond croissant [treat yo self sometimes, seriously!]. I will cook and eat eggs a couple times a week, but more often than not, my morning routine involves all things liquid: water, coffee, tea, juice, and varying iterations of smoothies. Most of the time, they taste 'healthy' and lack sweetness. I know, I know, curbing that need for sweets is sort of the point of clean and healthy eating, but sometimes I just want a smoothie that tastes delicious, a smoothie so good it could almost pass for dessert.  Herein lies the magic found in my latest smoothie recipe. It's green. I'm talking wicked witch of the west GREEN, plants on my bookshelves green [as you can see in the photo!], chock full of nutrients and healthy things GREEN.  How did I get this smoothie to be so verdant AND so tasty? Learn my secrets below!

First and foremost, the key to getting that impossibly gorgeous green hue is with an ingredient you may or may not have used before: spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae, which may seem terrifying to put in your food, but I promise this added NO strange taste to this smoothie.  It smells a bit odd out of the jar, but there's absolutely no taste or aftertaste, and that's all I really care about.  I should also mention, once it's blended in with other ingredients, I didn't catch any funny aromas either.  All it does is add amino acids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and B-12 to your smoothie. It has all kinds of health benefits I don't need to write out, since plenty of people have already done the work for me [like Dr. Axe here or Thrive]. I purchased my supply through Thrive Market, which BTW if you're looking to up your healthy eating game, the free trial through Thrive is well worth it. I loved it so much, I went ahead and continued to pay the yearly subscription.  It's like Amazon Prime, but for healthy things!

I did add a couple other green bits to the recipe, but spirulina is essential for completely transforming this otherwise blah-looking smoothie! Plus, did I mention this smoothie tastes like APPLE PIE?! I'd 100% sip on this at the end of the day in lieu of dessert. It's THAT good!

THE BEST GREEN APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce [or you can chop up an apple]
  • 8 almonds
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup [you can always add another if you find you want it a little sweeter!]
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 of a frozen banana [I chop mine into quarters and freeze them]
  • 1/2-3/4 cup almond or coconut-almond milk [depends on how liquid-y you prefer your smoothies!]
  • 6 baby spinach leaves
  • 1 kale leaf, stems and any tough parts removed

DIRECTIONS:

  • Blend everything together! [because we're talking about a smoothie here, so that's the extent of the directions!]

MAKES 2 SERVINGS