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stillness

this week has been quite the whirlwind.

12 hours days of mornings piling into crowded train carts, chilly afternoons meandering through crowds in a cloud covered central park, crazy work days running around the school, long tutoring sessions, and trying to squeeze in a workout here and meeting a friend there. i have been stretched to the brink.

i even realized today that my dry shampoo had been holding me over from a long and overdue shower.

i am feel sick, tired, worn out, and sad.

these weeks are too much, and i have felt a complete lack in any stability or balance. thank god for coffee breaks though…

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a mere half hour to sip on warm espresso and steamed milk alone with my thoughts or mulling over life with a friend have been my sanest moments this week.

tonight i had plans to meet up with 3 different people, and i cancelled on all of them. i cancelled for me. for my stillness. my balance. my peace. i said no, and it’s okay.

i went to the gym and watched bravo while jogging on the treadmill. i just showered (thank god) and ordered in delivery. i am putting my feet up on the coffee table, sitting back, watching some reality tv, and calling it a night. this is my stillness. counteracting the messy, grind-through of a week. finding my balance.

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from tumblr

my stillness. namaste.

xo,

juls

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EATS+back to the grind

yesterday afternoon i rounded out my trip home with lunch at the zodiac room.

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this restaurant was so chic and lovely. great ambiance, and wonderful food.

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hellloooo crab cake salad

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and chocolate bread pudding, creme brulee, and coffee to share!

on my flight home i started talking to a man seated next to me. we ended up talking the entire plane ride back. it was so cool. i have lately been getting a travel/moving bug and he had lived all over the country so it was fantastic to hear his perspective on different cities. his favorite city he said he lived in was denver, co, a city i have been seriously considering checking out more. i have lots of friends and family living out there and being immersed in the mountain side sounds spectacular.

it was so cool to connect with brian. i love when life brings in these random people in your life who you will probably never run into again, but were so close to for a mere couple of hours.

today, was back to work! i started my day with a treadmill workout at the gym and a green smoothie!

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CLOSE UP!!! KALE blueberries, banana, non-fat greek yogurt, agave, and two heaping scoops of vanille protein powder. almond milk to get it moving.

clean eating to start off the day right 🙂

getting back into the swing of things is always a little tough, especially after having come home from an easy weekend. life can be really challenging, especially in nyc, but i am trying to keep it balanced and let things go. taking a candle lit yoga class tonight should round out the day. can’t wait to spill open into camel pose and release.

xo juls

 

feeling refreshed

hope you all had a great sunday and are off to a good start to the week. i am flying back to nyc today, and am quite reluctant to head back to work tomorrow after such a calm weekend home. but the weekend always manages to refresh me, and this trip was particularly rejuvenating.

yesterday the weather in st. louis was gross:

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rain/snow mixture, wind, and COLD. i opted for an at-home workout.

this workout did the trick, and comes from one of my favorite health blogs peanut butter runner.

i had to halve the workout, so i did a total of 500 reps. one day i want to be strong enough to plow through the entire thing. my heart was pounding and my brow was dripping by the end. oh and my ass is so sore today…success!

i rounded out the workout with some light vinyasa yoga. i don’t have a go-to studio in st. louis, so my workouts have been lacking in the yoga lately. my body was craving some balancing and down dogs yesterday.

i relaxed with a cup of tea and a chick flick with my mom in the afternoon…what more do you want!?

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haha my toes are peeping in the picture!

my mom and i watched the movie About TIme. It was directed by the same guy who did Love Actually, and despite it’s amazing chick flick cheesiness, it had a beautiful message. living each day to it’s absolute fullest, like it is your last. i take so many things for granted and let so many obstacles get in my way of enjoying each and every day, and i really want to continue to focus on the present. each day is a gift, full of amazing moments that can truly fill you up no matter where you are in your journey. enjoy them.

the evening rounded out with a gluten-free no-guilt pizza that i got to whip up in a huge midwestern kitchen!!! i was so pumped!

 

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i wanted to try out the cauliflower pizza crust, and mocked up this recipe for it!

i used dried basil and oregano for the italian dried herbs. it turned out lovely, but this recipe skipped a crucial step to squeeze out excess water from the cauliflower after microwaving it and letting it cool. i think the crust would have crisped up a bit more. i topped my pizza with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and shredded mozzarella. MMM 🙂

i was unbelievably happy to be cooking for my family on a sunday evening.

today i am hoping to go to a local hot yoga class, and then am packing up and heading back to the new york grind. i truly want to focus on not getting caught up in the fast pace of living there. i can easily lose myself and my grasp on my life in such a go-go-go kind of place. moving at a slower pace and living each day fully is something i am going to try to focus on this week.

have a great day…bliss, yoga, love, and peace, y’all.

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a little puppy lovin’ from my dog, bolo. 13 years old and still has puppy ears and eyes 🙂

xo juls

 

home town lovin’

happy saturday!!!!!

wow this long weekend at home has been filled with gratitude. i am so happy to be relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous spring weather with my friends and family.

on thursday afternoon i got settled at home and had a home-cooked meal in the dining room. hooray for space, kitchen, and momma’s meals!

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the sun setting through the window in a room full of candles with food and laughter is my idea of a perfect welcome.

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my mom made an awesome Vietnamese dish with greens and veggies, noodles, and amazing shrimp. she is a rockstar in the kitchen and continues to inspire me. Vietnamese seems super intimidating to me, but my mom just went for it and it was delish.

friday morning i woke up slowly. big breakfast on the couch, doing a little writing and reading. i had to go for a run, even though i was suuuuper comfortable. the weather and sun were just too nice to pass up.

yesterday i had one of those runs where i felt like i could keep going and going. i recently got back into running from a 4 month stint of no runs, and i can’t believe how comfortable i have been feeling with my runs (knock on wood) ;). while getting back into running i have been practicing yoga about 4 times a week as well, and i truly think it has made a difference for me. i feel so light and free on my runs. my connection to my breath is steady and running is enjoyable and doesn’t feel like a chore. i felt very powerful yesterday, which felt reaaalll good.

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check out my first selfie on this blog…looking sweaty and happy because i was!

the afternoon rounded out with a nature walk with my mom.

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to be submersed in rows of trees, piles of leaves, and wandering on a rocky trail without a skyscraper at its end felt good. i had to pause and take notice that i was completely immersed in this nature path. there were no taxis driving by, no empty plastic water bottles on the trail, and no buildings obstructing my view of the trees and sunny sky. it was an itty bitty miracle, and a sweet, packed ounce of bliss.

this morning i hit the road with my dad and ran to a coffee shop sans music. i don’t remember the last time i ran without tunes, but i figured since i felt so great yesterday i would be fine. and i was. again i felt like i could keep going and going, running forever. so motivating. it was also nice to chat with my dad as we ran on, rounding out the morning with a vanilla almond milk latte. so so good.

i am curious to give running without music another try especially without someone to chat with as i run. i am curious to see how i would handle it. just me, my thoughts, my legs, and i. hmmm.

i hope you all are taking it easy this weekend. relax, find nature, and bliss out.

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midwest…water towers, wires, and open skies

xo juls

weekend recap

hey all!

i hope you had a wonderful weekend. nyc was finally sunny for two days straight, and saturday was somewhat warm!

i started my saturday off with a 5 miles run jammin’ to some awesome tunes.

i was thrilled to see the farmer’s market opened by the park!

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i truly felt the heartbeat of springtime.

after my run i headed into the city for brunch with a girlfriend:

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i have an insane obsession with avocado and to top off a veggie omelet…amazing.

after brunch i met up with a friend for coffee and sitting in the glorious sun.

i saw this sign in the coffee shop and had to snap a pick…lol.

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ha. my girlfriend and i really connected saturday. i don’t know if it was the spring breeze or the sun or what but i felt really close to her. it was really awesome. she’s such a cool person and it felt wonderful to spend the afternoon with her, sharing stories, thoughts, and reminiscing. later in the evening i skyped with my brother who is studying abroad in morocco right now. i am super fortunate to be able to visit him in april with my family, and from what he’s told me it sounds like a beautiful and magnificent country.

saturday night i danced through the streets of brooklyn blasting janelle monae with my good friend. we went out and danced the night away. i haven’t danced in so long and i felt so free on saturday night. without a care in the world, i danced until midnight.

andddd the clocks sprung forward. my room mate and i were up early enough to get a peaceful brunch and walk around the neighborhood as it awoke.

mornings are so magical and serene. there is something about the morning that gives me such a sense of possibility, ambition, and optimism. the day is starting and so many things can happen.

a double load of laundry later and i found myself drenched in sweat in what felt like a 15 minute yoga class, but was actually 90. i was so blissed out after yoga, i couldn’t stop noticing the smallest little things that were making me so happy. like all of the dogs in the park, the music in my ipod, the deli man’s kind smile.

spring is in the air, time is healing me, and i am becoming more and more ready for new beginnings.

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let’s grab this week by the horns! bliss, love, and rock n’ roll!

xo juls

grateful

things i am grateful for:

that girl who smiled at me yesterday on that train.

puddles that birds take baths in..

texts that say, “thinking of you.”

heart to hearts.

breakfast in bed.

lazy mornings.

latte sipping.

springtime happy hours.

lighter nights.

sunflowers.

family.

that it’s friday,

yoga, love, peace, and the ability to breath.

a blissed out soul!

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from tumblr

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xo juls