Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a balancing stroll

May has certainly been a busy month thus far. I moved and settled into my new apartment, I'm slowly but surely surviving a marathon work week, and apparently my birthday is the weekend after next. It's been fantastically exhausting. So, for the next few days, I am going to take a long, hard look at the areas of my life that need balance and determine how it is I'm going to find it.
Sleep: I don't often sleep as much as I should. I intend to go to bed early and then stay up, lying in bed, as I ponder all the things I need to do the next day. Then I watch Hulu for a few hours. Unfortunately, lack of proper rest has physical effects as that of stress. You can imagine how pretty things often don't look as a result ;). I need to get myself on a regular schedule while also finding moments throughout the day to mentally rest. Meditation comes to mind, quite literally.
Nourishment: I cannot say that I haven't been eating healthfully, but recently, convenience has taken priority before nutrition. Now that I have my weekends again, I'd like to visit my local farmer's market more purposefully, seeking seasonal produce with an idea as to what dishes I'd like to whip up later in the week. I never though I'd be the one to plan my meals, but perhaps I will. Albeit loosely. It might be the only way I'll properly use my new Vitamix, and it'll certainly be a way to make sure my eats have variety.
Movement. Oh dear yoga, how I have neglected you. Exercise always seems to go to the wayside as I accumulate more and more into my schedule. I miss it. Believe it or not, I'd actually like to get into the habit of running at least once a week. I also must use of my Yoga PassBook, in addition to trying out local rooftop yoga at YoYoga! NYC and a few other studios I've acquired trials for. Thankfully, no matter what, I always have my walk to and from the subway. It keeps me centered.
And there ya go; My general plan for re-balance. Throughout these next few posts, I'm going to highlight a few of the tools that have and will help me in this ever-necessary process including a round-up of kitchen staples, new activewear, and general thoughts. I know I'm looking forward to writing and then practicing them more than anyone :) hope you'll enjoy too. Have a good night, lovelies.


  1. i hear you on trying to refocus. now that i'm done with school (well, i'm sitting in my last graduate class as i type) i'm thinking of all this stuff i want to do and get done - besides get a job, of course. i should make a list like this. thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. i think constant regrouping and evaluating is a really essential part of this balance thing. sometimes we'll have to work more and rely more on takeout or sandwiches or simple foods. sometimes we'll be overly social and drink a bit too much and sleep a bit too little. and sometimes we'll be totally relaxed and focused, drinking green juice and exercising x days a week. i think it's a cycle, and it's all about figuring out which part of the cycle you want to be in at any given time.

    that may or may not have made sense. :) as an aside, if you want company to a) play with your vitamix, b) run with you, or c) go to yoga class, you know who to ask. :)

  3. i'm needing to refocus too. i like how you split them all up and they're very easy to accomplish without causing any more stress! hugs babe! and send me an email with your address soon; i want to send you something for your birthday!

  4. I love this post! You do a great job of capturing what most 20-somethings in this city are dealing with. Lately, I too have been relying more on convenience foods vs. homecooked meals and have definitely not been stretching/yoga-ing enough. BUT I do have a 6:30pm yoga date, so here's to turning things around :) See you next week? xo

  5. sofia: You're very welcome, my dear :).

    leslie: Whether or not it made sense, I got it. Thank you for always being such a good friend! I'll go with A, B and C, and soon please.

    Melissa @Trying to heal: Aw, thank you love. Hugs all around. Emailing you now.

    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen): Thanks, love. Definitely see you next week!


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