The past couple of weeks have been so relaxing, in large part because of the combination of vegetable juice and prayer, but there are a few other things that have made this week feel more like a weekend to me. I've started to incorporate happy things into my week that I enjoy doing during the weekend, because who says week days have to be glum?
You ever get that feeling like, I'm going to make every minute fun today?
That's sorta how I've been feeling. I've been asking myself, how can I make this moment fun? And maybe that's a more roundabout way of asking, how can I love my life right now?
It's like, enjoying little pleasures, just because you can. How can I make myself more comfortable right now? How can I enrich this life?
It's asking myself questions like these that enabled me to find and become gradually addicted to the things below.
If you're ever a) lonely or b) wishing you could teleport somewhere, the Periscope app is for you. It allows you to watch live stream video as it's happening on some stranger's phone, and comment, like, or share the livestream at any time. It's like Facetimeing with perfect strangers all around the world. Except they don't see your face. And you can actually comment on the stuff they videotape.
It allows you to follow your friends from Twitter, but none of my friends from Twitter are really using it, so I just browse the livestream of tons and tons of periscopes that are going on all over the world! And I interact with them!
For instance. On my lunch break at work the other day? I visited the Bay Bridge in San Francisco through someone's periscope. Then I was at someone's rehearsal dinner. Then I watched a bit of a Medieval Times show in New Jersey. Then I was in someone's car while they were driving in the rain. It is AMAZING all the things it allows you to watch from wherever you are. And you get to comment and send hearts to the things that you see! And sometimes the people filming will respond to the questions you ask, because they all appear at the bottom of the video.
And get this--you know how I'm obsessed with the LA Kings? Jim Fox, one of the broadcaster's for the Kings, was periscoping the entire road trip the other day in Canada. He was giving us the background scoop on so much stuff! I practically felt like I traveled with them.
It's just such an awesome app. It makes you feel like you're in someone else's world, and you feel so incredibly connected. Please check it out. Unfortunately it's only available for iPhones right now, but hopefully they'll bring it to the Google Play store soon!!
I am addicted to this brand of vegetable/fruit juice. I watched a documentary a few weeks back on the benefits of juicing, and while I can't afford a juicer right now, I can afford a $5 healthy juice that's ready to drink at the grocery store. And all it has in it is the juice from the vegetables and fruits. Nothing else. No 'natural flavors'. No 'purees'. No nada. It's pure juice.
And it makes me feel so good. I've been drinking one a day for the past few weeks, and I can't get enough of the way they make me feel. It's like everything in my body that makes me nervous just deflates. I knew vegetables had power, but I didn't know they had calming power. I feel way less stressed about anything and everything after I drink one. And they don't taste horrible! I promise.
I'm not sure if they sell them at every grocery store across the nation, but I've always been able to spot them at every Ralph's I've been to in LA, in the fruit juice section by the vegetables.
I'm not ashamed to admit that my diet lately has consisted of Perfect bars, vegetable juice, and Amy's frozen meals. I could be addicted to worse I suppose.
Perfect bars were introduced to me by my sister. She picked them up for the office at Costco the other day, and they are gluten-free with all organic ingredients. They are basically 20 superfoods ground up into one bar, and they taste amazing. They have almond butter and peanut butter flavored ones that are so incredibly filling. I'll have one for breakfast and be set for at least 2 hours, which is more than I can say for Kind bars or anything else. They're so delicious!
And because their ingredients are so special, the bars have to be refrigerated. So you'll find them in the refrigerated section of the store, but they're rare. I've only seen them at select Ralph's, and I know they sell them at Costco. I also found that they have them on Lucky Vitamin and on Amazon too!
Ah, the beauty of audio books. If you're like me and have a 30+ minute commute to work and back each day, I highly recommend getting an audible subscription ($15/month). That only gets you one book per month, which is lame, but still worth it when you consider that each audiobook is $20+.
For the past couple of months I've gotten in the habit of reading one audio book, and one print book at the same time. Right now I'm listening to the audiobook Unbecoming by Rebecca Schermer, while reading the print book Blog, Inc. I just finished a terrific audiobook called The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins that you should also check out. It's read by three women with English accents, and it hooks you in. It's fantastic. Albeit a little bit on the dark side. I can't remember being bored once during my commute that week. It was like watching a movie every time I got in the car. Without taking my eyes off the road, of course.
I listen to them all via the Audible app for iPhone. It's the best way to keep yourself entertained with good reading while doing other stuff.
A morning e-newsletter that comes via email every week day, packed with freelance writing jobs. AMAZING. Talk about an abundance of free opportunities each morning to start your day. They are all carefully curated into a nice, orderly newsletter, and each lists the pay, the company, and a short paragraph of the job description. I get so hooked. It's like getting a nice surprise every morning, except the surprise is opportunity that can lead to dolla-dolla bills y'all.
Through this absolutely free service, I apply for at least 1 freelance writing gig per day. I've only been doing it for the past couple of weeks, but it's so much more convenient than having to scour the web looking for gigs.
These are a few things that have been keeping my week days relaxing and fulfilling lately. I could probably write about 6 more things, but I'll save them for a future post :)
What's been keeping you fulfilled lately? Have you tried any of the above? I'd love to hear some new things to try!