Coffee Talk & Life Lately
Loving.... Every lately! Life has been nothing short but lovely on this side of my computer screen. I'm especially loving the fact that my blog is reaching it's all time high, over the month of January my metrics have been absolutely crazy. The wonderful thing about Squarespace is you can track your readers, new subscribers, activity log, mobile usage, popular content and traffic overview, and even IP addresses - Squarespace is incredible! I love that Squarespace truly allows me to see whoever is viewing my blog. I must say, I'm very intrigued with the people that frequent my blog, just not super pleased when they copy my original content. Overall, it's a great feeling when you know you're putting out great content only to have someone replicate it, that only means you have followers and fans. Other than my blog growing, and having success with returning visitors, life has been lovely. I'm also loving that I've made hitting the gym 4-5 days out of the week my top priority. I feel so much stronger, and even sexier. Originally I wanted to just get in shape, now it's become more than that. I want to look great, and feel even better. Lately I've been feeling incredible about my body, I adore my petite, pear shaped body. It's one of the most beautiful feelings in the world when you have mastered the art of self love and acceptance.
Honestly? I'm only hating the morning where I run out of coffee, and am forced to settle for Dunkin Donuts. When I was in high school I worked full time at Dunkin Donuts and have always hated their coffee. Just something about their roast, espresso and regular iced coffee has always given me the worst acid re-flux. I'm a little spoiled in the aspect that I've only had grade-a premium coffee. Growing up I never liked Folgers, or any of the mild roast coffee's (which Dunkin is mild-medium roast) Working in downtown Portland, I'm spoiled, I only have a taste for bold roast coffee and espresso. I adore that Portland is filled with locally owned coffee shops, even the Italian restaurant I worked in would only settle for Nespresso. At home I tend to only drink espresso blends, and settle for Almond Joy creamer. Overall, that's really the only thing I'm "hating."
Let me just say... When it comes to making choices regarding food, I have a lot of self control. Lately, even Dustin has noticed I've been buying spring mixes, low fat yogurt, tons of fruits and veggies and low calorie snacks. I've been very serious about making a lifestyle change. When I say lifestyle change I mean that I've never believed in dieting. I believe if you want to see results, lose weight, or just keep in shape you must commit to making a lifestyle change. For the past few months I've been loading up on leafy greens, smoothies, plenty of fruit and raw veggies and even protein shakes. Obviously even I have my moments where I cave and eat a few cookies or Dustin and I snack on Mozzerella sticks and nachos. The key to maintaining your figure? Moderation. Lately Dustin and I have been pulling dinner recipes from Pinterest. Our latest favorite? Broccoli & Cauliflower casserole - healthy & very filling. If you're curious about what I'm pinning on Pinterest, just scroll to the very bottom of my blog and click the "P" icon, and lurk away :)
Short and simple: coffee, water, smoothies, iced green tea, and various juices.
Lately on the weekends you can find me hanging out in my comfiest workout clothes - black leggings, pastel colored sports bras, and a tank top. These past few weekends I haven't even tried to put an outfit together, due to staying close to home.
Currently I'm listening to my Pandora, and the station is "Beyonce" who doesn't Beyonce? In the car I've been consumed by Tom Petty or country music - and I never listen to country music. Whenever I listen to country music it reminds me of riding around with my Grandma, which makes me incredibly sad, so I usually refrain. Lately I've been listening and singing a lot to a lot of love songs - wait I'm in love? Just kidding. I've also been jamming to Modest Mouse (which was amazing in concert!) and even Demi Lovoto. My music taste is growing slowly, and it's a little weird to be digging pop artists to say the least.
I've discovered that Macklemore's new album is absolutely incredible! I've also discovered that Pablo is crazy about my Beauty Blenders and if he gets a hold of them, there will be teeth marks all through my makeup blending sponge... RIP to all Beauty Blenders lost. Also, I've discovered a new favorite makeup palette - Tarte Tease Eye Shadow Palette - where you can read about in the Beauty section of my blog.
In the last few months Dustin and I have been planning something huge and we're hoping we can make it all happen - plain and simple.
I've been strongly considering going back to school for quite some time now. It hasn't been the right time to commit to focus on my education, but I'm getting there. I have numerous aspirations and goals, and with my passion I'm sure when the time is right, I will flourish. Lately I've been focusing on myself, and Dustin and I's relationship. Life has been going so well for us, and I feel like I'm finally at a place where I feel at peace - with everything. I truly can't wait to see where life will take us, and for now, I'm just enjoying the ride.
That some people don't have the same heart as I do - and that's okay.
I'm realizing that there's more to life than what's here and now.
I'm realizing that I'm only 22 and it's okay to not have my life together just yet.
I'm realizing that certain people are cold, and cruel down to the bone and you have to walk away from toxic relationships.
I'm realizing that family is precious and you never know how long you will be graced with someones presence, and it's so important to tell your loved ones that they are loved dearly.
I'm realizing that everything takes time, and that's okay.
I'm realizing that I'm stronger than I think.
I'm realizing that sometimes you just have to let people be who they truly are, their true colors will shine through eventually.
I'm realizing the importance of the statement "Just do what's right for you"
I'm realizing that it's almost spring, and I can't wait for warmer weather.
I'm realizing that working hard truly pays off.