Happy Halloween! Not going to lie, I’m really not that interested in Halloween. It’s more hassle than it’s worth for me. It’s one of those holidays that has all these expectations that are never met (see also: New Year’s Eve). I used to love it until college when I suddenly hated it. I wasn’t good at thinking of a costume that was funny, original and kind of slutty (I mean, I went to college at WVU, being overdressed was a real issue most days of my life).
The past few Halloweens have been underwhelming since college: in a relationship with a guy in finance who had all this month end work, broken up with the following year (+ Hurricane Sandy) and had to go to LA for work then last year, just over it. This year I’m a two-day resident of San Francisco with no plans for the day thus far, except it might be the perfect time to get some apartment shopping done. So there’s that. If you don’t have any plans you can console yourself in the best links from the past week then FaceTime me.
India has been high on my travel list forever. So jealous of Marisa from Uproot from Oregon’s trip to India and living vicariously through her travel diary.
24 Hours in Napa. Not that 24 hours is enough, but so excited to live so close so I can make many, many trips to wine country!
I am so. overhelmed. trying to figure out decorating my 600-square foot studio apartment, especially because I left everything but my clothes and Vitamix in Pittsburgh (well, and a few other things). Decorist uses algorithms and quizzes to match you with the perfect decor for your home. Problem solved!
It’s kind of not a secret I suffer from anxiety. This month was a real journey on handling – or not handling at times – my anxiety. I love that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere says that anxiety isn’t something to be ashamed of: it’s totally out of your control… but you can manage your anxiety with her tips.
Davida told me to listen to the Jess Lively podcast last week and whenever Davida tells me to do something, I listen and you should too. I listened to four episodes since Sunday (three while running, one while driving).
On the overwhelmed front, I totally shut down and basically didn’t leave the couch last week. Sarah from Picky Runner discuses how sometimes when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you need to take a step back and just relax.
I’m back on the “listen to Podcasts while on runs” grind (see above). I haven’t given any of these podcasts for long runs a listen yet but I’ll be queuing them up soon.
I need to get back on my strength training kick. Last week I barely ran, let alone did anything else (this week I’m back at it). All of my home gym equipment is in my car trunk en route to SF but I’ll be mixing this full-body circuit routine into my week soon.
Even before I knew Susie was a fellow Sigma Kappa (#dovelove), I really liked her from her blog. She talks about why gaining weight during marathon training was a good thing for her in a very honest post.
Healthy drunk food is kind of an oxymoron… unless you are Angela and me and you eat sprouted toast and blueberries after you’ve been drinking. Have to check out these restaurants for late night healthy drunk food next time I’m in NYC.
As soon as I get a skillet back in my life (oh, and groceries) I’m making this Single Serve Chickpea and Egg Breakfast from Erin. Why am I on such a legume kick?
If you get into the technical, digital side of blogging you might hear a lot of weird terms. I realize I throw a bunch around when I’m talking about social media. Here is a nice little dictionary of commonly used tech terms.
Want to blog as a business? Then you better take it seriously and look at what performs and what doesn’t. Davida has an amazing breakdown of the analytics behind The Healthy Maven.
Chat with me:
What are you doing for Halloween? What is your go-to drunk food? What awesome links did I miss this week (leave them in the comments!)?