On My List

Sundays at home are my absolute favorite. We've been traveling the past couple of weeks post-wedding, and this weekend involved laying low, eating and cooking, reading and relaxing. I'm especially glad for such a low-key weekend since this upcoming week is busy at work and I'm prepping to teach 10 yoga classes between Monday and Friday. (Eep.)

This morning was particularly lovely: I woke up early, did some writing with a cup of tea and a muffin, went to a sculpt class that absolutely kicked my ass and then taught a beautiful heart-opening level 2 flow for a great group of yogis who sweated hard and even laughed a couple of times along the way. I rarely teach on the weekends, but I love subbing for weekend classes when I'm free and in town. Afterwards, Emily asked me what my plans were for the day, and I replied, "Writing, a nap, and probably a bagel." I did have that bagel and it was fabulous. 

Back to the things on my list lately, and of course we'll start with the most important: EMPIRE. 

As if I needed another show to watch, but I couldn't resist after seeing Taraji P. Henson at the Emmys and reading this article about her. Empire is by far my favorite show in a very long time because it's fresh and dramatic with talented actors/actresses and interesting music. Naturally I'm on episode 6 and may binge watch the rest of season one tonight.

This article explores why women are frequently more cautious about taking promotions, and helped me feel a little more confident about pursuing more opportunities within my field. How often do you read a job opening description and immediately think of all the ways in which you're not qualified? Studies show that women underestimate themselves more frequently than men, and I accidentally do this to myself sometimes. Literally, I read about an internal job opening this past week that asked for 7-10 years of experience and thought, "Well, I have 7 years, but that's not enough, so. . ." Ha. What?! 

One of my favorite makeup bloggers in the UK has a secondary blog called The Uphill focused on motherhood, and she is SO FUNNY. Also, I learn a lot from her.

Let's all start acknowledging our hard work, instead of saying we "just got lucky."

Making this bread today . . . anything that requires yeast makes me nervy but I've successfully made pizza dough before and she claims it is no fail, so, we'll see.

Cleaning out my Pocket! Pocket is the quickest, easiest way to hold onto all those pesky internet tabs that you wanna remember for later via phone or desktop or whatever. (However, if you're like me, it's easy to put everything in Pocket for later and then forget about it and then realize you have 250 unread articles that you "meant to save" for later. Don't do that.)

And cleaning out my closet. I know everyone is on that Marie Kondo kick, and while I haven't read her book, I get the gist and am trying to make more of a habit to get rid of clothes I don't wear, junk I don't use, and anything taking up space that annoys me when I look at it. I'm talking about you, moving boxes in the front hallway from April. Throw yourselves away! Anyway, I used to use a service called LikeTwice for any clothing items that I wanted a little $$ for (as opposed to the Salvation Army) but couldn't get my local Plato's to take (apparently my stuff is "too mature," ugh) -- but the company closed and now I'm trying something called ThredUp which seems pretty similar. (And got a huge round of funding recently.)

Listening to these old and new favorites on Spotify. (Thanks to Morgan for the Francis and the Lights rec!)

Reading Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before, David Emerson's Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Jen Hatmaker's For the Love, Greg Mckeown's Essentialism and Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me? (What, you don't read 5 books at once?)

And I must say I did try to register for that baby of ours but FACE PALM, it was hard. More options than a cereal aisle at Walmart. Babies don't need that much stuff . . . right?

Happy week, friends!