Lists are great. Lists are the best. Especially when they’re fun lists like random thoughts I’ve had this summer: random ideas & random epiphanies I’ve had while on the train to work or running around the lake. Here’s a massive list I made to myself, for myself, from myself, about nothing in particular.
Belly-laughing is the most effective & most important core exercise.
Dates from the farmer’s market are as good as (better than?) dinner dates.
To maximize feeling your best, only buy and clothes that fit you well and you LOVE.
Your shoe size is apparently anywhere between a 7.5 and a 10.5, depending on how great the shoes are & how committed you are to making them fit.
POWER OF ATTRACTION. Your thoughts become your life.
I say the words cool! dope! interesting! unreal and amazing excessively. I say Oh my god so excessively.
The best feeling is coming home from the grocery store and seeing all the new food you have for the week.
Days where you can be creative, write, and read are important to being a human.
Don’t ever feel obligated to “go out” just because it’s the weekend.
Sunday preparation for the week is important (mentally getting ready – making lists, looking at an overview of your week. Also getting your bags packed, food prepared, etc.)
The funkier the sunglasses, the better.
Recovery runs and days are necessary to getting stronger.
How old is too old to wear your retainer? Do you have to get it replaced at any point?
Getting letters in the mail is SO exciting.
Don’t wear a thick sweater when your friends cut your hair.
Never trust that lavender hair dye will actually die your hair lavender
Getting your nails done WILL make you feel like you have it all together. Every time.
4th of July fireworks in San Francisco are anticlimactic, but a worthy experience.
Makeup is overrated (focus on making your skin clean with as few products as possible & healthy, #natural habits) - unless it’s gold eyeliner.
Never reject a free laundry service.
Be discerning about who you spend time with.
Paper towels work as coffee filters for a limited number of days, don’t push your luck.
Hand washing dishes is more efficient than using a dishwasher and it takes less time.
If you don’t buy paper towels, you won’t waste them.
Listen to people without bringing it back to yourself (“I know what you mean, my dog died when I was 3” is not a sympathetic response to your friend who is sad about her dog dying).
When someone is interviewing you to dogsit his dog and asks if a dog ever got lost under your watch, reconsider before replying “No, but I’ve lost a cat”.
Oversized jean jackets > fitted jean jackets.
On the hunt for good pins.
Athleisure is the summer look.
Money is fluid.
Apple cider vinegar + grapefruit juice + water + lemon.
Act the part.
Walk like you own the place.
A balance between sleep-full and sleepless nights makes life interesting. BALANCE.
Wine on the patio. Wine on a roofdeck. Wine anywhere.
Keep inspiration flowing in your life – whether that be in the form of the people you’re around, the books you’re reading (currently, Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass) or the playlist you’re listening to ("Stay Woak").
Power mornings are the key to a fab day (run, apple cider vinegar, coffee, power outfit).
Do what you say you will do.
“Wine Off” is a life savior.
Quinoa goes bad way quicker than I thought.
Don’t drink if you don’t want to. Do if you do want to.
Afternoon runs are hard to make happen. I’m a strong supporter of morning running.
Start your run before you’re really awake.
Life is a series of networking opportunities.
Let creative energy flow when you feel it! Heck, use a coconut oil spray bottle as a microphone and a broom as a dance partner.
Don’t let other people make you feel inferior. Ever! Know your worth, don’t settle. Don’t lose sight of your irreplaceable value.
Knowing all the lyrics to “Coming Home” and “Love the Way you Lie” is a good party trick.
Chapstick should be in every bag and in every coat pocket.
Vanilla protein powder over chocolate protein powder.
Good things come to you when you’re putting out good energy into the universe.
San Francisco fog is magical.
Easy on the self-deprecating humor (what you think you become).
Recognize your flaws.
Open heart. Open, open, open!
The way I emphasize words makes people think I’m being sarcastic.
Man, I love chips + salsa.
It feels really good when you can be your full self. Take note of your environment when this happens (and when it doesn’t). This summer, I’ve felt really myself and like I am using my full potential.
I love the balance of hard work and fun and I love striving for that balance everyday (#libra).
Be more confrontational!!!! It may be awkward but you gotta be bold! And don’t let people walk all over you.
Don’t use Google Maps every time you leave the house. Get lost!
You have a gut feeling for a reason. Use your intuition.
Give people a chance.
Biggest blog inspiration is LeefromAmerica.
Never enough journaling.
I don’t care what anyone says, summers in San Francisco have perfect weather.
I feel tough when I say I’m living in Oakland and I like that.
Salsa + hummus combo is amazing (tastes like cheese).
Nutritional yeast (also tastes like cheese).
Short hair makes you look older.
Never pay for a haircut when you have friends.
Spanish is so fun to speak & practice.
Hanging out with people you connect with is extremely important for your happiness.
You get sad when you leave people you connect with because (see above).
I’m so lucky to have such a large, supportive, close family. It’s a gift when we can all be together. It gets harder to coordinate as we get older.
Listen to podcasts!
The Mission district in San Francisco is so vibrant and has so much culture.
Everyone appreciates when you take pictures of them without them knowing, even if they express distaste at the time.
Don’t wash your hair so often.
Use limited products.
There’s traffic here no matter what time of day.
Avocado + salt + pepper + balsamic vinegar.
If I was on a deserted island and could eat one thing, it’d either be a sweet potato or cereal.
I've decided that I have a resting sad face. People ask me "what's wrong?" all the time. When nothing is wrong.
I’m working on making faster decisions (especially in the cereal aisle).
Solidify ya signature scent. Vanilla lace?
TV show character inpso: Olivia Pope of Scandal.
Ask people questions about themselves and then ask more.
Favorite Instagram to scroll through is ByMarieAndrew
Starting the day with a smoothie.
You don’t need a lot of clothes.
Walks to anywhere!
People watching is the best activity, ever.
“I feel EMPOWERED.”
Write letters to people you care about, they will appreciate it.
Thank your family for all that they do for you.
Life is so cool & interesting & switches directions so quickly.
Finding people who make you laugh is a BLESSING.
Be open to learning about people.
Mornings of coffee & contemplation.
Sometimes slow mornings are good, sometimes fast mornings are good.
You can’t even taste the veggies you put in your smoothie.
Roll your muscles even though you don’t want to.
I’m learning a lot & I’m thankful.