Today is day 11 of the 31 day blogging challenge that I’ve been doing all month. If you want to read the previous posts, click here. The prompt for today is my 15 favorite things.
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My blog. This one is easy because my blog is definitely one of my favorite things. It gives me a platform to be myself and help others along the way. I love that. When I started my blog I had no clue that it would not only be a source of healing for myself, but for my readers as well. I also didn’t realize I would become emotionally attached to it. I’ve worked hard to build this blog out of nothing into something amazing. There is a lot of pride that comes with that.
My routine. I am a creature of habit, and my routine is huge. It is easy to become irritable when my routine is disrupted. My daily routine is awesome, in my opinion. Mostly because of who I spend my time with and talking to. In the evenings I get to hang out with Nathan in between jobs Each morning as I’m working, my favorite person on the planet calls me and I get to chat with him for a bit before he goes off to work. That is my time to check in with him and see how his day is going, as well as sharing my day with him.
Tacos. Tacos are one of life’s greatest pleasures. I love a good taco. The crispy shell housing all the delicious goodness inside. Seasoned meat complimented by gooey cheese. Fresh salsa to add a pop of freshness and acidity from the tomatoes and cilantro. Sour cream adds a creamy element to it. Yeah, tacos give our taste buds a little bit of everything, all rolled into one fabulous bite.
Books. Reading is an excellent way to relax for me. Settle down on the couch with my favorite blanket, turning the tv and phone off for a little while. Usually Tigger comes to sit with me and I hear him snoring away beside me while I get lost in a good book. What are you reading right now? I’d love to know so I can find some new books to enjoy! You can read about my favorite books by clicking here. I just finished reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
My husband. Does he count as a thing? Maybe. I guess that would make him Thing 1 and me Thing 2. Tigger must be the Cat in the Hat. Nathan is so supportive of me. He’s like an overgrown five year old at times, but he makes me laugh. The fact he makes me laugh is probably what keeps me from stabbing him with a fork at times. Lol. But seriously, he is a pretty amazing supporter of me and everything I do. I don’t know what I would do without him.
Coffee. Coffee is this magical thing that helps me wake up and be ready to face the world with a smile on my face each and every day. Hot, fresh brewed in my French press is a great way to start the day.
My KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I love cooking and baking, which should be pretty obvious if you’ve read my blog at all. You can read all about my recipes here. My KitchenAid stand mixer is a gift my in-laws bought me and Nathan for our wedding. This is an excellent wedding gift for anyone who cooks and bakes. They last forever as well. Mine is still going strong almost 11 years later, without any problems. Over the years we’ve added accessories to it for even more use, and it is just the best kitchen appliance out there, in my opinion. It is an investment into a kitchen because they are not cheap, but absolutely worth the price.
Driving. My buddy was reading one of these posts last night while talking to me on the phone. He said when I got to this post I should talk about how excited I am when he leaves my house after stopping by. Now there is some truth to that. I do get a bit excited when he walks out the door and I lock it behind him.
But it also reminded me that I love our drives together too. We drive out into the hills to go target practicing or hiking, and it is wonderful to get out in nature like that. The drive itself is beautiful and calming.
Slippers. I am big on comfort, and there is no better way to be comfortable than memory foam slippers. Whoever invented these is a genius. I find this especially true because I work from home. I like being comfortable and relaxed as I work. These slippers help a lot with that.
My bed. Laying down after a long day and I’m tired is just amazing. It is so comfortable, especially in the winter when I’m weighed down by blankets as I fall asleep. There is something comforting about my own bed because it is the perfect place to relax.
My office. My office is my little corner of my house that is just mine. I use it to work at my desk on my blog. I couldn’t do it without my MacBook to write my blog. It is the greatest tool for me as a blogger and someone who works from home. I am a huge fan of having my very own work space to really focus on my blog.
I also keep all of my exercise equipment in my office. My yoga mat, weight rack, and stability ball are my favorites. I believe a well-developed core is the greatest way to get started with exercise and weight lifting. Keeping these at home is good for me and the days I can’t make it to the gym because I’m still able to get the basics done. Yoga also relaxes me and lets me stretch out my muscles after sitting for long periods of time as I’m working on my blog each day.
Sewing. I thoroughly love sewing and it is something that relaxes me. I am happiest when I sit and focus on a project to make. It is really my happy bubble, as I like to call it.
My Amazon Echo. This is the lazy version of Google. I say this because I don’t actually have to hunt down my phone and open a browser to Google something. Simply ask Alexa instead. I usually ask when the next Trailblazer game is, set an alarm for ten minutes prior to turn the tv on and get ready for the game. Then play music before that while I’m writing.
I also love this when I’m in my office and exercising. I have an Echo Dot in there. That way I actually can leave my phone in the living room and focus on the task at hand. I play music using it, and then set timers as I’m exercising. A great example is striving for a 60 second plank. A timer is really essential for meeting that goal. I tell Alexa to set off and off I go. This saves my phone from several things. Being broken during exercise is the big one. I’m the person who will forget it is there and step on it. It also saves me from distractions. Those number notifications on social media are always threatening to suck me in and before I know it, an hour has gone by right there. That’s great, when I’m not trying to do something like exercise.
Being a prepper. Not only does it give me a sense of security about being more prepared and able to handle emergencies. Prepping was the start of my blog as well because I wanted to talk about my passion in it. Being a prepper and seeing where it has taken me in my life is a win/win in my book!
My cat. Tigger is the cutest little jerk there ever was, and he’s spoiled too. But I look back at pictures and memories of him, and I smile. Even when he’s giving me the death look because I’ve interrupted whatever he’s doing (Nathan calls his comings and goings “cat stuff”) for a picture or to laugh at him.
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