Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Last week was officially my first full week back to the grind. While it wasn't completely grueling, it wasn't all that easy either. In addition to the girls being back in school (hello, 6 am wake up calls), I was back to work and back to the gym. I spent most of the week literally dragging because I was so tired from daily life and sore from my workouts. I took it easy over the weekend by skipping the gym, catching up on podcasts, and preparing for the week ahead (which makes a huge difference).

Here's how I'll be spending this weekend.

I'm a big fan of podcasts and am always looking for new and interesting ones to try. This weekend I discovered Long Story Short by Bobbi Brown. Before you think it's all about makeup and skincare, it's not. In fact, just the opposite. Makeup guru Brown interviews successful and influential people about how they got to be where they are now, what drives their success, and how they are making the world better for everyone.

The second season of Friends From College has hit Netflix. If you haven't watched season 1, get to it. It's funny, sad, relatable, and entertaining, above all else. The series follows a group of college friends (from Harvard) who are hitting their 40s as well as a few bumps in the road. They are forced to put on happy faces, like one another's spouses despite reservations, and navigate complicated relationships and situations.

I finally finished reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I had seen this book on the bestseller list for so long and always thought is was just another book about skincare. So, I kinda ignored it. But then one day at the gym while I was sweating it out in the sauna, some women were discussing the book, and I sheepishly admitted that I thought it was about skincare and the importance of washing your face. 😂 The clued me in on how inspiring this book had been for them and how it helps identify what may be holding you back so you can move beyond it and move forward. It's entertaining and inspiring and really makes you think about what you are doing and where you are going.

After overindulging during the holidays, I've been all about detoxifying my body. Everything from smoothie bowls to smoothies to teas to soups have become mainstays of my diet in an effort to rid my body of all the junk I consumed from Halloween to New Year's Eve. I've been making this vegetable detox soup, and surprisingly, I love it. I approach it more from the perspective of eating vegetable soup than a detox soup because it's makes it more appetizing. But honestly, it's good and filling. You can experiment with veggies...broccoli would be a great addition. My favorite part is probably the ginger. It adds so much flavor and it's one of the healthy ingredients that helps to rid your body of toxins, so don't eliminate it!

For my local friends, if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend (and you like beer and yoga), check out Bends + Brews at Bradley Brew Project in Bradley Beach on Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and yoga mat rental are $7, if you don't bring your own. Ticket price includes an hour long yoga session followed by a flight of brews of your choice.

So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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