What has the Son family been up to? Well..... life has been so busy for the past few months that it feels like it is our new reality to hardly see each other, except at night and on the weekends. I have learned from experience that if you let it, a busy life can make you miserable. On the other hand, if you make time for things you care about (and for little things that make you happy), there are small pockets of wonderful moments that basically make up for all the long hours of hard work put in at school and work.
Soooo.... here are a couple of small things I am sharing with you - how I enjoy small moments:
1) Live "in the moment." Don't worry about what the future holds. Cross that bridge when I get there. Sure, I am scared about the process of finding a new job that is the right "fit" for me when I graduate. But at the moment, when I pause my worried thoughts, and just look around me, I am absolutely fine NOW. In this very moment. Deep breaths, in and out!
2) Eat food that makes me happy and healthy at the same time. I like to eat as simply as possible. Part of it comes from being completely lazy (ha ha!!! but I do work hard other than this, okay?) and the other part is because simple, unprocessed foods make me feel healthier and help my brain function better. A couple of favorites for me include fresh summer fruit (cut up watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines), spiralized baked fries (a couple potatoes julienned or spiralized, baked at 475 degrees for 15 minutes, and then broiled at 500 degrees for up to another 5 minutes, then fresh lime drizzled on top), or fruit sorbets (frozen banana as the base with other frozen fruits or cacao powder or matcha...whatever I feel like). I also enjoy juicing fruits and vegetables. I could make a separate post about all this... but anyway the point is, healthy and tasty food is the best!
3) Brandon is going to laugh at me for this because I am going to be a hypocrite for a second... but EXERCISE. I really feel best when I do exercise, and I am not saying I am on top of this by any means, because I am not.... but let's just be honest. After doing this yoga workout, I feel like I am on top of the world! Another favorite way to get some exercise in is walking. Brandon and I explored a new walking path near our home that we haven't been to, and saw all kinds of wildlife (including a bunch of cute snails, slugs, and a tiny bunny, to name a few). Sometimes getting outside to get some fresh air is just the lift our body needs after being cooped up inside the majority of the time.
4) Remember to rest and have a relaxing outlet. I personally love to have Disney movies playing in the background so I can sing along with their catchy soundtracks while I am doing homework, and often after a long day of school I will just fall into the bed and watch "The Brady Bunch," or "The Twilight Zone," or some other old reruns on Netflix or Hulu. There is a point where this can become unhealthy though. I find it is best to limit myself to no more than 3 episodes of TV shows. But this can also vary more or less depending on how dead I feel from school. Even better would be to draw something, or work on putting together my ultimate cookbook filled with recipes that I love! Also, I find that watching an intense TV show while folding laundry makes the chore a lot more bearable.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this insight. I bet you already knew all of these things already, but sometimes it never hurts to hear it again.
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son