Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Enjoying the Moment

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!

This past weekend, Brandon and I shared this huge bowl of Strawberry Banana Sorbet.  It is so easy to make (one part frozen bananas, one part frozen strawberries, and a splash of almond milk pulsed in a vitamix until it is "ice cream texture.")  I could eat this every day, and it is much cheaper than going out for ice cream all the time (and much easier on the stomach too).

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.

See if you can spot the little gray rabbit.  It's tough but if you look hard enough you will see it.  We saw this little guy hanging out alongside our walking trail over the weekend.

After our walk we went to the river and had a picnic of fresh berries and cherries!  It was so perfect!  Little moments like this keep me sane while trying to juggle work, summer school, and home responsibilities.

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Another - I Am Currently - Post

Making: the most of two week break before summer school.
Cooking: hahaha! riiiiight....
Drinking: spring water from Mt. Rainier.
Reading: None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen.
Wanting: to be graduated already!
Looking: into who I should vote for.  Scared for America right now.
Playing: Beyonce.  Feeling nostalgic for high school days.
Wasting: tears on less-than-excellent grades.
Sewing: .....again....hahaha.
Wishing: I could fast forward time.
Enjoying: Disney movies, the Brady Bunch, and the season finale of Downton Abbey.
Waiting: for the next time I get to see my family.
Liking: belgian waffles cooked by my true love.
Wondering: who invented bureaucracy.
Loving: that feeling of having a shred of happiness while school is out.
Hoping: that I can figure out this whole "adulting" thing soon.
Marvelling: at the strange weather in Washington.  Seems like summer has passed already?
Needing: more time than just a week before school starts.  *crying*
Smelling: Pacifica vanilla perfume.  Just happens to be one of my signature scents now.
Wearing: professional navy suit with pinstripe button-up shirt and low heels.
Following: blogs about waste-free living.  Very inspiring!
Noticing: that positive thoughts bring a positive life.
Knowing: that I cannot in good conscience vote for either Trump or Hillary. 
Thinking: of doing yoga every day.  Might help with a lot of things.
Bookmarking: websites containing deep LDS doctrine.  
Opening: my mind to new ways of thinking, and realizing that I am quite often wrong.
Giggling: at my cat, Nabi/Nabee.  He is just too funny sometimes.
Feeling: like Brandon is the best thing that has ever happened to me.


~ Sincerely, Ashleigh Son