Friday, January 21, 2022
Welcome to my first official Friday Favs post. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while because I love this kind of stuff. Head back here every Friday for a skimmable weekly post of random thoughts, tips, inspiration and fun finds.
It’s a little bit haphazard, just like me.
Current Obsession: Urban Art
I do a lot of walking these days. It’s one of the simple pleasures that I discovered in the beginning of the pandemic because there was literally NOTHING ELSE TO DO. (Except watch Tiger King, natch.) And it while it may sound kind of boring, it has led me to a lot of quirky finds. Walking my way through neighborhoods and communities across the East Coast has given me the chance to discover little pieces of magic I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.
Case in point: I’ve found myself semi-obsessed with murals and urban art. I now have a huge photo collection on my phone. (Second only to family pics.) Building murals, sidewalk sketches, brightly designed fences, I’m here for all of it. And they pop up in the most unexpected places!
Not to state the obvious but dang, these past few years have been HARD. Not only do we have to deal with the fear and uncertainty of the pandemic but we’re also somehow expected to still make moves in our work and personal lives and somehow keep our mental health in check. It’s A LOT.
As a professional, wife and mother I have a lot on my plate
to stress about so I’m always on the hunt for inspirational anything to help me get by. Figured I would pass along some of my favorite discoveries of this week:
- The Toxic Effects of Negative Self-Talk
- 5 Different Types of Imposter Syndrome (and 5 Ways to Battle Each One)
Music to your ears
Logging Small Moments of Joy
As an extrovert stuck inside once again in the middle of a global pandemic, I’ve been struggling. I want to be with humans but lately, I’ve been involved in some complex situations in the community and, quite frankly, it’s taken a lot of joy out of my everyday existence. People can be toxic and frankly, exhausting.
To try and undo my deteriorating outlook on humanity (kidding but also not kidding), I’ve gotten into the habit of writing down joyful moments and things I’m grateful for. Nothing extravagant, just some lines in a notebook before I go to bed. I don’t care if it is as small as my dog falling asleep beside me while I work, or finding chocolate in my pocket, I log that sucker. It’s done wonders. When you challenge yourself to identify things every day, it really makes a difference in your outlook.
Tacos, TikTok & Laughter
If you know me IRL you’re aware that I love TikTok. No, I don’t create content or anything like that but I’m known to refuse to watch a movie because “it’s too long and I have to get up early” only to scroll on TikTok for hours. It’s a compulsion I really don’t want to resist.
And while I follow some great creators, one of my favorites is Elyse Myers. She is funny, awkward and exceptionally human and I can’t get enough. I found her one night discussing the worst date she’d ever been on. I haven’t looked at Taco Bell the same ever since. “Let’s Feast!”
@elysemyers I haven’t been to a @tacobell since. #coffeetalk #theadhdway #firstdatefail #tacobell ♬ original sound – Elyse Myers