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Monday, January 19, 2015

January Favorites

Hey lovely,

January is here and many new things are happening (hence, the NEW YEAR) so I thought I'd share some of my favorite things this month!

Favorite quote: 

"Tears are words the heart can't say"

Ever have one of those days where you just don't get anything around you? Either you feel  misunderstood, confused, overworked, or you may feel a bit lost inside. It happens, as we are all individual souls on very unique journeys that take us to different places and affect our heart on different levels. I love this quote for many reasons, one of them being it has been raining here today on Sunday all day, and it gives me a sense of understanding about water, tears, and rain. That whole process is really releasing. People think crying is for babies or as adults, typically "allowed" for girls. Not true. Sometimes, some days, you just have to cry and relieve all that built up stress, because let's face it, life can be stressful. There is some kind of peace within all the rain, don't you think? Once you let it out, you don't feel as angry anymore, you just feel like you got more in touch with your soul, so then you are able to grow more as a human being. The saying: And rain will make the flowers grow, totally makes sense. Break down those walls and accept all that you are, with your tears helping to guide you when your words are not able to come out.

Favorite tea: 

On a lighter note, tea is soothingly amazing! Tea is such a great kind of thing to drink. I like my teas either in the morning or before I go to bed, the latter is more likely, as it calms me down. This month I have tried this amazing combination of red tea and lemon juice. Delicious! Seriously, it is tangy fresh and also decaffeinated in case you don't feel like drinking a lot of caffeine especially at night.  

Favorite smoothie:

Smoothies are becoming so popular and I am learning more and more about them all the time. You can mix and match so many different foods to create a deliciously satisfying drink that has many nutrients as well. This month I would have to say my favorite smoothie is the Bubblegum colored one. The ingredients are: apples, carrots or beets, celery, ginger, and lemon juice. You can play around with the quantity until if fits your taste buds.

Favorite habit:

Since the New Year usually calls for a renewed kind of feeling and attitude, it is a great idea to take that concept and make a reality out of it. Look into yourself and feel what you can change to make yourself more content with yourself and your life. For me, going to bed early is an important habit to actively put to good use. It is all based on your self-discipline. Knowing you must do it makes you want to follow through it. Make it a mental thing and just get ready to go to bed at a specific time, like 11pm. Turn of all your distractions (iphone, ipad, tv, music). It gives you a chance to really and fully unwind and get better acquainted with yourself. So go ahead and recharge your body properly!

 Favorite moment:

While there are many moments that are simply beautiful and utterly magnificent, the first official snow day is pretty awesome! It happened sometime in January and that day just seemed magical. The air is crisp clear and you could literally smell the airiness scent of the pure white glistening snow. Waking up to snow that has already fallen on the ground is just one of those things you have to be grateful for to just take it all in and enjoy-and maybe have a snowball fight :) 

 Favorite meal:

January is a fairly cold month, depending on where you live of course, but still, many people get colds this time of the year so I thought I would add one of my favorite meals for January. Especially if you have a sensitive stomach either during or after a cold, try this delicious concoction consisting of: cooked oatmeal with chia seeds and a banana. If you want you can add some dried plums to the oatmeal to make it a bit sweeter!

Favorite show: 

This month I think the best show would have to be King of Queens. This hilariously entertaining show really makes me laugh as it always has a message about the unity of family life, or specifically in their case, marriage. You have a married couple that fights like cats and dogs but loves one another just as crazily. I generally enjoy shows that have a clear moral message of doing the right thing, caring for others, and just having fun along the way!

Well, there you have it folks! Hope you enjoyed some of my January favorites and the message or theme that seemed to repetitively show up: RENEWAL. Whatever you enjoy doing or eating or listening to or watching, find a way to renew yourself while doing it. It makes your life experiences that much more satisfying and you will feel lighter and brighter as a human being.

Love ya'll!
Lusciously Levi