Week in the Life / Thursday 8.20.2015

After capturing this week for 3 days so far, I am reminded how I love this exercise. It sort of plays right into my daily intentions to be present and continually look for ways to improve the way I live my life and how it effects those around me.

This exercise seems to remind me I want to be more generous with my time & love to my partner, my family, my friends and those I truly care about. I feel like in looking back on these days, I can see where I have finally reached a successful point of self-care. My attitude remains positive and I take each day as it comes, trying to better myself and leave the world a little softer.  Each day I let go of judgment a little more and embrace acceptance of what is right now. Having gone through some rough days in the past, finding myself in this peace now — i just want to jump for joy like “yay, i’ve done it! I’ve found a way!” It probably sounds weird without knowing all the ins & outs of me & my life, but I promise it makes sense.

Onto Thursday. I like how Ali uses different prompts for each days stories. I am going to try the some days/most days prompt today, and will fill in some details here and there. In the grand scheme I would think most of my days appear the same, but in doing this, I think I will see the differences more than I think.

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Most days I use these 2 products. Under eye cream and fortifying cream to reduce redness from broken capillaries. I’ve been using the Philosophy product for about 3 years and definitely noticed a difference in reducing darker areas under my eyes. The La Therapie cream I’ve used since 2004 and swear by it. I can tell if I skip a few days not using it, it’s the only thing that reduced the redness in my face I experienced from teenage breakout scarring. I am continually trying to improve my skin regimen, while keeping it very simple. I use as little chemical product as possible and have been researching more natural products. I’m totally ok with aging skin, I just want it to be healthy in its natural state.

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Some days he goes to the gym early before I even wake up. Then he lays on the bed while I’m getting ready. I see a difference when he goes to the gym more regularly, he seems to manage stress better. He is not that crazy about my WITL exercise and taking photos, so I am respectful of his privacy while still capturing our life. But he does humor me and help me get shots here and there. I love him for putting up with my crazy, creative mind. He is the best.

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Some days I make a smoothie in the morning before work. This only happens once a week or so. I have found that I like it and am trying to increase this practice as it makes me feel more full throughout the day. I generally drink smoothies on the weekend. I love my Nutri Ninja Pro blender system. I prep veggies and fruits for smoothies and keep them in the freezer. I generally make frozen kale with banana, chia seeds and ice, then whatever else we have on hand. Today it was blueberries. I added water for liquid, sometimes I do almond milk or coconut water. I wanted to, but forgot to add a sliver of lime. Lime just makes the whole thing fresh.

Some days I have to cut a new hole in my belt. I always use the crop-a-dile.

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Most days I wear Coach’s Signature scent. When I was younger I would have a bunch of perfumes I switched in between. As part of a more simplified approach I just own this one now.

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Some days I wear a top knot instead of doing my hair down. I only wash my hair 3-4 times a week, so it’s usually a dirty hair day and when I am going to yoga class. Or because it’s really humid and there are thunderstorm warnings. I love having it all up on my head out of my face and I don’t really care if it’s not perfect. The messier the better.

Most days I pack a lunch. Today I was unorganized with it, first having put too much yogurt in the cup and not being able to close the lid. Then I ended up forgetting my oatmeal. Sheesh. I ended up with a parfait, grapes, hummus & pita bread to eat during the day. I sort of do the small meals things versus one big lunch.

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Some days I carry a lot to work. B obligingly captured this shot walking into work and jokes that I am the cutest pack mule there is. My yoga mat is thicker and weighs 8 lbs, also I bring my change of clothes, then my regular work bag w/ lunch and coffee. Today I had my umbrella & smoothie too. There is a farmers market across from work on Thursdays, some days I purchase produce from there. (At first I thought “oh too many shadows” in this shot, but the more I looked I like how the shadows fall & highlights hit here and there. It may actually be my fav shot of the day.)

Most days there is a man that lives on the street near work named Ron. We always exchange pleasantries and every time I see him in my head I repeat how thankful I am for the ability to work, have a good paying job, own a house over my head & be rich in life experiences. He is my daily reminder to be grateful for all that I have and for that I am thankful to him.

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Some days I go to yoga class at lunch, generally twice a week. I started yoga more than two years ago at this studio. I love my teacher, Amy, her background is in the East and I have loved learning the true meaning of yoga. It is much more than poses. I have been able to accomplish things in yoga and through yoga & mediation practice that I never thought I would be able to do. It literally breathes life into me.

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This is my before and after changing for class. I was trying to be like Wonder Woman!

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Some days I enjoy a coconut water in the afternoon to re-hydrate after class and it’s sort of a treat for me too. I am obsessed with straws and have all different colors & sizes. (After I took this photo, I noticed how horrible the fluorescent light looked in the background, so I converted to a grainy black and white. Trying to keep composition in mind during this exercise, but it’s not always at the forefront of my mind.)

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Some days the clouds look slightly ominous rolling in around work. The rain held off until we made it home. We really need the rain, or the grass & plants do.

I captured dinner prep on the Fuji X100S, but didn’t have time to upload yet.

Most days I prepare dinner with B’s help, but he has been the dinner rock star this week. We had tilapia, green beans & a rice dish. I helped season the fish, loaded the dishwasher & cut up some cucumber while he cooked the rice & green beans. Nice healthy & satisfying dinner. I feel like I got back on track eating-wise today. I love that we share household duties, especially making meals together.

 

 

 

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One thought on “Week in the Life / Thursday 8.20.2015

  1. Loving the sneak peek into your life. Such a great project. My photos haven’t been as frequent as I wanted but I’ve been journaling so i’m hoping to a mini-book with the words.

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