our office is a a hotbed for chatter - we're constantly talking about new ideas, motivating each other, giving suggestions for better eating based on a nutritionist's advice, sharing really cool podcasts and playlists, telling tales of positive manifestations, and, of course, come noon, yelling out our daily orders from Diced Foods (because we don't eat anywhere else).
so we thought, why not create a blog series focused on creating an "every day ethos" for others, a belief system, if you will, where we can not only give our suggestions and advice on our practices, routines, and ways of life, but, most importantly, others can also give their suggestions and advice through interviews (future weeks). all in the hopes that each of those suggestions can and will make a difference to one, two, or maybe even several readers.
i can't tell you how many podcasts, blog posts, Facebook posts I've read that for an instant shifted my outlook and my energy towards something and ultimately changed my day, or even my week, or changed the way I approached my life. hopefully we can do that for you, too!
today's every day ethos is written by...(wait for it): melanie + cristie.
what you've learned and what you live by
- I've learned: that healthy eating makes a huge difference in how I feel and that pre planning home cooked meals (over the weekend!) are the best and easiest ways to get through your weeks. if you're a fan of cookbooks, I would suggest picking two you can cook from every week. if you're not a fan of difficult home cooking or cook books, what's gaby cooking has amazing and really easy recipes on her website (some you can cook in under 30 minutes). we order all of our food either Saturday or Sunday and freeze any meat until it's ready for thawing. and finally, that Instacart is the best thing to have ever happened to my schedule.
- what I live by: I've found that eating better, more organic, home-cooked meals throughout my week allows me to eat more of what I want (pasta, cookies, etc.). so we try to eat at home 5 out of 7 days and eat out/postmates on the weekends.
I've learned + what I live by: to follow your happiness. life is what you make it and working is also what you make of it but it doesn't have to be unenjoyable. and there's good and bad parts to every job. but similar to any relationship, you have to take the good you love most and can't be without, and deal with the "bad" that's most manageable to you. the good should outweigh the annoying.
I've learned + what I live by: 1) people will appear to be who you paint them out to be in your mind (perspective is everything), so don't judge; 2) most people project their insecurities onto everyone else. so basically, IT'S NEVER ABOUT YOU. don't take things too personally. everyone's fighting their own battles and finding their own way.
I've learned + what I live by: it's a choice. your thoughts are not you and you can control what you think and focusing on joy is intentional. and the more you focus on joy, the more you attract additional joy into your life. try for a second to just start listing things you're grateful for - it could be as ordinary as the tree outside your window, or the weather, or the acai bowl you just ate. once you get going you'll start finding a million things to be grateful for, including the really deep stuff like your family, your life, your job, your boss! going through what you're grateful for in your mind is such a good practice for me to get into the right mind frame and to realize that I have so much in my life that I forget to focus on.
what you've learned and what you live by
I've learned + what I live by: that eating right is a choice but worth the effort! once i started to notice the way certain foods made me feel and the importance of my overall ‘gut’ health, it was a game changer. I am enjoying learning about a balanced diet and how to navigate whole foods. there is something romantic about going to ‘the market’ every few days for fresh ingredients for dinner! full disclaimer - i just learned this like 2 weeks ago & it’s a new thing but i’m all in!
I've learned + what I live by: do it with passion or not at all! we spend so much time working that you gotta love it more than you hate it and more importantly, find joy in it everyday. if that changes, it’s time to rethink.
I've learned + what I live by: mike and I are all about experiences rather than materialistic things. don't get me wrong, we've invested some time and money into our home and belongings, but for us it's really all about an adventure. we both think it's important to travel and explore the world so we love planning trips together. as one wise uber driver pointed out to me on the way to a billy joel concert, at the end of the day all we have is our memories so I am all about making them count!
I've learned + what I live by: one of my favorite sayings is ‘comparison is the thief of happiness’ and it is totally true. you are the only you in the world and comparing your relationship, bank account, or figure to someone else is going to get you nowhere! be kind to yourself and always be grateful. listing the things i am grateful for puts me in a great mood in no time and it’s such an important exercise! I try to do this every morning as i am brushing my teeth (in case you were wondering…).