Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Inspiration: Gratitude


In my post on Thursday (see here) I spoke about the gratitude journal that I have been trying to write in every morning. I have found that even on the hard days, when I am stressed or upset about something, it is still very easy to find 10 things to be grateful for. This habit helps me keep perspective on the day. Just because something annoying happened the previous day or in the morning, it doesn't have to taint the whole day. By stopping and thinking about the good things in the midst of those negative feelings, I've found that my mood starts to improve immediately.

At the end of the day, if I notice that something has upset me or I start feeling down, I can just look back at my list and remember all the things I was grateful for that morning. In this way the journal serves 2 purposes; thinking about the things I am grateful for in the morning, and providing me a boost during the middle or end of the day if something starts to get me down. With this journal I have found myself fully appreciating each and every day.

Do you have a different way of keeping track of things you are grateful for? Tell me about it!

P.S. the tea of the day is green tea with ginseng ^_^

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Favorites



My goodness, where has the time gone? I feel like I was just posting my June Favorites and now it's already time for July! This past month flew by, so this post is a bit shorter, but here are some July Favorites!


Gratitude Journal. Towards the end of June I started writing down 10 things I was grateful for *almost* every morning. I’ve kept it up through the month of July, and now into August. I absolutely love it! It’s so refreshing to sit down each morning and jot down a few things I am feeling grateful for. It can range from big things, like having a good job, to small things, like a warm mug of tea. Especially on mornings where I wake up feeling frazzled or I’ve had a stressful week, it’s a nice reminder not to take anything for granted and to appreciate the small things in life.

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The Handmaid’s Tale. I absolutely flew through this book! I have been wanting to read it for a long time, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of my TBR pile. I finally decided to just request it at the library so I didn't see too many spoilers online from the TV series. Once I received it I read it in less than a week! A fantastically written and interesting ntriguing book, I would definitely read this again. Now I want to watch the TV series to see how it compares!

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Chai tea. Recently I have been adoring having a mug of chai tea, with a little milk and sugar, on weekend mornings. In an attempt to cut back on sugar I try to drink herbal teas during the week, and save this abs a treat on the weekends. This makes it so much more enjoyable! Having a simple treat to enjoy on the weekends has definitely made me appreciate the time at home more.

P.S. the tea of the day is Teavana Defense Wellness tea ^_^ Did anyone else see that they are closing all the Teavana stores? I better stock up!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bookshelf Wishlist

Recently I've been daydreaming about books I would love to add to my collection. Here are 5 books on my bookshelf wishlist!


"S. Morgenstern's timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime." -Barnes & Noble

This movie is one of my all time favorites. However, until recently I didn't even realize that it was based on a book! I can't wait until I get my hands on a copy and I can read it.


"Tristran Thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie." -Barnes & Noble

This one is also a movie I love that I didn't realize was a book. I know the movie is decently cheesy, but I just can't get enough of it! It is just so cute and funny and I can only imagine how great the book must be.


"An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world." -Barnes & Noble

Science was never my favorite subject in school, but this memoir makes it all sound so fascinating. I would love to lose myself in Jahren's life as a scientist! 


"This book contains the original tale by Madame de Villeneuve, first published in 1740, and although the classic elements of Beauty giving up her freedom to live with the Beast, during which time she begins to see beyond his grotesque appearance, are present, there is a wealth of rich back story to how the Prince became cursed and revelations about Beauty's parentage, which fail to appear in subsequent versions." -Barnes & Noble

I can't believe I have never read this one before! I was obsessed with Beauty and the Beast growing up, and when I saw the 1946 film I loved it so much more. I can't wait to see what the story I love so much was based off of. 


"In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic." -Barnes & Noble

This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while now. The concept of the book reminds me so much of my favorite short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. This novel sounds so fascinating and I would love to spend a weekend engrossed in it.

What is on your bookshelf wishlist?

P.S. the tea of the day is an Arnold Palmer ^_^

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Favorites


Can you believe it's already the end of June? This month has been flying by and now it's time for another favorites post! I forgot to do this post in May, but I loved it so much in April I made sure to do it this month. 


Ear to shoulder/chin to chest neck stretches. Recently, I have been loving these stretches. They are the perfect way to stretch out your neck, shoulders, and spine after waking up in the morning or after a long day at work. I usually end up doing these in every practice, no matter what time of day, because it always feels so wonderful on my neck. 


Private Selection Cinnamon Hibiscus Herbal Tea. If you've seen my Instagram stories recently this is the tea that I am drinking almost every morning. I just can't get enough of it! The cinnamon adds a bit of spice but is balanced out well by the  the right amount of spice but it is balanced out by the hibiscus, chamomile, and orange. Even though the tea doesn't have caffeine, the blend of these flavors makes the perfect taste to wake up your brain in the morning. 



Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. I bought this lipcolor as a little splurge for myself when I was out shopping a few weeks ago. I had been wanting something that would add a small hint of color to my lips without being a full on lipstick. This was exactly what I wanted! It's still in the nude color family so it's not too dramatic, but it adds a nice pop of pinky/brown color to my lips during the day. This is perfect for work where I don't want to be too flashy.


House of Cards. I'm a little late to the party but I am finally watching House of Cards! I watched a few episodes of season 1 years ago when it first came out, but for some reason  never continued the series. My boyfriend is an avid fan, so when the newest season came out (season 5) he told me I had to watch the whole thing so we could talk about it. I am slowly making my way through the first season and I am loving it! I think this weekend I am going to have some serious House of Cards binge time. 

What have you been loving this month?

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for little tidbits of what I am enjoying throughout the month! 

P.S. the tea of the day is citrus green tea (again) ^_^

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekly Inspiration: Daydreams

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I have recently been catching up on YouTube videos and blog posts from the various people that I follow. On top of being a fun way to relax I am constantly amazed at how much many of these people have achieved. From starting side businesses selling beauty products to writing multiple books, it seems like they are never finished with the things they are expanding into. 

Looking at the people I follow, it reminds me that anything we dream is possible, as long as we put in the work. Sometimes I get scared when I think about starting a new project. My daydreams will include things like writing a book, becoming an international yoga teacher, or selling the items that I knit. In the past, I have shied away from these things telling myself that I wasn't good enough or I didn't have the time to practice something to the extent needed. Watching YouTube and reading blogs the past few weeks has really changed that perspective. 

We are capable of doing anything we put our minds to. It might be hard, it might take longer than we thought, and we might not get it perfectly the first time. That's okay! We can't let ourselves get discouraged and need to keep working hard on the things that we love. In the end that is all that matters. Putting time and effort into the things we love, no matter what the outcome, is the best way to stay inspired and happy. 

People who have been inspiring me recently:

P.S. the tea of the day is chai ^_^

Thursday, June 22, 2017

5 Yoga Sequences for the Morning

Morning is my favorite time of the day to do yoga. Practicing in the morning is the best way to wake up both my body and mind for the day ahead. When I do yoga in the morning I find that as the day becomes more hectic, I am better able to handle the stress. Here are my 5 favorite morning yoga sequences. They are all online so you can practice right in your bedroom!



20 Minute Mindful Morning Yoga Practice by Sarah Beth Yoga: This is my go-to morning sequence. Sarah Beth also has a 10 and 30 minute video in this series, but I find this one perfect for my schedule. I love how this sequence stretches out every part of the body and also focuses on waking up the mind. If you need a sequence to get you going before a big day or after a late night this is perfect! 
Find Sarah Beth here!



Energizing Morning Sequence by Yoga with Adriene: This sequence is one I practice very frequently as well. Like the first sequence this is great at stretching out the entire body. However, this sequence also includes more strengthening postures to give a more active wake up. If you want a sequence to really inject a boost of energy into your morning, this is the sequence for you! 
Find Adriene here!



Energizing Morning Yoga Routine by Sarah Beth Yoga: This sequence is great if you need something quick but thorough. A little bit shorter than the previous routines, this practice includes lots of twists to get your body moving and to get that heavy sleep feeling out. After practicing the body feels much more light and mobile for the day ahead.


Graceful Morning Flow by Ruby Lee: I found this routine on the Yoga International website when I was looking for a video that was going to make me sweat (you will have to sign up for a free Yoga International account to view this video). This practice incorporates the same flow multiple times with only minor changes. It's great for getting a full body stretch but also challenging yourself. If you want a more active workout in the morning and plan to get a little sweaty, this is perfect for you! 
Find Ruby Lee here!



15 Minute Morning Yoga to Wake Up by Yoga by Candace: This is a short but sweet video that targets the big muscle groups for a very gentle morning stretch. All the poses are done sitting or kneeling on the ground until the very end when you work into a forward fold. This is the perfect routine for anyone looking for a quick stretch before a busy day.
Find Candace here!


When do you prefer to do yoga?

P.S. the tea of the day is citrus green tea ^_^


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Inspiration: Keep Going


I absolutely love this quote! I am constantly feeling like I should be improving or learning things faster than I am. I want to go from a beginner to a master in something without any of the process or work to get there. For example, instead of practicing yoga and studying every day, I just want to be able to do advanced poses and know all about the philosophy. This often makes me feel like I am not making any progress and that I am stuck in the same place.

However, the thing I am constantly reminding myself is that the process is the exciting part! It's fun to learn a new pose or to discover new ideas through reading. Without enjoying the process of getting to the destination, how will I ever appreciate the things that I have learned? Those small aha moments or the feeling of nailing a pose I have been working on are the moments that make all the hard work worth it. 

This means that I have been trying to slow down and every moment. Instead of becoming impatient while reading a book, I am working on letting myself become fully engrossed in each part of the book. If I am going through a yoga sequence, I try to listen to my body in every single movement and pose instead of looking toward what's coming next. In this way I focus more on learning and exploring, instead of always trying to be one step ahead of myself. 

What do you do when you are getting impatient with your progress?

P.S. the tea of the day is chai tea ^_^

XOXO Taylor