Some Calm

TGIF!

I need some calm.

It’s been go, go, go for me the past month.

Highlights:

A trip to Aruba (well that was June not July technically speaking)

MY OTHER RECIPES

A trip to Mexico City

A trip to Colorado

Packing

Moving into our new house, unpacking, getting settled

It’s been the busiest month of my life.  Or that I can remember.

It’s time for some calm!

Things that give me some calm:

Coconut Palm <–rhymes with calm.  How fitting.

I saw these cuties in front of Trader Joe’s and I didn’t buy one but maybe I should?

It may do okay on my balcony.  No yard, no street level patio; I solely have a shaded/covered balcony with an awning so not sure if it would thrive or not?  I’m thinking it won’t get enough sunlight.

Hearing live music and feeling the hippy dippy vibe always calms me.

Whether it’s in Boulder or Encinitas, sights and sounds like these make me slow down a notch.

Being on the side of a mountain alone was calming.  I hiked up there after Day 1 of my photography workshop

I had my iPhone with me (that’s how I took the pictures in this post) so I wasn’t truly “alone”.  I was actually tweeting and Instagramming from the Mountain.

Sort of paradoxical that I was so connected and un-connected at the same time.  But I was sure calm.

Runs like this are extremely centering, refreshing, recharging and calming.

Open road, very few cars, the mountains, wide open sky.

I loved it.  Everyone talks about the altitude and how it’s harder to run up high.  I didn’t find that to be true.  In fact, I was more energized because of the calm space and peaceful energy vibe.  It actually put more of a spring into my step!

But I also am calmed with Aruba views like this, even when it’s 90F and humid, I actually run better along the ocean because of how peaceful and calming I find it to be.

The scent of my new Bombshell calms me

As does anything chocolate

Some people say that chocolate and caffeine are stimulants and they “can’t handle them” or can’t tolerate too much of them.

I do get jittery if I drink too much coffee but “too much” means a really large quantity.  Cups and cups and cups.

I actually am calmed by coffee.  I could lay down and rest after it.  It induces a sense of peace and calm in me.  <–that may be my caffeine addiction talking though.

Whatever it is, I don’t care.  I love coffee.  Coffee Reviews Post anyone?

And my nearly daily Vanilla Iced Coffee hits the spot

And chocolate.  That calms me!

No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

And I want to be calm this weekend!

Blue skies and sunshine will do that for me.

From my last post on Blogger Meetups Galore, yes, I had quite the night on Thursday!

Meeting everyone was amazing from Lori to Kath, and all the other bloggers I mentioned.   I want to keep in touch with everyone!

1. Do you thrive on busy situations and times or do you prefer calmness?

I do love staying busy, keeping active, and having a full schedule.  Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, celebrated and enjoyed, and keeping busy is great.

Anyone who reads my blog knows I am always on the go, always up to something, I sleep very little (on a “good” night I get about 5 hours.  I wish it were more but I need the other 19 to get every else done!) and I couldn’t imagine my life being any other way.

But, I also need downtime.  And Calm Times.

2. What do you do when you feel the need for some calmer times in your life?

Things like checking my google reader and zoning out, doing 20 minutes of at-home yoga, or going for a run, or vegging out for 15 minutes with my DVR and mindless TV shows I like, I need those times.  We all do I’m sure.

I need to recenter myself and recharge my batteries after having really busy times.

After everything I’ve been through the past month as mentioned, I am ready to not: travel, move, go anywhere, take on any new projects.  I need to decompress and recenter myself.

And also spend time with my favorite person in the whole world!


P.S. Don’t forget to check out my guest post on Gabriela’s site

P.S. A call to anyone attending BlogHer ’11 here in San Diego, if you are around, you’d like to meet up, you know of fun meet ups that are happening, drop me an email or just comment here and I’ll email you back.  Maybe we can sync up our schedules!

Enjoy your weekend!

35 comments on “Some Calm”

  1. I completely agree with you! I love being busy and distracting myself with lots of activity, but every now and then I find it so comforting to just spend a few days at home, enjoying my family and the calm of not having anything on the schedule. It’s the perfect way to reboot and put things in perspective if I’m too caught up in other things.

  2. I wish for you all the peace and five hour sleeps the world has to offer busy lady!

  3. I think I thrive in busy situations, but right now I am craving a bit of calmness. I have a 10 day camping trip planned … that should do the trick before going back to work.

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