I take a shot in the morning. Not that kind of shot. One that has tons of benefits for your body – inside & out.
About four years ago, seeking some answers for my acne & a little boost to my metabolism, I read about apple cider vinegar & it’s amazing health benefits. Every morning, I measured out two tablespoons of raw/unfiltered ACV & quickly downed it followed by water before breakfast. Within weeks, my acne had cleared up & my skin glowed. I had more energy & was less bloated.
To this day, a shot of ACV is still an integral part of my morning routine. Apple cider vinegar is a simple, effective & natural health trick that takes 5 seconds every morning & has serious benefits including:
// Aids in weight loss [ helps feelings of fullness, controls appetite & stabilizes blood sugar ]
// Clears complexion
// Boosts energy & immunity [ restores alkalinity/pH balance ]
Oh, and if shots aren’t your thing or if you have issues getting this down [ I won't tell you it tastes good...but that's why I take a shot of it...], I’ve included a quick recipe for an apple cider vinegar drink that may make it go down a bit more smoothly:
In addition to a shot every morning, I occasionally mix 1 part ACV to 2 parts EVOO & whatever other herbs/citrus I feel like for a metabolism boosting dressing & marinade perfect for kale.
ACV is also a natural remedy for ailments such as upset stomach & nasal/sinus congestion. Can it get any more versatile? If apple cider vinegar isn’t in your cabinet already, it needs to be!
Two weeks ago, I passed the quarter century mark & turned 26. Was it scary? Absolutely. Sure, age is just a number, but I couldn’t help but feel intense anxiety wash over me as soon as my birthday approached.
Where did all of those years go? What am I doing with my life? Where am I going?
Questioning life’s direction is normal for anyone, but it is especially relevant for those in their mid-20s as life goes from post-college to career [ or more often these days, unemployment ] quickly.
Anxiety is no way to spend a birthday, let alone an entire year. I’ve traded in my fruitless questioning of what’s next for positivity & the knowledge that life’s direction may not make sense at this very moment, but it will in the end.
Would I even want to go back to being 21? No, definitely not. It’s only up from here.
To celebrate being another year older, I’ve been thinking of a way to mark my milestone. A list of [ 26 ] goals I’d like to accomplish this year seemed fitting:
1. Grow my blog. Starting Adrian James has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself, I can already tell. I have cherished every second of it & want to continue to share what inspires me.
2. Budget! This has never been a strong suit of mine, but I’m getting better. Saving money is pretty gratifying.
3. Wear sunscreen daily. I use THIS, but not religiously.
4. Keep a journal.
5. Indulge in my creative side. Take a creative writing class, cooking class & painting class.
6. Stop procrastinating. Don’t get me wrong, I get things done; could I be more effectively managing my time & in turn getting more done? Yes.
9. Practice positive thinking. Any time a negative thought comes to mind, I do my best to quickly transform it into something positive.
10. Beauty skills. Learn how to do winged liner & use a curling wand.
11. Travel throughout the United States. Recently, I’ve done a lot of traveling internationally, but the list of cities I’d like to visit closer to home is still long. My wish list includes Austin, San Francisco & Nashville.
23. Run more. When it comes to cardio, I’ll basically do anything & enjoy it [ as much as one can enjoy exercise ], but mention running & I can think of a million other things I’d rather be doing. I live less than a block from the lake. Lakefront running needs to be happening more often.
24. Party trolley. Because I’m not 27 yet!
25. Follow my intuition. Something I have turned off in the past. No longer – I’m letting my intuition be my guide this year!
26. Create a desk space for myself. So necessary for organization & also for helping with goals #1 & #6.
The end of August will mean a new apartment & while it’s a smaller space than I’ve been in, it’s in a prime location. I can’t wait! With a new apartment comes the chance to redecorate & start fresh, adding in new pieces to coordinate with older ones. Decorating is a fun process for me & I love bargains & vintage pieces. Having a cozy, beautiful space to come home to is important to me & for that reason I tend to stick with whites, beiges & neutrals with pops of color [ I consider black a color & love it with green & gold ].
For my new apartment, I’m really going to focus on brightening it up. Adding ART to the walls will be important [ fave shops HERE, HERE, HERE]. With a longer entry hall, a beautiful TABLE is a must for the space. I also really want to add life in the form of SUCCULENTS - how cute are THESE planters? Also – graphic print tees? How about graphic print DOORMATS? I’m all in for this interior design trend!
A few months ago, as I strolled through the farmer’s market with my Mom, I was especially intrigued by a sign for homemade almond milk.
Getting closer, I noticed there were various flavors for sample, ranging from the standard classic to lavender vanilla. As an almond milk aficionado & always up for taste-testing new flavor combinations, I tried a few, loving the nutty richness that only freshly pressed almond milk inhabits.
My favorite of the bunch was by far the orange blossom, its slight floral notes infusing with the creamy liquid for a unique almond milk that would be great as a base for oatmeal or splashed in iced tea. Oh, & did I mention it also tastes great on its own?
If you enjoy almond milk but are used to the store bought variety, or if you have never tried it before, I encourage this recipe for a special healthy treat. Here is my take on the farmer’s market sample.
Once almonds have been blanched & peeled [ more on that HERE - it's seriously not that bad! ], soak them for at least 4 hours [ overnight is best ] so that they are nice & soft for blending. Start by combining the soaked almonds with about 1.5 cups of water in a blender & blend until smooth, smooth, smooth. Then add the remaining water & blend some more. You could add all of the water at once depending on the power of your blender [ shout out to my Vitamix homies ]. Play around with proportions here, as you may like it better with less liquid or about 1/2 cup more. Once its nice & blended, grab a big bowl, place a NUT MILK BAG or sieve over it & pour in the milk to strain. Most of it will go right through, but make sure to give the bag some squeezes to make sure everything gets out. There will be almond pulp leftover which you can toss or use later. Pour the strained milk back into the rinsed blender. Add the salt, sweetener of choice & orange blossom water & blend on low to combine until frothy. Pour into glass serving CONTAINER & enjoy.
Serve chilled. Shake well before serving. Lasts 3-5 days refrigerated.
Often, expectations lead to stress, anger, frustration, & ultimately, the idea that life isn’t turning out how we want. Instead of building ideas in our head, which really are only fantasies, why not just be? This week, lets all put forth our most valiant efforts minus any expectations. We may find life to be a little more joyful if we live in the reality of what it is…what things are, what people are. Prepare to be surprised.
Hi everyone! It’s Friday! I know this seems to be the only day I post lately, but life has been a little crazy. I’m working on new content & sporadic posts will be no more [ that's the plan ]. I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of August. What happened to summer? The season passes so quickly, try to savor it while you can.
I walked into Madewell the other day & love their NEW arrivals – especially THESE shoes
Can you believe it’s August already? This is always a special month for me as it is a birthday month for many loved ones. Today is my Mom’s birthday [ hi Mom! ] & Sunday is mine. In celebration, I am in New York to visit friends & ring in the big 2-6. This city is magical & there really is no place like it. Tomorrow, I head to the Hamptons, one of my most favorite places, where I’ll pretend to be the Barefoot Contessa for a few days. Happy Friday!