Real Life Wednesday: On The Simplest Inspiration.

I’m going to tell you about the biggest mish mash of random stuff today.

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First up, current favorite snack. Such an easy one but still. Apples sprinkled with cinnamon, dipped in vanilla almond butter. I’ve been eating this combo since elementary school, swap peanut for almond butter though. Forgive me for the serious boredom snack, but it’s so freaking good. It’s the perfect give-me-energy-fill-me-up snack.

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Um let’s talk about what I did on Saturday night. Or, shall I say, what I did AFTER Saturday night. Eddie was at the derby. I came home and wasn’t super tired, so I ordered the Mayweather-Maidana fight on pay per view because I’m a nut. I then was up until nearly 2am watching it on the edge of my seat.

All by myself. YEP.

Can I tell you about something that might sound dumb but is not so dumb? I’m going to. It’s my afternoon walks. I think I’ve talked about walking before and how it’s therapeutic for me and how it makes me happy and feel good, but it’s REALLY working wonders for me right now. It’s probably because this winter went on so damn long that I got a late start with midday walks – in previous years I’ve been able to make it outside in early March.

Yeah, it sounds so ridiculously DUH but it’s life changing for me most days. I can say life changing because 1. I’m a dramatic flake but 2. it’s life changing in a way that when I look at my week as a whole, those walks do great things for my small creative self. (like teach me how to form strawberries into a heart, apparently.)

A few weeks ago at go blog social I talked about stepping away from work things and finding inspiration. Trying to find things that inspire me outside of food things or writing or blogging and all that jazz. If I can’t get out of my own head and do something outside of work that makes me feel inspired, any content that comes from my brain or fingers seems so… uninspired. Not that I expect my daily ramblings to be anything close to INspiring, but hey, maybe they will, uh… inspire your dinner plans? Plain and simple, if I don’t feel somewhat inspired then anything I put into the outside world feels stale. Regardless if anyone else is seeing it or not.

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That’s where these little walks come in for me. I didn’t include walking on my vision board but I probably should have.

Mid-afternoon on the days that I’m home, like anywhere between 1 o 4 or so, I head outside and walk for however long I have – but usually around 30 minutes or so. It’s not an exercise thing, unless we want to be totally cliché and say it’s brain exercise thing. Ah. See what I did there?

It’s something that rejuvenates me, gets me out of the house, into the sunshine, gives my brain a break but also a chance to brainstorm at the same time, gives me new ideas and… allows me to avoid a nap. Big one there. If I nap, I often feel like death afterwards. Unless it’s Saturday. Then I will gladly nap for four hours straight. Yoga also does this for me, but not in the same way.

Did I really just write multiple paragraphs about walking? I did. It’s a thing. But! It all plays into my whole mind inspiration game. Moral of the story, TAKE A DAMN WALK! Oh yes. I do take my phone, but mainly just in case. Just in case… I don’t know. Sometimes I don’t take it. Lots of times I do and I listen to podcasts. And take emo pictures of the sky and trees with blooms.

Also!  after I do this, I love all the things. I really do. Not that it’s any different that usual.

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That is so me and I don’t even care.

Hmmm. I read two books this week! I read Jane Green’s Tempting Fate even though so many of you told me not to do it, that the characters were hate-able. Yes. They were certainly hate-able. I was severely annoyed. But sometimes I like when I hate characters because I find that as a writer, it’s really hard to write hateful characters! At least for me. Probably since I love everything and all. I didn’t omglove the book but I did fly through it in 24 hours, and I do like that. I wasn’t able to put it down just because I wanted to see what these idiots were going to do next. I love when I can’t put a book down and forgo all other responsibilities to read my face off.

So right now I’m almost finished with Babe Walker’s Psychos. Dying. Can you say hilarious? And insane?

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Today’s PSA: mocha cookie crumble frappuccinos are back at Starbucks. I love and hate life at the same time.