Welcome to LLL where I share some things that I am currently loving, liking, and leaving.
Before I dive in with the fun things I have to share with you, let’s recap each category so you know what is happening here.
LOVES = These will be anything (people, places, ideas, products, etc.) that I basically can’t get enough of and I find myself wanting to tell everyone I know about them.
Likes = Anything I think is pretty great, helpful, or useful or that I find myself continually going back to.
Leaves = “Ditching” is probably a better word than leaving, but Ditch doesn’t start with an L, so Leave it is. These will be things that I’m eliminating because they either aren’t adding value to my life, I’m trying to encourage better habits, or I just didn’t enjoy (i.e. that movie we watched over the weekend).
I’m excited to share some of my faves and hopefully introduce you to some new things!
Let’s get to my current LOVES, Likes + Leaves (LLL).
- The library. Yes, the library. When was the last time you went to your local library and took advantage of the free (a.k.a. paid by your tax dollars!) resources available to you?! Books, movies, audiobooks, ebooks. All free. Just waiting for you. New worlds to discover, new authors, books from your childhood to revisit, subjects to explore that you are interested in, classes…the list goes on. You can even request books that will magically show up for you one day. I currently live only a couple blocks from a beautiful library in Indianapolis, and frequently walk over to peruse the shelves. This past weekend I walked out with four books:
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- You Can’t Lie to Me: The Revolutionary Program to Supercharge Your Inner Lie Detector and Get to the Truth by Janine Driver
- The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI by Colin Evans
- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins….which leads me to my next point
- Mel Robbins. I’ve mentioned Mel Robbins on social media a few times so maybe you’ve already looked into her. If you haven’t, you should. The first thing you should do is listen to her TedX talk, and then follow her on your preferred social media channels, and then see how inspired you feel. After that, you can go to your library and pick up her book (see above)….for FREE!
- Definitely “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air” just as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, but don’t forget to protect your skin. Since it’s summer, this recommendation seems fitting. Alba Botanica Sun Spray sunscreen…for kids. Yes, I am an adult and use kids sunscreen. But it’s the best sunscreen I’ve found. I have fair skin, and definitely burn if I’m in the sun for too long. I do not burn with this stuff. It’s amazing, and in my mind since it’s kids sunscreen, it probably has less chemically ingredients.
- Activated Charcoal. This one might seem a little weird but stick with me. I use this stuff pretty regularly. I’ll often start my mornings with a quick detox drink (glass of water, 1 lemon, 2 Tbsn. maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. charcoal). Trust me, it tastes great. Activated charcoal is ironically great for whitening and strengthening your teeth, albeit a little messy. Don’t believe me? Check out these 10 Uses and Benefits by Dr. Axe. I get the charcoal off Amazon.
- Incessantly checking social media and pressuring myself to post. Without intending to over the past 9 days, I haven’t touched social media. Something in me instinctively knew I needed a break. And guess what? I’ve felt less anxiety, less distracted, less dissatisfaction with my life or circumstances, ANNND my heart rate (thank you Fitbit) has been lower than normal. I’d say those are pretty great benefits of not having my phone in front of my face all day.
Thanks for reading LLL. Chime in with any thoughts or suggestions or things you’re into these days. I’d love to hear!