Lendy Lately

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I am going through a rough patch, but I promise I am not giving up by any means. That's not my style. I thought I would share what I have been dealing with because I think many people struggle with anxiety and feel shame to put it out there. Ever since I can recall, I have had anxiety.  If you don't know what its like to have anxiety, it comes in waves.This time around I had a migraine for 10+ days.  Then, in the midst of this I was heading to the drugstore, pulled out of our driveway at the same time as my neighbor and boom. Luckily, it was a minor fender bender, but when your anxiety is high and your head feels like it needs to be removed from your body, this sucks big time. Lesson: Ask for help and remember to breathe.  I am working my way out of this wave, and now here's what I have been up to lately...

I bought this little watercolor paint set for Luna, and I am absolutely loving our painting time.  I was going to save it for our hotel stays, but it is perfect to keep her busy these days that I have not been feeling well. I am already planning to up our watercolor game with some new supplies. 

Listening to the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Pandora station because it's chill, but not zen yoga music because I still need to be awake for Luna's sake.

Since I am currently in my yo-yo weight period, "my small jeans" aren't fitting me so I have been wearing distressed boyfriend style stretchy pants similar to these

I've been tracking my water intake like a champ with this Waterlogged app. I try to drink 90-120 oz of water per day. It's Especially important on headache days! 

I bought a Groupon for a session at True Rest Float Spa. Heard it's crazy and amazing. I'll let you all know how it goes. 

*The photo above was taken during our recent trip to Muir Beach Overlook.

Lendy Lately

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I am so excited for my birthday weekend.  I just found out my parents are "surprising" me and they will be coming to visit for a few days.  I can't wait to see them because they help make my birthday even more magical. Here's what I have been up to lately...

We have been spending a lot of time in our little pool.  If it was up to Luna, we would stay out there all day. 

I am still binge-watching Velvet. It is so darn good. 

All of a sudden I love Tuesdays! Luna has her new ballet class, which is going wonderfully, and we usually enjoy a family dinner at Selland's afterwards.  

My shoulder is feeling better with my roller exercises, and I have been dousing myself in lavender oil, and taking it easy.   

I went shopping and bought this Ralph Lauren sweater for $12 bucks (originally $110!) at TJ Maxx.  It's going to be perfect for my birthday weekend in the bay area. 

I've been addicted to Glade candles lately.  I love that I can pick them up everywhere, and they actually smell good.  This new Autumn Nights scent is wonderful.  

Hope you are have a good week so far! 

How To Find A Mentor

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind having a mentor. Since, I cannot afford to hire Michelle Obama, Tony Robbins or Miranda from Devil Wears Prada, I need to find my own. 

For some people in my life, I fit that role.  I am the person they ask for advice, bounce ideas off of or get motivation from, but I do not have that person in my life.  Don't get me wrong, my husband is beyond supportive of me and all my endeavors, but he is quiet by nature and not the best verbal cheerleader.  My dearest friend is a great listener and has a heart of gold, but she's not the best at forcing me to workout. I need a person to provide motivation, constructive criticism or brutal honesty, and an extra vote of confidence.

Here's how to find a mentor:

Figure out what you need from a mentor and write it down. 

Do a mental review of your current circle, include some acquaintances.

Narrow down a few people whom you think would best fit your needs.  

Then, narrow it down further by asking yourself who they are in your life now. For instance, do they already fit that role in your life without you realizing it.  

Contact them. This is not the time to beat around the bush, be bold! 

In my situation, I ignored a lot of the signs, but I knew she was awesome, and I finally got the courage to message her.  Here's the message I sent:
Hey ----! Sooo I was talking to my husband about the fact that I'm the Tony Robbins for everyone in my life, but nobody is for me.  Guess what?! I would love you to be my Tony Robbins aka kick ass mentor mom-friend motivator super woman! Are you in?  
Her response:
You are so sweet! Let's meet up to chat and see how I can support you.  We can run and chat (or just chat!) on Friday. 
If you have yet, to find a mentor, don't give up.  Stay alert, make connections and put yourself out there.  Eventually, the signs will point you in their direction. 

I am super excited to sit down with with my mentor-motivator-superwoman.  Her response says it all, let's chat and see how I can support you.  This is what a Michelle Obama would say. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hey Guys! What are you up to this weekend? Tonight we are going to a fun wine tasting party at our neighbor's house.  We are each bringing two bottles of the same wine and after the blind tastings, whoever brought the winning wine, gets to take all the bottles home. What a great idea, right!? Last weekend we were busy, and did not get much rest, so this weekend I am hoping for lazy mornings and pool time. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Never blow out someone's candle, to make yours brighter.-Chelsea Handler. 

Favorite Accessory: Mermaid Crown -via Chelseas Flower Crowns.  Here's a cheap, but cute DIY version.  Lately, Luna has been into crowns (no surprise in toddler girl-land).  I think it would be fun to craft up some mermaid crowns. 
Favorite Matchy-Matchy: Best Friends Bombers-via Gardnerandthegang. This mother-daughter pic made me smile. This may not be for everyday wear, but come on! I can already see Luna and I wearing them. 
Favorite Recipe to try: Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts & Ancho Chili Honey-via La Crema. As I mentioned above, I'm going to a Pinot Noir tasting party, if I win all the leftover pinot, I really want to pair it with this.  Plus, did you guys read this article from The New Yorker, Love The Fig.  It is so interesting!
Favorite Shoes: Pointed Toe Smoking Slipper -via Sole Society.   These are not for everyone or everyday, but they are so fun.  These would look awesome with rolled up boyfriend jeans and a tee or a dress, especially as we start transitioning into Fall. 

Favorite Beauty: 10 Best Light Pink Nail Polishes -via StyleCaster.  I have been rockin' some bright nails, but now I am in the mood to chill out and go back to a pretty pink. 
Favorite Song of the Week:  Rise by Katy Perry.  I just added this to my running playlist. The olympics video is so inspiring. 

Lendy Lately

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I decided to get fit (again) and when I do, I go hard...too hard. I am currently nursing yet another injury which is so lame.  I did a Jillian Michaels class at the gym and it was not a good idea. I have horrible posture and unless a drill sergeant is checking me, I should not be allowed to exercise while holding free weights. Lesson: You don't have to go hard or go home. Instead, go slow and steady because consistency is what makes the difference. Here's what I have been up to lately...

These stretches on my foam roller and ice packs are on daily rotation. I foresee a lot of yoga in this old lady's future. 

I have been wearing a white gauze dress or a swing dress with pockets. (The dress in the photo is no longer available.)

I'm reading In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Hands-on Home is a beautiful book. 

I cannot stop watching the novela, Velvet, on Netflix.  It makes me want to dress like a 1960's femme fatale. Also, if you haven't watched the Tony Robbins documentary, go now. Life-changing. Promise. 

In case you missed it, I jotted down my thoughts on Luna going to Preschool

We got this pool (thanks to Auntie Carrie).  Our backyard summer fun just got seriously better, and Luna is in heaven. 

I am on birthday countdown. Yes, I'm a grown woman who still gets excited over her birthday. Don't judge! Here's 21 things you may not know about me

Motherhood: Preschool, now what?

Monday, August 8, 2016

After Labor Day, Luna will be a preschooler, and with this comes so many feelings. Its not only the fact that our baby girl is going to be under the supervision of someone other than my husband and I, but also thoughts of the future and whats to come.  It's crazy how every time our children reach new milestones, it also shakes things up for us as well.  

As most of you know, we only have Luna and we have no plans for another child. Therefore, as soon as I mention that she will be starting preschool soon, the next question I hear often is are you going back to work? I am certain that if we were trying for a second child or already had another one, this would probably not be asked of me.  The answer to the question is No

I love being a stay-at-home mom and wife because it makes me happy.  This doesn't mean its all posies and cotton candy, like some people assume a stay-at-home mom's life is, and most especially a stay-at-home mom of one child.  The irony is if I worked full-time then those same people would be saying "she needs to spend more time with Luna and her husband..." My responsibility is my family and not what others think I should do, and just because I only have one child does not mean my job is over.  

It is only preschool people, so chill. Now our Luna will have her own little social life, and I will have a few hours to my choosing.  I will not feel guilty about yet another thing.  Luna is super excited and all she does is talk about school, and I am going to follow suit and be excited for both of us. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hey there! What are you up to this weekend?  We finally got Luna into a weekday ballet class, so our Saturdays are freed up. Whoop Whoop! I think I hurt my right shoulder blade while working out, so icing and sipping on chilled sauvignon blanc is where you'll find me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Netflix + Chill(ed) Sauvignon Blanc...yes, please
Favorite Hair: Dutch Braid for short hair -via The Beauty Department.  I'm still working on my braid game. 
Favorite Shoes: New Balance -via Fleet Feet Sports.  I was recently fitted for some new shoes and I can't wait till they come in (sorry Nike--you're just not supportive enough).
Favorite Beauty: Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Sheet Mask -via Sephora.  After having Luna, I started suffering from mild rosacea and have migrated to using redness relief and moisturizing masks. I am loving the ease of sheet masks. 
Favorite Cake: Too Legit To Quite slang cake -via Sugar & Cloth.  My birthday is in 16 days, and I literally want to have cake by the ocean, and since I am getting back to workout warrior status, this cake topper is it! 
Favorite for Kids: Clothing and Name Labels -via  Luna is starting preschool soon, and one of the requests is that we label everything.  There are so many cute labels on Minted, and they are waterproof. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Throwing it back to Gangnum Style because Luna was late to the game, and now she can't get enough. She cracks up laughing to the song, and dances like nobody's business. Here's proof