Happy Friday, guys! This Fueled Up Friday post almost didn't happen--and not even because I'm not fueled up, but because it's 10:30 on Thursday night (waaaaaay past my bedtime) and I just got home from painting at a rental property that we own. Have I told you that I'm a landlord? Yeah. That's a thing. It's Dan's thing, really--he loves to own the rental properties and be the landlord, and I...am also technically an owner of that business. I don't spend nearly as much time on those projects as he does, but when it's time to pitch in, I help. I'm the brawn of the operation. And tonight there was much to be done before new tenants move into our latest purchase tomorrow, so off I went. But I will not miss a Fueled Up Friday. Just won't do it. This week, we're talking about bubble baths, sardines and Kind granola bars, and closet clean-out. Off we go!
I. Bubble baths
Earlier this week I was really struggling with super low energy levels and just an overall bad attitude. I was so tired, and so grumpy. I didn't really know why I felt that way, but I knew I needed to take some proactive steps to feel better. Getting some good sleep was at the top of the list, but a bubble bath was a close second. Something about a nice, hot bath really recharges my batteries, and it definitely helped pull me out of a slump this week. Do you like the photo above? This is the closest I could get to a bubble bath picture, friends. And it's pretty appropriate for this week: I meant to show you an enticing photo of a bubble bath, and instead you get a prime view of our toilet. This blog is all class.
II. Sardines and Kind granola bars
Listen, I know that not everyone is going to be on board with this whole sardine thing. They are very fishy little fish. But hear me out on this: sardines are basically the perfect food. First of all, they are tiny and low on the food chain, so you don't have to worry about mercury and other toxins like you do with larger fish. Second, they are sustainable and plentiful in the wild, so you don't have to worry about overfishing and environmental impact. Third, they are just action-packed with nutrients: protein, calcium, Omega 3s, Vitamin D for heaven's sake (Vitamin D is in almost no foods and you really need it if you live somewhere like Minnesota with no sunlight most of the year--or basically anywhere in the world if you work in an office all day and don't get enough sunlight exposure to get your Vitamin D quota). There are also other vitamins and minerals. (<---see how educational I am at 10:42 PM? Sorry. Google it, if you must know.) I also don't have any animal-lover guilt over eating fish, particularly tiny ones like this. Bonus!
I've been throwing a can of sardines in with my snacks for the day, and putting together a salad-bar salad at work with the sardines on top. It's a delicious, filling, super nutritious meal that has literally kept me fueled all week.
The other food that's really kept me going this week are these little Kind granola squares. They're not paleo (because grains, among other things) but I feel good about the ingredients, they're gluten free, and they satisfy my sweet tooth and insatiable craving for starchy foods (I blame you, running). They're chewy and crunchy and delicious.
Ok, I'm sorry to do this to you but I just cannot keep writing without taking a completely unrelated detour. Do you know what Chewy is doing right now?? He has his head stuck between the cushions of the couch as deep in there as he can get it (his head has been completely swallowed by the couch, he is just a furry butt now) and he is doing that smelling thing that dogs do where he is huffing and puffing and trying to blow the couch down. He apparently thinks there's something deep in the core of the couch that he just must get out, and he will NOT be dissuaded. It's very distracting. Thank you for your empathy, this is a real struggle for me (and for Chewy).
III. Closet Clean-Out
In the midst of the early-week slump, I got the urge to do some spring wardrobe cleaning. I've been hearing a lot about this book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I have not read, but understand to basically say that you need to get rid of any items in your home that don't bring you joy. It seems like people mostly throw away all of their clothing and knick knacks when they read this book. My knick knacks aren't going anywhere, but lord knows I have some clothing to spare. Minimalists all over the globe are applauding the life changing magic, and it's been rolling around my mind for the last few weeks. My wardrobe needed some weeding for two main reasons: 1) a lot of my clothes just don't fit properly lately, particularly my work clothes, and 2) I wear really different things to work than I did a year ago, and don't have any need for some of the very formal clothes I collected for my last job. A lot of my well-loved pieces still get worn (like my favorite blazers, but these days instead of wearing a full suit I'll wear a blazer with a blouse and jeans) but I still had a fair number of things that I just won't wear anymore. And those had to go. I held on to them longer than I needed to because they're still nice, and some of them were expensive, but they're doing no one any good hanging unworn in my closet.
So, this week I went through every single piece of clothing I own and pulled out two bags of clothes to donate, and another bag of nicer pieces that I think I can sell. Getting that stuff out of the way, and reminding myself what I DO love in my closet, felt amazing.
That's it for this week! Next week I'm very excited to be getting out of dodge for a few days--I'll be in Nashville for a work conference for part of the week, and in LA for a bachelorette party for the weekend. I'm so looking forward to the change of pace and can't wait to share some of my travels with you. Have a great weekend!