Guess what, everyone? I created a blog hop! 🙂
The truth is, I’ve had a hard time thinking of topics to blog about now that I’m back from my (unexpected) hiatus. It’s as if my brain is a car engine that’s having trouble starting… and it’s a strange feeling, to not know what to write about. So I figured, maybe the best way to get those creative juices flowing again is to do something easy and fun. And that’s how the Some of My Favorite Things was born.
I also had a goal for this post: to choose “favorites” I haven’t blogged about before. In other words, you won’t find anything bookish, writerly, or tea-related (well, at least not tea recommendations *lol*) here. So I think you’ll discover a few new things about me today – and maybe we’ll find we had more in common than we did before. 🙂
So, what did I choose as some of my favorite things? You’ll have to read on to find out. 😉
Some of My Favorite Things
#1: Milk and Honey’s Power Minis
These simple, delicate bracelets are made of semi-precious stones such as amethyst, turquoise, and lapis lazuli. I like mixing and matching three or four Power Minis of different colors to go with whatever I’m wearing each day. And whenever I find the bracelets in local gift shops, I can’t help but buy a couple more for my collection. Which probably explains why I own 20 of them. 😮
#2: The Meditative Mind YouTube Channel
I don’t frequent many YouTube channels (there’s just not enough time in the day). But when I’m stressed or anxious and the calming playlists on my iPod aren’t doing the trick, I turn to Meditative Mind. This “station” features a wide range of healing and meditation music using solfeggio frequencies, binaural beats, mantra chants, and traditional instruments such as Indian flutes and Tibetan singing bowls. These instrumental tracks are quite long, too. The shortest ones last just over 1 hour! So they make wonderful background music for work, blogging, meditating, or falling asleep.
Best of all, though? Meditative Mind’s music really works. When whatever track I’m listening to is over, I usually feel calmer and more relaxed than I did before.
#3: Opening the Windows at Home
Not much can beat this on a beautiful spring or summer days. Winter makes me feel claustrophobic, maybe because I spend a lot of time inside to avoid the cold and the snow. So once the weather becomes warmer and more pleasant, I love letting in the fresh air, circulating it with ceiling fans, and listening to the noises outside when I’m reading at night, even the rain.
Oh yes, I love to open the windows when it’s raining! How do I do that without getting my furniture wet? Well, I live on the top floor of a three-story condo building, and my front-facing windows are shielded by the roof overhang. So unless it’s pouring, the only windows I keep closed when it’s raining are the ones not protected by that overhang.
#4: Dark Chocolate
My favorite kind of chocolate, hands down. It doesn’t matter if it’s a truffle, a candy bar, or chunks in cookies or ice cream. And the more cocoa it contains, the more joy it brings to my tastebuds. (Plus, dark chocolate is better for you than other chocolates, right? *wink*) So those 60, 70, and 80% cocoa bars from Ghirardelli, Godiva, or Lindt? Yes, please!
#5: Rana’s Skillet Gnocchi
Rana’s fresh pasta ranges from flat-cut fettucine and linguine to filled tortelloni and ravioli, and it’s nothing short of delicious. Then there’s the Skillet Gnocchi… and it’s TO DIE FOR. These morsels of potato dough can be boiled in water like other pastas. But my favorite way to prepare this gnocchi? On the stove as recommended, with melted butter. Cooking the gnocchi this way gives the outside a golden-brown color and a crispy texture, yet the center remains soft and tender. Typically I’ve eaten it with tomato sauce and browned beef, but I recently prepared it with olive oil, herbs, vegetables, and cheese for friends – and OHHHHHH my goodness, is it scrumptious that way!
One of my two favorite kinds of bird. I’d always liked owls, but that liking turned to full-fledged fascination after I read Stacey O’Brien’s memoir Wesley The Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl. They’re beautiful in a regal, breathtaking way; their eyes seem to be peering right into your soul; and their calls are something I look forward to hearing on pleasantly warm nights when I can open my windows. I also love how owls are considered to be symbols of wisdom and “seeing what others cannot see” (due to the excellent nighttime vision some owl species have).
Oddly enough, I’d never seen an owl in person until this past March, when I went to an owl event at a local Massachusetts Audobon wildlife sanctuary. That’s where I managed to snap the above photo of a barred owl. ❤
#7: Bohemian-Style Sundresses
My favorite summertime clothing! These sundresses are delicate and lightweight, so they’re perfect for hot days, trips to the beach, or casual get-togethers. They also pair nicely with jean jackets and mini / bolero sweaters. I love the intricate patterns and bright colors, and how undeniably feminine and pretty I feel when wearing them.
I rediscovered my love for these super-thin, pancake-like pastries during a recent trip to Salem, Massachusetts, where several restaurants downtown serve them for breakfast, lunch, and even dessert. It doesn’t matter if they’re filled with fresh berries and drizzled with yogurt and honey; stuffed with vegetables and melted cheese; or oozing with melted chocolate and other sweets. They all make my mouth water like a fountain. Too bad there aren’t any creperies closer to home…
#9: Yogi Tea’s “Tag Quotes”
Whenever I brew a cup of Yogi Tea, I look forward to reading the inspiring quote on each tea bag’s tag. They’re simple sayings, but always powerful, like “You don’t need love, you are the love,” “A relaxed mind is a creative mind,” and “I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful.” To me, these quotes enhance the mindfulness that comes with a cup of tea and give me a boost of whatever I need – enthusiasm, confidence, or motivation – to get through the rest of the day.
#10: The Ocean
This one might not be a surprise, since I’ve professed my love for Cape Cod time and time again. But I really do adore the ocean. The shimmer of sunlight on the water’s surface, the sound of the tides, the smell of salt air… I only have to set foot on a beach, or simply look out at the ocean, and it rejuvenates me. All of my cares and worries ebb and flow away. I even have ocean view paintings and photographs on my walls at home, and not just because they’re gorgeous.
Want to Share Some of Your Favorite Things, Too?
TAG! Anyone who’s interested in doing the Some of My Favorite Things Blog Hop is welcome to do so. I only ask that you link back to this post and/or notify me so I can read your answers and help you celebrate all the awesomeness you love. 🙂
What are some of your favorite things? Do you share the same love for any of the items listed above?