Friends, it has a been a big week of meaningful activities. I may have (temporarily) fallen off the spinning wagon, but I faced one of my biggest fears. I can’t give you the details yet, but I’ve been working on a big, scary personal project that involves putting myself out there. And I much prefer to hide behind my computer screen in the comfort of my J.Crew vintage pjs. But I did it, and survived. And the next time it will be a whole lot easier.
p.s. For my second meaningful activity of the week I’ll be baking my grandmother’s famous spritz cookies with my mother. I come from a long line of wonderful bakers and homemakers, and it’s means everything to me to keep their traditions alive.
Hey y’all! Back in the saddle after a lovely, leisurely holiday. It’s officially been a week since I started using Meaningful Beauty’s anti-aging system and I am thorough enjoying my little kit. What is it about using only products from the same line that feels so luxurious? Maybe it’s my otherwise schizophrenic beauty habits (research has its price), but it’s wildly satisfying seeing every bottle neatly lined up in my medicine cabinet, looking all matchy-matchy. As for the products themselves, it’s too soon to give a full report but I can tell you this much: My skin feels comfortably hydrated all day—and that is saying something for the single digit temps I enjoyed over the weekend. Moisture is my main skincare concern this time of year and so far so good with the Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20. It also delivers that instant dewiness upon application that makes me extremely happy.
I’m also rather pleased with my meaningful activities. Specifically, that I’ve made it to THREE spin classes. That’s three times that I’ve gotten out of bed before 6 a.m. Do you know how dark it is at 6 a.m.? This week I’m switching gears (ha) and doing something for someone else. First up: calling a friend I haven’t spoken to in months. Not for any other reason than I’m a workaholic. Although my friends and family are truly the most important and most favorite things in my life, I can easily become completely obsessed with my to-do list to the point that everything and everyone else fades to black. I know this, so I have to make a conscious effort to take breaks from the work that I love to focus on the people I love. Also to sleep, work out, do the laundry . . .
Second meaningful activity this week: Volunteer my time on the annual campaign drive for Wilderness Inquiry, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit that provides outdoor experiences for people who may otherwise not have the opportunity. The great outdoors have enriched our lives so deeply, supporting this organization is second-nature for Mr. Bets and me. Have you found a cause that you feel truly connected to? Today’s’ the day to get involved! Check out GivingTuesday.org for volunteer ideas and inspiration in your community.