Happy Thursday! This week has been a bit of a mess–after taking the snow days off from working out, I decided to hit the gym at 7 am on Tuesday to squeeze in some exercise before getting back into the swing of things. Well, as soon as I left the apartment, I slid down the four concrete stairs outside our building and had an awful fall. I was in a ton of shock and thankfully landed on my back/butt/legs rather than my head, but I was still in a lot of pain. Being the weirdo I am, I decided to go ahead and walk over to the gym because I know that moving around can actually be good for you after a fall–not to mention, I had a ton of adrenaline in my system after that! After starting a spin class and having to leave midway through, I climbed back into bed with a bag of peas and fortunately was able to work from home and rest (and surprisingly was very productive, which was a plus!). I went to the doctor’s office that afternoon, and while thankfully everything looked and felt ok, I was warned that I’d be in more pain on day two. Well, the doctor was right, and I ended up spending Wednesday doing a lot more icing while working remotely. It’ll be a few days before I can work out again, but I’m glad that all in all, everything is ok (minus the aches in my back, neck, and arms!). So if you’re heading outside after a snow or in the early morning, be careful! When I got back from the gym on Tuesday morning, I realized that our ENTIRE DOORMAT had frozen over, making it basically impossible to not slip and fall when leaving the apartment, eek! I was honestly glad that it was me that fell and not an older person, and I went back downstairs and taped a sign to the door to warn other people to be super cautious when stepping out!
As I’ve shared a bit on here/Instagram, I’ve been doing some freelance writing for Apartment Therapy in addition to my work for Country Living, so I wanted to link to my latest piece here. It’s all about ways to bring some warmth into your home this winter, and it was of course a fun one to write since I talked about products and routines that I personally love. The funny part about freelancing writing is that you never actually know when your piece will hit the site after turning it in (at least, that’s never been the case anywhere I’ve worked!), so I find myself checking the site more frequently than usual (although let’s be real, I log onto Apartment Therapy at least once a day as it is!).
While browsing AT, I came across some other articles that I had to share with you all!
–“9 Simple Ways to Start Living a More Minimal Lifestyle”: Who doesn’t want to do this?! I know there are a lot of maximalists out there, too, but minimalism, even in small doses, just goes in hand with starting a new year. You don’t need to KonMari your entire home to make a bit of an impact in this area!
–This piece on how to read more: I’m all for this advice and am constantly impressed with people who carve out time to read, as it’s been something I’ve worked hard at doing over the past couple of years! I managed to read 55 books in 2018 and hope to see that number grow in 2019–and yes, you can read a ton and still have a life, promise! I don’t watch a lot of TV, for example, and fill what would be a lot of people’s TV time with reading. Rather than napping or listening to podcasts on long flights, I’ll read a book or two. It’s that simple!
–This piece about people spotting fiddle leaf figs at ALDI: Uh, brb, calling an Uber to the nearest Aldi (which is pretty far away but still within DC city limits!). Yes, fiddle leaf figs can be hard to care for, but that’s why a $13 one is the answer! I’m going to have to call my location and see if they have these in stock!