It’s finally happening next week! We are going camping in Death Valley, a place Scott and I have been craving to return to since our first time adventuring there three years ago. Its vast and epic landscape makes me feel so small and unnoticed. Something I crave, to be honest. Then there are the warm nights and clear skies, perfect for stargazing. And the s’mores, never forget the s’mores. I’ll of course be making my own graham crackers and chocolate, and may even give homemade marshmallows a whirl too (cross your fingers for me, will ya?). The lack of cell service and epic hikes are calling, and I’m answering with a loud yes. This week Scott’s sweet parents are in town and I cannot wait to squeeze them in person (they are the best in-laws a girl could dream up). I’ll also be laying low as I wait out the worst of this parasite cleanse I’m currently undergoing, thanks to my naturopathic doctor and the herbal remedy she prescribed. The symptoms are vast, but I’m smiling as I write this post fatigued on the couch – because it means the treatment is working, yay!
On a more work-related note, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with the pressure to be constantly creating. It is what comes with the territory as a freelance creative, and although I love it with every inch of my being, it also can drive me into a corner. It’s the kind of pressure that causes my finger to dangle over the “delete” button on all of my social media accounts. And it’s the kind of pressure that is relieved when I wake up to a sweet email from a reader saying something along the lines of how she “appreciates what I do and share each day”. A smile will spread across my face. Feeling a bit encouraged, I’ll brew myself some golden coffee and get to work. I have plenty to create and deep down know I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. The thought that I could be doing better in handling these feelings sits in the back of my mind though, still.
Over the past year, one of my goals has been to be more mindful of my stress – in order to prepare for those days where feeling overwhelmed is inevitable. I needed this idea of mindfulness to translate into all areas of my life. I started first at meal times, this one was the easiest. I didn’t allow any screens or reading material near me while I ate. I had to sit and “hang out” with my food. Focus on chewing, and truly feel more satiated by the experience in the end. This is a habit I have now adopted in regular life and am enjoying it immensely!
Next up was being mindful of joy throughout the day. I have a genuine attention disorder and struggle to get the most menial tasks done at times, swirling in circles, barely tackling each item on my todo list. This leaves me feeling depleted at the end of the day with little to show for my efforts. So I set up a rewards system of sorts. If I got task “A” complete, I could go for a bike ride! Now that caught my attention. Next was a race, set the timer and see how much of “B” you could crank out in twenty minutes – I can do anything for twenty minutes! And so on and so forth, I’ve learned how to make fun of certain duties and work related items during the day by incorporating a system that brought me joy. I’m by no means perfect at this, but working on it daily.
The last area I’ve been focusing on as of late is my evening and morning routines. I’m working on learning to wind down at the end of the night in a way that doesn’t involve much stimulus. Preparing a hot drink has been something of a winner in this department, having my mind focus on preparing something soothing, and then slowly sipping on it while I feel my muscles relax from head to toe. I had given up on golden milk last summer after trying to make it from scratch for a week, and learning I’m not much of a multi-step person when it comes to a drink at the end of the day. Then Gaia Herbs reached out to me to try their Golden Milk, and after reading the list of wholesome ingredients and simple instructions – I happily said yes, and am so grateful for having done so.
Each of the little ingredients I didn’t want to measure out at the end of the day (or pre-blend myself, because I couldn’t get the constancy of every scoop to be just right) were perfectly ground together. All that was left for me to do was scoop, simmer, and stir. I’m happy to get to share my evening and morning routines with Gaia Herbs Golden Milk with you below, and if you’d like to try Gaia’s Golden Milk too you can enter to win a year’s supply (plus other amazing prizes) on their site here!
– Nighttime Routine –
I’ve taken part in Gaia’s campaign to reclaim those last wee moments of the evening and turn them into a mindful practice that leaves me feeling soothed and ready for a good night’s sleep.
Gaia Herbs Golden Milk is made primarily from ground turmeric and spices such as cardamom, black pepper, and vanilla to give it an additional flavor and health boost. This Golden Milk blend is lightly sweetened with date sugar, rounding off the bite from the pepper, and has added ashwagandha too.
I like to warm myself up a mugful, and cozy up on the couch under a blanket, while I spend the last few moments of the day with my husband Scott. He brings me so much joy, and so does this golden cup.
How to make Golden Milk:
1 rounded teaspoon Gaia Herbs Golden Milk blend
1 cup plant milk (I use cashew)
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
Heat in a small pot on the stove over low heat, whisking, until warmed. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
– Morning Routine –
I’ve found myself craving Golden Milk in the morning on some days too, and have begun preparing myself a jar of it at a time to use as a creamer of sorts in my morning coffee. I’ve found my system to be a little sensitive to caffeine right upon waking, and stick to tea with my overnight oats first thing. But once my workout is over and mid morning has arrived, I’m ready to make a mug of this golden, frothy coffee and organize my work for the day.
How to make golden coffee:
16 ounces brewed hot coffee
1/4 cup Gaia Herbs Golden Milk (prepared above, without the coconut oil)
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
Add to a blender and froth on the lowest speed, for about 30 seconds. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
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