Are you as much of a sucker for a good bandwagon as I am? From diet and fitness to personality quizzes and flower farming trends, and for sure let’s include great Netflix specials, I am happily susceptible to what’s popular. I generally love how social media can serve up an array of tantalizing ideas, because I love newness and exploration. Sometimes the tidal waves of trends is too much, of course, but man. The good bandwagons are so fun! A short list of my current obsessions:
- Konmari “tidying up” series on Netflix. I like the show itself as well as the projects it inspires. I do it one room at a time, though, instead of using her categories method. I’m “Sparking Joy” and editing my belongings like a mad woman. My closet looks almost as sparse as my hotel room looks during a week-long trip; and our empty drawers and shelves around the house are beginning to match the filled ones. It’s nice to have space.
- Lately I’m very into studying endurance sports fueled by a primal diet. Not quite Keto, not necessarily Whole 30, but maybe somewhat fat-adapted, IDK. My husband is on his third week of a Keto experiment, and it has been eye opening. I am not interested in living that way long term, not for myself, but it offers lots of food for thought. (Ha.)
- Doshas. So interesting! Please, somebody start learning about this too so I have someone to discuss it with me!
- Actually my ears perk up at the mention of all things Ayurveda, and there’s plenty of that circling us lately.
- Yep still crushing on yoga, but with all due respect, NOT Adrienne’s current series. I like her older stuff much better, as well as so many videos by Tara Stiles. Also, I just listened to a great podcast interview on Strength Running (Fitzgerald) with Sage Rountree, all about the complementary relationship between a running program and a good, periodized yoga practice. Love it.
- On board with all things hygge. (I knooowww this is especially cliche, but in my defense I have been obsessed with this aesthetic since reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo several summers ago, and now finally I see it working in wintertime.) And white lights and houseplants have always and forever been in every home I have made. It just has a Nordic vernacular now.
- Being outside in awful weather. I take it as a challenge lately. A per so many gorgeous examples out in the world, I think hibernation is generally overrated. Admittedly, though, our wind this week did sour my mood considerably. I love the cold but loathe the wind.
- Bob Goff books (almost done with Everybody Always). Our recent efforts to have some church time with dear friends is so well supported by this material.
- How many different ways can we eat eggs, kale, almonds or peanuts, and chicken? And broccoli? And how many salad combinations are there in life? Wait, is a bandwagon, or is it just me?
- How long can I run on empty? (Meant literally, not as a euphemism for being stressed or spent, I want to know how many crisp and strong-effort miles I can actually run in a carb-fasted state. So far it’s 13.) Carb-fasted cardio is a very hot topic. Fat as fuel, ok? As long as you refuel afterwards.
- Flower Farming I swear, no “new” garden beds this year, haha, but how can I better use what we have already built? It’s a thing! Great, fluffy oceans of color, could they be even more fun than edibles? Maybe!
- Simpler living, if not minimalism, at least a de-cluttered and travel-ready-but-very-cozy-and-authentic lifestyle.
- The word artisnal. Ok, again, this is not a bandwagon yet but I’m working on that.
- Lists. Clearly.
- Also, intentions over resolutions. My word for 2019 is “cultivate.”
I would love to know which of these bandwagons you are currently loving, or what other ones I have not yet found. I think popularity gets a bad rap sometimes, and I’m happy to soak up the advantages of social media and the internet to find the coolest, healthiest stuff. It’s a great reason to be so tightly knitted to the outside world.
Okay, over and out. I have some horses and chickens to feed before settling onto the treadmill for a while. Because, Oklahoma wind. Happy Saturday!!
“Even if you’re on the right track,
You’ll get run over if you just sit there.”: