Jams of the Month | Ed. 8

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Rest. As a 28-year old in Chicago, it doesn't really seem like that word exists in my vocabulary. 40+ hour work weeks. Drinks with friends. Dates. Writing two blogs. Attempting to get into the habit of working out. Other writing projects outside of the blogs. Networking. Searching for a new apartment. Reading literature other than blogs and cookbooks. Where in God's green earth am I supposed to fit in time to rest in that mess?

Here's the thing. Rest may look differently person to person. The gut reaction response is that rest means sleeping. Or not allowing yourself to be busy. Sure, that could be a form of rest. But what about that extreme extrovert who hates being alone? Couldn't his or her rest look like spending time with friends? Or the athlete training for a marathon. Is it acceptable to consider their runs alone a form of rest? To you or me that may sound horribly exhausting, but if they are able to find rest, mental or physical, in that activity there is not much to be said against it.

Me personally? I love spending time with people. As much as I doubt it at times, I am a very social person. But if you ask me where I find true rest, both mental and physical, it wouldn't be out at the bars. A quiet afternoon spent with a cup of coffee, a little bit of music, and a pen and paper is exactly what I need to recharge.

Tommy.


| Jams of the Month | Ed. 8 |

A Few of My Favorites - 07.25.14

072514 1. Lululemon The Mat: After running, yoga is my favorite way to sweat. When I first started practicing though, I could not stand it. I thought it was boring. As I kept at it, I was able to gain an appreciation for it. The problem that I faced time after time was my mat. I purchased a generic brand from Target and it was thin and slippery. Downward dog would turn into flat-on-my-face dog. A few weeks ago I bucked up and bit the bullet. I spent the money on The Mat from Lululemon and I am convinced that it is going to save my yoga game.

2. Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Pen: Being a writer, I always carry a Moleskin notebook around with me. Whether I am jotting down ideas or notes for myself, it helps to keep everything in one place. One weird pet peeve of mine is Bic pens. I hate them. Why? I cannot answer that. No matter where I go I have to carry my Sakura Pigma Micron 05 pen with me - try it once and you'll never go back. They are amazing pens.

3. Epicurean Slate Cutting Board: Being a food blogger I must have good kitchen tools, a cutting board is perhaps one of the most vital of these. I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to the cutting board that I use day in and day out. I am not particularly fond of plastic cutting boards. My mother bought me one of these a few years ago for Christmas and it has been my go-to ever since.

4. Freshmints Tic Tacs: These are my drug. Just the other day I opened a new container in the morning. By 4:00pm, it was empty. I cannot resist the tic tac.

5. belVita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits: These breakfast biscuits are my favorite on the run breakfast, all though most mornings I need to eat at least two packs of them, plus a few other things, in order to be full. They come in a number of flavors, but the blueberry is by far the superior.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to come back next week for some great new posts!