Issue #10: Just A Recreational Cry

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just a recreational cry

Don't we all need one of those from time to time? Also, isn't this fact calendar just a little *too* real? I feel personally attacked. 

Ok, just kidding.

Guys, Happy Friday! I am a firm believer that tiny accomplishments (like making it to the end of the week without throwing anything at your computer or crying in public) is worth celebrating. You did it! You know what else you did that was amazing? You crammed 5 days of work into 4. You are basically a goddamn mother-fucking unicorn. Go you!

This week I've been thinking a lot about the word "easy". I was talking to some friends about their general pet peeves in regards to the internet (specifically bloggers) and they general consensus was that we all hate how everything is described as being easy. I hadn't really thought about it much before, but once I started I couldn't stop. We really do do this an awful lot, don't we? Once we finish something - be it a half marathon or a big project or WHATEVER - we often say it was really "easy". You know what this does? It makes other people feel bad about finding the same thing hard. It also just... isn't the truth more often than not. This week I worked really hard to think carefully before describing something as "easy" and I realized that it was really, really hard!

It doesn't have to be easy. It's OK if you did something that was really hard and that you want to admit that it was hard after the fact. Even if that hard thing was not wearing sweatpants to work, or surviving another work week, or just getting your ass to spin class. You did the damn thing, and that's pretty rad. Just like you.

Wishing you a good weekend and perhaps one recreational cry,

            Lizzie


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Look guys, it's us!


pretty rad things

DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A DONUTS + DOWN DOG STORE GUYS HOW HAVE I NOT TOLD YOU THIS YET?!?!?!

WTF is CBD? Still confused by the latest trend in wellness? It's ok. My friends at Mad Ritual wrote up this great post that explains allllll the things on CBD. 

How many peoples hands have touched me melons?? This is a real subject line of an email that I got this week, guys. And... it worked. I opened it. It was a media pitch for this produce spray. I will admit, her comment about washing our produce with tap water kind of grossed me out. I mean, how many people have touched my melons, you know??

Ready to try yoga for the first time? Just jumping into classes can be intimidating as fuck. My friends at Maven Yoga have an awesome beginner series coming up! They're the ones that taught me how to be a yoga teacher so they really know their stuff. Plus, they are delightful humans. Namaste.

Speaking of yoga... this is one of my favorite classes to do at home right now. It's slow and juicy and restorative, which is just what I'm needing from my yoga practice at the moment. We have plenty of time in our lives to be stressed, treat yourself to some *chill*.

Stay sexy and don't get murdered. Are you a murderino? Are you based in Seattle? Do you want to go to a Murderino yoga class? More details here. If this line makes no sense to you, check out my favorite podcast: My Favorite Murder. Also, check out their book below!

TWO PAIRS OF LEGGINGS FOR $24 Y'ALLLLLL! I've been partnering with Fabletics at their new Bellevue store (it's hecka cute) and they offered up this discount for you find people. *changes out of daytime yoga pants into evening yoga pants*

Can't work with music on but hate silence? I've been really into white noise lately. It helps me stay focused and is predictable enough that I don't get distracted. I also love turning on white noise for some gooooood deep sleep. My friend Becca recommended Noisli to me and I really love it. The app allows you to be a white noise DJ of sorts and it's super soothing. My current favorite combo is wind and rain. 

When you want to workout but don't want to be around people. Sound familiar? Or maybe you just don't have time to go the gym? Or maybe you don't like making up your own workouts? Whatever it may be, I've been using Gixo to fit my workouts in at home, since I usually am coaching or teaching during most class times. They have live instructors and a ton of different workout types to choose from, which I love. I also just completed their one month burpee challenge and I think I like burpees now? Am I drunk? They are offering a free month of unlimited workouts to Donuts + Down Dog readers. Go forth and workout in the comfort of your own home!

Feeling bloated after eating is completely normal. ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK. There is this scary trend of health bloggers urging their readers to avoid any bloating and to cut perfectly healthy foods completely out of their diets.... with no medical evidence to back them up. I really loved this article from a nutritional psychologist (you know, a medical professional) about bloating after eating and why it's totally OK. Educate yourself, get to know your body, and don't *always* listen to health bloggers if something seems off. 

More tunes for you to move to. This is my favorite quick yoga (or hey, whatever) playlist of the moment. It's upbeat, fun, and will *maybe* distract your brain from how hard you're working. Maybe. New playlists come out regularly, don't forget you can follow Donuts + Down Dog on Spotify!

A mini journal challenge for you. I get a lot of questions about how to start a journal practice, so I created this free 3-day journal challenge for you to do whenever your little heart desires. It's centered around gratitude, which I find is a great way to put things in perspective and make me calm the fuck down. I hope you love it!


picks of the week


girl crush city

@beccarisa - Becca is a fellow Seattle blogger and, coincidentally, also owns a dog named Max. Perhaps we are actually the same person? Becca speaks candidly about hard things like mental health, toxic relationships, and making big career moves. Her honesty and approach to life is so refreshing. 

@likaloveboutique - This is my new favorite Seattle shop! The mission of LikaLove is for every woman to find something that they feel beautiful in. Plus, even though it's a boutique, everything is affordable, timeless, and fits bodies of all shapes and sizes. I just got a new pair of jeans from them that make me feel *gasp* like Beyonce. 

@honeyidressedthepug - I generally feel like fashion bloggers take themselves much too seriously, but not in this case. I love that this blogger matches her outfits to what her dog is wearing. I mean, isn't that the dream? 

quote of the moment

Confidence is not "will they like me". Confidence is "I'll be fine if they don't".

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