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Slowing Down
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Lately I've been slowing down like a fine Canadian maple syrup. And let me tell you, it has been oh so good for my soul + overall well-being. I'm enjoying the longer almost-spring days and taking more nature walks/runs for distance, not speed. I'm enjoying my coffee more + the entire process from coffee bean to freshly brewed espresso.

To be honest with you, this winter has really gotten me down. Like full force SAD (seasonal affective disorder). But as with every season, they come and go. Here's what I've been up to + how I'm slowing down:

I stopped taking clients over at Rad Maverix Republic for a short bit and put all of my effort + energy into the ones who have already invested in me. No worries though! If you need my assistance, I'm back in biz

I joined the gym (again) and even started getting back into running. I have a very strong love / hate relationship with the gym. We go back and forth, fall in love, out of love, fight, bicker and everything in between like those couples you see on Facebook that are constantly "In a Relationship". (...BUT WAIT--I thought you were already in a relationship?!) Going at it with the idea of "I don't have to go balls to the wall, I can do this on my own terms" has significantly changed my outlook on physical activity. I was listening to a guided running audio from the Nike+ Running App and it was a 20 min recovery run featuring Bill Nye. One thing he said that really struck a chord with me: "some time is better than no time". Bill says this in regards to not stressing out about the numbers or the length of your exercises...He goes on to say, "it's better to squeeze 10 min of physical activity in a day rather than NO time a day."

Even though the weather in the Midwest is a bit chaotic + sometimes erratic I'm learning how to slow down and enjoy the many seasons we're being presented with each week. My closet has never been so confused or gotten such an exercise..."Okay, Merrissa, you wore shorts + a tank top yesterday and now you're reaching for a scarf and parka..."

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Cooking more meals at home and I'm actually not loathing it. I've never (iteration on the NEVER) been a fan of cooking. I blame it on my very literal personality. You see, when it comes to baking (which I LOVVVVE to do) it's pretty black and white in regards to what ingredients you need and how long you bake it for and at what temperature. Cooking on the other hand--there are SO many variables! And what if the "medium" flame on my stove isn't the same caliber as the flame used in the recipe I'm using? That gives me so much anxiety! So with that being said, I've been cooking more and trying new recipes. I'm up to like 4 or 5 dinner recipes that are really good + cowboy-approved! Woot. (If you're wondering: 1) enchiladas, 2) ziti, jalapeño popper chicken breasts, 3) spinach, parm linguine and 4) Parmesan crusted chicken strips. I'm going to share with you my parmesan crusted chicken strip recipe soon! YAY!)

I've been using a French press to make coffee and taking time every once in a good while to enjoy an (uninterrupted) afternoon espresso. One thing I have noticed with the American culture is we're always on the GO-GO-GO. If you're not busy or worn out, you're not working hard enough. I'm trying to break that workhorse tradition, because, well, "sanity".

I don't immediately reply to emails. Oh my goodness you guys. This shift in my day to day business has been a breath of fresh spring air. I have a note on the signature line of my emails that says something to the effect of, "Please allow 2 full business days for a response" and this has taken a lot of pressure off of feeling like I need to immediately respond to inquiries. 

Learning to slow down + enjoy my meals. This has been a biggie for me and honestly it is still a work in progress. I overheard someone once say, "Why are you eating so fast? There aren't any taste buds in your stomach". Like holy shit, you're so right. Why rush to shovel this apricot clafoutis down my throat instead of really enjoying each bite? With that being said, I try to not use my phone while eating meals. If I want to snap a photo of my meal and I don't have my standalone camera on me, then I'll snap a photo with my phone but thats all I'll do, no checking social media, or replying to emails/texts. Again, not every meal is like this but it is an effort of mine to have meals "device or social media free". 

 

That's it for today. Thanks for reading + keeping up with me. xx

Riss

PS - How do you feel about the traditional American mentality on work-work-work? Do you like it? Are you fighting it? Are you working to live? Or living to work?

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Maverix Muse 001 - Top 5 Favorite Podcasts
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(Me titling this post as Maverix Muse 001 as if I'm 100% going to start a series. Had to laugh at myself on that one! We'll see!)

One thing I really cannot live without (at the moment) is listening to podcasts. I've been on the podcasts bandwagon for a couple of years and have listened to quite a wide range of topics + publishers. I'm going to share with you guys a few podcasts that I normally have playing in the background while I'm working, driving or cleaning house.

This is really going to bring to light how sporadic my interests + personalities are.

 

My Top 5 favorite Podcasts at the moment, in no particular order

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01 True Crime Garage

Mystery + Real Life Crime

This was the very first podcast that I ever listened too and boy did these 2 guys get me hooked. Nic and Captain, the 2 co-hosts of True Crime Garage, have an excellenteye for pointing out the details in mysterious and true crime cases. They are based out of Ohio, USA and typically take an episode to dissect a crime case that has gone unsolved; over the years they have started producing lengthier crime cases that span over 2 to 4 episodes. They do an awesome job at staying unbiased and laying out all of the facts and possible scenarios -- not to mention their uncanny playful banter back and forth is often laughable.

Check out this episode: The Vanishing Man, Part 1 and 2

 

 
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02 The Balanced Blonde

Spirituality + Wellness

A podcast by Jordan Younger, formerly known as The Blonde Vegan. Jordan shares her personal struggles + triumphs of overcoming the eating disorder, Orthorexia and how she went from a vegan diet to a no-label diet. She is also the author of Breaking Vegan and Soul on Fire Yoga eBook. Jordan likes to keep it real; from discussing the hurdles she has overcome to the trolls, she has had to face on the interwebs. She also likes to bring health + wellness experts onto her show who always bring a whealthof knowledge in all things wellness, branding, business + spirituality goodness.

Check out this episode: Ep. 6 ft. Rachel Mansfield - Food Blogging QUEEN + Jordan's Instagram BFF

 

 
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03 Join us in France

Travel 

This is my new favorite podcast! When I listen to this podcast, it takes me straight out of the beautiful Midwest and transplants me right into the heart of France. Join Us In France is a weekly podcast produced by Annie and Elyse where they share about all things travel, culture, art, food + traditions in France. They give us the ins & outs and the dos + don’ts of traveling and living in France. This podcast cures my inner lust for all things French and my inner Francophile.

Check out this episode: Champagne Region, Episode 11

 

 
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04 Straight Up with Stassi

Comedy + White Trash Television

When I need a good laugh this is my go-to. Although I don't consider Stassi Shroeder a comedian I do find her beliefs + life trials a bit comical. She has no filter and I thoroughly enjoy that because she often is saying what EVERYONE else in the room wants to say. This will likely be a podcast that you'll either love or hate depending on whether or not you're a fan of Stassi.

Check out this episode: Stassi's "Summer of Yes" with Kristen Doute and Brian Carter

 

 
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05 The Minimalists Podcast

Life + Wellness  

If you don't know about the Minimalists you have GOT to check them out. So inspiring, encouraging + motivating! This is a podcast produced by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who get real + raw on how to live a meaningful life with less. Every single time I listen to an new episode I get re-inspired to go through all of my belongings and start chucking things! You might have noticed that I placed this under both the life AND wellness categories--a tidy home = mental wellness to me and this

Check out this episode: 068 | Overwhelm

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

TED Radio Hour
Letters from War
The Daily

 

So there you go, a small peek inside of my many personalities. A little bit of travel, minimalism, wellness, white trash television + to top it all off... a bit of true crime. I’d like to say I’m pretty well rounded.

 

Are you on the podcast bandwagon? Which one(s) are you currently loving?

 

xx,

Riss

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Ditch Self Guilt + Pass Me The Cookies
Ditch Self Guilt + Pass Me The Cookies

What if you woke up today and didn’t feel guilt for yesterday’s choices? Think about it. What are you currently feeling guilty about that is within the realm of your control?

Perhaps you gave in to the temptation of those delicious chocolate cookies. Did you immediately regret it or feel remorse the next day? What about your business endeavors? Did you write down a goal and not meet it the first time?

Did you get down on yourself and then try to brush it off like you’re a failure?

 

“I already messed up today, might as well wait to get on track next Monday”.

or

“I didn’t reach my goal. I obviously can’t make it happen.”

 

Did you know that these feelings of guilt mentioned above make you indulge EVEN MORE instead of better helping you stick to your goals? 

 

Do better + be better, today

 

 

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Ditch Self Guilt + Pass Me The Cookies

Stop scolding

Self-guilt + scolding is the devil. It really is. It has the total opposite effect you’re actually trying to achieve. You go through the pain of belittling yourself and instead of being a rad babe who had a small slip-up; you’re now viewing yourself as a complete failure. Then guess what? You get this mindset of, “Well, shit, I already messed up, I might as well eat/drink whatever I want!” or “I’m obviously not cut out for this entrepreneurial crap”.

ditch the pity party

Seriously! The sorrier you feel the more likely it is you will give up on all of your goals ENTIRELY! When you feel sorry for yourself you instill the false belief that you can’t make your goals happen at all. #NOTHANKS

All you need to do is simply acknowledge that you messed up or didn’t reach a goal the first time and move on. You will get back on track much MUCH sooner when you’re not sulking in your mishaps. Don’t dwell—just move forward, do better, be better.

I used to believe that one small mistake would ruin my entire goal &/or progress. I would totally stress myself out because I had this overwhelming feeling that I had to be PERFECT ALL THE TIME in order to see the results I wanted, whether in business / projects &/or overall wellness. Now, I just wake up every single day with the intentions to KILL IT in all aspects of my life.

Try it. It’s a game changer. 

Xx

Merrissa

 

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