Friday Feels: Starting Out

Friday Feels: Starting Out

Internet friends, do I have a big surprise for you! I’m starting another new column at LivingNimbly. And don’t you worry, this one has a better chance of not fading away than others that I’ve dreamed up (see: my monthly music recap OR when I wanted to start reviewing movies OR my weekly workout playlist post. Whoa, now that I list them out… that seems like a whole lot.)

I am LOVING this process of writing a blog, because I am slowly but surely figuring out what I like to write about. What type of writing (and creative expression in general) gives me life versus slows me down.

Because I don’t blog full time, I have to make the most of the time that I have to work on writing posts, making playlists, coming up with recipes, etc. It has been a wonderful exercise in learning about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. #LivingNimbly

SO, this #FridayFeels post will be a weekly recap of my week. I’ve noticed that this is a popular type of post for bloggers, and I thought I’d give it a shot (See: Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Saturday Seven).

Conceptually, this is going to be short-form tidbits from my week. I may describe a great meal I cooked this week, my latest workout endeavor, an album that has been on repeat, or a piece of every day inspiration that gave me energy. Could also be something that bummed me out, but you know me… I won’t be posting too many of those. Sounds fun, right? Right!

#LakeLife

This has been a BUSY week for Jack (aka me… I sometimes talk in 3rd person). I was up at the roomie’s cabin this past weekend — which was a BLAST, but I had to hit the ground running on Monday with a bunch of projects that built up at the end of last week. Anyways, here are my #FridayFeels:

1. #LakeLife is too amazing. One of the reasons that this summer has been so wonderful is that I now live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. So, every weekend (and sporadic weekdays) are filled with time by the water. So restorative!

2. I tried my hand at homemade pickles (using this recipe from Rachel Ray). Wowee, that sure was a satisfying process. As we are in prime cucumber season, I will definitely be trying again soon… like really soon… probably within 3 hours of posting this (I just need to pick up vinegar from the store).

3. Have you seen the “Coincidance” video? Apparently it went viral two summers ago, but my Aunt showed it to me and I can’t stop laughing and dancing. What is funnier is that this is how I actually dance… :p

4. I spent a good bit of time making a weekly schedule so that I can be more productive, instead of flopping from project to project like a fish out of water. I time-blocked out time for client work, blogging, sleeping, long Wednesday lunches, chill time, and yoga.

5. On that note, I’m back on the yoga train. I was doing alright with making yoga a part of my daily routine in July, but NOW I am back on it. I’ve been doing the 30-day Yoga Camp from Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene. I am loving every minute of it. This practice has a way of kick started my days into a positive direction.

6. I’m doing this thing where I am eating the correct serving size of cereal. This is me being a little more intentional about what I put in my body, so this is my first step (not like I don’t eat a handful of cheese puffs afterwards #WorkInProgress). Pictured below is one cup of Multigrain Cheerios with delish summer blueberries.

Jack following recommended serving sizes.

7. On a music related note, I have really been drawn to female vocalists from different eras this week. It has been wonderful! Here is a little playlist of songs that have been racing through my head this week:

So that’s all I have for you today for my first #FridayFeels. I hope that you enjoyed every word of it. In the comments: Is this cool? Are you into this type of post? Am I way behind on the Coincidance train?

xoxo, Jack

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FINALLY Made it to the Sculpture Garden

FINALLY Made it to the Sculpture Garden

Crossed another item off of my summer bucket list this week (Lightbulb! Maybe I will post a seasonal bucket list… that could be fun). I finally made it to the newly renovated sculpture garden at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. We saw everything including the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” which I haven’t seen up close, EVER! So, this is a pretty big deal.

Photo of “Spoonbridge and Cherry” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

Anyways, my dear friend Liz came into town from D.C. earlier this week, and it was the perfect reason to take in this beautiful sculpture garden. ALSO, the Tuesday that we visited was a day after my birthday (#PrimeLeoSeason), so this could also be labeled as a celebratory birthday activity!

Photo of “Hahn/Cock” by Katharina Fritsch

The art was such a treat to take in. One of my favorites had to be the “Wind Chime (after “Dream”)” by Pierre Huyghe, a tree filled with wind chimes — I could’ve stayed there listening to the bells all day long… for real! Also, the garden was so thoughtfully laid out. There was meaning everywhere in the pocket of green space surrounded by busy city life.

What made matters even better: It was a beautiful 80 degree and sunny day. What a truly divine summer we have been having, weather-wise. Other Tuesday activities: we took a walk around Lake Calhoun and had a couple of beers at LynLake Brewery, one of which was on their rooftop. What an intro to MPLS for Liz!

Photo of “Hephaestus” by Matthew Monahan

I was able to snap a few shots of the garden (pictured throughout this post) but was mostly living in the moment (not looking at my phone much). BIG NEWS, my new camera came in the mail yesterday, so get mentally prepared for upgraded content all around. Also BIG NEWS, be sure to check out my Instagram page @LivingNimbly that just hit 1000 followers for the first time YESSSS!

In the comments, have you been to the newly reopened Sculpture Garden yet? And, if so what was your favorite piece? xoxo

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Sunny Days and Summer Squashes

Sunny Days and Summer Squashes

I can’t believe that July is over and August is HERE! I am a Leo, so this is a pretty exciting part of the year for me. NEVERTHELESS — This past week (and really this whole summer) has been rocking at full throttle, and I wanted to check in and let you know about a few fun life updates that went on in the month of July:

Vacationed with the best of them. Between an amazing 4th of July trip to Texas and a family vacation to the lake trailer out in Wisconsin to celebrate three birthdays including my sister’s 21st, July has been a wild ride! But, big news, I am now taking a vacation from vacationing and enjoying all that a Midwest summer has to offer.

Obsessed with local summer vegetables. My roommates and I went in on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from Treasured Haven Farm, and I have been LOVING every minute of it. The beginning of the season started out with a LOT of leafy greens, but now we are really rocking and rolling with beautiful zucchinis, bold broccoli bunches, and fresh cucumbers. It makes every lunch packed and dinner served a lot more enjoyable knowing that the food comes from a good place. 

Resolved to do better. If you read my first post, you know that I love a good New Year’s Resolution. This year, I am also doing what I am calling “midsummer resolutions.” This list includes getting to work earlier (ideally by 7:30am each day I go into the office), doing some sort of yoga or meditation everyday, and putting more time in on the blog, re-envisioning what LivingNimbly is all about.

On that note, keep checking in on Instagram, because that is a major focus of mine right now. Now that I’m back in town, I am going to be trying to update a lot more! Thanks for reading! xoxo.

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In My Ears: June 2017

In My Ears: June 2017

In an effort to get more regular content up and moving on LivingNimbly, you may notice that there are going to be a whole bunch of new recurring segments that will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. The first of which is “In My Ears.” This is a place where I will be writing all about a sampling of the tunes that have been … “In My Ears” for the past month. Sounds fun right? That’s what how it works in my head. Here we go!

Grateful – DJ Khaled

Like most of his snapchat following, I have been looking forward to this album for almost six months. The hype was seriously built up, but, for me, Grateful lived up to my high expectations. It also affirmed for me that DJ Khaled is a mad genius.

The album will likely be remembered by the incredible A-List group of featured artists including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Migos, Chance The Rapper, Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and so many more. However, his production and use of samples is on another level. The Santana sample in “Wild Thoughts” is a game changer – I heard it in the car while driving, and had to physically pull over to collect myself. For the first half of the album, every song has been carefully crafted to be a chart topping radio success. So many of the songs fill me with warmth and love, and that is why you should give it a listen.

RIYL: @djkhaled305 on snapchat, Drake, Rick Ross?

Bop City 2: TerroRising – Terror Jr

Usually, I am weary to get to committed to an electro-pop album because there are just so many that are flooding the market, but this one keeps drawing me back. Terror Jr’s second album is VERY listenable and crowd-pleasing. They have a way with the manipulation of vocals and percussive elements that draws the listener in. This is an album that I would recommend throwing on at your weeknight kickback on the porch. Side note: Ever since I’ve started wearing my new Lululemon pants, I can’t stop listening to “Sweatpants.”

RIYL: CHVRCHES, Marian Hill, Misterwives

Ctrl – SZA

This is such an enjoyable album to listen to in whole, especially as a follow up to SZA’s 2014 Z, which I knew would be tough to top. This album is grounded in beautiful, vivid storytelling that crosses between so many different emotions. The album does have it’s fair share of features including Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott; though, unlike Grateful, the focus stays on SZA’s personal stories. This is required listening for twenty-somethings!

RIYL: Solange, Syd, Lauryn Hill

Hotel California – The Eagles

I have a box of CD’s that I got from my grandpa as he was parting with his massive collection late last year. I finally got a boom box just in time for summer nights sitting out on the porch. I’ve heard singles from Hotel California before, but this is the first time I listened to it in its entirety. There is a reason that this is one of the best selling albums of all time. The music just seems to flow through me.

RIYL: Listening to good music on the porch

So folks, those are the albums that have been playing… In My Ears… during the month of June. I hope that you take a bit of time with each of them.

So… those of you who are reading this. Thank you for joining me on this new endeavor. Do you like it? Would you rather I made a playlist rather than just sharing the albums? Please share your comments or other thoughts below!

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Mexico City Musings

Mexico City Musings

Traveled to Mexico City about two weeks ago, and it has been on my mind ever since. Such an adventure in the world’s fifth largest (or largest depending on who you talk to) city.

This post has taken me a while as it has taken a while for all of my thoughts from my latest whirlwind adventure to settle (and, I’ve had to edit all of those pictures *smiley face with tongue out*). If you have been following me on Instagram @LivingNimbly, you know that I have been eating lots of good food, but I wanted to lay out all of the context here. I left Minneapolis for nearly two weeks to spend a little time in Baltimore with the family and friends back there, but also, my long-awaited trip to Mexico City!!

Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick

Traveling Abroad. This was my first time really spending time in another country (besides Toronto Trip 2014). In college, I had a bunch of friends who travelled or study abroad, and I am still living vicariously through them by scrolling through the gram or Facebook albums of beautiful ancient structures, unbelievably tall buildings, and animals that I’ve only seen at zoos. I’ve always wanted to take that step, but there was always a reason for me to postpone.

Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick

I was very lucky to have my amazing travel buddy, Val, who was a joy to travel with. She helped me navigate the Spanish language (literally couldn’t thank her enough), but she also was down to eat all of the amazing food with me (a la Dev and Arnold from Master of None) and help me check all of the big itinerary items off of my list, except for eating tacos…. that ever happened… lol…

Language. In high school, I took three years of Spanish, but you know… six years is a long time to clearly remember the nuances of conjugation and the lists and lists of vocab terms. I tried to brush up using Duolingo and reading this guide of useful Spanish travel phrases a few times, but I think my efforts were too little too late.

Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick

As a someone who communicates for a living, not being able to communicate much was such a challenge. I was far outside of my comfort zone. This was a HUGE HUGE wakeup call for me. We live in such a large beautiful world in which people speak different languages… AND I CAN ONLY HAVE CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH??!?! How does this make sense?!?

So, long story short. I am going to start with Spanish and I am going to learn more languages. I am going to travel more places, because I want to understand other people. And, because I’m writing it on LivingNimbly, I am going to hold myself accountable.

Food. Oh gosh the food in the city was amazing! I could talk about it, but if a picture is worth 1,000 words, get ready for about 5,000 more words to this post. Food photos taken at La Casa de Toño, PEHÜA, Resturante San Angel Inn, Comedor Jacinta, and J by José Andrés (in that order).

Photo by Valeria Ojeda-Avitia
Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick
Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick

Just want to jump in here really quickly. This was the most balanced salad that I have ever had. It was ideal in every way. The way the the fresh citrus interacted with the kale and the salty hard cheese. Also, the vinaigrette was perfect. That is all, resume the drool fest.

Photo by Valeria Ojeda-Avitia
Photo by Jack Fitzpatrick

I am so fortunate to have gotten the chance to go on this trip, learn about a new city, and eat at all of these amazing places. Shout out to work for being chill with me taking time off. Shout out to all of the restaurant patrons for not staring at me too much while I threw my hand up in the air to get an aerial shot. Shout out to Verizon for not being unreasonable with traveling to Mexico. Shout out to Val for being awesome. Shout out to the Mexico City for being amazing. Shout out to you for looking through my pictures.

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