Currently (March 2018 Edition)

Sup? Happy Friday!

Currently (March 2018 Edition), www.roseyrebecca.com

I have a bunch to talk about today, so let’s get to it shall we!?

Currently I am…

Loving:

1. Rogue Combat Club. I’ve been spending a little bit of time getting my butt kicked at Rogue Combat Club over the past week and, I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. Last weekend I attended a Jump Rope Mechanics class there and the ticket price included a week trial to the gym. To be completely honest, I’ve never been too interested in kickboxing. I’ve tried some classes in the past and my lack of coordination and anxiety about not knowing what I’m doing led me to leave classes early, never to return. That said, my good friend Jenn works at Rogue and my other good friend Mary Beth teaches yoga there, so I decided to give kickboxing another try. I arrived at the Saturday morning Cardio Kickboxing class feeling pretty nervous, but the coach and people in the class were really welcoming and patient with me. I’ve attended one other kickboxing class so far and I still haven’t gotten over feeling a bit silly about my lack of coordination but I know that, like anything, the more I practice, the better I’ll get. I look forward to seeing how I progress. The jump rope class was awesome, too. Jenn taught the beginners group and even though I wasn’t able to do ANY of the tricks she taught us (not a comment on her teaching skills at all, completely my lack of coordination), it was so much fun. I learned about common mistakes beginner jump ropers make and why it’s a great workout. And, let me tell you, between kickboxing Saturday morning and jump roping right after, I was suppppper sore on Sunday, but in the very best way. We even got to keep our jump ropes, which the instructors cut to the correct length for each of us. I look forward to improving my jump roping skills and will definitely attend another workshop if they do it again.

2. Podcasts. I seriously don’t know why it took me so long to start listening to them. I only have three that I am listening to consistently (see the ‘listening to’ section below to see which ones) but I’d love to add some more. Please tell me in the comments which ones you love!

3. Love on Netflix. This is SUCH A CUTE SHOW. It makes me so happy. I’ve binged about a season and half of it so far, so no spoilers if you watch it. If you don’t watch it, check it out. It’s so fun!

Excited for:

Cake and Pie Buffet from Short Street Cakes for our wedding, www.roseyrebecca.com

1. The “surprise” birthday cake from Short Street Cakes Jeff ordered for my birthday party on Saturday. Obviously not really a surprise because I’m wayyyyyyyy too picky so let’s just pretend, OK? To be fair, I don’t know exactly what flavor it will be or what it will look like. I just gave him a few parameters to follow. What I do know is that it will be delicious. The cake and pie buffet at our wedding was from Short Street and it was sooo good!

2. My birthday on Wednesday! Yes, I’m an almost-31-year-old woman who still gets ridiculously excited for her birthday. Don’t judge me. I’m even more excited because Jeff took off and we get to spend the whole day together. We’ve both been super busy lately so I’m really excited for some uninterrupted quality time.

3. Our second InstaMeet! I’m writing this post on Thursday afternoon so technically this will have already happened by the time this post goes up, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m excited about it! The first meet-up Holly and I hosted was so much fun and I expect this one to awesome as well!

Feeling:

1. Strong. Earlier this week I hit a new back squat PR: 135 lbs. When I first started at Strength Ratio last August, I never ever thought I’d be squatting this heavy. I remember when the 35 lb bar felt like it was too much to handle and now I’m squatting 100 lbs more than that. It just goes to show that getting in better shape is a marathon, not a sprint and I am so excited to celebrate this non-scale victory!

2. Sore. The last two weeks have been my most active in a lonnnnng time and I’ve definitely had some days where walking up and down stairs felt torturous. If you’re curious about my routine this month, check out the post I wrote about my March Workouts. Note that in that post I mentioned some workouts I had planned at Ladies Workout Asheville. Well, we had some scheduling conflicts and I ultimately decided that it wasn’t the gym for me. Trust me, though, I’m doing more than enough.

3. Flattered. I was recently asked to write a guest post for the Healthy Living Blogs website about how to conquer your first Instagram Takeover. I’ve also had quite a few people ask for advice on using Instagram and blogging. To be honest, this is all a bit surprising to me because I feel like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing a lot of the time. I think I’ve just lived on the Internet for a while and have learned some tricks along the way. That said, thank you for the encouragement and I’m happy to help in any way I can.

Eating:

Spring Vegetable Frittata with Breakfast Potatoes, www.roseyrebecca.com

1. This Spring Vegetable Frittata.

2. Pasta with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Feta and Arugula.

3. Lots of quesadillas.

Listening to:

1. PODCASTS! Specifically Adult Sh1t, Hannahlyze This and Not Too Deep.  I really like Adult Sh1t because they talk about a lot of relatable mental health topics. I also love the silly Twitter contests they hold weekly. Last week they had listeners tweet them Stupid History facts and this one cracked me up:


2. Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man.
3. You Are Mine – The Avett Brothers (let’s be real, I’m always listening to The Avett Brothers)
4. I Can’t Wait– Star & Micey
5. Novels of Acquaintance – Rising Appalachia

Wanting:

Hole Doughnuts, Asheville, NC, www.roseyrebecca.com

1. Hole Doughnuts. All day. Every day. Also, is it ‘Doughnut’ or ‘Donut’?? I posed this question in a poll on my IG stories, but the results were too close to call. I NEED TO KNOW.

2. This cocktail from The Times at S&W, which is served in a decorative vase. To be honest, I think it’s a little much and definitely hipster AF but I’ve never enjoyed an adult beverage from a vase before. Have you? Plus the drink sounds freaking excellent so, ya know, #YOLO.

3. To visit Chicago. I blame Erin. I’ve never been. Somebody take meeeee!

4. All of these shirts from Fat Bar Apparel.

What’s up with you lately? Have an awesome day! <3

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March Confessions (2018)

Well HELLO THERE!The Beehive Coffee Bar, Asheville, NC, www.roseyrebecca.com

As I type this, I’m sitting in the sweetest little new-to-me coffee shop, The Beehive Coffee Bar. I can’t believe I’ve never been here. It’s the coziest spot! I just inhaled a delicious vegan blueberry scone and am sipping a hot cup of coffee on this blustery March day. Life is good.

It’s been about a month since I did my last confessions post, so let’s get to it, shall we?

Confession #1

Most of the time, my bedroom floor is covered in a sea of clothing.

No matter what I do or how hard I try, it seems I can never keep my clothing from exploding all over the dang floor. Ladies, tell me, do you have this issue? I mean, there’s really no excuse for it. We’re currently using an entire other bedroom as our walk-in closet (which, if I’m honest, also has clothing all over the floor). I mean, I can’t be the only who piles their clean laundry up on the bed instead of putting it away, and, then, when it’s time for bed, transfers it to the floor, then back to the bed, then back to the floor. RIGHT? Right. VALIDATE ME.

Confession #2

I hate (most) games.

Board games, party games, card games, you name it, I hate most of em. Go ahead, let me have it. Kick me out (of my own blog). I’m no fun. I have no patience for them. No patience to learn the rules, wait for my turn, not win. Maybe that’s really what it is. Maybe I’m just a sore loser. I’m super competitive. Always have been. Always will be. I like to win. Not as much as Donald Trump likes to win (shudder) but I like to win. There is one exception to this confession, however: I LOVE Cards Against Humanity. I will play that with you all day every day.

Confession #3

I’m stuck in a food rut.

Baked Cheesy Veggie Pasta, www.roseyrebecca.com

WHAT? How could this be, Rebecca? You post different foods on your IG daily. OK, so I’m not talking an Asheville restaurants food rut, I’m talking a cooking food rut. I think I’ve made the same pasta dish every week for the past two months. And when I’m not making that pasta dish, I’m making veggie hot dogs and boxed mac & cheese (see my February Confessions). I usually rely on Pinterest for new recipe inspiration, so if you’re on there, feel free to send me ALL THE VEGETARIAN RECIPES. Seriously, please send me recipes or I’m going to be eating pasta and veggie hot dogs for the rest of my life.

Confession #4

I don’t believe in leggings as pants.  There, I said it.

leggings as pants meme, someecards.com

I know this is an SUPER unpopular opinion and let me stop right here and tell you I don’t care if YOU wear leggings pants. You do you. Wear no pants. I don’t care. Just don’t make ME wear leggings as pants. Let me stop again and clarify that when I say leggings, I don’t mean workout pants. I wear those all over the place. I mean the colorful, patterned stretchy tight things. That said, I am on the lookout for super comfortable sweatpants that I can wear out to events and kind of look like I made an effort to look nice. Do those exist? Where do I find them? HALP.

Confession #5

I simultaneously love writing this blog and hate writing this blog.

Blooms On Tap- Asheville,NC, www.roseyrebecca.com

I think that this confession ties in with my next one. Writing here has been a struggle for me lately, but I love it so, so, so much when I do. I’ve talked to so many of you who have encouraged me to keep writing and I appreciate it so much. I recently decided that I need to change my mentality from “I NEED to blog today” to “I WANT to blog today.” When I frame it like that, I don’t feel as much anxiety and pressure around it. I tend to beat myself up when I’m not exactly where I want to be with my writing and posting. I’m working really hard to stop.

Confession #6

I struggle with depression.

Blooms On Tap- Asheville,NC, www.roseyrebecca.com

I left this one for last because it’s a doozy. (Does anyone say doozy anymore?) So I know I’ve talked about my anxiety here before but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that I struggle with depression too, and the truth is, most of the time, they go hand in hand. Even so, I hesitated to confess this because for some reason, in my mind, admitting that I suffer from anxiety is not as embarrassing/shameful as admitting that I also suffer from depression. Trust me, I know there is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about, but I also know that depression lies, and my depression tells me that admitting that I have it will make people pity me and look at me differently. Especially those closest to me. But it’s just not true.

I know that some people will not agree with my posting about this because it’s very personal but I think that mental health is an extremely important topic that and, frankly, it doesn’t get talked about enough. If admitting that I’m depressed helps even one person feel like they’re not alone, I think it’s worth it to write about. I know from experience that anxiety and depression can be very isolating. It can make you feel like an outcast and like something is wrong with you, when, in fact, tons of people suffer from mental illness.

I typed the words “life is good” at the beginning of this post, and, that’s the thing, life IS good. There’s this common misconception that depression means lying in bed all day sobbing or being sad about any one thing. The truth is, you can be depressed and still function. You can be depressed and still have good, happy days. Depression can hit anyone, at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. It’s nothing to feel ashamed of or bad about, and I plan to talk about it a lot more because it’s important that you know that I’m a real person with real emotions and that it’s OK for you to be a real person with real emotions too. The end.

My struggle with depression, www.roseyrebecca.com

OK, with all that off my chest, you tell me, what are your March confessions!?

Have a beautiful day <3

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