I could use more…

I feel pretty confident in saying that I have a good long-term memory. I can still envision faces, names and random events from my past as though they took place last year.

As for my short-term memory? Well, that’s another story… Seriously, tell me a phone number and you’ll have to repeat it to me after I’ve dialed three numbers. Plus, I’d be more likely to remember a person’s name the next day rather than the day of.

For that reason, even when I catch myself thinking, “I could use more of this in my life,” I usually forget about it two minutes later.

That’s why I decided a good solution would be to document my “mental notes” so that I can follow through with them. Here goes…

I could use more yoga and Pilates in my life.

Last year, I did extended practices of yoga or Pilates at least twice a week with regular, shorter exercises interspersed between them. Unfortunately, I have fallen away from this and my body’s suffered the consequences.

This week, my running teacher was out of town, so she gave the class extra passes to take classes at the recreation center (the classes usually cost $3) and said we had to attend at least two.

Had to? How about, get to!

I’ve decided on sunrise yoga on Tuesday and sunrise Pilates on Thursday. Although the 6:45 starting time wasn’t fun, I felt so much better after going!

Because I’m cheap, I can’t say that I’ll regularly attend the classes. But, I am determined to find ways to do more yoga and Pilates.

I could use more ginger.

When I was in Germany last summer, I got in the habit of savoring a bite of crystallized ginger every morning. I loved the palate cleansing zing of the sweet and spicy ginger — And that’s not even to mention all the health benefits that ginger carries.

Once again, I managed to let this habit fall by the wayside… Until the other day when this delicious ginger drink caught my eye. After trying it, I think I’m hooked all over again!

I could use more time with girlfriends.

I am extremely lucky to have some amazing women in my life. But, like all relationships, these friendships take nurturing! This week, I was able catch a few quick breaks with friends — such as dinner, workouts or coffee — to just catch up.

Plus, even though I don’t get to see my friends in Nebraska all that often, it’s still nice to exchange texts or messages with them just to remind each other we care.

Dan doesn’t need to worry, because…

I could use more time with Dan.

It’s kind of a (non) vicious cycle, but whenever I spend time with Dan, I just want to spend more and more time with him. Even though we have busy schedules, we manage to see each other every day — whether that time is 20 minutes for lunch or a whole afternoon spent together.

I could use more greens in my diet.

To my surprise, I just haven’t really craved vegetables the way I thought I would since getting back from veggie-void Arkansas. Apparently that was just because I couldn’t get my mind off of the pathetic excuses for salads that were served there — All it takes to crave vegetables is to make them delicious!

Consumed: A bed of Romaine lettuce topped with carrots, onions, edamame, goat cheese, Mango couscous and orange segments. Lightly drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

I could use more books that I read for pleasure.

Actually, I’ve been doing pretty well on this one by setting aside 30 minutes every night to focus on a non-school related book. It hasn’t always been this way… Although I am a total bookworm, I used to be convinced I was too busy with school to squeeze more reading time in.

Now, reading is my release at the end of a stressful day — I can’t remember how I used to get by without squeezing in my beloved reading time.

Plus, it helps to be motivated by a new, thrilling book. For example…

  • “The Thirteenth Tale,” by Diane Setterfield. This has all the requirements of a page-turner with mystery, intrigue and tragedy. It kept me guessing up until the very end — which I then had to reread a couple of times!
  • “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen. This book is getting a lot of press right now because of it’s upcoming movie adaptation starting Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. But, I just can’t imagine how the movie could be any better than the book (what movies really are?). Whether you want to see the film or not, pick up this book about the drama behind a Depression-era circus.
  • “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. Set in World War II, this is voiced by “death,” who follows the life of a little German girl who wants nothing more than to get her hands on books — no matter the risk. Fittingly, I read this when I was in Munich last summer, so it was interesting to imagine how different her world was, even though we were standing in the same place.
  • The Heretic’s Daughter,” by Kathleen Kent. I also brought this book along to Germany. But, because I couldn’t convince myself to put it down, I finished it before I even got off the plane! This is set during the height of the Salem Witch Trials as a young girl must sort out the accusations against her own mother. Better yet, the author is a 10th generation descendant from the real subjects.

Don’t they sound great? Yeah? No?

How about finding out for yourself! Choose from one of the above or make a really good case for another book you want to read. I will pick one person to receive a brand new copy of the book of their choice. Enter by one, two or three ways…

  1. Follow me on Twitter and retweet about the giveaway.
  2. “Like” me on Facebook.
  3. Mention the giveaway on your blog.

Just remember to leave a comment telling me how you’ve entered!

I will randomly choose a winner on Monday.

By the way, this is no joke. (;

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