Happy Monday! If you’re lucky, you’re like me and you have today off. If not, then you have something to look forward to tomorrow!
This weekend the Rodriguez siblings ventured to North Carolina to visit our dad for the long weekend. We’ve enjoyed spending time with him and other good people we know in the area. Yesterday we visited Raleigh, NC, the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh is a fun city, Nicholas and went there in March and enjoyed the places we went and walking around downtown. It has several good restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. The downtown area itself is clean and has several squares with lots of green and pretty architecture. I hope to keep going back and checking out new places each time I return to NC.
Here is this week’s five, which doesn’t include the short work week but that is also super exciting!
I made these cheesecake stuffed strawberries for the guests we had over this weekend and really loved it. I think it’s great to find sweets/snacks/decorations that are in theme with whatever holiday is going on and if they’re simple- that much better! This is definitely easy and requires only a few ingredients. Also, it only has a little bit of the cheesecake mixture so you don’t feel too guilty (even if you’re like me and eat five in a row).
Ben Shapiro podcast
Ben Shapiro has a podcast called the Daily Wire which I’ve found helpful for understanding what is going on in the political world today. It can get pretty confusing/frustrating for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy that scene to begin with. Ben Shapiro has a way of breaking things down that even the most uninformed person can get a grip of and come away feeling a little more aware of what’s going on in our political system. He also has a good sense of humor and good values…which help me stay tuned in even though I don’t love the subject matter.
This may seem like a silly thing to get excited about (I tend to get excited about pretty minor things) but for someone who struggles to sleep well, anything that helps is pretty darn exciting. I’ve started wearing an eye mask to sleep the past week or so and have slept really well since. I’ve still woken up several times but have managed to fall asleep quickly and return to sleep soon after waking up in the middle of the night. I’m not really sure what it is about the eye mask that helps, certainly it blocks out light which is useful, but I think there’s also a mental part of “it’s time to sleep” that comes with the eye mask since it does block out everything.
At Clemson (where I went to undergrad), a big tagline was “All in.'” I struggled to relate to this and didn’t understand what it had to do with our school where the mascot was a tiger. A few years later, I think I know better what they were talking about. There’s always a temptation to keep a distance, to do things halfway, to not give something our everything. There can be different reasons for this: laziness, uncertainty or distraction being a few. I definitely didn’t go ‘all in’ during undergrad unless you count trying to get out of there as soon as possible. I understand now more the value of going as far as you can and giving something 100%, in other words being fully present to where you are, what you are doing and giving it your full effort. This is essential because the way we do things and how much heart we put into it will largely determine the outcome and how much satisfaction we get out of it. Even if we do fail or don’t get it quite right, we know we gave it our best; and that is something to stand by.
4th of July
Holidays are always something to get excited about. Time to spend with family and friends, good food and leisure activities remind us all the good things in life and why celebration is so important. The 4th of July has it’s own charm as we commemorate the great country we live in and enjoy all the summer things like cookouts, pool parties, beach time and barefoot-ness. Feels good to live in the USA.