new waves.

new waves.

Well world, school is done. I graduated December 23 after three relentless years of study. I have a BS in Interior Design (which basically felt like starting over considering the topic of my study) and as of last week; I officially applied to graduate school. My application is for the Fall 2018 semester so I can, thankfully, have a solid 8 months off. And while it will be challenging to do this all over again; I couldn’t be more excited to (hopefully) be part of the Boston Architectural College community. The last three years taught me that architecture has shaped every moment of my life and while I enjoy smaller projects; I want to think on a much larger scale. I want to use architecture and interior design to shape the way individuals age, pursue personal growth and connect with new members of the community. I felt a masters of design in human health would do just that; hence the program I applied to at the BAC. I also feel it will connect my previous pursuits with my current pursuits. It’s ideal to combine two loves, especially professionally.

The free time has been lovely. I’ve had time to get strep throat, bring every family member (including myself) to urgent care and the emergency room, enjoy the mad descent of the holidays and collectively fetch a stomach flu that wiped my household into oblivion. I’ve done no running, biking or swimming except for maybe a few sad workouts here and there. I gained ten pounds. And I have had zero social life due to the nature of my whole family puking/shitting/getting stitches/ultrasounds to critical parts of their bodies/antibiotics, etc. However, I have been doodling and thinking all about my passion project and I’m very excited at how things are shaping up.

The reason for the summer “launch” was really more to do with the content. I wanted to sit with things awhile before I unleashed the site to the world. As many of you know, my ideas are like a revolving door and each one is the next great thing. I want to be quiet with each idea; sift and needle through it before exposure. This has resulted in a well curated direction rather than a misdirection of missile fire (i.e. ill formed ideas). The foundation still applies but with a more refined approach.

Everyone knows about my heart condition but few people know that I struggle with one two other minor health issues. Both were discovered the year I ran the Boston Marathon and just absolutely pummeled my body into the ground. I paid no attention to nutrition or inflammation and as a result my body reacted poorly to any athletic pursuit. This still applies today. I get sick, like wretchedly sick, horribly fatigued, my hair falls out, I have terrible mood swings and I look pale/like death. While racing, I would bonk so hard that it would feel like I couldn’t run a step further and this eventually made its way into my triathlon training this past summer.

The trouble is, women’s bodies are so complex and those complexities relate so closely to food. Sugar and carbohydrates effect our endocrine system and when that system is off, our hormones are all over the place. Food helps to stabilize and regulate. However, too much of the wrong (and I don’t even like to use the word wrong here) kind of food can wreak havoc on a women’s body (anyone’s body!). Aside from hormones, when you are as anemic as I am (and trust me there are people far worse like my sister, who needs iron infusions), eating a diet rich in bread, dairy, starch and sugar can produce a messy situation. None of those items contain iron and easily deplete the body of their ability to properly perform. So, I am trying to (again no big declarations as a general rule) move towards a more plant based approach with limited dairy, carbs and sugar. Eating is a big part of all our lives. I thought this new project should be centered on that. How women eat, what we eat, when do we eat and what does it do as we grow and age? How does it effect our ability to be prosperous, happy and healthy creatures? This won’t be the only topic but I have decided it will be a major portion of the project. There are lots of resources on the internet but everything out there feels so tedious and complex. Once I see a $198 face cream or a recipe with 27 ingredients, I’m like, fuck that, I would rather just feel like shit. I think having a place where nothing feels overwhelming and everything feels accessible can help shift the tide. A place where it’s not just how, it’s why. I know that at 34, I want to know what to put on my skin, what to feed my body, how to workout and how to make my home a place of tranquility.

I think there is a better way. And I’m happy to be working on producing that – even in the chaos that has been my life the past month.

There’s lots of work to be done with creating an honest conversation. I’m hopeful that my journey over the next 6 months to find a better path in health, spirituality, life and love; will translate well in pictures and writing. As usual, any ideas, send them along!

Till the next post,

Jenny

Carving out time and peace.

Carving out time and peace.

“You wanna be right or you wanna be happy”-Celeste + Jesse Forever

Well guys. I’m back. It’s been like two months since I touched or thought about this blog. Life has just run away from me. Over the last few months I kept thinking that as I catapulted towards the finish line of school things would get easier. I kept waiting to coast. But, sadly, it never happened. Apparently, I don’t allow myself to coast in academics. (or anything for that matter) In fact, one teacher gave me a 95% on a Portfolio assignment and I imaged smashing his face into a toilet. (shameless, I know) Regardless, it is now basically November and with 6 weeks left to go; I am starting to feel like my old self. The self that can kill a hard workout. The self that can admire the way the rising sun hits my favorite blazing red tree during fall. The self that cares less about telling everyone when they’re wrong and more about building organic relationships. Oh, and the self that shamelessly smiles when my favorite song comes on. As things have winded down; I’ve made some small changes that I wanted to share with all of you because I think they have helped enormously. In the last year; there has been so much discussion about mental health and I think that sometimes people try and use the stress excuse as a way of masking some deeper issues. But, as human beings living challenging lives; I think calling attention to the mental hiccups is crucial. No, we may not be battling anxiety or depression but we are all battling something. After 3 years of feeling like I am walking backwards into a glass wall – I have learned some important coping mechanisms. The ones I have instilled in the last 3 months have made me a collectively more grounded person. I have learned to value being selfish and ask for what I need; when I need it. I have also learned to take a time out when I feel my brain getting hot.

  1. I called in help. No, we can’t all afford expensive smoothie and meal delivery services but there are small modifications everyone can make. Suddenly one day I realized that my busy schedule was creating dietary chaos. Sugar, I was eating so much sugar. (which meant I was snappy and tired ALL THE TIME) I was also eating huge meals at lunch because I had this urge to feel satisfied during the day. I’ve tried cutting out sugar cold turkey before and depriving myself of all the things I love and truthfully, it never lasts long. Maybe a week and then I binge on whatever I felt was missing in my life. I also realized that attempts to eat healthfully meant a lot of wasted food because I never actually had time to make a morning smoothie with 87 ingredients. So, I sat down and weighed the pros and cons of a service called Daily Harvest. The smoothies are roughly $6-$7 per smoothie depending on how many you sign up for per week. They come pre-portioned in little cute white cups. All you do is add your choice liquid. After throwing out like a bunch of kale, a shit ton of cauliflower and saw the pineapple rotting on my counter I decided to pull the trigger. It’s an $87 splurge per week. To make up for it I have cut out smoothies out and coffee in the morning from my local bakery. In the end, I spend less for something delivered to my doorstep that I can blend in two seconds. (p.s. the strawberry cheesecake sundae is fucking bomb, it’s made from strawberries, cauliflower, almonds and coconut-perfect for a late night sugar craving)
  2. I put my cell phone away. I started turning my cell phone off and tucking it downstairs for the night about a month ago. 8:30 PM – I am officially disconnected from the world (9 on some nights, it depends but no later than that) It has been proven that the blue light emitted from cell phone usage effects levels of melatonin (the hormone that controls sleep/wake cycle) and can create activity in your brain that will keep you awake. Also, 6 AM texts from my insane family members meant that on weekends; I was losing out on valuable catch-up sleep. In the past month, I have had no trouble falling asleep and I have STAYED asleep. I’m often surprised when my watch alarm wakes me up. I sleep more soundly and it is much easier to get up in the morning. On Sundays, I keep my phone off for the majority of the day. It has made such a difference in my tude.
  3. I started taking baths. I have always responded to the sensation of water and now that it is hella cold in the lake/ocean and I can’t open water swim – I have started taking baths regularly. It’s a way for me to have a connective experience with something natural. It is also a way to immerse myself in something healthy for my mind/body (bath salts, essential oils, scented candles, I love Pursoma bath products which range from $12-$36 per bath, they have a great one for when you feel a cold coming on) Taking a half hour to myself means that I get a little bit of time away from the world I live in. I try not to think or focus on anything but how my body feels in the water.
  4. I slowed down my running. After being seriously burnt out from running at the end of 2015; I backed off from running. My body fought every single run. I couldn’t get out the door. I was miserable. But at the same time, I knew I was missing the only time I felt fully immersed in something that allowed me to be outdoors, chat with friends or be alone with my music. The last month, my coach has forced me to slow down through heart rate training. It has shifted my perspective a great deal. The runs are no longer about beating my head against a wall to meet some stupid goal. Right now, it is just about intention. Be outside, control my heart rate, enjoy the experience. I’m not jumping for joy every day I have to run but I can get out the door willingly and I feel good while out there. After, I feel cleansed and renewed; ready to tackle whatever life throws at me.
  5. I stopped asking people for their time. I used to hang out with friends up here in Maine a lot and when that kind of fizzled; I was definitely sad about it. Now, I appreciate the fact that I have time to be alone when and if I need it without the lingering guilt. While having a packed social calendar is fun, it is important to realize that being a grown up with kids means that those around you have less and less time as life progresses. While my schedule might be freeing up, that other person might still be in the weeds. So I stopped asking for their time. I’m allowing friends who have grown distant to just be distant. What this means is that I appreciate when I do see them and I don’t set unrealistic expectations. It’s not always personal. Sometimes its just life.

Other small modifications: blasting music while making dinner, eating for fuel rather than just to eat, giving myself a fucking break when I fuck up, limiting my drinking (I probably have a drink once every two weeks), wearing real pants and looking like I give a shit about myself and most importantly, being nicer to my husband because he is fucking rad and deserves to not get the scary side of me quite so often.

It’s Friday guys and tomorrow night I get to see a bunch of people I love at the most ridiculous annual Halloween party ever, so lets unplug, unwind, have a few laughs and wind down the hours.

xoxo,

Jenny

So fresh. Big things people, big things.

harvest on the harbor

As some of my readers may have noticed, “Put That In My Face” has in fact, undergone some recent changes. And these changes are things that I am quite excited about as it means a dozen or so new additions, a facelift of sorts and a new direction for a blog that I have really come to love. This morning, I was told that my most recent post, made the business owner, who it was about, emotional, and that it provided her with some validation. Nothing could make me happier than to hear what I am writing is actually reaching people. Especially when they are people who are contributing to a community I really enjoy living in. Feedback like this entices me to expand my thoughts and ideas so I am excited to announce some new things coming your way:

  • Recipes: The recipes section will be a drop down menu which will take you to several different pages. I am going to feature: appetizers, main dishes, breakfast and the sweet stuff, with a possibility for cocktails. This is going to take some time to really put together, so be patient. I need to gather all my recipes and even from there, it will be a constant work in progress. Since I am no longer baking professionally, I am putting all of my coveted recipes out there. Use them. Share them. Steal them. I don’t care. Just enjoy.
  • In the Garden: This area will be about growing how to’s, farm to table cooking and my personal grow list. As the grow season approaches, I will begin writing about how to get your garden together. Simple do’s and don’t’s with a forum to ask questions.
  • Training Plans: For runners that are starting out and others that are old pro’s. Currently, I just finished the first phase of this page but there will be more coming shortly. Advice on food, injuries, etc.
  • New Layout: There may be one more change in the look of this blog. I have yet to decide where I want to land.
  • A Facebook Page: Yes, that’s right, a Facebook page dedicated to all things I love, tidbits I want to share, just pure, put that in your faceness. Be sure to like it and to tell everyone you know all about it.
  • Focus: The focus will be simply running & training advice, gardening tutorials & cooking, recipes and products I love.

So keep coming by, tell your friends about what is happening here. Follow this blog and get ready for lots of wonderful tools to help you: homestead, run better and be a healthier version of yourself.

Thanks for all the support everyone!

xo,

Jenny