Monday, July 13, 2009

5 Things I've Learned

I was thinking about what I wanted today's post to be and I was drawing a bit of a blank. I had a completely lovely weekend, but I didn't make anything (other than a killer batch of white bean hummus) and I thought that it seemed unoriginal to post more pictures from the bike trails. So I've decided to change things up a bit and do something a little more reflective, a little more personal, to start the week off. Here are five things, in no particular order, that I've learned since taking up residence in Iowa.

1.) I really love riding my bike. It feels like freedom, which I realize sounds like a cliche, but there is something so remarkable about flying down a hill on a bike (and not having to worry about battling the crowds in Central Park). I also like that I can ride through a wooded path, take in the views of the river, and feel that I am spending a Saturday afternoon exactly as I am meant to.

2.) Living in a place with a slower pace means I suddenly don't feel any pressure (what-so-ever) to go to the gym. Instead, I've been seriously craving yoga, which is new. I've always done it, but I got out of the habit while living in nyc, and it is such a relief to have it back in my life on a regular basis.

3.) I am completely awestruck by the size of the sky here. You'd think I'd start to get used to it after 6 weeks, but no, everyday I just stare and stare.

4.) I am amazed that it is possible to move to a totally new place and feel like my life makes sense here. Or perhaps I'm just feeling grateful that I get to live in a place that seems to offer some of the things I'd been longing for.

5.) I should have started growing herbs a long time ago! I have basil, thyme (so delicious with any kind of mushroom) and rosemary on my deck and I love that they are inspiring me to think of new ways to use them. Which means I've been, so far, steering pretty clear of food ruts. Hooray for that!

Oh, I just realized I have another one:
6.) It is always a good idea to eat a meal outside. Especially when surrounded by amazing and interesting new friends.

Happy Monday!


  1. What a lovely list of life learnings. Bike rides, yoga, large is so wonderful to live life at a pace that lets you "stop and smell the roses". Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Cat! I'm flipping through your etsy shop right now- such lovely things you make!!

  3. I'm really glad your move to Des Moines has been a good transition! Where do you do yoga at? I've been thinking about starting. :]

  4. Hey Kelsey- Mostly I've been doing Dave Farmer's vinyasa yoga podcasts in my living room. They are really great. But I've been to Firehouse, which I really loved- but they seem to be on a summer schedule and I'm having a hard time making it to any of their classes besides the ones on Saturday. I also did yoga in the community garden on one Sunday, which was also very awesome!

  5. I'm so glad you are feeling happy there, Amy! Life is good and bloom where you are planted :-)

  6. Sounds so nice :)It must be so freeing to wind up in a place where you feel truly content.

  7. I had black bean hummus a few weeks ago and let me tell ya - so yummy!

    And i've been craving yoga lately too and can't wait to go see my former yoga teacher when i get back to the home place.

    The big sky and eating outside are lovely.

  8. love your five, ummm, six things! sounds like an amazing place to live. plus i think you would make any place a home because of your openness.