I love when bloggers share a favorite things post, so I decided to do one myself. A good personal list is a great way to reflect and see how we value certain things in our lives. For today’s post, I’m going to share a list of 10 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
What I love about this exercise is that everyone’s 10 Ten is different (though I’m sure mobile phone is going to appear on many lists). For me, having these items in my life provides a basic sense of happiness and comfort. Isn’t it heartwarming to know that so much of what we claim to need, we’re already surrounded by?
Here we go,
10 Things I Simply Can Not Live Without
1. My iPhone X
My iPhone X is the center of my life. That’s probably not the most zen thing to say but it’s 100% true and I’m okay with that. My iPhone is my one stop productivity power tool. When I’m not scrolling through Instagram, I’m actually really productive on my iPhone. I can do pretty much anything on it. I can do work, listen to my favorite songs, connect with friends and family, make a movie, read my Kindle books, monitor my finances, track my period, you get the picture. I always wanted a Pokedex as a kid and this device takes it to the umpteenth level. Yes, I need to break away from my digital crack pipe but for the most part, I’m really happy with the role it plays in my life.
Hot Sauce or Truffle Oil may have been on someone else’s list, but this is my blog and here we worship at the temple of Adobo. This amazing combo of spices elevates every meal without fail. I simply can not live without Adobo! What is adobo? Well, Adobo or Adobar means marinade, sauce, or seasoning in Spanish. Adobo typically contains a combo of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, soy sauce and vinegar. Lucky for us, Adobo can be made s a liquid marinade or purchased a dry seasoning. Even when I travel, I like to take some Adobo with me because it can any bland dish light years better. Also – Adobo on popcorn is literally the best, I dare you to to find something more perfect.
This was a toss up between Netflix and HBO but ultimately, quality over quantity won. Plus, I used to work for HBO so I’m 100% biased. So many of my favorite shows are on HBO from Westworld to Insecure to Sex and The City. If I could only watch content from one media company for the rest of my life, it would be HBO. But thankfully, I don’t think I’ll every have to make sure a ridiculous choice.
When I was in high school, I was a high-functioning pot-head, all puns intended. I managed to keep my grades relatively good, get into decent colleges, although I did almost get kicked out of boarding school for this habit. But over the years, cannabis evolved from the thing I did illicitly with friends to a major part of my self-care routine. I ran my first half-marathon largely by incorporating cannabis into my training and recovery. When I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I had one Vicodin and was fucked up for hours. When my boyfriend got me a few Cheeba Chews, I was back on my feet and living life relatively normal within a day. As a woman, and as a person of color, I think it’s really important to stand up and say that I’m here and I’m a part of Cannabis Culture.
5. A Funky Pair of Glasses
Getting Lasik is still a goal of mine, but I will never loose my love and fascination with glasses. I simply feel naked without them. I love to collect them and I prefer vintage frames with character defining details like unusual bridges and engravings on the arms. I own over 25+ pair of glasses and I hope to amass a collection in the hundreds over the course of my life.
6. My Travel Yoga Mat
If you asked me 10 years ago that I’d be on the cusp of getting my 200 Yoga Teachers Certification, I would have laughed in your face. Not because I didn’t respect yoga or have my own practice, but because I found it insufferably boring. But thanks to the growth of Vinyasa Style yoga I’ve really discovered lineages that speak true to me. And my love of Vinyasa has opened the doors for me appreciating other styles like Iyenger or Nidra. I truly believe that Yoga is one of many dynamic holistic practices that can’t heal the body and mind from within and hope other people find themselves drawn to this life-changing practice. Having a lightweight Travel Yoga Mat lets me practice anywhere I go. Plus, carrying a mat with me is a reminded to stay active when on holiday. My favorite Travel Yoga Mat is by Manduka.
7. A Planner
Will you ever catch me outside without a planner? Nope! I always have a paper planner on me at all times. Even though I maintain a pretty detailed detailed calendar, writing down my schedule in a daily planner really helps me remember all of my commitments. I also like a daily planner that focuses on productivity and building good habits. The only downside is that I love planners so much, I tend to have too many and switching between planners can lead to confusion. I highly recommend finding one that you like and sticking with it. Right now, I’m using the Productivity Planner which doesn’t track my daily schedule but does track my to-do list. I also really enjoy using me Commit30 Workout Planner.
As Ja Rule once said, “Where would I be without my baby?” A glass of wine is one of life’s simplest most accessible pleasures. Yes, an expensive bottle of wine is nice, but it’s not at all necessary. A table red will oftentimes do the trick of elevating a basic meal and making it feel cultured and elegant. One of my dreams is to own a vineyard, ideally specializing in Champagne or Sparkling Wine production because what would like be without a glass of bubbly.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
I don’t care what anyone says ACV is some magical shit. I use it on literally everything. I dilute it and use it as a facial toner or hair rinse. I put a capful in a water bottle with some essential oil and I have an incredible home-made cleaning product. With some lemon and honey in a mug of hot water, I have a powerful health tonic. ACV is clutch.
10. A Good Backpack
I have been rocking a backpack as my go-to handbag since I was 5 years old. I don’t think there’s any amount of money in the world that will convert me to a handbag person. I tend to carry lots of things – workout clothing, water bottles, books, aforementioned planners, running shoes. A shoulder bag just doesn’t cut it unless I want a sore back all the time. A backpack distributes the weight of my many belongings evenly across my back and leads to much less discomfort. I’ve recently upgraded from a hand-me-down North Face to a sleek running backpack from Osprey and I love it. The bag is perfect for running around the city but also going on treks.
And here are the runner ups. These are also things I can’t live without.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Hot Sauce
- Gel Pens
- A Label Maker
- My Kindle (but since there’s a kindle app on my iPhone, this felt redundant)
- Witch Hazel
- St. Ives Apricot Scrub
- Coconut Oil