What I've been exploring lately

My word for 2015 is explore. You can read a bit about the process of choosing my word here. In order to be more conscious and active in pursuing my intention of exploring, I have been thinking about ways to be more aware of how I spend my time, how much space both physical and mental is familiar and how I might try something new instead. Here's what I've been doing: Reading: Oh, how I've missed carving out time to read. I love the escape, the thrill of new characters and their lives, to immerse myself into unexpected places. I recently finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I loved dearly. I read it in two sittings and was a bit sad when I finished that I was no longer part of the world of characters in Alice Island.

Exercise: So far I've tried Indo-row (thumbs up!) and a Kettlebell class (not for me)

Recipes: so many! Tandoori chicken burgers were pretty good; M said they didn't have enough tandoori/Indian spices so I'll re-adjust next time. M and I made cauliflower rice and I'm looking forward to experimenting more with different styles like cauliflower fried rice and maybe cauliflower pizza crust. Big fan of cauliflower these days. In non-cauliflower news, I'm going to try salsa chicken in the crock pot tonight for tacos. I'm also exploring some alternative sweet recipes, which I'll be sharing soon.

Watching: Not sure if I'm really exploring out of my comfort zone, here, because I love watching movies, I just don't always make time for 2 hours viewing. I've been watching movies on Netflix, Redbox and via gift cards for iTunes. So far I've really liked and also was appalled by (if you've seen it, it makes sense) Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhall. I also liked Anne Hathaway's Song One. 

Music: Again, not sure how out of my comfort zone it is, but I'm digging Spotify's Acoustic Covers playlist where I discovered John Mayer's stripped down and kind of lovely cover of Beyonce's XO.

So far, I feel pretty good about exploring, though I'm finding it tough to not get caught up in the daily grind of my responsibilities, and take notice of the world around me. Then there are days I walk out of class and see a bicycle in a tree.

Sometimes there's a bicycle... in a tree