Lunchtime Reading: November 17

  1. It’s cold out but you still have to shower– here’s how. (Into the Gloss)
  2. How to layer your bed. Brb, ordering Euro shams. (Parachute Home)
  3. Just ordered the More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care and I can’t wait to read it!
  4. 25 coolest coffee shops in San Diego. (Venue Report)
  5. Nobody cares if your chairs match and other tips for hosting Friendsgiving. (Girls’ Night In)
  6. Why you should have a local bucket list. (The Everygirl)
  7. I consulted this list of 50 stocking stuffers for men to get ideas for my dad and brother!
  8. Love the subtle-leopard print on this blush pink blouse.
  9. Definitely going to visit some of these Los Angeles beauty destinations on my girls’ weekend in Venice next month! (Into the Gloss)
  10. I really want to try this recipe for chocolate chip shortbread cookies. (Bon Apetit)

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Lunchtime Reading: October 7

  1. Copying Meghan Markle’s best fall outfits (via The Everygirl).
  2. This S’well sports cap is a complete game changer!
  3. Why self-care looks different for everybody (via Girls’ Night In).
  4. What is a VSCO girl, anyway? (via The Cut)
  5. How to survive student teaching (via Teach Hub).
  6. Speaking of teaching, this slam poem about teachers is amazing.
  7. These universally flattering sunglasses are so classic!
  8. Skincare: So, What’s the Deal With Exfoliators? (Girls’ Night In)
  9. This has been a really stressful season of life, and these two books have been so encouraging to read: The Obstacle Is the Way and Morning Meetings With Jesus.
  10. How to stay relaxed when hosting overnight guests (via Seattle Magazine).

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New Year’s Resolutions: 9 Months In

Get more involved in 2 community groups: I’m currently in the middle of student teaching, which takes a ton of my time and energy. I don’t have a ton left in me to spend on getting to know new people and going to lots of social events sadly. However, I have gotten more involved in my church community by helping with children’s ministry, volunteering as the Preschool Group Leader for Vacation Bible School this summer, and hanging with some friends outside of church. I really look forward to continuing to expand my involvement once student teaching is over, but for now I’m just focused on maintaining current relationships.

Drink enough water: I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months, but I’m going to start again for the last quarter of the year and kick butt at it!

Visit 2 new countries: I visited the Azores (part of Portugal) in June with one of my friends from undergrad. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to knock Mexico off my list before the end of the year, but if not it won’t be the end of the world.

Clean my room/apartment for at least 10 minutes a day: Again, I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months. I think if I can do this every night it will help me stay grounded and will make my home a more relaxing place to be.

Lunchtime Reading: March 28

  1. How to build a support system in a new city. (The Everygirl)
  2. Can’t wait to check out these 11 best day hikes in Joshua Tree National Park! (The Outdoor Project)
  3. A beginning gardening guide because it’s finally spring! (Gal Meets Glam)
  4. Loving this 48 hour guide to San Diego! (The Layover Life)
  5. While I am so so excited that it’s getting warmer outside, I can’t help but fawn over these Sam Edelman snow boots that are half off!
  6. How is your sleep hygiene? (Into the Gloss)
  7. Speaking of, 10 gifts for superior sleep. (Parachute Blog)
  8. Would you host your wedding at an Airbnb? (Domino)
  9. I read The Song of Achilles last weekend and it is the best book I’ve read in a long, long time. 13/10 would highly recommend.
  10. A funny comic about upgrading to a flip phone. (The New Yorker)

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Lunchtime Reading: January 30

  1. Tired of visiting overcrowded cities on vacation? Try out these 10 underrated destinations instead. (Washington Post)
  2. This app helps you keep track of all the book/movie/restaurant recommendations you get from your friends. I just downloaded it and love it!
  3. How to dress for winter like a french girl. Doesn’t really apply to me in sunny San Diego, but still. Fun read! (The Everygirl)
  4. After having minor surgery today, I’m loving these 10 ways to improve your recovery post-op. (Very Well Health)
  5. Or Gotham is back at it again with his guide on how to relax. (Into The Gloss)
  6. 14 photos that prove Switzerland is a winter wonderland. (CN Traveler)
  7. Why even in 2019 women’s restrooms still have longer lines than men’s. (The Atlantic)
  8. 17 hidden gems on Amazon, as told by millennial women. (Refinery 29)
  9. Away, my fave luggage brand, makes Dopp Kits now and they look so nice! Very minimal and clean. Love it.
  10. How to be a better plant parent. (Domino)

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Rachel’s Guide to Washington DC: Food

DC is no longer the stuffy political town it once was; a new Washington has emerged– one that not only keeps up with trends but sets them. This change from stodgy to adventurous is apparent most obviously in Washington’s burgeoning foodie scene. Here are my favorite places to eat when I’m in the city! 

Scarlet Oak 

Neighborhood: Navy Yard
Why you should go: brunch on the weekends
Don’t miss: the French toast

Bad Saint 

Neighborhood: Columbia Heights/ 11th Street Corridor
Why you should go: authentic Filipino and a cozy atmosphere
Don’t miss: the Panset

Sticky Fingers

Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Why you should go: delicious vegan sweets that even non-vegans will like
Don’t miss: the donuts and cookies

Room 11 

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Biz Marquee: rye, sage, aperol, lemon, sea salt.

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Neighborhood: Columbia Heights/ 11th Street Corridor
Why you should go: amazing cocktail and wine bar
Don’t miss: Warre’s White Port

El Chucho 

Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Why you should go: delicious no-frills Mexican food
Don’t miss: the Elote and strawberry habanero margaritas      

Barcelona 

Neighborhood: 14th Street & Cathedral Heights
Why you should go: amazing service and bomb tapas
Don’t miss: Paella Mariscos 

Acqua al 2 

Neighborhood: Eastern Market
Why you should go: rub shoulders with politicians at this authentic Italian restaurant 
Don’t miss: the Tiramisu

Thomas Sweet in Georgetown 

Neighorhood: Georgetown
Why you should go: over-the-top ice cream loved by none other than Obama 
Don’t miss: the coffee cookies ‘n’ cream flavor

Pitango 

Neighborhood: Eastern Market, Penn Quarter
Why you should go: uniquely delicious sorbet and gelato
Don’t miss: the mojito sorbet

Momofuku Milk Bar 

Neighborhood: City Center
Why you should go: very instagrammable dessert bar
Don’t miss: the addictive cake bites (better than the super-popular cereal milk soft serve) 

Union Market 

Neighborhood: NoMa
Why you should go: tons of delicious food stalls that carry literally everything
Don’t miss: everything at DC Empanadas

Zaytinya

Neighorhood: Chinatown
Why you should go: tapas style Meditteranean in a fancy atmosphere
Don’t miss: the olive oil icecream

Jrink 

Neighborhood: Eastern Market, Foggy Bottom, 14th Street 
Why you should go: delicious fresh pressed juices and healthly drinks
Don’t miss: Black Magic (lemonade with activated charcoal)

Tio Javier 

Neighborhood: Barracks Row
Why you should go: great rooftop for happy hour
Don’t miss: the shrimp quesadillas and frozen margaritas 

El Centro 

Neighborhood: 14th Street, Georgetown
Why you should go: very tasty Mexican eats
Don’t miss: the queso fundido

Ambar 

Neighborhood: Barracks Row, Clarendon
Why you should go: tapas style Balkan food that’s to die for 
Don’t miss: Brussel sprouts 

Supra 

Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Why you should go: authentic Georgian food 
Don’t miss: the khachapuri (cheesy bread boat with an egg in the center)

Tonic

Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom
Why you should go: brunch here cures a hangover like nothing else. Also the president of France has eaten here. 
Don’t miss: the tots 

Ted’s Bulletin 

Neighborhood: Barracks Row, 14th Street
Why you should go: family-friendly diner with delicious food
Don’t miss: s’mores milkshake and the grilled cheese & tomato soup combo

Rose’s Luxury 

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Dreamy. ✨

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Neighborhood: Barracks Row
Why you should go: amazing dinner that’s totally worth the hype
Don’t miss: Pork lychee salad

A few places I haven’t been to but am dying to try: Thip Khao, The Salt Line, The Dabney, and Call Your Mother. 

 

New Year’s Resolutions: 3 Months In

Just like that, 2019 is already a quarter of the way done! A lot has happened in the last few months, and I’ve made some progress towards my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m already looking forward to doing this check in at the 6-month mark to see the progress I’ll make in the next 3 months! Here’s how things are going so far:

Get more involved in the community: I’ve done a pretty solid job getting more involved in my church and work communities, but haven’t made as much progress in my grad school community. For church, I went to an epiphany women’s brunch in February and have started getting to know some of the girls from church. At work, I stuck around after work for a staff appreciation brunch and also went to a party at one of the teacher’s houses. This makes me happy! I want to keep getting to know the people I work with because they’re so great. For grad school, I’ve gotten to know one of my teachers a little better and I might be going to a party at the end of the semester with some friends, but nothing concrete yet. Going to work on this though!

Clean my room for 10 mins a day: I’ve been decently successful at this one. I hit the goal 80% of the time in January, 64% in February, and 70% in March. I don’t always do it at the same time every day which I think is part of the reason why it isn’t an automatic habit yet. For the next three months, I’m going to try doing it right before bed each night to see if that helps it become a little more ingrained.

Drink enough water: I have been struggling with this one. I hit the goal 45% of the time in January, 35% in February, and 11% in March. What makes this goal tough is that in order to hit the goal in a way that is actually beneficial to my body, I have to be drinking consistently throughout the day– it’s not something I can just get done in one fell swoop. To make this more achievable, I’m setting some micro goals:

  • Drink 16 oz water first thing in the morning when I wake up
  • Drink 50 oz water before 1pm
  • Drink another 50 oz before 9pm

Visit 2 new countries: No new countries visited yet, but some are in the works! I booked tickets to visit the Azores (part of Portugal) with my friend Bronwen in June and July. I’m really looking forward to it! Mexico might still happen, but I’m also cognizant of the fact that Tijuana can be a really dangerous place. If I go, I want to make sure I plan it well.

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