Life can sometimes a hectic monstrosity so it's important to take a moment to unwind, enjoy, & breathe. Whether you choose to meditate, grab some dinner with a friend or spend just half an hour watching your favorite show at the end of a busy day, you need that moment to relax. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), chronic stress can lower your immune system, cause headaches & sleeplessness, affect your mood such as anger or irritability, & more. That said, be sure to spend a little bit of time every day to calm your soul. Here are five things that I am loving right now. These are things that bring me joy, make me smile, & make my quality-of-life a little bit better. 


Dragon fruit

I spotted this fruit at my local grocery store & picked it up immediately. I normally don't see them around these parts. Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya, has a mild flavor with not much sweetness. In my opinion, this dragon fruit was opened before it was ripe. Then again I've never tried dragon fruit so I have nothing to compare it to; I did some Youtube research & it seems that a ripe dragon fruit has crispy brown leaves & kind of looks like it's dying. Mine was a beautiful green & pink hue. Regardless, I think it's gorgeous.


The Great British Baking Show

My boyfriend & I took a break from our usual watching of The X-Files (still have two seasons to go) & blasted through this baking series. This show is about British bakers competing to be the best amateur baker in the U.K. I really liked it because they baked a wide variety of items, many of which I've never heard of such as a kouign amann, prinsesstårta, & schichttorte. Basically, it felt like I was on a trip around the world. Yum!


Succulents

I mean come on! How cute are these succulents? I'd like to say that I'm actually pretty good at caring for plants, but succulents are especially perfect for those of us who aren't green thumbs. They've become the new trend & I don't blame anybody. They are adorable. They are versatile. They are easy to keep alive. Go ahead & buy some if you haven't already.


Autumn leaves (at last!)

In San Diego it's barely started to mildly cool off. It's still hot enough at night where I have a fan on, the window open, & a light sheet to cover me. But by the time it's five or six in the morning it gets pretty chilly. Yay! That counts for something to me. I've been making an effort to go on walks/attempt to jog more regularly & I spotted the first sign of autumn leaves. They're gorgeous.


Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is on fire these days! I saw her play with No Doubt last month at KAABOO & she/they rocked. Just so you know her abs are seriously rock solid. Gwen is currently in the news for a couple reasons: she's pairing up with Urban Decay for an eyeshadow palette & her new single "Used to Love You" just came out. Music video has gotten mixed reviews, but I love the song. Go Gwen!

Are you loving any of the things I'm loving right now? How do you like to relax after a long day? What do you think of Gwen's new song/video? :]

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