Slowing Down
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Lately I've been slowing down like a fine Canadian maple syrup. And let me tell you, it has been oh so good for my soul + overall well-being. I'm enjoying the longer almost-spring days and taking more nature walks/runs for distance, not speed. I'm enjoying my coffee more + the entire process from coffee bean to freshly brewed espresso.

To be honest with you, this winter has really gotten me down. Like full force SAD (seasonal affective disorder). But as with every season, they come and go. Here's what I've been up to + how I'm slowing down:

I stopped taking clients over at Rad Maverix Republic for a short bit and put all of my effort + energy into the ones who have already invested in me. No worries though! If you need my assistance, I'm back in biz

I joined the gym (again) and even started getting back into running. I have a very strong love / hate relationship with the gym. We go back and forth, fall in love, out of love, fight, bicker and everything in between like those couples you see on Facebook that are constantly "In a Relationship". (...BUT WAIT--I thought you were already in a relationship?!) Going at it with the idea of "I don't have to go balls to the wall, I can do this on my own terms" has significantly changed my outlook on physical activity. I was listening to a guided running audio from the Nike+ Running App and it was a 20 min recovery run featuring Bill Nye. One thing he said that really struck a chord with me: "some time is better than no time". Bill says this in regards to not stressing out about the numbers or the length of your exercises...He goes on to say, "it's better to squeeze 10 min of physical activity in a day rather than NO time a day."

Even though the weather in the Midwest is a bit chaotic + sometimes erratic I'm learning how to slow down and enjoy the many seasons we're being presented with each week. My closet has never been so confused or gotten such an exercise..."Okay, Merrissa, you wore shorts + a tank top yesterday and now you're reaching for a scarf and parka..."

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Cooking more meals at home and I'm actually not loathing it. I've never (iteration on the NEVER) been a fan of cooking. I blame it on my very literal personality. You see, when it comes to baking (which I LOVVVVE to do) it's pretty black and white in regards to what ingredients you need and how long you bake it for and at what temperature. Cooking on the other hand--there are SO many variables! And what if the "medium" flame on my stove isn't the same caliber as the flame used in the recipe I'm using? That gives me so much anxiety! So with that being said, I've been cooking more and trying new recipes. I'm up to like 4 or 5 dinner recipes that are really good + cowboy-approved! Woot. (If you're wondering: 1) enchiladas, 2) ziti, jalapeño popper chicken breasts, 3) spinach, parm linguine and 4) parmesan crusted chicken strips. I'm going to share with you my parmesan crusted chicken strip recipe soon! YAY!  

I've been using a French press to make coffee and taking time every once in a good while to enjoy an (uninterrupted) afternoon espresso. One thing I have noticed with the American culture is we're always on the GO-GO-GO. If you're not busy or worn out, you're not working hard enough. I'm trying to break that workhorse tradition, because, well, "sanity".

I don't immediately reply to emails. Oh my goodness you guys. This shift in my day-to-day business has been a breath of fresh spring air. I have a note on the signature line of my emails that says something to the effect of, "Please allow 2 full business days for a response" and this has taken a lot of pressure off of feeling like I need to immediately respond to inquiries. 

Learning to slow down + enjoy my meals. This has been a biggie for me and honestly it is still a work in progress. I overheard someone once say, "Why are you eating so fast? There aren't any taste buds in your stomach". That literally shook me! Like holy shit, stranger, you're right. Why rush to shovel this apricot clafoutis down my throat instead of really enjoying each bite? With that being said, I try to not use my phone while eating a meal. If I want to snap a photo of my meal and I don't have my standalone camera on me, then I'll snap a photo with my phone but thats all I'll do, no checking social media, or replying to emails/texts. Again, not every meal is like this but it is an effort of mine to have meals "device / social media free". 

That's it for today. Thanks for reading + keeping up with me. xx

PS - How do you feel about the traditional American mentality on work-work-work? Do you like it? Are you fighting it? Are you working to live? Or living to work?

Riss

 

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Maverix Muse 001 - Top 5 Favorite Podcasts
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(Me titling this post as Maverix Muse 001 as if I'm 100% going to start a series. Had to laugh at myself on that one! We'll see!)

One thing I really cannot live without (at the moment) is listening to podcasts. I've been on the podcasts bandwagon for a couple of years and have listened to quite a wide range of topics + publishers. I'm going to share with you guys a few podcasts that I normally have playing in the background while I'm working, driving or cleaning house.

This is really going to bring to light how sporadic my interests + personalities are.

 

My Top 5 favorite Podcasts at the moment, in no particular order

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01 True Crime Garage

Mystery + Real Life Crime

This was the very first podcast that I ever listened too and boy did these 2 guys get me hooked. Nic and Captain, the 2 co-hosts of True Crime Garage, have an excellenteye for pointing out the details in mysterious and true crime cases. They are based out of Ohio, USA and typically take an episode to dissect a crime case that has gone unsolved; over the years they have started producing lengthier crime cases that span over 2 to 4 episodes. They do an awesome job at staying unbiased and laying out all of the facts and possible scenarios -- not to mention their uncanny playful banter back and forth is often laughable.

Check out this episode: The Vanishing Man, Part 1 and 2

 

 
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02 The Balanced Blonde

Spirituality + Wellness

A podcast by Jordan Younger, formerly known as The Blonde Vegan. Jordan shares her personal struggles + triumphs of overcoming the eating disorder, Orthorexia and how she went from a vegan diet to a no-label diet. She is also the author of Breaking Vegan and Soul on Fire Yoga eBook. Jordan likes to keep it real; from discussing the hurdles she has overcome to the trolls, she has had to face on the interwebs. She also likes to bring health + wellness experts onto her show who always bring a whealthof knowledge in all things wellness, branding, business + spirituality goodness.

Check out this episode: Ep. 6 ft. Rachel Mansfield - Food Blogging QUEEN + Jordan's Instagram BFF

 

 
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03 Join us in France

Travel 

This is my new favorite podcast! When I listen to this podcast, it takes me straight out of the beautiful Midwest and transplants me right into the heart of France. Join Us In France is a weekly podcast produced by Annie and Elyse where they share about all things travel, culture, art, food + traditions in France. They give us the ins & outs and the dos + don’ts of traveling and living in France. This podcast cures my inner lust for all things French and my inner Francophile.

Check out this episode: Champagne Region, Episode 11

 

 
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04 Straight Up with Stassi

Comedy + White Trash Television

When I need a good laugh this is my go-to. Although I don't consider Stassi Shroeder a comedian I do find her beliefs + life trials a bit comical. She has no filter and I thoroughly enjoy that because she often is saying what EVERYONE else in the room wants to say. This will likely be a podcast that you'll either love or hate depending on whether or not you're a fan of Stassi.

Check out this episode: Stassi's "Summer of Yes" with Kristen Doute and Brian Carter

 

 
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05 The Minimalists Podcast

Life + Wellness  

If you don't know about the Minimalists you have GOT to check them out. So inspiring, encouraging + motivating! This is a podcast produced by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who get real + raw on how to live a meaningful life with less. Every single time I listen to an new episode I get re-inspired to go through all of my belongings and start chucking things! You might have noticed that I placed this under both the life AND wellness categories--a tidy home = mental wellness to me and this

Check out this episode: 068 | Overwhelm

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

TED Radio Hour
Letters from War
The Daily

 

So there you go, a small peek inside of my many personalities. A little bit of travel, minimalism, wellness, white trash television + to top it all off... a bit of true crime. I’d like to say I’m pretty well rounded.

 

Are you on the podcast bandwagon? Which one(s) are you currently loving?

 

xx,

Riss

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Making Life Easier
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Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture.

These last few weeks I have been feeling extremely exhausted and overwhelmed. My agenda has been packed to the brim and life has been nothing short of slightly-organized-chaos to say the least.

I want to shed a little bit of light on owning your own biz and then we'll get right into today’s post 😃 (I'll try to keep this short + sweet. Edited to add — I definitely do not keep this sweet + short.)

It is very obvious that society glamorizes entrepreneurship and portrays small business ownership as always being aesthetically pleasing desks, brunch + champagne on a Wednesday morning with your gal pals and ultimately the most freeing endeavor you could ever take on. This is not the whole truth. ESPECIALLY, if / when you hold a full time corporate job AND run a full time business.

We know there are always two sides to the coin and although I will not get into every detail (that can be left for another day, another blog post), I'll just say this: owning + operating your very own business is extremely demanding and often resembles emotions that follow the tracks of a roller-coaster. It is HARD, it is NOT always glamorous and some days you will question, why the hell you even started said business in the first place.

This ^^ tidbit leads me to part 2 of this post.

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Last week I was having a legitimate pity party; really feeling sorry for myself. My phone would NOT stop buzzing from the moment I woke up to the time I laid down in bed. I was on the verge of being completely over it. Then one of my clients said some very kind words that shattered every ill feeling I had brewed up in my head in regards to my business. It was just what I needed just when I needed it. I think this is what they call as the beginning stages of “small business burn out”.

**please note: this post is not directed toward any of my clients! This post is about ME. I have been incredibly lucky to have such awesome + inspiring + caring clients who 9/10 become real-life friends. 

This is going to be a really ramble-y post so please bare with me if you haven’t already checked out!

Last Wednesday a few local small biz owners and I met at The Yoke Bar and Grill in downtown Coffeyville for a work night. We set up camp with our laptops and agendas / to-do lists in tow. One of the ladies that joined us is getting ready to start an online boutique and is in the midst of transitioning from a blog to an ecommerce site. We were just chatting and kind of outlining her next steps to prep for her launch. <— Business strategy + start up is something that really lights my ass up. I love + crave it.

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It was in those conversations that I had a revelation. I used to blog "just for fun" and because I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, it seems as if, when I felt like I *had* to blog or *had* to produce content is when it took all of the fun out of it. I completely recluse’d from the blogging scene because it didn't feel natural to me anymore--it always felt as if I need to have some kind of angle to every post. I don’t like that. Sometimes I just want to jump on and tell you guys how my week is going, the fun that I’m up to, or hell, even the stress I’m feeling and how I’m coping. I want to share about all of my woo-woo ideas and metaphysical obsessions. Sometimes, though, I just want to share things that are superficial, like the products I’m currently loving, the ULTA haul that cost me damn near a mortgage, flea market finds and all of that good rot. Now that I have Rad Maverix Republic (for all things biz development), I’m really hoping to get back to the roots of Rad Maverix, a life + style blog.

I wish I could explain in words how many blog posts I have started, just to be left in "draft". And how many video's I've recorded just to be left on my camera or half-ass edited in iMovie. I've been in a mega funk about blogging and I don't know how to explain it.

I have failed several times and I expect and plan to continue failing because honestly that’s how I learn. Failing helps me identify what I suck at, it helps me figure out a new plan but also helps me further identify my strengths. And obviously “GRACEFULLY HANDLING IT ALL” is not one of my strengths at the moment. You live, you learn + then you do better.

Another note. Which may come to your surprise. I don’t like being the center of attention and I don't like people looking at me. As a matter of fact, I loath the thought of being in the spotlight. And although I love to document what I’m up to, events I’m attending and new adventures I’m exploring – I do NOT like asking people (most of the time it's JF) to take my photo. And 90% of the time when I’m doing ^^ said “life” things, I love being in the moment and honestly...documenting for the sake of social media is not really on my mind. I have faced many hardships that most people don’t know about and I have (luckily) learned to appreciate and enjoy every moment on this beautiful earth. So I still need to learn that sweet spot of documenting but still living in the moment.

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With my schedule + sanity as it is, I can in no way, shape or form, promise a regular schedule of blog posts. I'm going to try and get on here and just write what’s on my mind, what I'm up to, what I'm obsessing over, maybe an occasional #ootd and all of the chaos that’s happening at the Rad Maverix HQ. And you know what, to be completely honest with you, after giving this a shot I might come to find that blogging doesn’t really serve me anymore. And if that’s the case, that’s okay too! No need to force something that doesn’t add value to my life or those around me. 

 

That’s it for today I think I’ve rambled on enough. Thanks for reading and following my journey.

If you're a long time blog “follower” &/or a member of the Rad Maverix Lifestyle FB Group, I have good news.

But I’m not announcing until next week. 😁

 

Xx, Riss

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