LIFE LIST #147 :: go on a juice fast

i've always liked the idea of a juice fast and it sounds like a good plan to detox and refresh. since juice cleanses seemed to be at the peak of their popularity, i thought it would be a good time to try it out. i researched quite a few brands, and i think i settled on pressed juicery because they had free shipping and let's be honest, these kits can get a little pricey.

wow. these juices were so hard to choke down. i had to reevaluate my thought process and try to figure out why i thought this would be a good idea. the juices didn't make me sick, like some people reported online, but it was very hard to even get through them. i found myself not eating anything including the drinks, which can't be very helpful.  it was rough.

unless you are accostumed to drinking really nasty fruit and veggie blends, i would never recommend this to anyone. even if the juices were tolerable, i don't think i'd give this another shot. 

and i quote...

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“What you find in your mind is what you put there. 
Put good things in there.
 - Ron Rathbun

LIFE LIST #319 :: have a 'usual' somewhere

this place will always remain one of my very favorites. basil sushi bar in williston, nd.
the oil boomtown doesn't have much in the way of good restaurants, so i was more than excited when this place not only served edible food, the staff and service are amazing. 
in the fall of 2014, i was managing a big hotel up in north dakota and i would visit regularly with my assistant. and my michael, when he was in town!

we always got basically the same thing.
the sesame chicken lunch. it's one of the best best things on the menu. when my then-boyfriend/now-husband and i would visit, he would get the mongolian beef and loved it. we ordered sushi to go occasionally and had lunch in my office. we also regularly ordered just the fried rice, because it's phenomenal. 

the staff here is very professional and friendly. they knew me by name because i paid every time. (they saw my credit card a lot!) after a few trips in, they met us at our table with our memorized drink order. they didn't even give us menus because we stuck to "the usual".

i'm not sure that i recommend eating mass amounts of chinese food regularly. 
i also don't recommend working 14-16 hour days where your only peace and quiet was the inside of this restaurant. but i absolutely recommend building relationships with local businesses. these people are great. i'm very grateful to have had such a positive experience with them. if you are ever in north dakota, it is totally worth stopping by. i'm now living in chicago and i look forward to making these same connections here with the locals. =)

and i quote...

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

INSPIRED BY :: Texture

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i am MOST inspired by texture. 
i always gravitate to objects and images that have dimension to them.
these photos are everything.

what are you inspired by?

MUSIC MONDAY :: incubus

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no explanation is in order.
incubus is one of the greatest bands of ALL TIME.

this song gives me all the feel-goods.
awesome message.

what is one song that never gets old for you?

and i quote...

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i have this as a magnet. just thought i would share. =)
have a GREAT day!

LIFE LIST #44 :: visit las vegas

i've been to las vegas quite a few times with friends over the past few years, but my most favorite trip of all was on january 1st, 2014 when WE WENT ON OUR HONEYMOON!! we stayed at the four seasons for two nights and loved every minute of it!

our honeymoon was amazing and it goes without saying that we spent the majority of the time in our hotel room..but can you blame us? this view was great! we aren't into gambling and we don't drink, so staying at the four seasons was a perfect fit for us. it's at the end of the strip looking over all the craziness, without being right in the middle of it...which we loved. we have friends who live in vegas that we were able to meet up for dinner, which we also loved. =)

i absolutely recommend going anywhere new with the love of your life. my husband is absolutely amazing and would travel anywhere with me. it's so fun traveling to places that one or both of us have never been. las vegas is really fun for a couple trip for us.
have you been to vegas?!

MUSIC MONDAY :: imagine dragons

i love this song. i can't get sick of imagine dragons. 
it reminds me a lot of the style of music i loved in high school.
so i already feel nostalgic for it, which is probably weird.
but, let's be honest, you are probably weird, too.
have a great week, everyone!!

round my hometown.

my parents live in this small utah town and unless you have spent time in fruitland, you can't possibly know how nice and peaceful it is. granted, it IS population = my family....and the nearest store is 30 minutes away in either direction...but's the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and in a good way. haha. fruitland is the only town i've been to where you can see every single star at night. the mountains are on all sides of us and nothing feels more like home to me. 

here are some photos taken by my little sister, amberlee, guessed it..

this is a baby fox my brother found in our backyard. <3

 and the bird we nursed back to health until he could fly again! 
all photo credits belong to amber. 

what is your hometown like?
ps. have a great week everyone!