Life in the Clouds – (more) Weddings, (more) Vegas, Celebrations, and Learning to BREATHE
Hey Dreamers! Happy July! Once again, two weeks have flown by in between Life in the Clouds posts. Where is this summer going? And how can we make it slow down? We’re kind of stuck between feeling like we’ve done a million things, and like we’ve barely done anything. Does anyone else feel like that?
We’ve been putting so many hours into our blog and the Nutrition Mission YouTube channel. It’s INSANE how many things there are to learn between the two. I mean, you can effortlessly spiral down a rabbit hole of learning how to edit posts and videos and not realize that 7 hours have gone by. Maybe that’s part of the reason why our days are going so quickly!
In the end though, we’re both so thankful that we have each other to lean on. There are so many moments where you sit in front of your computer and pour your heart and soul into these projects that you’re passionate about. And then that creeping voice comes along whispering, “what are you DOING? Who is actually going to SEE this? Do you ACTUALLY think you’ll be successful?!”.
Self doubt friends, is a real bitch. And so is social media. Where everyone ‘has it made’. The already established travel bloggers and health channel owners skip around living their fabulous lives, while we are holding fast to our DREAMS.
But when those thoughts come a creepin’ we’re here to remind each other that YES, you can do this, and YES, I believe in you.
And you know what? Screw self-doubt. Because we freaking LOVE each other, and we LOVE what we do. We believe in what we do. And we truly believe that we’ve been guided in this direction to reach people like ourselves, and encourage both them and OURSELVES to strive for something more. Not to mention we’re overflowing with gratitude about the fact we even get a chance to live this life.
Alrighty, now that THAT rant is over (totally unplanned), here’s what’s been happening up in the clouds.
One of the biggest events in the month of June was the celebration of Sue’s dad’s 70th birthday. 70 YEARS people! Not only that, but he’s a total badass who is still living and loving life in the biggest way possible. I mean, the guy is a professional race car driver. As his hobby. Talk about #lifegoals.
We celebrated by renting out an incredible local Pizzeria, and about 50 of his closest friends and family came for an all you can eat and drink bonanza. It was an amazing. Endless wine, cheesy apps, pizza, and desserts. Along with a big dose of family love. It was the perfect night.
Especially since my big brother and his girlfriend flew in from Italy to join us. They’re such a fun couple to be around!
And for those of you who think all we do is pull two-a-days and eat salad, I think we drank our weight in red wine, and put down about 5 pizzas. Ben legit dropped our box of leftover cupcakes in the middle of the road while walking home (talk about complete devastation) and I may have been offering strangers said dropped cupcakes. Hot mess, coming through. While we paid for this in full the next day, it was so worth it.
Before the party, we attended a friends wedding. They got married in a beautiful ceremony in the Catholic church. While there was a minor snafu involving communion crackers, all in all, it was just great to see two people so in love, and ready to spend the rest of their lives together.
The week before the party, we decided to book a last minute trip to Vegas. We’ve learned how to do Vegas pretty cheap, and figured this would be the last week we had available in the summer if we wanted to get out there.
We woke up EARLY (3am early) to catch a 5:30am flight. Neither of us function at our finest this early in the morning. There’s lots of crabby, hangry grumbling, and total meltdowns when we see that there’s a gigantic security line in spite of the 6am check in. It’s neither pretty, nor graceful, but we’re practicing.
Despite the total exhaustion and lingering hangover (hey, we need a minimum 2-3 days to recover these days), when we got there (we stayed at The Venetian) it was like home sweet home. Since we’ve been working so hard lately and got slightly derailed from the 70th celebration festivities, we actually ended up not drinking at all the 3 nights we were there. And it was FABULOUS.
It was so nice to not wake up hung over, and just enjoy relaxing by the pool, eating, and playing poker every day. We hit up our usual favorite food spots of Eggslut and Hexx a few times, and also tried YardBird.
We highly recommend this to anyone who likes fried chicken or Southern cooking. While we don’t eat chicken, the amazing salads and sides of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were MORE than enough (and yes, we did side eye the fried chicken at the table next to us, sorry for being creepy).
The Venetian has about 7 pools, and there’s one that will suit any needs. The Tao beach club is the party scene, the big pools are your typical hotel hang outs, and then there are smaller, more intimate pools if you’re looking for something quieter.
We also fell in love with the Acai bowls at Juice Farm. This is the first time we’d delved into the Acai bowl trend (we know, we’re SO behind), and we hate to admit it, but they were SO GOOD. We had the protein bowls, which were full of nuts and seeds. The perfect way to start a day.
The Venetian also has an AMAZING gym. We’ve been to Vegas hotels that have gyms resembling a closet, but this one was hugely spacious, had multiple rooms, and all the equipment you could possibly need. We worked out almost every day, and left wishing it was our home gym.
After 3 nights, we were sad to go, but as always, so excited to see our fur baby. Getting home was a bit of a fiasco, as we were flying stand by and almost didn’t get on the plane. When flying standby works, it’s great. When it doesn’t, it’s a freaking disaster.
We were scrambling to figure out what we’d do for the 12 hours we’d have to wait until the next flight at 6am. Our grand plan? Ben plays poker all night and I… hide under a table? Yeah… We didn’t get too far.
Thank goodness some people didn’t show up for their flight, and we made it on. By this point we were over the junk food, so we opted for some healthy plane snacks. The pistachios were the perfect choice, and the honey roasted chickpeas satisfied our sweet cravings.
We got in late, and Bella was NOT pleased with us, but we were home.
Now we’re gearing up for a July that is PACKED with events. We’re leaving for Europe soon, but before that, we’re fitting in two shows, a wedding, and possibly a camping trip. Oh, and we’ll be fitting in our usual work on the blog and channel, and as many two-a-days as we can in anticipation of the carb fest that’s about to go down.
How is it that having so much fun stuff on the horizon can be so stressful? How insanely bratty and ungrateful does that sound?! No no no, we are so beyond thankful for getting to do all of these things. But I think we’re also anxious about the fact that once it’s all done, the school year will be starting again, and we’ll have to readjust our lives for 9 more months.
It’s a LOT. It’s a lot to chase your dreams but also balance that with, you know, buying food to live. The biggest solution we’ve found to this ever mounting level of anxiety? Learning to just BREATHE. Taking yoga together regularly has been one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves.
While the gained strength and flexibility it obviously a huge plus, the way that it has taught us to slow down, chill out, and reflect on all that we’re grateful for has been an even bigger bonus.
Learning to breathe has allowed us to realize that 1. most of the ‘problems’ we think we have are actually gifts in disguise, 2. the big things we obsess about are tiny, insurmountable issues in the long run, and 3. as long as we stay focused on what’s important (each other and our loved ones), things will work themselves out.
This all sounds so very cliche, but maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe there’s a reason that so many people keep repeating these same things over and over again.
So while we dive headfirst into these new and exciting journeys, we’ll still be stopping regularly to just sit, look at where we are, appreciate life, and BREATHE.
Until next time dreamers.