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silence is golden

Good morning!

As soon as our alarms started buzzing this morning, Jon and I headed out for an early morning 3 mile run.  It was a beautiful morning, and I was kicking myself for not having my camera.  Please let me know if you’ve mastered the art of carrying your DSLR while running ’cause it seems the best moments happen while out on the road:)

It was the perfect time of morning as the sunlight was just barely peeking up over the horizon and glinting off the tops of the fields.  Has anybody ever told you that Oklahoma has the prettiest sunrises and sunsets?  Well, we do.

Second only to this maybe.

Sunset during our time in Halong Bay, Vietnam

This morning was just one of those moments when I could hardly believe the beauty.  The perfect way to start the day.

There was a biting chill in the air this morning as well, and despite my hands going numb it felt quite refreshing.  Three cheers for fall!  Have I mentioned that it’s my favorite season?

After I got back and showered, I blended up a green smoothie.  Anytime I go more than a couple of days without one, I start to have withdrawals :)

2 handfuls of spinach, 1/2 banana, 1.25 cups almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 heaping tbsp Vega powder

I changed it up a bit this morning by swapping chocolate Vega powder in for Amazing Grass.  I was a little nervous adding 2 heaping tablespoons of powder because I have yet to use a protein powder that didn’t make my smoothie chalky tasting.  I can honestly say that this one did not!  It added 12 grams of protein, 2 servings of veggies (like it needed more veggies:), 2500 mg of omega 3, 6, 9, 1 billion probiotic cultures, only 100 calories, and a hint of chocolaty goodness! And by the way, Vega did not ask me to review their product; I’m raving out of pure love of the product:)

Technically, this powder is supposed to be added with just water for a quick and healthy shake on the go – I’ve been a little hesitant to try it, but I think I just might have to now!

On a different note, now that I’m working from home, I’m finding out some things about myself that I didn’t know before.

  • I really do like working at my desk better than on the couch
  • I have a lot more discipline than I ever realized
  • a good cup of iced coffee goes a long way with my mood and productivity
  • I really can control the urge to snack even though I’m 4 seconds away from chips and salsa at any point during the day
  • If/when I begin to feel lonely or isolated, I must book it to the coffee shop asap to avoid the downward spiral
  • I don’t feel lonely or isolated most of the time
  • I like to work in silence

I often feel the need to have music on in the house – especially when I’m there alone.  It really does motivate me, and it’s nice to have some noise going on because unfortunately Olive doesn’t provide much good conversation.

At least she’s cute.

But I’m realizing more and more how nice it is to just work in silence.  With the windows open and the sun shining in, it’s rather inspiring to just have quiet all around.  I think it also helps me to focus better, and my thoughts have the freedom to take me wherever they want:)  You should try it!  You just might be surprised how nice it is to just be quiet.

Do you find that you work better with music or in silence?  What about working out?  That’s a whole different topic, but do you prefer to workout with music or enjoy the silence?

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16 Responses to “silence is golden”

  1. Liz says:

    She’s so cute!
    I prefer to have background noise when I’m working. And definitely prefer music when working out.

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  2. This morning was perfect for a run! It was 55 here at 7:30 am. Probably the coolest morning since May. I love fall as well, but not the sunrise and sun set times.
    Music at the gym. Silence outdoor running! So peaceful.

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    candice Reply:

    I totally agree about music at the gym and silence outdoors – at least most of the time! Glad you’re getting awesome weather too:)

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  3. I tend to listen to music at work if I am doing very straightforward tasks like orgainizing my inbox. For the more complex stuff silence is usually better.

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    candice Reply:

    I am the exact same way – it depends on if I’m having to think or not!

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  4. What a nice way to start the day. I am thinking of changing my work schedule a couple of days a week so I can run in the morning. Now that it’s dark so much later, I can’t get in a run and make it to work by 7. I work better in silence. I get really distracted by music or tv background noise.

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    candice Reply:

    I have always been impressed by you being able to run in the afternoon – if I don’t get it done in the morning I’m a lost cause! Hope you like you’re morning runs:)

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  5. I prefer working in silence– the library is my friend :)
    I like running with music usually, but sometimes I run without, and it’s so so so nice to just listen to nature :)

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  6. kate says:

    Vietnam?! What a gorgeous photo. I wish we had the change to chat about traveling at the HLS. Maybe next time!

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    candice Reply:

    I would have loved to! Definitely next time:)

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  7. What a gorgeous Vietnamese sunset!
    I prefer to work in silence, however since I share an office with coworkers I will usually have some music playing quietly.
    With exercise, I usually rely on music to keep me motivated, however today left the iPod at home. I enjoyed the sounds of nature around me, and tried to focus on my breathing (which I usually can’t hear at all).

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  8. If I am running outdoors I like quiet… no music with me… and there’s no way I could bring my SLR on my run!! :)

    Indoors on my treadmill I like to watch television or listen to music.

    Working… it depends. If I’m concentrating on something big I want silence, if it’s just “work” I love listening to music.

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    candice Reply:

    I can definitely be the same way with work…depends on if it’s mindless or not.

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  9. Dorry says:

    I love silence. Billy will have a full-blown concert blaring from his speakers and can be 100% productive. I get a headache/distracted from my task with music…unless it’s super soothing. :)

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  10. I have mixed feelings about music and work. In the office, I prefer to listen to talk radio in the morning, and music in the afternoon. Helps to drown out some of the yapping co-workers and get me to focus. At home, it just depends on my mood. Working out, music is a MUST!

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  11. Silence or music, great question. It depends with me. While writing I have to have silence or maybe some classical music and for workouts I choose music unless it is a very early dark run where I need to be more aware of my surroundings.

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