Weekly Top 5: Maddie Adams
by Maddie Adams
Isn't it funny how the grass is perpetually always greener on the other side?
We complain about the cold during winter, longing for the heat of summer; but when the temps ramp up we whine and whimper about the heat and humidity. When we're busy and scheduled we wish we weren't, and when we don't have much to do we long for tasks that will give us purpose. I've noticed this perpetual dissatisfaction with the now in my own life, and I've been trying to get rid of it; to become more appreciative for the things I do have in lieu of focusing on that which I feel I don't. So I've been focusing on certain products and items and happenings and people that I LOVE — you know...they do say that gratitude breeds joy. (Or wait, did I read that on the doormat of a yoga studio recently?)
Here are five things I pretty much couldn't live without right now:
I. Am a freaking. Mosquito. MAGNET. Even if I’m outside for 30 seconds just taking out the trash, there is a 100% guarantee that I will get bitten. Maybe even three times. But honestly? Bug spray sucks. It’s chemically and sticky and smells bad and frankly, I despise using it. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with the Natural Bug Spray from Thistle Farms. It is DEET-free and instead uses rose geranium, spearmint, lemongrass and peppermint oils to keep the bugs away. And in my experience, it actually works!! Plus, it’s hand-made by the female survivors that make up this incredible organization. You can order it online or head over to their recently remodeled Shop at Thistle Farms over on Charlotte. Get some and keep it with you all summer long! That’s how I roll.
2. The Hudson Shorts from Outdoor Voices
A rising star in the activewear realm, Outdoor Voices is a company that believes in #doingthings - moving your body and having fun with friends. The brand doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar shop here in Nashville, but they do offer free shipping and free returns and thus, I have become an avid shopper. I bought two pair of these shorts about a month ago and I can’t wear them enough. I love that they’re a little bit high-rise, a little bit shorty-short, and have a little zippy side pocket (in addition to the classic waistband pocket) to keep your car key safe while on the trails at Percy Warner Park.
3. Anandamide Adaptogens
I’ve been way strung out lately; just completely overly exhausted. With the combination of moving out of our office, launching Broad Varieties, and keeping up with my regularly scheduled tasks at work, I’m also planning my wedding for THIS October, teaching two yoga classes a week, and somehow also eek out the time to like, do laundry, cook dinner and spend time with my friends and family and fiancé. That said, I’ve been running on hot for about three months straight. (And don’t get me wrong— I am super type-A and kind of live for being over-scheduled and under-slept, but at some point you get to a breaking point, you know? And I’m trying to avoid that.) In a nutshell, adaptogens are ancient Ayurvedic plants and herbs that help to reduce stress and boost energy — say whaaaat? One of my best friends is a huge believer in the stuff, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I’ve started adding this Anandamide powder to my coffee, granola, and honestly anything else I can think of, and I have to say...I think it’s working? Maybe it’s all in my head, but I have definitely been a little more chilled out lately and that is a really new experience for me. So I’m going to keep drinking the Kool-Aid….er, Anandamide.
4. Palo Santo
I’m truly painting a picture of myself as a real hippie here, aren’t I? Whatever. Similar to an incense stick, Palo Santo is burned to release good scents and overall promote good vibes. In Spanish the name translates to “Holy Wood,” and that’s totes how I think of it. H. O. L. Y. At Inner Light Yoga (where I teach on Saturday mornings) we typically burn it during savasana to deepen relaxation, and I like to light it up at home at the end of the day for the exact same purpose. It gives off notes of pine, mint and lemon. Click here to learn more about Palo Santo and how to burn it safely.
5. The Reckoning of Dolly at Dino’s
Dino’s is my favorite bar. My fiancé Wesley and I go there roughly once a week. We took some of our engagement photos there. We love it. So when I continually see Instagram posts about their Dollys being stolen (if you don’t know, Dino’s has a pristine collection of Dolly Parton cutouts and artwork that adorn the walls), it pisses me off. That’s why I was so ecstatic to see they had actually caught some of the dummies who most recently stole their Dolly. Not only were they caught on Dino’s newly installed security cameras, but these people had the gall to post about it on their Instagram Story…and tag Dino’s in it. No words. But they done got CAUGHT! And Dino’s outed them on social media. Hard. Most of the posts have since been taken down, as the thieves were apparently being cyberbullied, but fortunately Channel 5 News reported on the story so the whole city would know. Damn, I love Dino’s.