Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Andrea's Wellness Notes 2.0

If you are a regular blog reader, you may have noticed that I have been MIA for the past five months (thanks to everyone who emailed and messaged me to check in). My dad suffered a major stroke the end of March, and there just wasn’t enough time or energy for blog reading and/or blogging. Thankfully my dad is getting better!

I have missed blogging! My blog has always been a place where I get to focus on the positive in my life. It’s also a reminder to make enough time for myself. So I am excited to start blogging again - this time about more than just food and exercise. I am also looking forward to reading blogs again - old favorites as well as new ones. Plus, I think a tentative blogging schedule may keep me on track.

Without promising a set schedule, I envision my new blogging schedule something like this: 

Mondays: Weekend Fun and Weekly Menu: I love recapping and looking back at what we’ve done on the weekend. Usually this involves a Farmers’ Market trip and often a hike. I also enjoy sharing interesting and fun outings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Plus, as school started up again, a weekly menu as well as food prep on the weekend are essential to keep life going smoothly.   


Lake Tahoe Hike


Rancho San Antonio Hike



Stanford Campus

Mt. View Art and Wine Festival


Wednesdays: Fashion/Beauty/Home Decor/Patio Gardening: I have incorporated this a little bit on the blog in the past as well as on Instagram. I am by no means a fashion or decor expert, but I think “pretty things” contribute to our overall well being. It’s also a way to keep myself accountable. I have posted a few “outfit” pics on Instagram and plan to do so once in a while on the blog. It may look something like this: 


Work bag


Door Wreath

Patio Garden Harvest

Patio Garden Winter

Friday: Exercise or Recipe: My exercise routine is pretty predictable (hiking, barre classes, yoga, body weight exercises at home). It’ll be fun to mix things up a little bit once a while. I also look forward to trying out some new recipes.


barr3 Workout

Retro Fitness Workout


Green Smoothie

Guacamole and Veggies

Questions: Do you focus enough on your well being? What will you do for yourself today?
Be well,


  1. I'm so glad you checked in, Andrea! I'm sorry to hear about your dad, and I'm so glad to hear he's doing better!! I can completely understand being MIA for a while. I'm excited to see where your 2.0 version of your blog takes you! I love your outfits -- looking forward to seeing more :)

    Happy to have you back!!

    1. Thanks, Jessie! I hope sharing some outfits will make me put in a bit more effort consistently... ;)

  2. You're back!!!! So glad your dad is doing better.

    (We have the same laptop bag!)

    1. The laptop bag is very you (and me!)!

  3. welcome back!!! sorry about your dad and glad to know he's getting better.

    1. Thanks, Coco! Can't wait to see what's going on in your world!

  4. Glad to see you are back. That must have been a scary period for you with your Dad. Glad to hear he is doing better.

    Like your new blogging schedules, look forward to your hikes.

    I haven't hiked in months because my dog got injured and had surgery. We are back at walking since the beginning of this month.

    Good to see you back!

    1. Thanks, Fran!

      Sorry that your dog had to have surgery, but I'm glad that the both of you are walking again.

  5. As I said on IG, so happy you are back & dad is better!!!!

    I on the other hand am blogging & reading less.. go figure! I spend more time on IG & am going to try to do Periscope as well...

    HUGE HUGS to you & the family! Time for you!

    1. Thanks, Jody!

      I love your workout collages & videos! You are truly an inspiration!!!

  6. Sorry to hear about your Dad, Andrea. Thankfully he's recovering!