Thoughts + Moments

How to Fit In

17 August 2014
How to Fit In - Nerdy Miss Wellness

We’re all familiar with the uncomfortable feeling that arises when you’re in a social situation and a Negative Nellie is openly bashing someone else. You may or may not know the person being bashed, but either way…it’s weird. Those of us who are highly compassionate tend to be hyper-aware of our surroundings and the feelings of others. You could say that empathy is our special nerdy super power. 

With great empathy comes great responsibility.

In a society that has trained us to constantly judge other people, we end up being thrown for a loop when in the presence of a Negative Nellie. In our minds, we think: “well, hypothetical Bob is talking shit about hypothetical Miranda. I don’t even know Miranda, but he’s being mean. If I speak up, Bob won’t like me. If I don’t speak up, I’ll feel uncomfortable and Bob will never know that I’m not down with shit-talking.” We’re so afraid! So as Bob continues to talk smack about Miranda, we feel that uncomfortable knot growing bigger and bigger as long as we keep our mouths shut.

Why?

More nerdiness inside…

Food + Recipes

Quick Bean Sprout Salad

11 August 2014
Quick Bean Sprout Salad - Nerdy Miss Wellness

My friend Serena Andrews popped over for a visit yesterday and we realized that we were hungry. I tossed some brown rice into my Zojirushi rice cooker (it plays ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ whenever you’re cooking up a batch of rice…) in preparation of making us kimchi fried rice.

Brown rice takes a while to cook, even in a rice cooker. So I decided that I’d whip us up an Asian-inspired, quick bean sprout salad which took all of 5 minutes to make.

The avocado lends a creamy twist to crunchy bean sprouts–try it out yourself!

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Nerdy Finds

Nerdy Finds: School of Doodle and More

6 August 2014
School of Doodle

“Being loud is a philosophy, a battle cry, a habit of mind!”

Every week, I bring you 5 awesome finds from the world wide web worth looking into, just in case you missed them.

This week’s Nerdy Finds include, an online creative high school for girls, riding in cars with strangers, and “modern words” allowed in Scrabble.

Check out the list below to see all the awesome Nerdy finds of this week that made the cut. And if you’re craving more, take a look at last week’s Nerdy Find.

Oh and got a recommendation?

I love those! Shoot me an email with something cool you want to be featured on next week’s Nerdy Finds.

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Spirituality + Mindfulness, ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

42 Reasons to Be Grateful (Nerd Edition)

3 August 2014
42 Reasons to Be Grateful | Nerdy Miss Wellness

Hello August! Here in NYC, the summer heat isn’t as terrible as we all thought it would be. (I might be speaking too soon, it’s only the beginning of August…please don’t smite me, Mother Nature, I love you, LOLOLOLOLZ.) If I were to describe what my summer has been like so far, I’d say that there are three things that have been really awesome to experience:

  1. My neighborhood is been abustle with fun activities and great events. 
  2. My friends are positively nerdy, precious and constantly surprising me every day.
  3. Moments to myself are so dear–I appreciate being able to walk to the park, plop down a blanket and read a good book in the sunshine.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, because I realized something a few days ago–I’m grateful. By the way, if you’re one of those Nerds who are “so tough” and don’t like that “touchy-feely crap”, get over it and get over yourself. Seriously.

Think about it: We’re in month eight of 2014 and I’ve personally had so many failures and successes. How about you? Are you focusing on the bad that has happened or all the good that you have right now?

When we laser focus on all the reasons “things have gone wrong” in our lives, it’s easy to forget the bigger picture. Instead of sweating the details–which, mind you, are fleeting and effervescent–I invite you to open your eyes.

Open them wide and take in the wold around you. All of it.

There’s so much to be grateful for and that’s worth keeping in mind. 

In celebration of Happiness Month (yes, August is Happiness Month!), I present to you:

42 Reasons to Be Grateful (Nerd Edition)

[This is in no order of importance.]

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Spirituality + Mindfulness

3 Apps for Cultivating Mindfulness

27 July 2014
NMW - Meditate by Bryan Lee

(Above image by Bryan Lee, appropriately titled “Meditate”. You can purchase a print here.)

Last week, we talked about 10 Reasons to Start Meditating. Today, I’d like to continue that conversation of further cultivating meditative mindfulness in your life by recommending a few apps.

After all, how could I call myself the Nerdy Miss if we didn’t bring tech into the mix in some way or another?

Of course, you might have a raised eyebrow as you read this. Or two. Or maybe just one giant eyebrow if you have a unibrow.

“Shouldn’t I separate myself from tech if I’m going to learn how to meditate?”

More nerdiness inside…