When was the last time you were passionate? So passionate that you were engrossed in only one thing. You know what I'm talking about: the "can't eat, can't sleep" type of passion that leaves you reckless. Was that passion healthy for you? Or ultimately, was it short lived and actually quite dangerous for your overall well-being?
People will casually say "find out what your passionate about and pursue that". But wait. Maybe instead of seeking your passion you should be seeking your curiosities instead...
There is something about chia seed pudding that I love. Not only is it super healthy, but it has a jelly outer texture with a center crunch that I can't get enough of! This pudding is a great addition to your breakfast or as mid-day snack. It has 8x the amount of Omega-3 than salmon does, 6x more calcium than milk, 3x more iron than spinach, 15x more magnesium than broccoli, 2x more fiber than bran flakes, 6x more protein than kidney beans, and 4x more phosphorus than whole milk. Talk about a super seed!
Do you ever get the feeling that "something is missing" even when nothing is? And if it's sudden arrival isn't unfortunate enough, it over stays it's welcome. It lingers deep in your chest eating away at your core. It's something so many of us often face. Something we actively try to escape and avoid. This feeling is called loneliness. So what's the magic cure for this dreaded emotion that threatens our sense of belonging? It's ritual. This TED Talk hit such a truth within me. The times in my life when I felt most connected and the least alone was not when I had the busiest social life, but when I had a consistent ritual.
During the hot months of summer I crave the freshness of a Strawberry Banana smoothie, I often end up making them several times a week. Strawberries are best when they're fresh and they're readily available in the summertime. I'm able to pick up gorgeous ripe strawberries from the local farmer's market, but I've found delicious plump organic strawberries at the grocery store too. This recipe calls for frozen bananas as they provide a distinct creaminess that can't be achieved with fresh bananas. Frozen bananas are always something I have on hand, just peel and halve before tossing them in a freezer safe container.
Have you ever been struck with inspiration that came on suddenly and inspired your best, most creative work? Where things just happened easily and fluidly - where everything just made sense? And then, just like that it was gone. The creative process that was so magical and easy turned into one that felt more like hard labor, an exhausting grueling process where you're trying to coax back the inspiration within you? For creative beings, this is often a reality that leads to self-torment. But what if we came to understand the creative process differently? What if...
Sunscreen should be a no-brainer. It's crucial for preventing burns and to protecting against harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging. Recently concerns around sunscreen have surfaced: we don't know how safe sunscreen ingredients are, they have never been appropriately tested and they absorb into our bloodstream shortly after application.
There is nothing like the tart and tangy sweetness of Key Lime Pie! Summer just wouldn't be the same without a nice slice of it on a hot sunny day. Some of the best Key Lime Pie comes from Publix grocer. Sadly it contains a plethora of ingredients that are absolutely alarming. Key Lime Pie should be simple, calling for just a few ingredients.
Publix's Scary Key Lime Pie Ingredients:
Milk, Sugar, Lime Juice (Water, Key Lime Juice Concentrate, Lime Juice concentrate, Lime Oil, Sodium Benzoate preservative), Nonfat Milk, Enriched Flour(Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palmoil,Water, Almonds, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel oil, Whey, Graham Flour, Heavy Cream (Cream, Milk,Carrageenan, Vegetable Mono-Diglyceri-Des, Polysorbate 80), Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, Acacia Gum, Salt, Malt Syrup (Malted Barley, Corn), Dextrose, Carbohydrate Gum, Polysor-Bate 60, Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acidssodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Artificial flavor, Disodium Phosphate, Sodiumbicarbonate,Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor, Beta Carotene Color, Magnesium Hydroxide,Vanillin (Artificial Flavor),Annatto Colorlime, Cocoa Butter, Lactose(Milk), Polyglyce-Rol Polyricinoleate(Emulsifier),Vanilla,Non-Hydrogenated Oils(Coconut, Palm), Colors (Titanium Dioxide,Red 40,Yellow 5,Blue 1,Iron Oxide)
So if you're wanting to be bad, then Cheat Smart with this Key Lime Pie.
It doesn't just rival Publix's, it dominates it!
wonderful & difficult and
perfect & messy and
exhilarating & quiet and
complicated & simple...
all at once.
Love is confusing because our ideas around love are deeply flawed.
This lecture changed how I love and what I ask of love.
And through a shift in perspective it has guided me to
the healthiest and happiest relationship with love.
A friend of mine shared this TED Talk with me and it transformed the way I allowed myself to be treated. At the time I was working in an emotionally toxic environment with each day seemingly worse than the one before it. This video was pivotal for me. All of my stress came from one place: I allowed for others to treat me in a way that was not congruent with my highest self.
To this day I use the tools taught here to avoid rejection and maintain my level of self-worth. Have a listen below, I truly believe this TED Talk can be transformative for you too!
The vast Smokey Mountain landscape looks like a painted picture outside the coffee shop window. With this view as a backdrop, I can’t help but feel a certain sense of clarity. As I sip my go-to Americano and watch the waves of thick haze drift over the mountain tops, it only feels natural to start my blog here. Because beneath the gorgeous scenery of Gatlinburg, there is a shocking reality of a city that is facing a health crisis.