Archive | December 2013

Vegan Love although temporary

For the four weeks between January 5th and February 2nd, I’m adopting a completely vegan lifestyle. Every week I’ll be updating my progress with a diary entry and a few recipes. Maybe I will even photograph a few. I hear blogs are more interesting with pictures.

This vegan eating with the juice and smoothies is an exciting few weeks of great food and bev. See it’s not a detox per se. It is 30 days of eating pure “feeling it” goodness.

Mmmm…..I love food and juice and smoothies. It’s like I am spoiling myself. Truly. It is.
I am most nervous about coffee. Or lack thereof. But I am excited to eat good foods, try some teas, etc and so on. It’s food and bev that I never make or take time for making – for myself. (I am a vegan at heart but not in practice)

Looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons and just happy to be here, still breathing.

Quote of the day: Make a decision and then make it right. There just are no wrong decisions. You could go this way, or that way, and either way will eventually get you to where you want to be. But in the moment you start complimenting yourself on the decision you’ve made, in that moment, you come back into vibrational alignment with who-you-really-are. – Abraham

By the way, I am finding lots of good recipes here: Oh She Glows

And…I made myself a recipe board for this 30 day occasion. You can find it here: 30 days-on Pinterest

My New Year’s Challenges

This year I am hitting the goals, wishes and challenges in my life pretty hard. Time to get in gear and make things happen.

My hopes are to get back the the happy hippy creative funny girl that I miss so much, and hit the personal health fitness routine pretty radically. I need to get in shape and lose some weight. Do more fun and creative activities with my girls. Garden more and grow much food more than the last year, and learn to create awesome meals with it. I need to make space for my spirit to thrive. Entering 2014 with ease and determination. It feels very necessary for me to accept the here and now but accept challenges, push myself to be better, and slowly grow and expand the ripple. Its fun, and challenging to have such intense aspirations. No doubt.

I am re-booting my nutrition and fitness ambitions with a few 30-day or weekly challenges. Besides trying to be vegan for my 30 days straight, I am also going to blog more, yoga more, give myself a break more, but not such a break as to completely sabotage my goals.

#1 – 30 days of juice. I am juicing for 30 days. Preferably 30 days in a row. But don’t hold your breath. I am a mom of four girls. Shit happens.

I have created 40 juice recipes found along the interwebs. Placing them on index cards.  My plan is to pull 7 at a time. Shop for it and have it set for the week. My favorites came from Drew Canole and Reboot with Joe. Personally I think its an excellent way to try new juices and organize what the heck you are planning to drink that week.

#2 – 30 days of smoothies.  Yes. Smoothies too.  Can’t hurt. I am not fasting – per se. But I am rebooting the heck out of my dietary choices, and getting this god pod jam packed with goodness.

There aren’t 30 days of smoothie recipes – yet.  I am still deciding if I should use a protein powder that contains whey. I probably will since I am frugal and don’t feel like buying all new powder. I have some vegan though, so I will probably incorporate all that I have to use up the supply. Will work on my 30 recipes today.

#3 – 30 days of fitness. Of some kind. I need to quantify this or I will fail miserably. So I have to decide if I am up to 30 days of yoga, walking, stretching, dancing, jumping around like a fool…or what exactly., when, how often or what….

#4 – once a week blog my heart out. But 30 days of writing in a paper journal some thoughts, some gratitude’s and random stuff.

#5 – once a week blog my progress on my juicing/smoothie/fitness challenges. 

#6 – NO FACEBOOK FOR 30 days.

#7 – once a week crafts with my kids

#8 – read 2 books. Heck read a magazine and a book would be great. from start to finish.

#9 – visit http://www.calm.com for 10 minutes one a day. Twice a day if I can.

#10 – soak up all kinds of interesting information and motivation from my mentors on Youtube or various websites. Take notes, put some advice into action. Then blog about it, make it public and soak it all in.

Lastly – 

#11 – Keep it easy, breezy, loving and light. Just for 30 days~ But continue to work on myself despite my self. Be true to me, share more, find more ways in which to serve, give back, be creative, enjoy the outdoors, always be grateful, and be the best mom I can be from right where I am.

More to come…

 

The New Year’s Thoughts.

Today’s bits of this and that:

Working on lists. Goals for the year, health accomplishments, mindset reboots, movement and flexibility renewal, and eating waaaay better.

What?

It’s time to think about the new year. In that thought process, I reflect on what was, respect what is, and get all excited about what’s to come.

Why?

Because it’s a complete and total shake down on my life, my body and my mind. I need to work on ME. I need to get into better shape, I need to get reduce this massively painful carpal tunnel, I need more zen hippy love smiles moments. I crave laughter, I seek truth in spirit and I am anxious to read more interesting books, learn more ways to improve my life and grow more food this year.

Goal for today:

Today there is no goal. Okay, so I want to get dressed. That could be my goal.

What  inspires me:

Right now, everything inspires me. Gardening books, seed catalogs.  Danielle LaPortes new book that I don’t have but want. (The Desire Map) and getting my yoga on with a good Rodney Yee video.

Today’s Quote:

Carpe Diem

A Mentor of mine:

Bodhi.

Question for you:

        What is your favorite room in the house?

Making Lists

Today’s bits of this and that: Making lists and maps for life. Thinking about who I am and where I am going.
What? Been obsessing about making lists. Not just to list things like my favorite color…LOL. No. More like answering inspiring, motivating, spiritual, heavy loaded questions. Doing the hard thinking. Listing out my hopes, dreams, goals, wishes. What makes me tick. Where I want to go in life, who I am and what that means as a woman, wife and mother. Not to mention how my spirit soars and how to get more of that.
Why? As a symbol of love to my children, I think. In part. As a woman, I owe it to myself. I’d hopefully learn more about me and be better for it which is great for my hubby and kids too. Also admittedly it is part boredom, part desire, part getting to know me again. I just have a burning desire to list out my life and see where it leads.
Goal for the week: Not go crazy mopping up puppy pee.
What inspires me: Danielle LaPorte. Even if I am not getting her books yet, I am fully engaged in her presence.
Today’s Quote: If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit. Oprah Winfrey
Question for you: Are you working on your 2014 resolutions yet?

Do I want a “Career”?

Who doesn’t want a successful career? I certainly most definitely wanted one and still do. Goodness knows though, I had no idea in what or with what kind of company. I am NOT, I repeat not, a good corporate soldier. So what a single mom in her twenties supposed to do? Well, I became an Admin. I was going from company to company, but always in the admin role, pretty unhappily too. Not because I was flighty, or got fired, but because almost every company I worked at downsized, closed or somehow became non-functional. I hated it, with a passion. Then I managed an apartment community. I LOVED that. LOVED the people, hated myself and who I became due to my SUPER UBER crappy managers above me and the brown nosing suck up VP who threw me under the bus every chance he got. There were two of them. My direct manager didn’t care what I did as long as I didn’t need him for it. It was a lose-lose situation. I happily left, regretting who I became and wishing I did lots of things differently. I was too good for them. They were snakes. Really. New York snakes in the grass. I still wish them ill and I know I know better. But the bitter chick who hated being rotten, is still ticked about the whole deal.

So what do I want? What kind of career would I really enjoy, sink my teeth into and be a better person for it? What inspires me to work my butt off and still gives me that feeling of being a do-gooder? Yea, I want to be a do-gooder. I am here on this planet to serve and give, and laugh, love, learn and find adventures. So I think I need my own business. Something I can really immerse myself in. So, would definitely love my own business. Though, admittedly I am not sure what kind. I love growing veggies, cooking and preparing food for myself and my family. I really love learning about nutrition and wellness through proper nutrition. I love social events, volunteering, and planning events, I love to create the food for events. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. Just good food. Something amazing rushes through me when people eat my food and they actually enjoy it. Nothing feels better. I imagine my business would be naturally inclined towards food or growing food for others…in some way.

One of my goals for 2014 is to figure this out. Where am I going in a career/business? Who will be my mentors and inspirational go getters that lift me up, not drag me down? What kind of business will I find is best suited for me? Is it a cottage-y small local brick and mortar or an online experience? Will I need training, certifications, education? Lots to think about. But it’s weighing heavily on my mid. Even though I have a 4 month old and a 3 year old at home with me. Even though we are a one van family. Even though we may move in July. Even though I have lots of other thoughts and ideas on my mind. I must give myself the opportunity to be successful in business. It’s part of who I am. Prefer a business I can develop and use to make the world a better place. No matter who insignificant it may seem, any improvement upon this planet…is an improvement nonetheless.

Do you have any success stories of your own you could share? I am always looking for inspiration!

By the way, I want to share with you one of my favorite morning smiles. It’s found at http://www.tut.com and they are my daily notes from “The Universe” (via Mike Dooley). They really help me, sometimes making get really super happy, hopeful and even makes me laugh, too. I truly love opening my email to find my note each morning. It’s probably the #1 reason I even bother to open my email in the morning.

Small Thoughts on Fitness

Today’s bits of this and that: Can’t stop thinking about my weight and my carpal tunnel. It’s bothering me a lot. My weight is highest its ever been. My carpal tunnel is weakening my hands and making life much more difficult than it needs to be.
What? I am 41 and just had my 4th child.I have had 3 daughters in 6 years. It may not seem that dramatic to you, but it has take its toll on my body. Probably more than just my body, my mind, soul and even my eyes just aren’t the same. I have gained so much weight that I refuse to look at myself in the mirror most of the time. I can’t stand leaving the house because I hate the way my clothes look on me. I wont buy clothes because I dont want to stay chunky. I am generally a wretched bitch because of my weight issues. It is also painful, because my hands and arms hurt, feel swollen, tingle and are generally weakening.
Why? It bothers me because I have never been a big girl and this carpal tunnel makes it hard to sleep, hold the baby and do everyday tasks that I should be able to take for granted. Like right now as I type my right hand is tingling and hurts. I know I need to work on losing weight, exercising and finding some zen…but for the life of me I just don’t know where to start. I now the correct thought is to just start where you are. But I am actually so ashamed of my appearance and body, it kind of paralyzes me.
Goal for today: Drink more water. Jump around for a few minutes here and there and dance with my 3 yr old today. Its not much but its something.
What inspires me: My own intelligence. Yeah that may sound a little extreme. But it’s not. I am a smart gal, so I know exactly what I need to be doing. I am good at research and learning, so I need to use that talent to get myself off my ass and start acting like a person who is dedicated to their health and well-being. I need to kick my own ass.
Today’s Quote: It’s never too late to become what you might have been. -George Eliot
A Mentor of mine: Drew Canole. Full of info on health, fitness and juice, this guy, is helpful beyond measure. Plus he is into videos on the internet, which I find extremely fantastical. http://www.fitlife.tv
Question for you: What motivates you to exercise?

New Intro

Today’s bits of this and that:

This is not my first blog, but it’s a fresh version to coincide with how I am getting along in this little life of mine.

What?

We moved from the Chicago, IL area to the middle of Tennessee. For numerous reasons. One being that I want to homestead more, well, ok not homestead but grow some of our food, have some chickens, live more simply. Hoping one day to find our children playing in a backyard measured in acres, not feet.

Why?

Why Tennessee? Because I have family here. Why grow our own food? Well. Because I love learning about nutrition, wellness, health and I am absolutely convinced the best food is the food you grow yourself. I want my kids to see chickens and love them, respect them and pick the eggs. I want my daughters to grab carrots and wipe the dirt off and eat it fresh. I want my daughters to appreciate a strong work ethic and feel good about a job well done. So as adults they don’t resolve to the conformity of being lazy and acting helpless. The best tools I hope to give my kids as a mom, is ingenuity, self-reliance, confidence and gratitude.

Goal for the week:

Eat more veggies. Make juice.

What  inspires me:

Vegan’s they truly are a dedicated group of peeps. I respect that.

Today’s Quote:

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

-Wayne Dyer

A Mentor of mine:

Kris Carr is just one of my many mentors.  On Valentine’s Day in 2003, she was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable stage 4 cancer. She embarked on a deep healing pilgrimage and nearly ten years later, she is thriving with cancer. She is quite the inspiration. I have never had cancer.  But I did the 21-day cleanse in her best-selling book, “Crazy Sexy Diet”. It was amazing.  It’s jam packed with all the nutrition and lifestyle tips anyone could need.  Check her out: http://www.kriscarr.com