Gratitude Project - Week 42

My birthday week! I basically had a week long celebration for turning 24. I didn't plan it that way, but that's how it happened. Saturday was spent doing special things with my parents and Darrin. Then on Wednesday I took a trip in celebration of it being my actual birthday. And today my sister gave me a gift. Oh, and I had cake 5 days in a row. Party!

I'm not going to go into too much detail because I do that in the individual posts. But I had such a good week and I'm bursting with happiness and excitement to share!

DAY 288

We took a trip to Pittsburgh to spend the day on Saturday. I got my favorite vegan brunch from Eden before heading to the Strip District, Point State Park, and Double Wide Grill for some dinner!

DAY 289

This weather lately has been killin' it. It was so nice today so my mom and I took a bike ride. We ended up going 10 miles and saw so many views that looked like a painted canvas. Fall is so pretty.

DAY 290

I was craving oatmeal this morning for some reason, so that's what I had! I made pumpkin spice oats with apples, blackberries, cinnamon, and a large dollop of peanut butter. It hit the spot!

DAY 291

I love driving along the roads and seeing leaves scattered about. I got tomorrow off of work to take an adventure on my birthday! I'm so excited.

DAY 292

Today we went to Lake Erie and took the dogs. It was such a fun day! I've been wanting to take Roxy to the beach for the longest time and even though it's not the actual ocean, this is a good step! She was a bit afraid of the waves at first but quickly got used to it and we had such a fun time!

DAY 293

It smells like summer and there's thunder in the distance. It's raining SO HARD. I worked late and had to go to the grocery store afterwards. I got completely soaked but I bounced through the parking lot skipping over all of the puddles and knowing that this is probably the last warm ish rain storm until next year.

DAY 294

I had a pretty chill day at home. I read a lot, did some cleaning, and practiced more yoga than planned. Isn't that always how it goes though!? It was a rainy day and my only commitment was teaching a yoga class this afternoon. A free day to myself, just what I needed.

That's it for this week! Much love. xx

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes

I'm very interested in pancakes.

I'm also very interested in seasonal flavors.

So, what's a girl to do when that's the case?

She combines the pancakes with the seasonal flavors and creates pure fall bliss.

There's just something about pancakes that makes me so into them.

Is it the fact that they make me feel like I have my life together as I pour the maple syrup over the warm, beautiful stack? Or do the flavors intertwined creating cosmic bliss lure me in?

I'm not sure. But honestly, who cares! Pancakes rock my socks and I am so excited to share this recipe with you today.

I combined pumpkin and gingerbread because I couldn't decide between the two. Can't decide, go for both! Then I topped that with some soft gooey apples and warm maple syrup and peanut butter. Mmm.

Impossible to resist!


serves 1-2

Caramelized Apples

1 large apple
2 tablespoon cashew milk
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar

Place apple, milk, and sugar into skillet over low heat. Let cook until apples soften while making the pancakes.


3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup buckwheat
1 banana
1 cup cashew milk
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Blend together oats and buckwheat in blender until flour forms. Add in remaining ingredients and blend together until batter is mixed. Heat up skillet, grease pan, and pour in batter creating small to medium sized pancakes. Flip once edges become dense. Cook other side evenly. Repeat until batter is gone. Top pancakes with apples, maple syrup, peanut butter, and whatever else you desire. Serve, enjoy!

Gratitude Project - Week 41

Long time, no post. Wow! What a week. As I write this it is Sunday night. I haven't opened up my computer since Wednesday. That's how you know that you're living life! My birthday is on Wednesday and we've done a whole lot of celebrating the past week since Wednesdays aren't the best days to do all the fun things. I plan on doing a full update post of what I've been up to lately. Oh! And expect a new fall breakfast recipe to come your way very soon.

DAY 281

Impromptu trip to Pittsburgh to check out the new menu at Eden. Darrin and I vote 10/10 for it! We hardly finished the meal before planning our next trip back!

DAY 282

Darrin is working in Canada currently and we typically only get some of Saturday and Sunday morning to hang out. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is tomorrow we got to have our Sunday afternoon adventure time which I enjoy so much. The leaves are starting to change and I love walking all around the woods to check them out.

DAY 283

I ran out of bananas on accident and that called for an emergency trip to the grocery store for more. I hit the jackpot and got a ton of "overripe" bananas for extra cheap. Lucky day!

DAY 284

Last week I got the idea to make part of my attic into a yoga space. Why did I not think of that before?! I have no idea. But it just came to me one day and I knew that I had to make it happen. So I went up and started working on it. I organized and moved things around. I vacuumed and wiped things down. I sneezed. A lot. I also had fun doing it. The goal was to make it feel more like a space that I can spend a lot of time in and not feel crowded with things; a place to grow my practice and clear my mind. I finished doing stuff tonight and I realized how excited I was. Back when I first started practicing I used to get so excited to just spend a ton of time working on things I wanted to improve. Somewhere along the way I lost the drive to just play around with handstands, arm balances, and whatever else seemed fun at the time. Once I could do a lot of those things I think I kind of lost that spark. But why stop? I don't know. I don't even think I realized it. I was just stuck in the routine of my hour long practice at 6 a.m. and that was that. But now that I've worked on creating this new space I've realized that I want to create space in my life to play again. I'm excited about it. And I think it's going to take me to some great places.

DAY 285

I don't buy a lot of foods like this cookie dough because it's not available in my area and because it's kind of pricey. I felt the need to grab this at Whole Foods the other day though and holy man, it is amazing!! I am in love with this!

DAY 286

Tonight I went to the first Pens game of the season with my mom. We stopped for shakes at Burgatory before the game and had such a fun night!! I'm so excited for hockey season now... and for more future milkshakes :)

DAY 287

I had to go pick up my birthday cake tonight. I didn't want to go alone so I took Roxy with me. We grabbed the cake, hit up Petco, PetSmart, Lowes, and Starbucks. I wish more places were dog friendly! I had such a fun evening with my little furry friend!

That's all for this week! Thanks for joining. Much love. xx

Gratitude Project - Week 40

It's officially my birthday month! That means vegan cakes and brunches coming my way. I'm excited! I like October as much as possible for someone who resists the end of summer. The lack of daylight is something I don't enjoy. Along with the colder weather and a few other things. But out of that I'm trying to flip it into something positive. Learning to not resist and go with the flow and changes of life. Let it all happen and let myself feel whatever it is that I feel as a reaction to certain parts of life. That's what's up in my life this week! Well, that and these little moments of gratitude that I'm about to share, too!

DAY 274

Saturday on the way to dinner I had the idea to stop at an antique store that Darrin has never been to before. It's been years since I've been there, too. I don't think we've ever bought anyting from an antique store but I still love going in and looking around!

DAY 275


Cozy blankets. Peppermint tea. Harry Potter. My theme for this fall so far!

DAY 276

Stumbled upon this cute little drawing on the sidewalk near my house today. It was bright and colorful and made me smile!

DAY 277

I've been craving yoga so much lately and it's a beautiful thing. I've been putting a lot of work into backbends, my least favorite. I'm slowly coming around and beginning to like them more and more. I think that they'll become something that I incorporate into my practice much more frequently once I get more comfortable with them.

DAY 278

The days are getting shorter, but our walks stay the same! Always make it a priority to spend some time on a walk with my favorite furry friend.

DAY 279

Today was the perfect fall day. Awesome temperature. Blue sky. Pretty sunset. And lots of afternoon yoga.

DAY 280

I spent so much time today clearing up space on my computer and phone. I've been working on creating space in my life a lot lately and I think that on my electronics is where I need to work on the most now. It's a slow work in progress but the more I organize and clear, the better I'm feeling!

That's all for this week. Thanks for joining! xx

Authentic Creative Work - The Beginning

I've been thinking a lot lately about myself and this blog. As you may or may not know, I did 30 blog posts in 30 days for the month of August. I was really proud of myself for actually being able to accomplish something that I wasn't quite sure I could do.

A surprise to myself that I made it happen. Yay!

After I finished that I decided to take September to just let myself chill out a bit and take a step back. Things just weren't where I wanted them to be and I couldn't understand why. I knew I had to do something. So I did the scary thing and did nothing. Letting yourself take a break from something that you really love and want to continuously grow is a scary thing. You feel like you're wasting time by not working on said thing. I never took a break from this blog. Ever since I started it over 3 years ago I have been constantly in go mode. I knew it was time to take a breather and assess everything. So I did it. I posted when I felt like it and had a lot of time to myself to focus more on what I want, who I'm becoming, and what direction I want to take things.

Over that period of time I learned a lot about myself that I feel like I always knew, but never fully addressed. I don't know if I was distracting myself from the things I'm drawn towards or if I was scared to admit them and face them head on. Probably a bit of both, honestly.

I'm a pretty private person. I share about myself but I don't often go into details with things. It's somewhat comical that I don't feel comfortable sharing a ton of details about my life but have a blog that literally anyone can read and look at with occasional posts like this scattered about. I like this space though and I enjoy sharing here. In fact, I want to talk about more. Specifically, getting more in depth with my yoga practice and talking more about food and our relationships with it. Two really important things that I have a lot to say about.

I've always been stopped though by a few factors that I am coming to realize don't really matter.  Things that I've had to push to the back of my mind at times; such as when I think about people in my "real life" reading the things that I type out onto this screen to help someone or connect with others who resonate with my message. That makes me uncomfortable. No reason to beat around the bush. I don't like it. I guess you could say it's a lack of confidence or apprehension surrounding it all. I don't know.

That's not the point though. I could go on and on with more things that make me squirm in my seat. But that's not necessary. I think you get it.

I feel like I'm coming to a point where I'm just going to do things. I'm going to put myself out there and face the callings that have been on my radar for years. I'm ready. Looking back, things make sense. Little things of no significance from the past have so much meaning now and I try to remember that when something happens that makes me question what the heck is going on.

Here's the thing though...

I'm into writing. I'm into yoga. I'm into creativity. I'm into helping others realize that they freaking rock and deserve to take care of themselves.

Those are the things that I want to do. And I want to do them everyday. 

That's just it though. I'm really into these things and I'm hesitant to share my writing for whatever reason so I just don't do it at all. Or I have a really good gift idea that I want to make but I'm worried about the outcome so I just go buy a gift. Instead of just doing the thing and putting it out in the world for whatever to happen to it, I put a stop to it. A good idea or an exciting project? NOPE. Sorry, that's not happening. Better retreat back to the safe space of living in my little comfort bubble.

I knew that I was doing this to an extent. I think most of us do until we have the realization that we're not living to our full potential and actually want to work our way towards doing so. Doing the hard things oftentimes equals receiving the beautiful rewarding things. And I don't think that it gets any easier to put yourself out there in a creative way. I think that you just get used to being uncomfortable and knowing that regardless of if the thing is deemed "good or bad" doesn't matter. The journey that lead you to that creation and moment is what holds value.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I want to start doing the hard things. And by that I basically mean that I want to create things often that I share with the world. I don't care if they're "good or bad" anymore because really, as long as no one is harmed does it even really matter what the outcome is? I don't think so. We all receive value out of different things and what I see as good could be seen as bad by someone else. That's why I think it's so important to just create over and over again and put it out there. It's very rare that your work won't resonate with someone.

This is just a long rambling of my thoughts about being vulnerable with your creative work. When I started typing this I wasn't sure where it was going. But here we are. And it all makes sense, to me. I don't know if it'll resonate with you or even make sense to you. It's not a trim and polished as my usual posts just because I wanted it to be quite honest and real. It's a snippet of my unedited creative work, and it's the start of what will hopefully be a very creative, tough, fun, and wild ride.