Gratitude Post - Week 39

Coming at you today for the last day of September gratitude compilation. Only three more months of the year left, holy man. It's time to kick those fall goals into full gear!

I spent today at a fall festival in a town just a short drive away. It was my first time checking it out and it was no joke! It took us about 3 hours to conquer the whole thing and I'm still not too sure if we saw everything! Stuff like that is so fun to me. I'm always on the hunt for pottery or wooden bowls that I can get for food pictures, of course! And places like that are perfect for that!

But lots of other nice things happened this week. Let's get to that!

DAY 267

I am truly awful at tennis. But that doesn't stop me for attempting to hit the ball and run around the court like a crazy person trying to catch it!

DAY 268

Sunny Sunday mornings call for quality time spent outside with Roxy!

DAY 269

I tried a Beyond Meat frozen meal for the first time today! Frozen meals aren't really my jam but I've been itching to try these since they came out. It was pretty decent! Yay for trying new things!

DAY 270

Trail Tuesday! I biked after work today and it was so chilly. I didn't have a headband for my ears and they were hurting after the ride. But I still enjoyed crunching through the leaves and getting lost in a podcast!

DAY 271

Every morning Coale runs into my bedroom as soon as I open the door. I recently got out my big winter blankets and he loves them so much. So I always have a friend hanging out with me while I binge ready Harry Potter!

DAY 272

When you pet Roxy and she's really loving it then you'll be in trouble if you stop. She'll start whining and give you looks like this so there's no way you can just walk away! Although it's slightly annoying at times, it's so cute!

DAY 273

I'm not a big fan of coffee but after a chilly day at the craft show I was all about the warm cup of goodness! I've really started to appreciate the warmth of certain foods and drinks that are like a nice comforting blanket for your chilly bones. 


That's it for today! Thanks for joining me! xx

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PRETZEL BOMBS

Okay, this is one of my favorite recipes that I've made in a while. Some of my favorite things all smashed together to create an amazing thing.

This recipe just came to me. I wasn't even planning on making a recipe this particular day but I walked into the kitchen, grabbed some ingredients, and started creating. I think that's magical.

I've been putting a lot of effort into things lately and not really getting the results that I wanted. So I took a break; read a lot of books, practiced yoga, and attempted to just do nothing. Doing nothing is much harder than it sounds, by the way. I thrive on lists full of things that I can check off each day. Not having a list of things to get me through from the moment I wake up until the moment my head hits the pillow was a tough deal for me. But so very good at the same time. So anyways, I take this break and do these other things with no plan of stepping back into the kitchen or onto the blog consistently any time soon.

But I surprised myself and here I am some delicious treats on my plate. I was taking these photos and in disbelief that on a whim I created something that I was genuinely pleased with.

And that's what got me thinking deeper into things. I was working through force and resistance for so long now. Instead of moving with a sense of ease and gentleness I was being rough and rigid. Sure, I created some good things and put a lot of work into them but it didn't come from the right place.

Once I took a break and let myself breathe for a bit then things started coming back to me. No force, just easygoing vibes flowing. So good.

Speaking of so good, these peanut butter chocolate pretzel bombs. Oh man, mmmm. The center is a gooey coconut molasses truffle sandwiched between two pretzels and coated with chocolate peanut butter.

Pure bliss.

Give 'em a try!

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PRETZEL SANDWICHES


1 1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut water
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons shredded coconut
Pretzel twists
1/2 cup powdered chocolate peanut butter
4 tablespoons water
3 squares of chocolate of choice
Peanut butter

Blend together dates, cacao powder, coconut water, molasses, and coconut until smooth. Roll into small balls and sandwich between two pretzels. Set aside. Mix together powdered chocolate peanut butter and water. Cover pretzel sandwiches with chocolate peanut butter. Melt chocolate squares and drizzle chocolate on top as well as on extra pretzel twists to top. Drizzle with peanut butter, too. Serve, enjoy!

Best consumed immediately but can be stored in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Gratitude Post - Week 38

It's 6:07 a.m. and I'm here writing this post. This is a rare thing for me. Usually my days start quite differently! I have a busy day ahead of me though and I wanted to get this out of the way. So here we are.

My body is so much on a schedule. I can't sleep in anymore! I think it's ultimately a good thing but when I want to sleep in then it is a bit frustrating. And yes, sleeping in is between like 6-7 a.m. What have I become?! It's so crazy that I've transformed my body into loving mornings, but that's exactly what happened. And honestly, I'm into it.

I've been really enjoying being in silence lately and early mornings are a perfect time for that. It's interesting for me to observe this. Sometimes I'll put on some music or a podcast and be like, "No, wait. I want quiet." And of course other times I do want to listen to podcasts or music. But I think it's cool to observe this part of me that now wants the silence. It gives me space to think or for ideas to pop into my head. More on this later. Right now it's just something to think about and see where it takes me.

For now, let's get to some gratitude!

DAY 260

We spent the afternoon at an anniversary party and afterwards walked to the lake. We weren't there long, but for the time that we were it was such a nice little moment in the day after experiencing all of the party commotion.

DAY 261

Today I did nothing. And it was beautiful. I can't remember the last time I did nothing all day long. I mean, I wrote and read some books. But other than that I just hung out in bed. That's one thing I'm looking forward to with fall coming up; more days like this where I can just hide away for the day.

DAY 262

After my rainy day yesterday I was grateful for the sun today. Plus, all of the sunflowers! We have a ton of sunflowers popping up and I'm obsessed with them.

DAY 263

Somehow Tuesday's have transformed into my biking days?! I don't know when or how but that's a thing now and I'm completely okay with that. I take my bike out to the trail after work and do about a 12 mile ride. It's nice because I rarely see anyone else at that time of day and I can just zone out and do my thing. It's such a nice way to break up the end of the work day and the beginning of the evening.

DAY 264

I used to play around with inversions and arm balances all the time when I first started practicing yoga. I'd mess around until my arms felt like they were going to fall off! I still do play, just not as often for some reason. Tonight I did though, and it was great. Playing around with different things that you practice in your daily practice is so much fun. I love that I can do the same thing over and over again while tweaking it a bit differently each time to see what happens. Yoga, I love it.

DAY 265

I had to go mow grass tonight and in retrospect that's not exactly my idea of fun. But, once I actually do it then I typically enjoy it. It's the same always. Load the mower in the truck, drive there with the windows down while listening to the same CD as always, mow, load it back up, drive back with the windows down listening to the same thing. I'm into it. It's one of those moments where I know that I'll look back on once it's no longer a part of my life and really be glad that it was a part of my life for so long. I'm really working on seeing those moments more and more. You know how you feel nostalgia for things that didn't seem so special at the time? Yeah, I'm trying to notice those times while they're still happening and recognize the good in the situations that I could so easily make bad. But I actively chose not to view them in a negative way. That wouldn't be any fun for anyone involved. So I try to focus on the good and inherently things are often very good.

DAY 266

I made my way to Amazing Cafe today for lunch and it was absolutely lovely! I spent the day in Pittsburgh buying bath bombs, crystals, books, and delicious food. It's been a while since I've spent the day doing random things like this and it was such a nice way to spend a Friday!


That's it for this week! Thanks for joining me. I'd love to hear about your little bits of gratitude from this week as well! 

FALL GOALS 2016

It's that time again; time for seasonal goals! Fall is here my friends, ready or not. With the new season comes a new set of goals that I'll be working towards over the next few months. I've transitioned into monthly goals verses weekly goals because I like to give myself the extended period of time to work towards something more than I can do in a week. These goals are all things that are attainable within a few months time as long as I show up and put the effort in to make them happen. I think it's important to set attainable goals that will propel you towards those bigger goals that you have tucked away in your mind. Smaller successes create huge accomplishments over time!

Before we get to the present goals, let's recap the summer goals! If you want to read more detail behind these goals check it out here!

SUMMER GOALS

Bike 40 miles - DONE! This was so satisfying for me to complete. I was so proud of myself and couldn't believe that I actually did it. I didn't do any type of training plan. I just biked consistently 10-15 miles once or twice a week as well as a longer 20+ mile ride once a week until I worked my way up to 40 miles. So excited about this one!

Read 2 books per month - Yes! I've read more this summer than I have in a long time and I have every intention of continuing with it. I just started reading Harry Potter for the first time ever this week and I'm sure that once I really get into it that it will be easy for me to fulfill this goal for the upcoming months!

Remain consistent with lifting - I didn't do this. But I think it's completely okay and a really good thing. I looked back on what I wrote when I wrote down this goal and I can tell just by how I wrote it that I wasn't 100% into it at the time. Which is fine! Since, I've started running again and practicing yoga more and I am completely happy with my choice. Goals are set to keep you motivated to do something, but for something that you no longer are enjoying much at all I think it's best to let it go and find a new goal to work towards.

Write daily - Yes!! I've been getting back into writing just to write. I don't care if it's "good" or not. I just do it because I like the therapeutic aspects of just doing it.

Bake more - Heck yes! Even though it's been a pretty hot summer and lighting the oven isn't the best idea... especially when you don't have air conditioning; I still made it happen and am continuing to make it happen! I've been loving it. It's fun for me and since I'm trying to make everything gluten free it's also a challenge which is nice!

FALL GOALS

Take Roxy to the beach - I've been wanting to take Roxy to the beach ever since I got her and this year I am determined to make it happen! I don't have a date set. I have a few weekends in mind but I think it'll be a spontaneous trip determined by the weather!

Spread happiness - I have a few things in mind for this. I know it's pretty vague but I want to report back here with the results once I make this happen! I can share that it involves connecting with strangers in real life which is something that I'm not the best at. I'm feeling inspired to bring a little more light into random people's days and to do this I need to step outside of my comfort zone a bit!

Disconnect - I want to work on only checking social media 2-3 times a day and set a time limit for each of those times. I've been experimenting with this lately and I find that by doing this I get a heck of a lot more done in my days. I just feel more connected to myself overall.

Use my camera - I'm sure I've said this a thousand times before but I am going to continue to say it until it happens. Less iPhone photos, more camera photos; do it, do it, do it.

Work on a big project - I would share what the big project would be, but I don't know yet! I just know that I want to work on a project that I can put most of my focus on and really give it all I got. I don't know if it'll be a public project or a more personal one, but I will report back and let you know how it goes and what it is!

And that's it! Fall goals = complete. Ready to rock!

Do you have any goals for this upcoming season? I'd love to hear about them!

Gratitude Post - Week 37

This week was the first week where I didn't post any of my gratitude posts on Instagram. I don't know why, but I wasn't feeling it, so I didn't do it! I think I like the idea of just putting them all just to right here instead of on both platforms. Switching thing up a bit, which I think is always a good thing.

I didn't have the greatest week ever this week but even with that being the case I still made it a point to snap a little picture of a special moment in the day. There is always that one little moment and sometimes it's not the easiest to find but it's something worth discovering or creating on your own just to bring a little smile onto your face in a time of need.

Let's take a peek at the little moments I uncovered from this past week!

DAY 253

Impulsive trip to Pittsburgh. We went to dinner and it was not too great, so we headed to Burgatory for some shakes to turn that around real quick! I got vanilla and Darrin got peanut butter pretzel. Both A+!

DAY 254

It's starting to get dark so early! I've been running out the door as the sun sets trying to fit our the daily dog walk. So far, so good!

DAY 255

Leftovers featuring lots of veggies! I love having satisfying meals for my work lunches.

DAY 256

I took some time for a bike ride on the trail today. It felt like fall and everything was looking so pretty! I rarely bike on trails anymore but it's something that I want to do at least once a week for the rest of the season now.

DAY 257

Tonight we took a different route on our walk. New scenery is nice on occasion!

DAY 258

First day wearing a beanie this year. That's one thing I'm excited about as the colder temperatures settle in. Hat obsessed!

DAY 259

We went on our usual weekend Starbucks run this evening along with a nice walk through town and Chipotle. We do the same thing all the time and I never get tired of it. Familiarity in cases like this makes me so happy. :)


Thanks for joining me! Much love. xx