G'morning, gracious internet pals.
I'm glad you enjoyed the anxiety post. It gave me a good cry so it warmed my soul to hear that it had the same effect on some of you. My mental health isn't something I talk about tons as I try to keep this space positive, but knowing how many of you are suffering from similar things, I wanted to give a voice to something that's a bit darker but equally as important. While I'm generally a happy, grateful person, anxiety is no stranger to me. We're all fighting battles that don't make our highlight reels.
So I've started doing yoga. I went to my second class last night. Coming from someone who's never done yoga, I really love it so far. I feel like I never gave it a fair chance until now when I feel like I actually need it.
I'm also putting more of an effort back into the little things in my life that bring me joy. Lately it's enjoying a slower mornings, talking about my feelings with Jeff, making a new recipe, spending quality time with friends, walking alone in the park, getting lost in a book, and breakfast dates. At night, it's lavender and peppermint in my diffuser, listening to calming nature music, and really just treating myself to experiences overall that make my mind and heart feel at peace. I'm big into a warm and fuzzy nighttime routine.
I've been reading more uplifting, spiritually-minded books and it truly helps me to remember that we're part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Raining turned to pouring for me in a couple personal and professional situations over the past couple weeks. It's not always easy to find but I know I need to be attracting and absorbing as much positive energy as possible right now. As humans we instinctively resist our own darkness. I'm working on embracing rather than fearing it so I can foster my light and that of others. Onwards and upwards!
My smoothie routine is something else that's changed. I was having a moment with eggs and avocado toast but my body's been asking for cold creamy things the past couple days. I've been wanting to change up my smoothies for a while. This blend was a big sliced peach that I froze the night before, a good handful each of sliced frozen zucchini and cauliflower, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a big spoonful of cashew butter, vanilla spirulina protein powder, cinnamon and dried ginger, vanilla, and almond milk to blend. It tasted like a really yummy fruity cookie. Cashew butter is basically the answer to all my problems.
P.S. The peep toe booties I'm wearing are insanely comfy and adorable and 40% off right now. I wear them all day and my feet don't hurt at all.
Lunch part one was a leftover beet burger topped with caraway kraut, hummus, hot sauce, leftover roasted veggies, and crackers on the side for crunch. I made the tzatziki with plain greek yogurt and it was awesome.
Then we had a tasting of TRISM's new egg sammies. I tried the one with pesto, roasted tomatoes, and arugula and a southwestern version with black bean spread, pepper jack, arugula and sriracha aioli. They were dreamy in case you couldn't tell.
Before yoga I snacked on a Blueberry Orange Muffin (def the best muffin on the blog) plus a clementine.
For dinner I put a bunch of leftover taco-seasoned roasted veggies, sweet potatoes, and black beans in a bowl with Taqueria Mix fermented veggies, avocado crema, and Target's Simply Balanced blue corn tortilla chips with flax seeds. More on this meal in tomorrow's post! On the side I had a salad with local greens, tomato, and basil from our CSA dressed with olive oil, balsamic, salt, pepper, and garlic. So fresh and easy.
Dessert was a Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie, AKA pure perfection. I made the recipe exactly as written and they're fanfreakingtastic. With or without vanilla ice cream after you've microwaved the cookie for ten seconds so it's warm and gooey. OMGAHHHH.
Have the best day! You deserve all the happiness.