With another “day off” I had to find a way to be productive. My domestic side came out.
Rather than flexing my culinary muscles, I gave my organizational ones a workout. I’ve discovered that when my living space is clean and organized, I just feel more relaxed. Consequently, cleaning is a great way to relieve any sort of extra stress. Today was not a stressful day, but keeping busy and productive is always a good idea.
Outside of my bedroom I have this book shelve. It is a perfectly placed bookshelf. The nook created by the home builders had to have this particular shelf in mind. I have a lot of books and the shelf used to over packed. Since I inherited a bunch of shelves from my old Borders store (Thank you again, Sara) the shelf hasn’t had much use. It became a dumping ground of the little odds and ends around the house. I got sick of looking at it and decided to make it worthy of the space and pleasant on the eye once again.
I’ve officially made it my “school bookshelf”. There is more than enough room on my larger shelfs, but some of the books are too big to fit on shelfs standing up. I’d much rather have all of the books together in one place. I’m particularly proud of the little floral arrangement on top. It gives it a nice little splash of color.
The laundry is done. My room, bathroom, living room, and kitchen are all in great condition. Additionally I made sure I got in a killer workout!
This is something GREAT to try. I did 5 reps of this and it killed. I was surprised that I got a great workout from these simple moves. Last but not least, I ended my workout with a nice cool down, stretching, and the best post-workout shake available on the market. I cannot get enough of this stuff. I do coach people everyday. If you are ever interested, leave a comment and we will get in touch.
Behold! The triumphant return of the Domestic Goddess in Training
This is a little know secret about me, but I think that I would make a remarkable housewife. I’m a lady who likes to work for a living and make my own money. Regardless, I do enjoy housework. I like cleaning, organizing, and more than anything COOKING.
I recently gave another go at cooking a healthy, high protein, and vegetarian meal. Amber is a vegetarian and struggles with getting the right amount of protein into her daily diet. We knew there are solutions out there. It was just about finding the RIGHT ones for her. As a result I put together this meal of my own invention!
This is a dish with red inca quinoa cooked with Herbalife chicken soup mix, roasted broccoli, and fresh carrot on top.
This is what you will need:
- 1 cup Red Inca Quinoa
- 1 packet of Herbalife Chicken Soup Mix
- Broccoli florets
- 1 carrot
- Minced garlic
- Olive Oil
- Lemon juice
- Parmesan cheese
This is how you make it:
- Preheat Oven to 425 degrees
- Cut broccoli into bit size pieces, place on a cooking sheet with aluminum.
- Toss broccoli in olive oil, pepper, salt, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.
- Bake for 22 minutes.
- Prepare quinoa as instructed. About 5 minutes before all of the water is absorbed, add 1 packet of the Herbalife Chicken Soup Mix.
- Place quinoa in a bowl, broccoli on top, peel strips of carrot on top.
I have a couple of days to myself and I plan to make the absolutely most of it while I can. I have four full days without a demand from either job.
The morning kicked off with a trip to Sherman Oaks to meet up with my Borders Ladies for Brunch. First of all, Sara completely out did herself! Look at this table!
I had the honor and privilege of spending time with Sara, Lisa, Kim, Angela, Liz, Nadia, and Lauren. We sat around, shared stories, geeked out, and laughed until it hurt. We don’t get to see each other often, but every time we gather it feels as though no time has passed. Sitting together in a room, mimosas in hand, it felt like coming home for the holidays. I can’t believe we don’t work together anymore. It’s nice to know that with our powers combined we could take on the world!
Between the eight of us, we polished off seven bottles of champagne. Yeah… it was fun!
Into the afternoon I had many things to accomplish! For one, I had to complete the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge. If you haven’t seen me dump a large bucket of water on my head for a good cause, please click here.
Afterwards I went to Core Health to follow-up with my clients Heidi and Cloe! These girls are amazing and an absolute inspiration to me. All of their handwork is paying off and I couldn’t be more proud.
To conclude the evening, I have the house to myself. Amber, in her valiant attempt to watch ALL of Doctor Who before Monday evening is in full effect. I am joining her in this cause… ’cause why not? Revisiting Doctor Who never hurt anyone.
Personal mental health is extremely important to me. There are days, I will admit, that I get trapped within the confines of my own thoughts. Journaling worked for a spell, but I found it to be ultimately ineffective for myself. My brain functions faster than my hands are able to write. After everything is written down, I do not go back and read it. It’s now just a collection of words that represent my past without grounding me in the present or propelling into my future.
I started to write on my walls. I bought several dry erase markers and took up writing short phrases or words to express how I am feeling in that moment or something that I need to remember in order to pick myself back up or motivate myself.
My bedroom one is filled with random daily reminders. It’s in my bathroom that I find my largest source of inspiration.
Do you want to be defined by your excuses or by the things you accomplished? You can have excuses or results. You cannot have both.
This has kept my head on my shoulders with my feet firmly planet on the ground.
Another continuing source of inspiration comes from an inside joke between myself and my good friend and fellow wellness coach, Amber. She’s been going through a tough time lately. In the midst of extreme stress, it’s easy to blow the small things out of proportion. This is just the nature of being human. As a result, the two of us came up with a saying that helps put this in perspective: #NotARealProblem
We say this. We laugh. We realize the difference between the big things and the little things. Additionally, the bit of laughter in the middle of it all helps considerably.
Perspective is everything. Attack the big stuff with everything you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff.