motivation mondays: week 26
the minor quarter-life crisis i feel like i’ve been going through over the past month or so is finally winding down. i’m starting to feel the anxiety i’ve been having over various things leaving my body and my brain is starting to slow down a little bit.
i think that part of the reason this is happening is because last week i sort of gave myself permission to just kind of let go. i realized that i desperately needed to stop worrying about making major decisions right this second, breathe and just focus on the present, do what i have to do and let the answers come when they want to. i tend to put a lot of pressure on myself in basically every situation i find myself in, so the act of letting go can be difficult for me, but i’m definitely getting better at it… i’m sure i can thank yoga teacher training in part for this!
as much as i have talked about listening to yourself, following your gut and not putting things off, i do think that you have to find the balance between listening to yourself and moving forward but not pressuring something to happen right now. things take time to work themselves out and i’m a big believer in the universe aligning the way it’s supposed to when it’s supposed to.
no matter what you’re up to, what you have planned, what you’re dealing with or going through, don’t forget that this is it. right now is all you have. we aren’t guaranteed next week, next month, next year [and i mean this in a totally non-morbid way], so we should prioritize living in the moment over anything else. this doesn’t mean you should become complacent or sit around waiting for something to happen… go out there and make it happen for yourself, but at the same time, if you’re unsure or things are just not clear right now, don’t pressure yourself and destroy the now with worrying about what you’re next move is. there is a fine line between not giving a sh*t about anything and having too much control. you want to be moving forward, but not at the expense of losing sight of what’s most important… and what’s most important is right now.
if you have something you’re struggling with, something that’s bugging the sh*t out of you that you can’t seem to make a decision about, give yourself permission to just let it effing go for a day, a week, whatever you need. stop pressuring yourself to have everything figured out. you’ll never have everything figured out and sometimes not thinking about things is the best way to get clear about what you want.
links for the week!
1) i loved this list of “48 things i know for sure”. so accurate.
2) athleta released their list of the 100 most inspiring women in health and wellness. it’s safe to say that i admire a large percentage of the ladies on this list.
3) and you know… just some #justiceforbrowneyes… because they seriously aren’t given enough credit, like, ever.
have an amazing week everyone… what are you going to let go of?
image courtesy of raquel alexandra
the yoga diaries: pt. iii
as of this week, i’m in the final three weeks of yoga teacher training. we’re down to just a few days at this point… and i’m kinda freaking out! t the beginning, 12 weeks sounded like an eternity and now, i’m not ready for it to be over.
spending my weekends immersed in the physical and philosophical practice of yoga has quickly become a part of my routine. it happened so organically and naturally that i’m not even sure how i was spending my time before this. it wasn’t as difficult to fit into my schedule as i thought it would be… i’m not exhausted [well, i’m not exhausted most of the time], i’m still able to do just about everything that I want to do… it seems like i’ve only enhanced my life and elevated my sense of being… definitely an unexpected [but welcome!] benefit of this entire process.
i realized exactly how much this has become a part of my life when i was away and missed training while in miami. yoga has been a huge part of my life for quite some time now, but teacher training has taken it to a new level. it felt weird to be out of my routine. i needed some down time and the opportunity to let loose desperately, but it also showed me how much i also need yoga in my life. i’ve benefited from it in so many ways over the past several years and it continues to change my life in ways i could never have imagined back when i showed up to my first yoga class six/seven years ago.
training has been pretty transformational for me. and not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. i knew heading into this that my life was going to change, but i wasn’t exactly sure how. i walked into the studio on january 10th with an open mind and just have kind of let things come and go and manifest themselves on their own. i honestly haven’t had much time to think too in depth about much of anything else, so that mindset has definitely helped me make it through this entire process. i’ve been trying to listen to my gut a lot more and act on feelings rather than thoughts. our brain can sometimes talk us out of going with our feelings, using ration to talk us into or out of something. while making smart decisions is something we need to do, when our mind overpowers our gut it can lead us into sticky situations.
having a weekend off and not practicing yoga while i was away kind of sent me into a tailspin. all of these things that have been in the back of my mind decided to all of a sudden show up front and center. i have so many things that i want to do, but making the decision to go forward with them isn’t exactly easy and i’ve been struggling with that a bit. i’m trying really hard to listen to my gut. i want to make the right decision, but when i try to look ahead… i worry about the “what ifs”… and there are so many of them!
at this point, i’m telling myself “one thing at a time”. i don’t have to make any major, life-altering decisions today, tomorrow or even next week, and i’m just going to continue to try to let everything flow, let the answers come to me when they’re ready to. that’s really all i can do for now.
before i sign off, i wanted to let everyone know that between now and graduation [march 29th], i’m offering free yoga classes to anyone who might be interested. all levels, all class sizes. so, if you’re in the new york area and wanna do some yoga, send me an email [email@example.com] and let’s figure something out!
dairy-free banana nut bread
who doesn’t love a good banana nut bread? i took this old favorite and made it a little bit healthier, without damaging the taste or quality… and it was actually super easy to do. i replaced the butter with applesauce, used less sugar than most traditional recipes typically call for and replaced white flour with whole wheat flour.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. palm sugar
- 1/3 c. applesauce
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts + extra for topping
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 4×8 bread pan with coconut oil.
- peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
- add the sugar, applesauce, egg, vanilla and baking soda to the bowl and combine well with the mashed bananas.
- fold in the flour 1/2 c. at a time until a thick batter has formed.
- add the walnuts, making sure they are evenly distributed in the batter.
- pour the batter into the bread pan and sprinkle the extra walnuts on top.
- bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until you can stick a fork into the center of the bread and it comes out clean.
- let cool, slice and serve with a side of coffee, tea or almond milk… enjoy!
motivation mondays: week 25
wow. i can’t believe i’ve already been back from miami for a week… it’s honestly taken me much longer to get back on track with my routine than i expected, but after the weekend i’m feeling focused, rested and almost back to what i consider “normal”. i got back to my yoga mat [this really turned around my week], saw the theory of everything [quite the emotional roller coaster] and had dinner with a friend at peacefood café [so effing good]. i feasted on the grilled oyster mushrooms served over parnship paté, chickpeas and a bed of kale [pictured here] and for dessert we went h.a.m. on the raw cashew cream cheesecake… seriously, un. real. the service was fast and friendly and the tea list is also worth mentioning… i had the tibetan tiger tea in an effort to fuel my recent india withdrawals. add this place to your “list” immediately.
last week, i talked about change and how taking a chance on anything can be difficult, but that ultimately we have the choice to make it… whatever that is for you… happen. today, for the 25th installment of motivation mondays, i only want to remind you of one thing:
if you feel lost, like you’re on the brink of a breakdown, confused or unsure if the decisions you’ve made/want to make are the right ones, just remember that your soul is rooting for you. it doesn’t matter what the chatter in your brain is telling you or what other people think of what you’re doing. all that matters is that it makes you…y our soul… feel good.
your soul, your gut, your intuition… whatever you wanna call it… is always on your side. there’s a reason we get “gut feelings” and that’s because sometimes our brain is trying to make the logical decision for us… the safe decision. when your gut is telling you something different than your brain, listen to it. it’s usually right.
a few more inspirational things for today:
1) this list of motivational quotes via buzzfeed was great for getting my butt off the couch and back to the gym this week.
2) a great reminder that love is love. I’ve seriously watched this video 10 times since i first came across it.
3) last year, i traveled to India in march to celebrate holi in mathura. it was such an amazing experience that i hope to relive some day in the future. these images from holi 2015 are igniting some serious #fomo.
coming up this week: a new recipe on wednesday and the third part of the yoga diaries series on friday… can’t wait to share more about my journey [which is quickly coming to end!] with you all.
what are your plans?!
image courtesy of women’s health
mint chocolate chip smoothie
smoothies are one of my favorite ways to replenish my body after a workout. and this one is so creamy and decadent that it’s almost more like a milkshake than a smoothie [which is never a bad thing]. this mint chocolate chip smoothie is also perfect post [or even pre] sweat-session because it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and potassium.
ingredients for 1 smoothie:
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
- 1 banana
- 1/4 of an avocado
- 3/4 c. chocolate almond milk [I love califa farms]
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tbsp. pure peppermint extract
- cacao nibs [optional]
- coconut flakes [optional]
- chia seeds [optional]
to whip this baby up:
- in a blender, combine the almond milk and greens first.
- add banana, avocado, almond butter and peppermint to the almond milk/greens mixture and blend until well-combined [this smoothie will be a little thicker than most].
- pour into a glass and [optional] garnish with cacao nibs, coconut flakes and chia seeds [and a fun paper straw].
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