So, since I turned 40 something has changed inside of my mind…or lets just say…it’s been altered. I read an article just one day after my birthday. I found it on http://www.stumbleupon.com and I regret not keeping note of the author because it resinated with me so much. What he/she spoke about was the fact that we all have the ability to be something great. To be able to succeed beyond our own expectations and to be happy and hugely successful. In order to achieve this, we need a few things to fall into place and those things were listed in the article. There were two points that stood out and I think about regularly to this day. Here is the gist of what they were:
- Know what you are passionate about. Everyone knows deep down what they love about life but because our culture is so busy keeping up with the Jones’ our own personal passions subside and sometimes vanish because we are chasing other peoples passions. We want what we think we should want because they want it. Get it? It made sense to me.
- Don’t care what people think. Without hurting people or intentionally stepping on others dreams to build your own…just do your best to not care. Everyone has an opinion. EVERYONE! If you hesitate pursuing something because of what others might think then you’re screwed. It would be almost impossible to turn your dream into a reality.
I’m all over #1. I know what I’m passionate about and good at and I think I’ve always known. My problem is I’m not entirely sure where to step first in order to be going in the right direction.
Now, #2 is a HUGE problem for me. This, my friends, is my biggest obstacle. I am waaaaay too concerned about what people think. I hold back all the time because I’m (putting it mildly) a pussy. I don’t care so much in my day to day life as I’m quite happy to have a laugh at myself and am very honest about who I am amongst friends and family but when I get serious about something and want to put my opinion out there or pursue a dream I start to freak out. Put my head in the sand.
Anyhoo…I have been working hard at caring less. Less about who, what, when, where & why. And I’m going to do my best in my 40’s to just be the best person I know I can be and I will hopefully be something really special by the time I float away. It’s never too late to start.
Wish me luck!
When I started this 2014 recipe a week thingy, I promised myself I wouldn’t put pressure on myself to do a “BIG” new recipe each week…just “A” recipe in order to make the mission sustainable for me. So this week, since I’m behind by a couple recipes, I’m going to post a few quickies to catch up. The summer is coming and that means people popping in for a visit on the reg, which means having some tasty, fresh, appetizers & snacks available on the spur. Sooooo, there’s no better time than now for testing out some yummy ideas.
Today, it’s Hummus. I tried a new recipe this weekend. I usually make the same one over and over but this one calls for a little kick and I liked it. It’s yet another gem from The Barefoot Contessa (follow her on Instagram @inagarten for some fab garden/Hamptons/foodie pics) and I’m gonna say GO FOR IT! Again, super easy and ridiculously short on time to prepare. I’m gonna do myself a favour and stock up on chick peas next time I’m in the bean aisle just so I have them available when I get a craving for it. Soooooo good.
Oh my God, how did I get so far behind? K, this will be short and sweet.
I have no idea what got into me today or why I picked this particular recipe to pursue. It’s a Wednesday, hump day, and I spent mine cleaning the house and doing laundry. I guess I just wanted some meatballs and so what’s a girl to do? Well this girl made Ina Garten’s Real Meatballs & Spaghetti. The babe is otherwise known as The Barefoot Contessa.
I know the thought of making meatballs seems like a HUGE task but it surprisingly is not. The most time consuming thing was frying the meatballs and to be perfectly honest I think I might try baking them next time. If I do that, this meal will be almost as easy as making a turkey sandwich. I won’t say that literally but I’m not kidding you…even the sauce was done in an extremely easy amount of time.
The recipe calls for red wine so I HAD to crack a bottle and since I’m only recently drinking it again (was off it for some reason after Knox was born) I was happy to indulge. I even had a Gwyneth moment by letting Knox join me in the prep and dish washing. I can sleep tonight not feeling like the worst parent ever which is my usually lullaby.
Try it! You’re a dink if you don’t!
PS: For the fresh bread crumbs I used my Vitamix and it worked perfectly. I didn’t even wash it after…a few crumbs in my shake tomorrow won’t hurt anyone. #ILOVESHORTCUTS
Yesterday one of my best girls Tanya took me to a class she’s been talking a lot about at Distrikt Movement on Dollarton in North Vancouver. I was a little hesitant because I knew it involved boxing and I always feel so uncoordinated (I have bailed face down an average of once a month since I started to walk) and my hand eye ain’t so great either. But surprise me…I LOVED it!
First of all, when I walked into the Distrikt it felt very New York. And I mean that in the best possible way because who does’t love New York and who doesn’t want to feel like they are working out there 100% of the time? The interior design is rad, the details are straight up style and the staff are awesome and obviously fitness genius, answering any questions I had. The class Tanya and I took was the Tight Club (Punch Out) which was lead by the cutest Keighty Gallagher who also developed “Tight Club” I believe. Let me just say, I had one hell of a time getting out of bed this morning. Holy shit m*tha f&$kas! I do feel great. I’m going to go for a run tomorrow with a little Tracy Anderson after. And I will definitely be back to one of her classes soon. We are looking to go back on Friday and want to bring a few more bodies so who’s in? Get a hold of me girls cause seriously, I loved the music, the energy, the instruction, the atmosphere and the location. I love that parts of my body I never really knew existed are hurting because this means I’m working everything. And I LOVE the idea of my ass lifting off the floor if I keep on keeping on. Follow Keighty @tightclub and Distrikt @distrikt on Instagram for more deets. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a link to their website…they also have yoga and dance and more: http://www.distrikt.ca/home.html
Oh…and thanks for taking me T! I owe you one.
I had to remind myself this week that I simply have to get off the couch (so to speak). This is something I discovered over the past year and it is one of the most important lessons I have learned through my SkinnyFat adventure.
I have been struggling lately with pursuing a really great workout and I am a professional at finding every excuse in the book to delay a good sweat. In fact I had to commit to a couple classes this week because I was feeling like I needed to get out of the house and reignite the excitement and the energy that comes from a killer workout.
When I say “I had to remind myself to just get off the couch”, I mean… I just have to do something. Getting motivated for a walk around the block is much easier than the motivation required for a 1 hour workout so that’s all I have to focus on when I begin…I’m just going to walk for a bit. Generally, once I’m half way around the block my brain is clearer, my heart rate is up a bit and I almost always decide to jog the rest of the way. In fact, my walk evolves to two blocks…maybe three then four and so on. Just getting out the door is the first step to a nice increase in heart rate and even if it ends being “just” a walk around the block, it’s just that and I can rest easy knowing I did something.
Keep on keeping on.