Create The Life You Want – August Goals
August 2, 2015
Hello friends! How’s it going? Can you believe that it’s August already. What is going on?! That is so crazy to me. But regardless, it’s time for some goal setting. I have been brainstorming and trying to come up with some awesome goals for this month that are unique to other months, which is why this post is a day late. Better late than never though! And don’t you worry I didn’t forget about the Happy Life series. I’m just pushing that back a day too. Doing what I have to do to create the best posts that I can! And with that being said, let’s set some goals.
July Goals Review
- Take less iPhone photos
I’ve been doing this!! I still can improve a bit but I have been working on this a great amount and am so excited about it. It really inspires me to get out there and create even more.
- Do yoga every day
I don’t think it happened every day. But most days! I might have missed 2 or 3 days the whole month which I am quite pleased with!
- Read two books
Ahh, this didn’t happen. I am reading a book now though and do try to pick it up each day even if it’s only for a few minutes. I’m getting back into this!
- Strength Train
This kind of happened. I haven’t had a set routine or idea of what to strength train. But I do find myself doing it once or twice a week whenever I feel like it which is much better than what it has previously been.
- Try 1 new vegan friendly restaurant
Check! I went to Lili Cafe in Pittsburgh. It turned out to be a great experience! I left feeling so happy. I loved the vibe and the food was so reasonably priced and delicious. This is going to become one of my new favorites I believe!
Overall I’m very pleased with July and my goals. I kept them in mind throughout the month and took the steps towards making things happen. Being conscious and aware of ways to improve your life is so important and rewarding whenever you look back upon the progress that you’ve made over a period of time.
- Manage Money
I don’t spend a lot of money on pointless things. I don’t really keep track of what I spend either though. I have loans that I really want to pay off and I want to start budgeting each week so that I’m able to do that as soon as possible. I know that this goal will be a continuous goal for quite a while but I hope to get into the habit of managing money this month.
- Prepare snacks
This is always a big deal for me. I end up at work with no snacks or grab some crazy thing that I don’t even want to eat when the time comes. Each Sunday I want to make a snack of some type to be able to take to work each week. Making a large batch of something will help me save time and stress whenever it’s Wednesday morning and I need to leave for work in 5 minutes but have no food.
- Job search
I work at a retail store and have been there for a year this month. It’s not something that I enjoy but the hours are great and my schedule is so flexible and I love that. It keeps me there. I am not happy with it though. I know I deserve better and I want to look into finding better. I’m manifesting finding a job that I enjoy with decent hours and decent pay.
I don’t particularly like children but for some reason I kind of want to nanny. It’s strange. I don’t know! But I do know that I am searching for a job that will better me as a person and allow me to leave each day feeling accomplished and motivated for the next day.
- Create a bucket list
I have so many things that I want to do but they never happen either because I forget about them or because I just keep putting them off. Everything in my life is much easier accomplished whenever I have a list. So I want to create a proper bucket list filled with awesome things that I will accomplish. This is obviously another goal that I will have to work at for more than this month but I want to get in the habit of creating the list, checking things off if possible, and growing the list over time!
That’s it for this month! Let me know how it’s going for you! What are your goals for August? I’d love to hear! Comment below, email me, or share with me on Instagram!
What I Eat In A Day – Raw Till 4
July 31, 2015
Hey guys! Today I’m going to share a days worth of eating for me. I love seeing what others eat throughout their days as inspiration for my own meals and this is just for fun. I haven’t done one of these in a while so here we go!
For the most part I follow a high carb vegan diet and am primarily raw till 4. Eating this way makes me feel my best and I am currently so happy with it. What I have found to help me be successful with my lifestyle is flexibility. Daily I eat very similar to what I’m sharing but I am also into vegan junk foods and takeout whenever the opportunity arises, which is rare! But still relevant. Flexibility is key to reaching a good place with your mind and body.
Let’s get to it!
I love starting my mornings off with a smoothie. I do this almost every single morning with the same simple recipe. It’s quick, easy, and energizing! I have 7 bananas, spinach, and coconut water blended together. So easy for me to take on the go or just hang out with at home while I do some work online!
For lunch I was craving something cool so I made a banana date milkshake. I do a lot of computer work while I eat so having another drink for lunch is one of my go-to lunch ideas. I had 4 fresh bananas, 3 frozen bananas, a handful of dates, vanilla drops and some almond milk blended together to create a cool creamy treat!
I was pretty hungry after lunch so I made some chocolate banana ice cream for a snack. I topped it with some rawnola (raw granola!), cacao nibs, and coconut sugar. So yummy! Oh and be on the lookout for the rawnola recipe, it’s coming soon!
I had another snack before dinner which was a mango. I’ve been eating mangos like crazy lately and I love everything about them, except the mess that I make when eating them. But that’s a small sacrifice I’m willing to make for something as good as mangos.
For dinner I had left over chili that I made and modified from Oh She Glows recipe. I replaced the oil with water and left the salt out. I then topped it with some spiralized sweet potatoes and fresh cilantro. It was so good! I still have some left overs and I can’t wait to dig into them tomorrow too!
“Veganism is not a “sacrifice.” It is a joy.”
― Gary L. Francione
That’s it for my day. Yes, I eat a lot of bananas. I enjoy them so much! I don’t get tired of them because there is so many different ways that you can eat them! I find it fun and delicious. I love eating the way that I do because it makes me feel amazing. Is it for everyone? Probably not, but that’s okay! As long as we’re not harming any animals for food then that’s all that matters. The rest is all personal preference.
What does a typical days worth of eating look like for you? What did you enjoy the most out of your day?! Let me know!
Happy Life: Weekly Positives – July 20-26
July 26, 2015
Welcome back to the Happy Life series! How was your week? I had a pretty good week filled with lots of new adventures and great experiences. Since starting this series I’ve become so much more aware of the special moments and positivity in my life. I credit writing these posts each week for allowing that to happen! Throughout the week I think about writing these posts each Sunday and take mental notes for what I can write about and share with you guys. That makes me more aware of all of the good things that I unintentionally take for granted and allows me to appreciate them that much more! Being aware and in the present moment is so so important and beneficial to living a happy and healthy life.
“Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.” – David Levithan
Blueberry picking happened again this week! I got off of work early and went with my mom and grandma to pick more berries. It was such a hot and sunny day which to me is the perfect weather. So hanging out in the berry bushes was a great time for me!
I climbed a tree this week. I haven’t done that since last summer. I had no real reason to do it. I just felt like doing it so I picked a tree in the yard and up I went. If you’re able to do this I recommend it. It puts a new perspective on things! Especially if you’re in your yard. You can see it from a view that you’ve probably never witnessed before and that’s a great deal of fun!
I have heard nothing but good things about “The Power Of Now” so I ordered it off of Amazon. I started reading it this week and I can already tell that it is going to have a huge impact on me. Everything that I was reading I resonated with and even kept sending pictures of certain pages to Darrin whenever I thought that he could relate to them as well. Once I finish this book (which will hopefully be soon) I think it deserves it’s own post. Be on the lookout for that!
Before work one morning I went with a friend to a secluded spot that overlooks part of the town and the river. We hung out there and talked for a while. It was nice to just hang out before work and do whatever we pleased! Sitting in that spot gave us a great start to the morning!
I have a thing for sunsets. Lately the sunsets have been so so amazing. I try to catch them every night or at least get a quick look at the sunset each night. This sunset was so beautiful, I sat on the back porch steps and watched the whole thing during the crisp evening. It was so nice and a relaxing way to end the day!
Darrin and I went on a new adventure last night. We’ve been to another old trussel in the area but not this one so I decided that we should check it out. It’s not in the best shape by any means and isn’t the safest thing to do but it was cool to experience! I love exploring new things especially things that are close to home that I’ve never done.
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” — Dalai Lama XIV
That’s it for me this week and now it’s your turn! Share with me your positive events from this past week. Big or small, I’m interested in hearing them! Comment below, email me, or share with me on Instagram! Let’s share positivity with one another and create a positive world!
Berry Cherry Banana Smoothie – Vegan
July 25, 2015
Hi friends! Coming at you really briefly today to share a delicious summer smoothie recipe. As you know, I went blueberry picking last week and then I found some cherries on sale so I decided to go wild and crazy and create this smoothie! It’s a refreshing treat that you can enjoy outside on a summer day just like I did today. Blend, serve, enjoy!
Berry Cherry Banana Smoothie
Berry Cherry Layer:
1/2 cup cherries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/3 cup almond milk
2 fresh bananas
1 frozen banana
Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Pour into glass. Rinse blender out.
2 fresh bananas
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup almond milk
Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Pour into glass. Serve, enjoy!!
Simple Vanilla Banana Ice Cream
July 20, 2015
I’m into ice cream. A lot. It was one of the last things I “gave up” before going vegan. But lets be real, the only thing I was giving up was things that aren’t supposed to go into my body! I’m not a baby calf so why did I think I needed calfs milk? Well because the dairy industry has conditioned society to think that it’s a good source of calcium, which is false, and now that I know that everything is happy. It’s all good now and I have fell in love with a whole new (and better) world of ice creams. Cashew, coconut, soy, banana, etc. Especially banana ice cream. Ohhh man that stuff is amazing .
I eat it daily. No kidding. It’s a life changer in all ways positive and I am in love. You can whip this up so fast with a high speed blender or food processor and clean up is a breeze. That’s my favorite kind of meal! It’s something that you’ll never get tired of either because you can make it in so many various ways and top it with literally anything! It’s fun, tasty, and refreshing! Mmm.
Vanilla Banana Ice Cream
5 frozen bananas
1/2 cup coconut water
1 drop vanilla
Blend together all ingredients in your blender or food processor until smooth. Remove from blender into a bowl. Top with your favorite fruity and superfood toppings. I used kiwi, passion fruit, blueberries, goji berries, and coconut sugar. Serve, enjoy!