Fitting Out

High school can be an awkward time. We are growing, hormones come into the picture and all we want so desperately is to fit in. It is hard to be self confident and sure when you are young with peer pressure and influencers all around. We hide our interests, preferences and opinions just to fit in.

But, as we start to mature (or at least watch the birthday candles add up), we start to understand the importance of individuality. Being authentic is a difficult truth to live, but the most freeing. The issue is that we constantly feel like we need to be a certain way to fit in. And living our truth is scary, there is risk involved. We may not be accepted, we may fail, we may struggle. But if you trust the process and your own intelligence you will succeed.

Our individuality leads us to live the life we are meant to live. To find the path we are meant to walk.

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I have recently seen a few posts on some of my daily reads about self love and self worth. Prioritizing your own self-care is necessary for health and happiness. This was a hard lesson for me to learn; I was more caught up in working a few extra hours each day, nailing a presentation and living off business meetings.

Just over a year ago, I had my ‘ah-ha’ moment. I left my corporate, well-paying, good-looking and impressive job because my health, happiness, and relationship was suffering. I decided that life was about much more than a paycheck. You can read the full story and find out more on how I decided to leave and become a Certified Holistic Health Coach.

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Some great posts have been floating around the interwebs that all strike on this message:

  • Gina wrote about Investing in Self Care.
  • Jen wrote a post on Tuesday about comparison and judgement when it comes to social media. This is actually something I want to get into here on the blog in the next few weeks and would love your thoughts!
  • Lindsay’s take on the topic of walk breaks during a run really asks the question if we are allowing ourselves (aka bodies) to function as they want or are we pushing out of comparison.
  • And Tina’s picture on Instagram that started this blog post.

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I love the topic of self care, self respect and listening to your body are becoming mainstream topics. When I made the announcement that I was leaving my job for health reasons and to pursue my passions I received some ‘congratulations’ but also plenty of sideways looks. Making that choice, following my path and honoring my body and health has been the best decision, though not easy. But we are all individuals – and that is a beautiful thing.

Thanks, as always, to Amanda for hosting Thinking Out Loud.

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XO-

BB

 

WIAW: Mexican-style Granola

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Happy Wednesday! I am excited because today is actually my Thursday…almost the weekend!

Yesterday I woke up pretty groggy. I got out of bed around 6am, did some work, and then headed to the kitchen for breakfast.

Despite my fog, breakfast was awesome thanks to a homemade anniversary gift from my aunt. She made Mexican-style Granola. Yum!

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The granola includes a variety of raw nuts, seeds, cinnamon and a few other ingredients. I have to ask my aunt for this recipe!

I topped some Greek yogurt and berries (my favorite breakfast as of late) with the granola and enjoyed every bite!

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Not long after I fell asleep for almost an hour and woke up feeling much better.

The morning was spent working before I received a text from my sister inviting me to the pool. Pottery Barn was scheduled to deliver our rocking chair in the afternoon, so I offered to bring lunch to visit for a while before going back to meet the delivery. We agreed on Greek Islands (the best Greek salad around!) for lunch.

I met Lindsay and my niece Natalie at their pool and we enjoyed lunch under the umbrella. It was 90 degrees, but the shade kept us cool and we spent a couple of hours chatting.

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After lunch, I had to run a few errands including swinging down to Buy Buy Baby to pick up Phil’s drivers license. I guess he left it there on Sunday when we went to purchase our car seat.

When I returned home, I stayed in ‘baby-mode’ and worked on thank you cards and organizing gifts and the nursery. Oh! And the chair delivered in the afternoon, so Phil and I arranged the nursery a bit. We absolutely love the rocking chair – I will share more in my weekend pregnancy update!

For dinner, we had some lemon chicken, corn and salad. The chicken recipe is super easy, makes moist, flavorful chicken and is a one-pot dish. I highly recommend adding it to your dinner rotation.

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My Tuesday was pretty slow paced, but it was just what I needed. On days when my energy is low, I try to listen to my body, fuel it with healthy meals and rest. And after nine hours of sleep last night, I am feeling ready to tackle this Wednesday. But first…Mexican-style granola!!

Do you make your own granola or prefer to purchase it?

What is your favorite way to relax?

Do you have a go-to dinner? 

XO-

BB

 

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