HiiiI! How are you? I hope your weekend was awesome and you’re feeling ready to tackle a new work week. I’ll tell ya, I felt like the luckiest (mountain) girl in the world on Monday morning driving back to Kananaskis after spending the weekend in the city. I don’t know if it’s ever going to truly sink in that I live here. Unbelievable.
We need to talk about how ridiculous my suitcase was. (I brought a suitcase with me. Deal with it.)
Yes that’s my blender… and a tub of protein powder…cookbooks… and clothing for every possible situation: lounging, going out, working out, etc. I can explain! I had plans to do a major food prep on Sunday and I needed my blender’s help. (Omg, can you imagine if I traveled like this all the time?)
Back to what I was saying. Living in the mountains is teaching me to stay present. (It’s hard not to be, when you’re constantly amazed by your physical surroundings.) When I moved out here, I had no idea what my life was going to be like, leaving me no choice but to take it one day at a time. Since then, everything has been a surprise and I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of ‘letting life reveal itself to me’ rather than trying to plan everything.
Besides, we usually end up getting something BETTER than we thought we wanted or “deserved”.
Up until this past year, staying present had always been a major challenge for me. I used to waste so much time over-analyzing and anticipating the future. Maybe it’s because I instinctively knew I was being re-directed to something entirely different and wanted to accelerate the process, but there was also a period where it seriously freaked me out. I used to think:
a. There was something wrong with me: if I couldn’t be happy with my circumstances and “ideal” life (that most people would kill for, by the way) then I’d never be happy. Maybe I was chasing a non-existent, illusive dream?
b. I didn’t deserve it.
Oh my, how times have changed. How have you struggled with ‘staying present’ in the past (or currently)? What kinds of reminders do you use to get back on track?
I want to talk about a cookie now. A #grainfree #glutenfree #PALEO breakfast cookie that I ate at the farmers market over the weekend. A blend of coconut and almond flour, shredded coconut, honey, nuts & seeds, it was everything you could possibly want in a Paleo treat and I need to re-create them! As luck would have it, Chelsea JUST posted a cookie recipe that seems extremely similar. Hooray!
Wanna see the farmers market haul? Yes you do.
Eggs, chicken sausages, HONEYCRISP APPLES (!!!), lettuce, sprouts, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, raw honey, almond butter and coconut cashew butter. Holla. Oh, and figs that tasted like nothing. Any time I’ve attempted to eat imported figs, I’m thoroughly disappointed and enraged.
Lady friends! I have a ‘fashion’ piece to share with you. Have you heard of FIG Clothing? They’re a Canadian company (woo!) and their pieces are incredibly soft, warm and comfortable. I had a credit to use at a local store and after much debate, selected the newly released ‘Chalet ALF 10 615′ hoodie in red. I kind of surprised myself with this color choice. Red is my least favorite color, but I like that it makes me look like Little Red Riding Hood, so yeah. Look at me, trying new things.
Name three things you bought during your last farmers market visit:
Tell me about your weekend! Funnest thing you did?
What’s the last paleo thing you ate?