Friday, June 28, 2013

GET OUT OF THE BOAT

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Sometimes you have to just get out of the boat and see what happens.

I mentioned earlier this week that some big change is headed my way. I've been thinking a lot about this decision and it hasn't been an easy one. Poor Josh probably had to bear the brunt of listening to me make endless pros and cons lists--thank you, honey.

I have decided to resign from my current position at a non-profit arts organization and accept a marketing manager position at a website design company.

Woah.

The short version of the story is that I was recruited by a company with which I had previously interviewed last November. As I was not actively seeking employment else ware, this offer came as a bit of a shock and required me to make a decision very quickly.  It is a great opportunity, but the decision is very bittersweet.

Those who know me can imagine the existential fits I was thrown into over the past week... Am I making the right decision? What if I hate the new job? What if I miss the old job? What if I regret leaving? What if people hate me for resigning? What am I doing with my life? Who am I?

Ok, I didn't quite make it to the last question, but there's something about a big decision that really throws me for a loop. It is a wonderful opportunity to have two amazing jobs to choose from. But it is scary--at least for me as someone who second guesses most major decisions.

After I told my current manager that I would be leaving, cried in her office, and recomposed myself, I started thinking about life's challenges that are also amazing opportunities. It can be so hard to surrender to the idea of newness and change and ride the wave wherever it takes you.

As my heart opened to the excitement of this new possibility rather than just the fear surrounding it and the risks involved, I immediately thought of Matthew 14:22-33. This is my favorite Bible passage. It gives me such comfort to imagine Peter, full of trepidation, asking God for guidance and reassurance before venturing out on the open water.

The thing is, sometimes you have to just get out of the boat. Take a risk. Take a leap. Take a chance. Take an opportunity that is right in front of you.

It's no accident that I was offered this job. This is an opportunity that I am meant to explore. It will teach me what I need to learn at this point in my life and it will change me as I need to be changed.

I am always up for a challenge, but I am always a little worried, a little anxious--there is a lot of Peter in me. But as God shows, you are never truly alone in your challenge, His hand is there to pluck you out of the water. Or perhaps he sends a friend's support, a family member's advice, or a new colleague to show you the way.

I am getting out of the boat. I will be scared, but each step will be easier. Even if I get a little wet, I can't wait to see where this path leads me!

2013: Year of Chage. Embrace it and ride the wave!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

THROW AWAY 13 THINGS

 
Well I missed the 13th because I wasn't paying attention, but this blog keeps me honest and before July hits, I'm donating 13 things for June!
 

  1. Wool work jacket that is too big
  2. Black tee I've had since high school and haven't worn in over 8 years
  3. College 'going out' tank. Ahhh memories
  4. Purple tank that fits weirdly
  5. Work shirt that I don't wear
  6. Old Candle
  7. Old Candle
  8. This shirt shows a little too much when I lean over
  9. Wristlet I don't use and someone else will love!
  10. Broken hoops. Loved these :(
  11. Significant Others bracelet... loved college A Capella!
  12. This shirt is mildly see-through
  13. Fun bag but I have too many bags, passing on a good one to someone who can use it!



Out with the old and hopefully in with the new! :)

What are you willing to donate this summer? What is something new you're craving?

CHANGE

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2013: Year of Change continues.


... stay tuned

Monday, June 24, 2013

HIDDENCROFT VINEYARDS + THE ELASTIC WAIST BAND



I know a celebrity. He's kind of a big deal. I mean, he's in a band!

A few weekends ago, Josh, Mark and I headed out to Hiddencroft Vineyards to meet up with my roommate Katie and hear her dad's band play. That's right, he's in a band! The Elastic Waist Band to be exact. :)

After a yummy wine tasting, we each ordered a glass - I had the dry white... yum! - and listened to the band play in this gorgeous space.

Hiddencroft is certainly hidden. It's located near Lovettsville, VA and it's all gorgeous rolling hills and farms.

 
The tastings and band were set up in this GORGEOUS barn. The twinkle lights and the sun gleaming through the wood was just stunning. Josh and I kept staring around admiring the space.
 
Sadly, there are some holes in the roof and they don't do weddings, but man would this be pretty?!
 

Then the photo shooting began! It was a very fun afternoon filled with fun music, great covers and delicious wine. I loved singing along with the band and they were really talented.

It's amazing to me that they all have day jobs and have these amazing musical talents as well. I'm a fan of the Elastic Waist Band for life!

 


Look at these adorable little nuggets!
 













What a rock star!!!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

PUMPKIN PROTEIN MUFFINS


If you liked my Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins you MUST MUST MUST try these!

I was so excited to try this new recipe that I was up till midnight last night baking. Worth it? Yes!

Number 1. Go get some Coconut Oil Spray right now. It was awesome. Mine is the generic kind from Trader Joe's and it worked really well. My muffins came right out of the pan with no problem!

Number 2. You don't have to put blueberries in these muffins. I just had some that were needing to be used so I threw them in there. I liked it. But I think I'll make these again with just pumpkin.

Number 3. Did I mention they are delicious? Here's the secret... they are also gluten free and paleo! I know. It's a miracle!





I did a lot of experimenting with this recipe and really liked the texture. However, feel free to make your own modifications. :) I also used this recipe from Multiply Delicious as a starting point!

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Generous sprinkle of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 small overripe banana mashed up
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans to sprinkle on top (optional)
  • Coconut oil spray

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin pan with coconut oil spray.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients (almond flour, protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt) in a large-ish bowl. 
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin, banana, syrup, and vanilla).
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir it up. Add the bluebs.(Yes. That is what my family calls them. It all started with my little brother!)
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan. Divide evenly between 12 cups.
  6. Sprinkle whatever you want on top. I added extra pumpkin pie spice and some pecans on half of the muffins.
  7. Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.



Yep. I'm taking selfies at 11:30pm while I do the dishes and the muffins bake!


I removed the muffins from the pan after they'd cooled for 20 min or so and then covered them in foil over night.

This morning I had a GLORIOUS breakfast of delicious muffins and coffee. They tasted great.

My plan is to freeze some and take them to work as a quick, healthy breakfast.



They are super moist and yummy. I also think they'd be really good heated up and topped with butter, nutella, or peanut butter.

OH THE POSSIBILITIES!




Happy baking!

Have any good recipes? Please share!!!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NOTIVATION

This morning, I looked like this:



Horizontal. Comfortable. Half-asleep.

I vowed that I would go for a run in the mornings before work. Then I got sick last week and some odd throat virus knocked me on my tail.

Yesterday, I was finally feeling like myself again (thank you giant pink antibiotics), so I went for a run. Great. One day down, 29 to go.

This morning, my alarm went off at 7AM and I hit snooze like a million times. I didn't wan to get up I just kept sleeping.

Now if this has never happened to you, let me explain. I feel happy when I'm jogging. I feel great after I jog. But before I jog I suffer from what Mallory likes to call NOtivation. This morning it hit me hard.

But I tried something new. Instead of scolding myself I just let myself lay and wake up for 5 minutes. I checked twitter. I rolled over and stretched. And after a few minutes of letting myself adjust, I actually wanted to get up and run.

Miracles do happen.

Give yourself a little time. You never know what you'll discover.


Friday, June 14, 2013

LIKES

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I have been sick all week. I finally got some great antibiotics that are my favorite color so I’m anticipating these magic pills will make me better.

I’ve had a lot of time to think this week as I was laying around feeling sorry for myself and clutching my throat. A lot of time to think about what is important to me. What I like. What my hobbies are. What my interests are.

At first my response was to think, “I’m not really passionate about anything.”

Wah wah waaaah.

Right. We all know that once I decided not to be an actor, I threw myself into an existential crisis. Over it.

The point is that I like a lot of things. And I’m here to tell you that liking things is AOK. Liking things is good. Trying new things is good. I don’t have to be an expert at everything I do. (Says the recovering perfectionist.) Sometimes I can just like things.

Further, I have made a brilliant discovery: I am not my job.

What? You already knew this? Well, really! You shouldn’t be so selfish by hogging all that good news for yourself. Please share next time.

Back to my discovery. I am finally realizing that a job is something that should engage me, challenge me, and feed me (by earning cash dollars). I should not hate it. That would be terrible. But I don’t have to be obsessed with my job either. It’s ok to like it.

I said it.

And I meant it.

This summer, because you know I love making goals, I’m going to try to focus on things that I like. And just let myself like them. Shouldn’t be too hard right?

I like all these things:
  • Baking
  • Painting my nails
  • Trying new hair styles
  • Riding my bike
  • Being outside
  • Going to the pool
  • Reading new books
  • Spending time with friends
  • Blogging
  • Taking thousands of pictures
  • Seeing my family
  • Being active (running, tennis lessons, yoga, reading on the elliptical – yes I realize one of these things is not like the others)
  • Outside happy hours
  • Going to the movies
  • Going to Nats games
  • Lazing around on the couch
  • Testing new recipes
  • Traveling on short road trips
  • Exploring my own city
  • Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
  • Movies in the park
  • Barbecues


Looks like I’m going to be busy.  :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

CONSISTENCY

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I've been thinking a lot lately about how I want to be better about my health and exercising. It probably doesn't help that I'm sick right now - my cold isn't helping me feel my best.

As my loyal readers (read: friends and family) know, I am a very goal oriented person. I respond well to structure. I make rules for myself and I follow them. Mostly. There was that one time in the grocery store...

The thing is, I am realizing that perhaps the key to feeling good and feeling healthy is not making strict rules for myself. Instead, I am starting to realize that it's about consistency.

I had planned to start running in the mornings before work today. I was going to make myself run for a month straight. I like running once I get into it and a short jog always gets me excited in the morning. Well, at least once I get out of bed.

But this morning, my carefully laid plans weren't happening. I feel terrible and it's raining. No thanks run.

So instead of giving up and saying, "To hell with today! I'll do whatever I want and start being healthy tomorrow," I'm going to say "This isn't right for me today. That is ok. Today I will rest because that is the healthiest thing to do and tomorrow I will see how I feel."

Consistent thinking. Consistent goal of being mindful and healthy.

It's not going to be easy for me, but if my body's telling me anything, it's "slow down and be gentle."

So that's what I'm going to do.

BE GRATEFUL: SLEEP

Happy Monday, I hope you enjoyed a day of rest yesterday and thought about something for which you are grateful.

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Yeah. I'm a day late. But that's because I'm not feeling well. Again! Stupid cold... isn't one per season enough?

Last night I slept for 9 hours. Tonight I will likely be sleeping for 11+.

And I'm very grateful.

Take care of your body when it yells at you. And sleep.

For what are you grateful today?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

MOMENTS OF... LAKE GEORGE


There are times in life you remember how lucky you are. For me, last weekend was full of those little moments. 

I spent last weekend at Lake George with three of my best girlfriends from college. We all met within the first few days of school as we all lived in the same dorm. 

We've been through a lot since then, great vacations, rough breakups, hilarious stories, and moves from city to city, but our friendship always remains in tact. 

Lucky. Yep, I'd say that's an understatement. :)

























HAHAHA I'll end with this last one... has anyone ever played Subtle Ugly in photos? DO IT. So fun. :)

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