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Finding peace and happiness within yourself.

An inner soul is a life you lead inside of yourself; a place no one else can visit unless they are personally invited. I know it looks different for each of us, but all souls have this in common: they are a place of reflection, safety, peace, power, and shelter. If you look deep enough, you will be able to find the images in your mind of your inner soul; your own place of safety and peace.

My inner soul is definitely serving more than one purpose depending on how I need to renew, strengthen and relax. One part of my inner soul enjoys sitting on my back deck and watching nature or spending time in my vegetable garden harvesting what I sowed. These are the places I go when I need to feel at peace. They are a place where I can rest and renew my soul because I feel safe and protected there, with very little noise coming from my mind that tends to distract me during the day.

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My soul is mostly a peaceful, warm and sunny place. Although, I also have days where it is difficult and empty. There are no birds singing, no squirrels chasing each other with joy ( or at least I think it’s joy) and no flowers blooming. Everything that I love outside is just quiet. The trees are bare, the sky is gray and all I can here are cars and trucks going every which way. It’s like my brain is a busy highway that has one side zooming by and the other side all backed up with trucks and cars honking, sirens blaring, and people yelling at one another. That’s the inner soul I go to when my life is stormy and I’m dealing with challenges that I’m not quite ready to confront.Screenshot 2017-08-11 at 11.08.16 AM

When I’m there, I hear my inner voice of self-doubt, self-judgment, guilt, and shame. It’s a place I go when my inner bitch takes me there. When I know I need to look at things about myself that are so comfortable but yet uncomfortable and I need to make a change. I sit there and listen to the noise in my head and take it in with gratitude (most of the time) because if I didn’t have that part of my inner soul, there would be no change. For that, I am thankful.

My happy place is where I go to help me face the usual stresses of daily life. Sitting in a traffic jam, going to the doctor, standing in a long line can all direct me to my happy place. That long deep breath to push away the frustration place that we go to. My inner soul is a place I go to for reflection. A place I go to find power and peace.

Can you visualize your inner soul, your own place of power and peace? What does it look like?

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Photo: My back deck… My happy place 🙂 of power and peace.

 

3 simple ways to live your best life now (2 minute read)

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1. Follow your heart.

You should always follow the direction your heart pulls you no matter what everyone else is saying. So often people are caught up following what everyone else is doing and ignore who they are.We tend to follow a path that society believes we should follow in order to become successful and happy. Be careful about what you do and why you do it because you can often lose yourself in the process. Follow what your heart feels and set yourself up for happiness.

Read: The ultimate guide to following your heart

 2. practice self-care.

Are you someone that is a people pleaser and is always putting others wants and needs in front of your own? Do you ever focus on things that make you happy? Do you actually know what makes you happy? Some action examples of self-care for me are: Working out, blogging about food, taking long walks by myself and reflecting, getting into nature, gardening, drawing, pottery, and as boring as it sounds just spending time alone.

What do you do to practice self-care? If you don’t do anything, what are some things you would like to start doing?

 

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3. Being kind and giving to others.

Have you ever given your time and energy to someone in need? How did that experience make you feel? I have been involved in and infiltrated many projects to help people in need. One memory imparticular still sits with me to this day. Last Christmas I organized a Christmas tree drive for families with children in need. We collected donated Christmas trees and decorations for families who could not afford it. We even had enough donations for gift cards for the families. It wasn’t a lot but it was more than they had. To see the excitement in the children’s eyes when we brought the tree in was heart warming. To see the tears in their mother’s eyes was extremely difficult. Those families were so grateful for something so small that many of us take for granted.

Even tho it was extremely hard to watch struggling families it also gave me a sense of purpose. I was sad for them but I felt great that I was able to provide just a little bit of joy. I believe when we give of ourselves and get nothing back in return ( except for gratitude) that is when we are our best selves. I left there in tears because I couldn’t do more but I also left there with a full heart because I know that we were able to provide a just a glimmer of joy. When you give of yourself it’s a win win for everyone involved.

Ask yourself these questions

1. What do I love? What direction does my heart tell me to go?

2. What could I implement tomorrow to practice self-care?

3. What is something I could give of myself to help someone in need?

Share some of your ideas with us in the comments. 🙂

Red Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Loving this delicious Red Buddha Bowl that I just through together with the ingredients I had in my garden and fridge. I had made 4 cups of red quinoa ( which if you have ever made quinoa you know that makes A LOT of quinoa!!) so that I can have it throughout the week. I grabbed some ripe tomatoes, basil from the garden, and beets I had roasted for when my daughter comes to visit. She recently just discovered them and loves them and I love them too so wahlah!! roasted a quick batch real quick. I found the easiest  Roasted Beets recipe on Pinterest.  Try this healthy and delicious vegetarian recipe.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup cooked red quinoa or regular quinoa( directions in link above)

4 cherry tomatoes

1/3 avocado

2 roasted beets (follow the how to link above)

3-4 basil leaves

broccoli sprouts

crumbled feta cheese

1/4 tsp of “everything but the bagel”

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

  1. add all ingredients into your favorite bowl ( arrange however you please)
  2. sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. enjoy!!

Ezekiel avocado toast with spinach & tomato.

Who doesn’t love creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes, and spinach from the garden?

This is a perfect breakfast for Meatless Monday. It’s super quick to make before work and unbelievably tasty! I could have an avocado every day. (I practically do)

Do yourself a favor and get everything but the bagel seasoning. It’s so delicious and I now put it in just about everything. I’m obsessed!!You can find it at Trader Joe’s or online. You won’t be sorry.

If you are looking for other Meatless Monday ideas check out these fabulous recipes.

Mexican Fiesta Skillet

Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Ingredients:

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1/3 avocado sliced thin, lengthwise

2 yellow sugar cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 red cherry tomato cut in half

3 baby spinach leaves

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salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast bread to desired darkness
  2. arrange veggies whichever way makes you feel good. I like to eat pretty food.
  3. sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning
  4. ENJOY!

Avocado Feta Spinach Salad

Salads are so good for you and super easy to make but the best part for me is to try and make them pretty. Here are some nutrition facts about some of the ingredients.

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet as it contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocado also contains fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.Image result for images of goji berries

Goji Berries have similar benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. They have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value.

As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber — which also helps you manage weight and go the bathroom on a regular basis.

Mangoes contain a high amount of the carotenoid compound beta-carotene.

Mangoes are a low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of a variety of nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. If your diet includes rich sources of these nutrients regularly, you may be less likely to develop many serious medical conditions.

Originally cultivated in India, mangoes are now more widely eaten than any other fruit in the world, according to Fruits & Veggies More Matters. In the United States, ripe mangoes are typically consumed raw, dried or cooked in chutneys or pies.

 

 Ingredients:

All ingredients are approx. Its a SALAD not a baked good. 🙂 Just have fun!

1-2 handfuls of  spinach

1/3 mango

1-2 baby carrots, chopped or sliced

2-4 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1-2 teaspoon red onion

2-3 teaspoons goji berries

1 tbsp feta or to taste

1/3 tsp of chia seeds

cilantro for garnish

For the dressing:

1/2 a lemon juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. put all ingredients into your favorite bowl and arrange however you please
  2. whisk all ingredients for dressing in a mixing bowl and pour over salad
  3. ENJOY!

 

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