Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Simple. Creamy. Naturally Sweetened. & Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. 
Chia seed pudding is a mini powerhouse of calcium, antioxidants and omega-3’s. + I’m a big fan of anything that I can pop into the fridge & have breakfast waiting for me in the morning! (ahem, 0vernight 0ats)
I’ve avoided making + eating Chia Pudding for as long as I can remember. I was always so unsure of what the texture would be like + what it would taste like, but after some research, I decided to take the plunge & I’m so glad that I did.
We’ve been hearing for what seems like years, how great Chia seeds are. Just last year, I shared their many benefits. Sprinkle them on top of salads, sandwiches, blend them into smoothies or use them as an egg replacement… the possibilities seem endless.
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My Gratitude Project

“When you arise in the morning,
I hope that you all had a safe + fabulous holiday weekend!
I am so grateful for a week of beautiful weather at the beach, surrounded by my family, celebrating our freedoms + opportunities that our country provides, & simply just relaxing.
With such a busy schedule during the school year, I rarely have time to just sit & read. This summer I have been using my free time as an opportunity to grow my mind + dive into books that I’ve been interested in reading. I somehow found myself reading what some might cynically call “self-help” books; although, I prefer to consider them as personal development.
I will be the first to admit that reading a personal development book won’t magically organize your office space that you’ve been avoiding or permanently change your life.  There is no straight forward + easy path towards achieving ultimate happiness & well-being. If there were, I am sure that you would’ve heard of it by now… we all would have. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it. It takes work. It’s a process of practice & growth.
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Steps to Your Best Week Yet

Happy Sunday! Want to make this week a great one? I mean, well… Of course, who wouldn’t!?
Use Sunday to relax, get organized & prep for the best week ahead. These tips will help avoid a frantic Monday morning, forcing you to brush your teeth in traffic as you nearly rear end the car infront of you.
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Friday’s Food for Thought

“For me, + for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didnt get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours & the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.” — Lynne Twist

It’s Fri-yay, it’s Fri-yay!
I know that for myself, this quote rings true more than I’d like to admit. The second I open my eyes, my mind begins to list the tasks that must be completed for the day. If I wake up to my alarm, my first thought is more than likely, “Wow, I’m still tired!” or “I already can’t wait to get into bed tonight…”
But luckily, our minds are trained that way. Which means that they can be also be trained to think more positively. Day after day, repeating the same (positive or negative) thoughts to ourself, it becomes engrained in our morning routine. 
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California Dreamin’

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Currently experiencing withdrawal from my trip to California so I’m totally using pictures to take me back. I’m not really sure if it’s the progressive vibe that Californians have or the beautiful rocky Pacific coast. Maybe it’s the cool weather (year round…) or the baby seals basking in the sun with their mother, but it’s safe to say that California will never let you down! While going through my pictures, I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite part of the trip.
We hiked, we biked, we trolleyed, we drove, + most importantly, we ate, & ate… & ate.
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Friday’s Food for Thought

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night & day, to make you everybody but yourself — means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight — and never stop fighting.” — E. E. Cummings

TGIFri-YAY!
Yesterday I started (oh yeah, and finished) Brené Brown’s The Gift of Imperfections. After reading Rising Strong, I was like you know what… I’ve found an author that I really enjoy reading (rare!), she really gets me thinking on a deeper level about my everyday life, & she makes it so RELATABLE. She doesn’t come from a viewpoint of “Here is how to live a happier life… 1, 2, 3. Listen to me because I live every day as though it’s rainbows & unicorns!” Instead, she shares her own challenges, struggles, experiences & admits that she still struggles living a wholehearted life, every. single. day.
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Find Comfort in the Uncomfortable

 

I often times catch myself trying to find the most comfortable plan of attack. Our bodies have the potential to react to presumed stress with increased heart and breathing rate, muscle tension and even the release of the stress hormones: epinephrine and cortisol. But luckily, feeling uncomfortable signifies new territory and growth.
The treadmill (or shall I say, dreadmill) is one of my worst enemies but I truly think that it pushes my body beyond what I believe to be possible. One day, when I was really struggling to get through my workout, Lil Jon’s “Get Outta Your Mind” came on. All of a sudden it hit me. I turned the volume up louder than my thoughts because I realized that my run was only painful because my mind was telling me so. My mind tells me to stop long before my legs are going to give out or my lungs are hurting. I know that my body can physically do so much more than my mind tells me sometimes. It seems to put up invisible gates to prevent our bodies from being uncomfortable. So, I’ve challenged myself to push my thoughts out of the way. To get out of my mind. To encourage myself past my assumed limits and step out of my comfort zone. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will become being uncomfortable.
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