In the blog world, that mean I can have thoughts on Tuesday’s too. 😛
What’s crack-a-lackin friends??
I’m so sorry I have been absent ever since droppin ‘the bomb‘ so to speak on ya about a week ago. I wasn’t avoiding you after that I swear, I just got busy with other life stuff and I kinda went through a brief period of not having much inspiration to write. Who knows, maybe that vlog took it all out of me and I needed a week to re-coop. Hehe, just kidding. I like being an open book and that post was super empowering for me to do!
That post leads me to my first thought of the day..
1. I love you guys
Thank you so much for all of your support on that vlog and post. It meant so much to me as I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but it was something I felt I needed to do for myself. There is no reason to hide behind your past. Embrace it and use it to help others. I also want to thank you all for sharing your stories. I so appreciate how open and honest you were with me and the fact that you are willing to share a piece of yourselves with me. I’m glad I am perceived as being trustworthy enough for you to feel comfortable with me and this space.
2. It doesn’t take a lot to make someone smile
I really doesn’t. Happiness and being in a good mood is easily transferable to others. Take my bus driver today. Yes, my bus driver. He was actually the happiest bus driver I have ever seen. Despite sounding like he was a boat or cruise operator…
…..aaaaaaannnnnddd ladies and gents we have made it to our destination. Thank you for boarding the 2A bus….
No joke that is what he said in that voice as we arrived onto campus. Amazing right?
His energy really made me smile and I’m sure it was touching to the rest of the boarders as well.
3. My need for the tropics has manifested in a new food
Guys, it’s a problem. Do you know how much pineapple costs here in Canada? I have managed to contain myself and keep it to either my pre or post workout protein oats only, but guys, if you haven’t had warmed pineapple in your oatmeal, do it. So good. Oh and while you’re at it, drizzle wizzle the top with a nice chocolate protein icing (good chocolate whey+ almond milk= icing).
4. Never forget those who did you a favour.
I went to get my usual Timmies (tea for all you non-Canadians) before my 4pm class today and I got a big ol’ smile from the wonderful lady working there on the daily. She now knows me. Why?
She did me a favour. A big favor. One afternoon I went in to get my tea and thought a nickel was a toonie (epic fail) and I guess she saw my disappointment and totally bought my tea for me! I’m going to say it again..Amazing no? She totally made my day. I knew I couldn’t let that go, so the next time I went to get my tea, I “bought 2” but took only one. The other one, in the form of change, went right into her pocket and I hope she bought herself a hot cup of joe for all the hard work that she does.
5. I’m on a baking kick again…
I don’t really know why these happen to me, but I just feel the need to bake all the things despite not really having the time to accomplish this. Over the weekend, my housemates have received quite a few random goodies…
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk an egg in a bowl. Add a good 1/2 cup of milk of choice, and chia seeds (or flax meal) and whisk that together. Then add your flavourings. For this one, I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract, about a tablespoon of peanut flour and mashed 1/3 of a ripe banana into the liquid. Then rip up 2 pieces of bread (I used sprouted grain) and fold that into the mixture. You want it to be a bit soupy at this point, as the bread soak it all in, so it you’re low on liquid, add more milk or egg whites. Toss in your additional add-ins and fold gently into the mixture. I added diced banana and carob chips. Finally, spray a bowl (or be lazy like me and use tin foil that has been sprayed so you don’t have to wash a dish afterwards ;-)) and pour your mixture into the bowl. Place any last toppings on there (I added some of Emily’s chocolate peanut butter from whole foods) and toss in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the ‘pudding’ is puffed up, firm and slightly golden on the top.
I made coconut pineapple rice pudding for Rita a few days ago. I blame her for my pineapple obsession.
I also made these for the whole house when I had a big container of leftover pumpkin that needed using up…
Thank you Miss Spoons! Sadly for me, my housemates said these were the best thing I have ever made them and I can’t even say it was my creation. Oh well, they were devoured in 3 days. Oh and that was double batch.
So yeah. Go make them.
6. I have been practicing being more mindful of my surroudings.
This is uber random and isn’t necessarily a super new thing as I have been doing it for about a month now. I felt the need one morning to not walk to class with my headphones in just because. What I realized was how much having one single earbud in my ear makes me tune out the world around me and really make me mindless. I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t enjoy your music, but I think it’s important to really take in your environment sometimes and not be just another student zombie walking to class with headphones in. Even in the gym (gasp!) I have done this and have found sometimes that it helps to get into my zone, but this depends on my mood more.
Its weird what you can come to appreciate. For example, oh the smile it brought to my face when I heard robin’s singing the other morning. SPRING IS A COMIN!
7. I hope she is at peace.
My friend posted a picture today of a friend who passed away from her eating disorder. Although I didn’t know her personally, I want to say that I hope this poor girl is at peace now. I hope that those demons can now shut up and let her be. These demons are very real. They take lives. Never forget the immense impact mental illness has.
Let your beautiful and freed soul dance and embrace what it feels like to be released from the cage that cooped you up for too long. ❤
Have a great Tuesday friends.
Ponder for a moment…