funemployment, day #1.

by Holly on June 11, 2012

in gluten-free,life,recipes,vegan,weekend

Turns out, quitting your job and being (f)unemployed is kinda awesome.

There was a freedom this weekend that I haven’t enjoyed in a long time.

A freedom to volunteer at a food pantry…grab beers + salty bar popcorn late into a warm Friday night…peruse the farmer’s market…enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends…bike to a waterfront festival…listen to French pop + Cambodian music…eat plantain tacos, chocolate ice cream + limonata with the man friend…make this easy vegan dinner…bootydance at a P.Diddy-style white party…sleep-in…run six miles with a friend…eat nachos + drink more beer (hey, it’s summer!)…and fall asleep at 9:30pm on the couch on a Sunday night, exhausted from happiness.

Yep, all of that happened this weekend.

All of it without worrying about the million things I needed to do before returning to work on Monday. Like I said, kinda awesome (although not quite as awesome as all of your lovely congratulations messages, which were, hands down, the best part of my weekend).

The really, really best part however is that I am finally getting around to cooking again!

Reunited…and it feels so good.¬†My numerous Ball jars of cornmeal, nuts, flour, sugar, nutritional yeast and chia seeds thank me.

Did you know chia seeds were used by the Aztecs to relieve joint pain, sore skin AND stimulate saliva flow? I know, I know…what the hell is “sore skin?” Are they talking cuts? Rashes? Or what? My semi-taught, semi-young layer of flesh already feels good (and totally unsore) but one spoonful of this Chia Seed Peanut Butter, and I did start drooling. In fact, there’s a spot on the tank top I’ve worn for two days in a row to prove it.

And if you haven’t already, start adding some chia into your life.

For omega-3 fatty acids.

For fiber.

For calcium, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium.

For marathon/triathlon/workout training. My friend Sarah adds some to her water bottle and swears drinking the magic gooey liquid during workouts makes her feel amazing for like three or four days afterwards. Maybe she’s crazy…or maybe she’s on to those Aztecs.

Anyways, the moral of this post is quit your job. Be (f)unemployed. Eat chia seeds.


Chia Seed Peanut Butter
Prep time: 10 minutes

2 1/2 cups roasted + salted peanuts
1/2 cup chia seeds*

*I used TruRoots Organic Chia Seeds and HIGHLY recommend them!

In a food processor or high-speed blender (like a Vitamix), blend for 3 to 4 minutes or until creamy.

Makes 1 1/2 cups peanut butter


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You’re a bad influence. ;) Just joking – I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself being your own employer!!

Mary June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

GIRL! This is super belated but– congratulations on your funemployment! I can’t wait to see what life has in store for you :) (also, I’m hoping life has some of that nut butter in store for me, because um, holy delicious.)

Dana @ My Little Celebration June 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

excellent idea! And I’m so glad you’re enjoying being funemployed! It suits your adventurous and crazy lifestyle!


Kimberly (Badger Girl) June 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Awesome way to kick off your new gig. :) And that pb looks ama-a-a-zing.

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Glad you enjoyed your first funemployment weekend! :)

Hillary June 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm


I want those sandals you’re wearing in the first picture.
I’ve never had chia seeds before.
I love my job, but after one post, you’re already making me want to quit it.

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I totally need a period of funemployment.

joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Dude. If I didn’t need a paycheck to avoid living in a van near the river, I’d be down with this funemployed stuff. Looks awesome.

Brooke June 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm


Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I love that–funemployment! After all, if we don’t do what we love, we run the risk of doing nothing at all. And I’m stoked to try some chia peanut butter. Thanks for the great idea, once again!

Lauren June 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Ah, so glad you are loving this new life role. It sounds like it’s a perfect fit for you my dear!

Erin June 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Congratulations on your new vocation! What’s this French pop and Cambodian music you’ve been listening to? Sounds fun!

Amber June 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

That. Looks. Awesome!

Sana June 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Your life is fun!

Stacie@ Snaps and Bits June 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

What an awesome start to the fun! Can’t wait to see how the rest of your week shapes up :)

Tamar June 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Your sandals are SO cute. Chia seed peanut butter is brilliant!

BroccoliHut June 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Normally I like my PB creamy smooth…but I think I might make an exception for this tasty recipe. It’s high time I busted out the food processor for some nut butter :)

Em {pushups with polish} June 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

hahaha this is great! i’m starting a job next week and i’m excited but worried i won’t have time to adventure lol!

love your blog! xxo em

Meister, Running While Smiling June 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

This is so funny: I just discovered a brand of chia-seed peanut butter that I’m totally obsessed with (NY Superfoods), and have a post in the queue about it. Here you go one-upping me and MAKING YOUR OWN.

Damn, girl! Way to blog like a boss.

Kim June 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love this post and I love all the fun you’re having. I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing that much stuff in a single weekend.

The book Born to Run goes into why and how chia seeds were and are used… and it’s a fascinating book. I don’t even run and I loved it.

And finally, I think it’s so great what you’re doing. Life is meant to be lived. I love what I do, but if I didn’t I’d be right there with you. So much fun.

Jessica June 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Happy first day of funemployment!! :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) June 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

Sarah June 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Funemployment weekend #1 looked magical. And you have the entire summer to look forward to more of them!

And, um, peanut butter + CHIA SEEDS. Swoon! That’s a fierce superfood combination. I SWEAR by the chia seeds. Even if it’s only in my mind. Ha! Although, I had them the morning of “my-marathon-that-wasn’t-supposed-to-happen”… maybe there’s something to it?

Kristy @ Southern In-Law June 12, 2012 at 2:32 am

I am always topping my breakfasts and snacks with chia seeds and PB, but I never thought of putting them together in this way – what a smart idea! I need to make this.

Best of luck with your freelancing too! It can be hard at times, but when it pays off it is SO worth it!

Calee (@chimes) June 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

sooo jealous! Glad that being your own employer is going well so far!

B @ Crags and Veggies June 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

Wow, chia seeds in peanut butter, great idea! I love chia seeds in my overnight oats, will definitely have to try this!

Alysha @Shesontherun June 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

Once my 8 jars of peanut butter start to whittle down, I am so making this.

Jessica June 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

get. it. girl. !!!
i’m just now catching up on your past few posts and am so incredibly excited for you! your future is fulllllll of possibilities (opportunities, BIG THANGS!) and is completely unknown- like mine! kinda fun, right?
i’m so happy you and the man friend are still going strong, and i am soo happy that you’re taking full advantage of summer! what a perfect time to be funemployed. :)

janetha [meals & moves] June 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

dang. i wanna be funemployed with you.

sil June 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Love the idea of PB and chia seeds! And plssss what brand are ur sandals!? I’m in love!

Kate @ SaysYes June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Holly! MAJOR KUDOS to you, woman. How insanely exciting! I’m sending you good vibes, peace of mind, and bottle some of that confidence mojo!
Peace, friend.

Karen June 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great idea. Love both of these things. (fyi..2 1/2 cups peanut butter + chia seeds doesn’t equal 1 1/2 peanut butter that the recipe says. )

Megan (Braise the Roof) June 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Haha, sore skin. That reminds me of how my mom calls diaper rash “sore seat”. Maybe that’s what they were talking about. Aren’t you glad I’m talking about this after you’ve just posted a recipe? You’re welcome.

Liz June 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Do you use a Vitamix? Cause I don’t want to burn out the motor by blending for 5+ minutes…but your peanut butter appears creamier than what I make…

Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I read this post right before taking a nap earlier…and I dreamt that I was at your home & snuck into your kitchen to find the Chia Seed Peanut Butter, but found an empty jar in your fridge. I kid you not. I should really not read food blogs before sleeping….

Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel June 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

Good luck with everything! I think it is a very good choice.

Lauren T June 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Wow sounds like you’re having a great time! I’m so happy for you! That chia seed peanut butter looks amazing! Hope you keep enjoying your “funemployment”!!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef June 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love chia seeds in the protein balls that I adapted from Wannabe Chef Evan but I can’t seem to drink them… it’s a texture thing! Adding them to my peanut butter will have to happen tomorrow morning :) Thanks lady and I am very happy you are having a wonderful (f)unemployment! I took a (f)unemployment break last year and had a great time :)

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