Because you can never get enough of The Good Life, no?
Can I tell you how absolutely happy your good life comments made me? Seriously. They made me so happy in fact, I just had to add some of your ideas to mine. Not to discriminate against anyone, but here are some of my favorite good life essentials I am officially adding to my list…
- Matt: LOST
- Mama Pea: hugs
- Jamie: laying in a hammock next to a campfire that is lakeside
- Sofia: human contact
- Madeline: car sing-a-longs
- Brent: hot tubbing in the snow
- Andrea: a hike with a view
- Anna: making a meal out of my garden
- Kacy: watching The Ellen Show and dancing with her
- Angharad: travel. to anywhere.
- Evan: baking
- Samantha: a Sunday morning spent with the New York Times and a cup of tea
- Susan: BELLY LAUGHS
- Kailey: dancing on elevated surfaces
- Susan: my mama
- Maura: wine, dark chocolate & romantic comedies
- Sarah: a slow-moving morning
- Janetha: ice cream
- Katie: running during a sunrise
Amen people, Amen.
Besides these lovely additions however, there were still a couple of glaring omissions on my personal list. As I’ve discussed before, writing is a career field I am currently pursuing. Ever since I was wee girl, I’ve always had a natural knack for words. Sentences, paragraphs and stories seem to flow out of me without any concrete explanation as to their origin. Something deep within me just knows how I want words to fit together to create a story, an arc, a meaning and/or a narrative.
For a long time, I rejected the notion of being a writer. Why you ask? Probably because people repeatedly told me I was a good writer. Now, that may seem counterintuitive to you all, but if you learn one thing about me, it is that I DO NOT like being told what to do. Therefore, out of pure teenage rebellion, I scoffed my Roman nose at all things having to do with letters, words and sentences.
Did I mention I am also stubborn?
However, writing is now a major component of leading “The Good Life” for me. After a tough day (*cough* today *cough*), I find release in writing. I can vent, laugh, explore, experience, sulk, get angry, create, connect – do anything I want through the magic of 26 letters…not to mention a variety of punctuation choices. The burden of the day is suddenly lightened, I stand up a bit straighter, and everything just doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
This morning, I listened to the most beautiful talk about writing + creativity from my personal hero Elizabeth Gilbert. Actually, I’ve listened to it six times today. Yes, as in the number 6. It totally reiterated my love of writing, and the creativity I explore – NEED to explore – through this medium.
Because no matter what your passion is, you NEED to do it. Really, it’s an inherent part of leading “The Good Life.” Once upon a time, I heard the most beautiful quote (not verbatim), “We serve others best by doing what we love most.” Because when we pursue what we love, it brings us happiness. And happiness is contagious. If you promise to never forget that, neither will I.
I don’t really know where I was going with that rant, so here is what you really came for: THE FOOD.
Yesterday’s breakfast was an epic bowl of Banana Split Overnight Oats! I seriously gave myself an actual pat on the back for this one, because it was one of the most delicious bowls ever. It’s a bold statement I stand by proudly.
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. brown rice protein powder
(mix + let sit in the fridge overnight)
vanilla stevia drops
1/2 sliced banana
1/2 cup strawberries
drizzle of sunflower seed butter
I mean, come on! Look at that dollop of fudgy, chocolatey goodness…
DELICIOUS. I will be recreating tomorrow morning. Promise.
This morning’s brekkie wasn’t so bad either…Strawberry Banana Green Monster! In a bowl, naturally…because then I can sing “It’s my smoothie in a bowl!” to the tune of J. Timberlake’s infamous SNL skit, “It’s my d!ck in a box!” Never gets old people.
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup POM juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp. brown rice protein powder
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup Raspberry Galaxy Granola
Going in for the $$$ shot…
In more boring food news, my eats throughout the past two days have involved some of this…
…a lil’ bit of leftover Panang Chicken (from a local Laotian restaurant) here…
…as well as some trifectas of snacks there (edamame + carrots + Multigrain Cheerios).
Remember how I said raw carrots make me nauseous? Yeah, they still do. I eat them anyways. Then rely on the above pictured Diet Coke + pretzels to soothe my stomach. Hey, whatever works, right?
Just don’t pair carrots with a side of broken ballet flats…that will ruin everything, including my day today. Nausea + ruined flats = sad face.
But I’m choosing to move on. Because you can only talk so much about pursuing your dreams, buying a new pair of flats and writing about “The Good Life” until you actually need to get out in this wild n’ crazy world and just do it. Because once you’ve lived it…
…you can come back later to write about it.
What is your passion or career goal? I would love to hear all about the wonderful, fabulous things my readers want to aspire to!