What’s Next?

by Holly on October 7, 2009

in dinner,seriousness

What a week! And it’s only Wednesday!

I feel like I’ve lived several weeks in just the past few days.  Let’s see…Sunday was the big Twin Cities Marathon; Monday I scored lots of swag, an interview and lots of love from y’all; and yesterday I received a Foodbuzz Blog Award nomination!

*ahem* vote here if you haven’t *ahem*

What exciting things happened today to keep the magic going?

Well for one, I forgot my camera at home today.


My dinner begs for your forgiveness.

That would be a mound of Kale Chips – three kale leaves chopped, drizzled with EVOO + garlic salt and sprinkled with parmigiano reggiano cheese (aka the good stuff) – alongside a slice of locally-made Ezekiel bread stacked with 1/2 avocado, Sunshine Breakfast patty + BBQ sauce.

This was my first-time adding parm to the chips.


It’s a keeper.

And for dessert…two organic oatmeal raisin cookies I scored at the marathon expo slathered with Mighty Maple PB.


That is one more exciting thing that happened today: I realized I am in love with PB&Co. Mighty Maple PB.  Obv, love at first bite.

Other than that…I have myself asking: What’s next?

You see, I read Leah’s post on this subject just a day ago, and literally said out loud, THAT”S ME! I am a total daydreamer who is always planning, inventing crazy ideas and constantly on the look for something cool  and new to try.  My mom likes to say I always need some drama in my life…and ugh, I hate to admit this, but Barbie is right.

For the first part of 2009, I was desperately job searching.  While in the middle of job transitioning, I thought it would be a good idea to run a marathon.  Now that the marathon is done, I am thinking of getting a part-time job to keep me busy (and for practicality reasons – to kick in some extra $$$).  When is enough, enough?

Well, not until I make that trip to Argentina happen next year.  And once I visit my friends in DC, South Carolina, NYC and LA.  Enough will be enough when I can also finish a triathlon, become a certified yoga instructor and hike the Appalachian Trail.  Maybe when I find that boyfriend and want to settle down long-term.  Perhaps when I finally feel at peace with myself…

My point? Enough will never be enough.

To be grateful now, in THIS moment, is the best thing we can do.  Life doesn’t really care about your plans or goals or dreams.  It has it’s own agenda. Life has a tendency to take you where it wants.  And wherever it takes you is EXACTLY where you should be.

So, here’s to living in the moment, getting that part-time job only for financial reasons and enjoying the present!

What is one thing you are grateful for right NOW? I am grateful for blogging while sipping peppermint tea and seeing the flicker of a cinnamon spice candle out of the corner of my left eye :).


Evan Thomas October 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I think Mighty Maple was one of my first flavored nut butters, and I’ve gone through 1.7 jars so far. It’s good. It’s really good.

I’m thankful for the fact that all the things I’m worrying about right now, i.e. spending too much money and not having finished my essay and reformating the website and all that junk, really aren’t that big in the long run. I’ll finish my essay, the site can wait, I still have ma and pa’s wallet to ride on, and tomorrow’s a new day

Jenny October 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Gingie cringes everytime I talk about being married or having kids or how I can’t wait to have a career — needless to say I am notorious for “living in the future” .. trying to focus on appreciating the now and doing my best :) I’m a work in progress, I suppose!

Thanks for lighting the fire under my butttttt to keep working on it :) you my girl!

Morgan October 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I’m thankful I’m home with my parents, have a roof over my head, and food in my belly!

brandi October 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I hear ya’. I feel like this a lot, especially because I’m not particularly happy in my job right now, which makes it tough.

I’m grateful for a husband that I love, my amazing family, good blogs to read and new friends I’ve made, and the tea I’M about to have :)

oh, and I want to hike the AT, too! It’s beautiful – I’ve hiked parts of it around here.

Penny October 7, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I’m grateful for my giant black old man kitty Seymour, my filled-with-free-wine belly and the job I have to go to in the morning, that pays me well.

Love your blog! I’m a new-ish reader :)

K October 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

You know, kale is something that I haven’t tried yet. I need to get on that, STAT!

I always keep wishing for the future but right now I’m grateful for….accomplishing everything I had set for myself for today :)

Kate October 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Haha. Me too! I am always onto the next thing before the last thing is done.

RIGHT now, I am grateful to have a good job in what is still a tough market!

Matt October 7, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I love this post!

I am thankful to be going to Chicago in two days!

Tay October 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I always say Live in the Moment! I love the quote “Happiness is a journey, not a destination” or “In 20 years, you will regret the things you didn’t do rather than the things you DID do”. I am so grateful to be able to enjoy one last year of college! :-)

Maya October 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I totally hear you with this post. Right now Hawaii was such a major life coup and now I wonder what will happen next year? Especially with all these college applications I’m doing. But all I can do is fill them out the best that I can and see what comes!

April October 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Your posts are so insightful.. I love it! I’m thankful to have all of my family and loved ones in my life.. and I’m thankful to have a body that keeps me going! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Great post, and glad you think I have the happiest name ever :)

I am a registered yoga teacher, I have the hubs and the lil girl and the house and all that stuff and sometimes it seems that it’s never enuff and I always wanna do more. Sometimes i just have to breathe and say, it’s already all here, I am satisfied and done and it’s all good :) And it is. But my brain never shuts off so I am always doing new things and trying more stuff and sometimes I should just be content. Im thankful for your post reminding me to just chill a bit and enjoy tea and flickering candles :)

Lizzy October 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Alway’s making me think deep, and i’m loving that! I think about the future so much, but for your right now, i think my path is right on track, and i’m so thankful that my path includes blogging and all the friends i’ve made! :) Thanks for how uplifting you are girl!

Angharad (Eating for England) October 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

As you know I also completely live in the future, the what ifs, the whens and the hows. It’s an on going battle to be satisfied with loving the now. I’m getting better at it though and I am happy and grateful right this second for having a belly full of tater tots that I shared with friends.

Love you chica xx

Leianna October 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Sitting with my husband and talking about our days!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

When I graduated from college my parents gave me a necklace (which I never take off) that says “the more joy you have, the nearer perfect you are” and I try my darnedest to live by this! Maybe this would explain why I have lived in 4 places in 4 years…

Susan October 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Yup, that’s me!! I’m never content just doing what I’m doing, I always have to be planning for some greater goal! At this very moment, I’m happy to be in my comfy bed, curled up with my laptop. One of my favourite comforts actually! :)

Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm

It is never enough for me, I just pile more and more and more on . . . It’s our generation my dad always says

Katharina October 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Right now? I’m drinking some delicious Fruity Almond tea given to me by an amazing woman because we shared a love for tea and it was her favorite (may she rest in peace) and I’m reading your blog. I don’t know why (well I do), but I really appreciate this post. It’s true that life doesn’t wait around when it’s convenient for us. It’s just… happening.. it’s really really happening :)

I can’t wait till you come to the DC area. We are definitely meeting up! I will seriously run up to you and give you a monster bear hug.

p.s. good call on the freshly grated parm on the Kale chips. That’s how I tried them the first time – and it’s just so much better.

Tiffany S. October 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Congrats on the marathon!

I hear ya sistah! Last time I lost my job I planned a 3000 mile move. Now I have my blog, I’m losing weight, working my *ass off, starting a graduate program AND signing up to do a mini triathalon…and I’ve never felt greater. There is power in the possibilities!

I sat on my duff for many years and now I’m making up for it (for at least the 2nd or third or 9th time).

Go for it!

Andrea@WellnessNotes October 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Great post and great reminders… I’m thankful that the toddler said “Mommy is nice” today. I’m actually not sure he knows what he is saying, but I’ll take it… ;) It’s actually just SOOO cool that he is really starting to talk! :)

sophia October 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Perfect post, Holly! You are absolutely right. We as humans seem to be genetically engineered to be NEVER be satisfied! That just defeats the point of our pursuit for happiness…why not just enjoy every single moment NOW instead of thinking, AFTER I….

I’m grateful for the wonderful blog community with wise people like you! :-)

Maggie October 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Okay, we have the same tastebuds.


My dessert and snack today = pb&co mighty maple. plain. YUM.

Kailey (SnackFace) October 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Being a senior in college, it’s nearly impossible to escape thinking about the future. Everyone asks. Everyone’s talking about it. I say, I have no idea what I’ll be doing when I graduate! I can’t think about that yet!

I’m grateful for sitting on this laptop, reading blogs, eating cereal and being so excited about my 7:45pm flight to NYC that I can’t sleep. I mean, it’s outrageous.

Oh! And your response—I’ll be in Chi-town Oct. 24! Y tu?!!!


Courtney F October 8, 2009 at 4:11 am

No enough is never enough.
I am thankful for the quiet of my house in the mornings, drinking my coffee while our fur-girls take a nap!

insideiamdancing October 8, 2009 at 4:31 am

I love this post! I am very much the same- always striving for the next thing and never content with what I have *right now*. I think this is the first time in my life where I am NOT looking to make major changes or move across the world or start something big… I am just living each day, as well as I can. I am thankful for my apartment that is HOME- I haven’t had a ‘permanent’ base for about 8 years so this is awesome for me. And right at this second I am thankful for the pumpkin muffin in my stomach :D Except the poppyseeds in my teeth, lol.

Alison October 8, 2009 at 4:56 am

You are wise beyond your years my friend. I <3 U!

Christina October 8, 2009 at 5:37 am

lovely post. im grateful for my awesome family who are coming to visit me tomorrow :)

Paige (Running Around Normal) October 8, 2009 at 6:46 am

I am totally like you, too. Always looking for the next thing I can tackle and conquer! It’s great, but you’re right, sometimes we need to appreciate where we are right now.

Justine October 8, 2009 at 6:56 am

Hello lovely, You deserve all the good fortune :)!!

Am I weird, I never fell for PB&Co. it all tasted to fake and sugary for me? To each their own, right?

I think its great you move from goal to goal in no time. I wish I had that drive!! I have dreams but never get to the achieving them part :(.

If you need a partner to tackle that Appalachian Trail with you I am totally in!!!!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 8, 2009 at 7:01 am

This is so true Holly – I used to live my life always asking what’s next, where do I go from here, what if I was living here and doing this, etc – which left NO time to appreciate what I was doing and where I was living in the present. There’s a time and place to dream and plan – but it’s also important to live in the moment. Good post. Oh, and CONGRATS on the FB nom!!! I smiled so big when I saw your name!! You’ve got my vote!!

Katie October 8, 2009 at 7:12 am

You have such a great attitude about this! I am with you…always looking for the next thing. I constantly have to remind myself to be PRESENT in my own life.

I am grateful for my kitty that is sitting on breakfast table watching me eat some delicious oatmeal right now.

Nellie October 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

i love me some pb&co dark chocolate dreams. i’ve never tried the mighty maple because i’m afraid i would devour it in a matter of minutes. it looks so gooooood!

thanks for the reminder of living in the present, i’m always so consumed with what i don’t have at the moment (a job, money, insurance) that i don’t spend enough time thinking about the wonderful things i do have (an amazing family who will support me through anything!)

you are so fab i can’t even put it into words!

Low October 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

I definitely share your What’s Next mentality, although my list of things that I’ve done is much shorter than yours.

Living in the present is hard, but you’re right where we are is exactly where we should be.

Btw, those kale chips looks amazing.

I’m grateful for my wondieful bloggie friends and an upcoming weekend getaway!

Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

I am grateful for my beautiful (inside & out) daughter, Jai Lei, who is turning “9 years old” tomorrow! =) Man, where does the time go…..I remember when she was a baby in my arms. =( Also, my amazing husband, Steven, who has always been there for me (even when I was almost 250 pounds)……..our 3rd Anniversary is this month!

Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a 100 POUND weight loss)

janetha October 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

ah lovely post my dear. you forgot to put “trip to SLC” on that list. only then will enough be enough :P i am really happy it is almost WINTER! yay.

Jenna October 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

yummy cookies with pb!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet October 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

well put. have you ever read eckhart tolle’s books? deep stuff about the power of now.

Annabel @ www.FeedMeImCranky.com October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I am grateful to have your blog to read :D

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: