I am just going to come out and say it: I don’t have this freelance thing figured out.
Some days I’m throwing my hands up in the air and giving an Arsenio Hall “woof, woof!” fist pump and feeling on top of the world. Like hey, I CAN do this…and I WILL. Then other days, the majority of days, I’m worrying about grown-up things like money and how I am going to pay for $400 in car repairs and am I good enough to do this and stressing over the fact that I am totally unorganized and cannot find a way to stay on top of the multitude of projects I am working on.
And then I eat carbs. Lots of them.
Because this is real life, and sometimes bagels are the answer.
It’s really too bad that I can’t eat bagels for breakfast every morning. I mean, I could but let’s level with each other: if that happened, I’d spend all day beached on the couch rewatching episodes of Downton Abbey, napping and Instagramming an obnoxious amount of pictures in a lethargic carbohydrate coma. It would be good for nobody except maybe Bruegger’s Bagels.
Instead, I’m bringing back oats.
Specially, the overnight kind.
Because in the three short weeks since I quit my job and started this crazy freelance life, I have already picked up a few helpful things. Things that are probably pertinent to most busy, unorganized people but maybe just slightly more necessary for freelancers:
(1) Take an extra 10 minutes in the morning to write out a schedule of your day. Appointments, workouts, blocks of writing time, errands, things you want to get done that day – write it all down.
(2) Get off the social media + email. It’s a total time suck. I allow myself to check email right away in the morning, while eating lunch and once at night. As for social media, I cap my time at 20 minutes per day. Instagram doesn’t count (mostly because I browse photos on my phone while walking places and that to me is productivity at its finest).
(3) Simplify your finances. Extravagant, non-vital expenses be gone! One of the best ways to do this with food is to start shopping the bulk aisle.
Overnight oats helps me with all these things.
Prepped the night beforehand, it’s ready and waiting for me in the morning and easy to eat as I make out my daily to-do list. Less social media = less temptation to want to make fancy breakfasts. Get back to basics. Overnight oats is one of the best staples to add to your breakfast routine. Buy all the ingredients (minus the milk) in the bulk aisle. Dolla dolla bills saved.
And it can easily be customized to your dietary preferences! This one is vegan, but a Greek yogurt-based version can be found here.
For that, I think I deserve a “woof, woof!”
Vegan Overnight Oats
Prep time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 T chia seeds
2 T raisins
1 t cinnamon
pinch of salt
agave nectar, maple syrup or honey, to taste
1 cup non-dairy milk*
peanut butter, jelly, fresh fruit, nuts, granola, optional
*I buy Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
In a cereal bowl, mix oatmeal, chia seeds, raisins and spices. Add sweetener and milk, stirring until well-blended. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, add toppings of your choice and wash down with a delicious iced coffee.
Makes 1 serving
P.S. If you’re about to complain about how expensive chia seeds are (I’m right with you!), don’t. Instead, enter to win a free 32-oz bag of chia seeds on my Facebook page. ‘Like’ me and find the giveaway post on my wall. I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow night.