Overcoming Doubts and Resistance

It wasn’t until a few months ago that I jumped on the podcast bandwagon. Before then I listened to a few here and there, but nothing really stuck. It wasn’t until I heard Jess Lively‘s interview with my favorite food blogger ever, Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats, that I realized I had finally found someone who gets me. Well two people who get me. Since then, I’ve been listening to Jess’s podcast religiously every week.

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She has a really great interview technique, where even if she’s interviewing a small business owner or blogger, she doesn’t focus the interview completely around the person’s career. Instead, she poses questions that show the listener the bigger picture of the interviewee’s life. And they always have awesome stories to share!

This week was a really exceptional interview with Eric Zimmer, the creator of another podcast I have since fallen in love with: The One You Feed (and started binge-listening to yesterday afternoon). The name comes from the old tale of a grandfather speaking to his grandson and tells him that inside each and every one of us is a battle between two wolves. One wolf is evil: jealousy, resentment and anger. The other is good: love, hope and joy. The grandson thought about this and then asks “Which wolf wins?” and the grandfather responds: “The one you feed”. It’s an immensely powerful concept that we all contain good and evil inside of us, but who we become depends on which side we “feed” or give power to. We all have the power to change, but it must be a conscious change.

Eric talks a lot about the amount of comparing we do in our own lives. We either compare ourselves to others who we consider better than ourselves to make us feel worse about where we are in life or what we have. Or we compare ourselves to others who we consider to be worse off than ourselves so that we make us feel better about our own lives. And by doing so, we’re distancing ourselves from actually being able to understand and get to know the people around us. It’s such a profound concept but so true. A few months ago, I noticed how much I was judging the people around me, people I didn’t know and even those that I know personally. Most of the time the judgement was completely unconscious, a thought would just pass through my head: “what a terrible shirt she is wearing” or “wow, I wish I could do a handstand like her”. We’ve been programmed by our culture to favor our ego over the “good wolf” inside of us, so these thoughts may always be present in our lives (unless we become highly spiritual yogis), but I’ve been working towards acknowledging these thoughts and attempting to reverse them. I do so by reminding myself that while the girl who wears her sunglasses on cloudy days on the train does come off as a b***h, I do not know her story or her journey, so I should not judge her without first getting to know her.

It’s also reminded me how much we live in our own heads. I am constantly reminding myself that the conversation I’m having with myself and the way I am seeing the world, is in no way the same as the person next to me. That’s one of the reasons I’ve become so obsessed with podcasts like these because they allow me to see the world from someone else’s perspective, even just for a fleeting moment.

I don’t want to give away too much more about Eric’s interview, but I will say that he really opens your eyes to the idea that there is no reason that you can’t have the things in life that you really want. We can all have the career we’ve been dreaming of, find that person whom we’ve been searching for and live the life that we want for ourselves. If you have 45 minutes free today, listen to his interview, I promise it will be worth it and it might just change your life!

The Importance of Signs

I’ve been away from you all for so long again! It really has been completely unacceptable, but as I’m sure most of you understand, life takes over and sometimes does not let go. Another issue I’ve been facing is deciding where to take this little blog next. While I still find myself drooling over cookbooks and recipes, my interests have taken quite a shift lately, which makes me think it’s time for my blog to do a little shifting as well.

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You see, it all started with that quote right up there. Signs from the universe are sometimes incredibly easy to spot or sometimes require quite a bit of evaluation on past events to uncover, but they are all over the place. They are there to guide us in the proper direction in life; what we’re intended to do, even though we may not be sure of it.

I had one of those moments 7 months ago, then another 2 months following that and then finally a BIG one a few weeks ago. I won’t go into details about the first two because they were very personal issues, but I can say they caused major shifts in my life. The second one also caused the biggest change, the decision to join a yoga studio.

For the longest time, I wasn’t entirely sold on yoga. Loved the idea of being more flexible, but when it came to a true workout, I wanted something more intense that got my heart rate up, made me sweat, and burned a lot of calories. Yoga never did that for me, at least not the yoga dvds that I had purchased. I also never mentally arrived on my mat because of the lack of a “true workout” (as I thought at the time). I would choose yoga as a rest-day alternative. But then 5 months ago, I came to the conclusion that I needed something more in my life, I needed a purpose. For a few months I had been considering testing out the local hot yoga studio by me to see if the classes would be something I enjoyed, but never actually deciding to do it. That day, I paid for their introductory unlimited month of yoga and went to my first class.

After that first class I was hooked and returned 20 times that month trying classes from different teachers and yoga styles. Before I knew it, I was racing home from work with just enough time to throw on my workout clothes and rush out to class. After awhile it wasn’t about a workout, it became so much more. Yoga truly changed my entire perspective on life. I had a clearer mind, heart and a desire to do more with life. It gave me the radical change I was looking for and made me realize how much we take for granted in life. I honestly don’t recognize the girl I was 7 months ago.

Since that first week of yoga, I have been to roughly 5-6 classes per week, depending on my schedule. I can’t get enough. Every yoga class is different and challenges in ways that I never thought possible: physically, emotionally and mentally. Then came the decision that I wanted to pursue my yoga teacher training. I had thought about it for awhile and wasn’t sure exactly when I would take it on. It’s a major commitment, 3 training sessions a weekend and a required 6 yoga classes per week (one day has to be a double!), so as I saw my studio post information about their training session, I figured it wasn’t the right time.

You know when things in life start to fall into place and the right opportunities come along screaming at you that the universe is at work and the bigger picture starts to unfold? That’s what happened a few weeks ago. Within one day, everything started coming together and the universe was telling me that I had to go for my training now; I was ready. And like that, I signed up for teacher training which starts next Friday!

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This brings me to the changes I mentioned before my long-winded explanation of life! My goal is to bring my readers (if there are any of you left) through my yoga teacher training and then into my journey through yoga and life. Don’t worry, food is still a major part of who I am, so I’ll still include my favorite recipes and any food-inspired trips I go on. But overall, I’ll be bringing you away from just recipes and taking you down my journey of life.

I hope you enjoy the ride :).

Knock You Naked Brownies

It’s been so long, too long! I’ve missed my little blog and all the cooking and baking that comes along with it.

Since we last saw each other I have, started and switched jobs, moved back home (not to my enjoyment), contemplated going back to school and then came to my senses, became an even stronger coffee addict and managed to lose my mind. So all in all not that eventful. I’ll try to catch you up to speed in the coming months.

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Just In Case You Forgot About Memorial Day Too

I know that I haven’t posted in a while, but how is it Memorial Day already? The past few weeks have been beyond hectic: moving out of my apartment, moving back home, starting my job, working full-time, graduation. The list goes on and on. I’ve only been working for three weeks, but I know exactly what everyone is talking about when they say that before you know it, you look up and years have passed by. I looked up and saw that it was Memorial Day already and was in complete disbelief because the weather has been anything but “summery”. Here’s to hoping that wherever you live is much warmer than New Jersey.

But lets talk food. I wanted to bring you some amazing recipes to celebrate Memorial Day and grilling and hopefully sunshine and warm weather. Any of these are sure to be crowd pleasers for your party tomorrow. I will, unfortunately, be working so eat a little extra for me, will ya?

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Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

So I know I’ve been gone for awhile, but here’s the sitch. As you heard me mention multiple times last week, I have finally finished college (well except for an impending photography final project that has been completed for a week, but I never bothered to submit) and last weekend I moved most of my stuff out of my apartment. Well the most important stuff. And I started my new job! Yeah, I would not recommend making multiple major life changes in 48 hours, but hindsight is 20-20.

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

Spring is here, spring is here! Well not yesterday because it was rainy and therefore cold, of course, but yes overall spring is here! I can finally put away my winter jackets and I have moved on to wearing flip-flops and flats. Maybe it’s still a little early for flip-flops, but I’m one to throw them on when it’s freezing outside.

I have no response to this. I am strange.

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Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Let’s take a second and discuss the fact that though my classes end this week, I still have a ton of papers to write and assignments to finish and I have absolutely no motivation to do anything. How do you force yourself to do work when you just really don’t want to? Maybe this is the mystery of life. If I solve it, do I not have to write these papers anymore because I’m over it.

I just don’t care.

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