Real Talk · Uncategorized

Things I’m feeling and thinking.

I used to be a lot more willy nilly with my content. I didn’t have an editorial calendar and if I did, I sure didn’t stick to it. I barely did any planning, ever. I just flew by the seat of my pants. I barely knew what I was going to write about the next day much less next Tuesday and Thursday.

But in the past six months or so, I’ve really gotten my act together in an effort to create better (and more thought out) content. It might not look like it, but creating good quality content is H-A-R-D. It takes A LOT of planning and planning to plan (ha!) and sticking to the plan. Get my drift? So it’s a lot more organized and business-y (which I actually love and it’s less stress for me!) rather than the off-the-cusp shop I used to run. But all that to say, my point is that I hardly ever just sit-and-write what’s on my mind anymore. I kinda miss that.

I miss writing without thinking. I miss writing without strategy, or without worrying about an organized structure or article flow. There’s definitely a place for organized, value-add content – don’t get me wrong. But I’m just going to switch things up today for old time’s sake! So instead of writing about how much I love these little ruffle sleeves on the shirt I’m wearing today (which I do!) and the flatform sneaker trend (diggin’ it), I’m going to talk about things on my mind – as if we were literally sitting together, catching up.

A (very) random list of things I’m feeling slash thinking.

And for the first time in a VERY long time, I’m not holding back – not even a little. If you don’t like what I’m saying, that’s fine. If you have something to say, comment below and join the conversation. If you think I’m being ungrateful or ridiculous – leave. I don’t mean to be harsh.

On fashion blogging in general.

The (fashion) blogging world frustrates me. Maybe I can talk more on this later (I need some courage and maybe a glass of wine – ha). I’m scared to say how I really feel. Because I’m not sure I’m allowed to feel this way. But I’ll just say that it’s an interesting industry to try and navigate – especially on your own. The competition is fierce and it’s getting harder and harder to be “unique” when there are 70 million other people doing the same thing, wearing the same clothes. Blah, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll come back to this one day.

On boundaries.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to know where to draw the line when it comes to figuring out what to share. Boundaries are hard enough as a normal (non-blogger) person, so I think it’s even harder when you’re sharing your life with the world. Like, when does sharing my struggles and bad-day-moments become to be too much or unprofessional? Which parts of my life should I keep totally private? When does a struggle or vulnerability become something I can share without being crippled by the feedback (or lack there of). It’s easy to share a struggle when you’ve overcome it, but what about the ones that never go away? The ones that keep coming back and seem to be a constant thorn in your side?

On starting a new business.

I haven’t told you about something that I’ve been working on for a bit. Well I actually haven’t even started “working” on it yet; instead, I’m just doing a bit of research. And talking about it. (I always talk about things a lot before doing something about it.) I’m thinking about starting another business. But I’m scared out of my mind. I’m scared for 389537257 reasons but mostly because – what if it fails? It totally could. And that’s probably also why I’m not ready to tell you. Because what if I change my mind? Ha. Anyway, so that’s been taking up a good bit of my brain space lately…oh, and time.

On putting myself out there.

Sometimes I worry if you think I’m unstable. Not in a crazy person way (no offense), but in an inconsistent kind of way? You might have noticed, but I’m a bit of an extremist. One day I feel like I can (literally – sort of) take over the world. And then the next, I’m having major self-doubt about whether I can actually put together a cute outfit – I kid you not.

I’ve got ups and downs; highs and lows, exciting moments and major discouragement; I’m silly and serious; focused and all-over-the-place; determined and then apathetic – and the list goes on. I know that – to a certain extent – this is normal; we all feel these things and experience both sides of this spectrum. But I still feel like I’m a bit more extreme than most – just a thought. Also, I’m over here trying to figure out how to experience these extremes and be “real” with you, but also professional and maintain my authority and credibility if that makes sense? (Hard to explain.)

But my point is that sometimes I feel like I should only show you certain “parts” of me (in fact, I feel this way a lot). But when I try to do that, I feel confined and like I’m holding my breath or something. So then I show you the real me. And it’s probably like, a lot to handle. I don’t know….is it too much? (HAHA)

On losing my fire.

I’m in a funk. It’s been like 9-ish days and it’s still here. At first I thought it was a 2-day-or-so phase. But no; it’s still here and I don’t think it’s going anywhere – the funky-ness I mean. I question what I’m doing and why and wonder if my blog even has a purpose in the world. I know that sounds dramatic – but that’s because it is…at least to me. I feel like I need to be traveling or that my life isn’t interesting enough. But the truth is, I sorta like a boring life. If I’m being completely honest, I really like it when my life is boring. In fact, I get really excited when we have zero plans on a weekend and stay in the house for hours (or sometimes even days? don’t judge) at a time doesn’t bother me.

Am I being a drama queen? Possibly but this is my space and if I can’t be honest and free here, where can I be?

What’s been going on with you lately? Fill me in. Also, I would love to hear from you about what brings you to my little corner of the internet? What do you want to see more post about? Don’t be shy!

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B.

Food & Drink · Uncategorized

Meal prep: Taco salad

Before you get the hang of it, the thought of meal prep might make you think of an entire day spent slaving away in the kitchen, using up every last pan and storage container you own. When you put it that way, ordering takeout sounds so much easier. But getting ready for the week doesn’t have to be such a process at all. As long as you find easy recipes and cook enough servings at once, you can be in and out of the kitchen in an hour. Seriously! Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share some of my easy meal prep recipes with you.. you’ll be fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions in no time.

First up…Turkey Taco Salad.

taco salad2

Up until recently, if you looked in my fridge you would never find ground turkey in there. Ever. I had never used it before and had absolutely no idea what to do with it and it never made its way on my shopping list. Today, that’s another story. I. am. obsessed. We hardly eat ground beef anymore and instead we substitute with turkey. Chili? No problem. Tacos? Absolutely! Meatballs? Hell ya!! Taco Salad? BRING IT ON! I started making this salad for dinner but my fiance and I were so in love, it got put on the meal prep rotation. It is so simple and quick to make and requires limited ingredients. I like to package everything separately when meal prepping so nothing gets soggy and mushy. during the week. Obviously, if you are making this and eating it right away you an toss everything together and enjoy.

Here is what you will need:

♥ 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey*

1 package (1.25oz) of taco seasoning

6 cups of sliced/shredded romaine lettuce

1/2 cup of pico de gallo (homemade of store bought)

6 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

6 tablespoons of shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 lime cut into wedges

taco salad

Here is what you will need to do:

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot of dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks. Stir in the taco seasoning and drain an excess fat.

♥ Place the romaine lettuce into resealable sandwich bags.

♥  Fill the pico de gallo, Greek yogurt and cheese into separate containers with lids. I personally like to use these shot cups but you can use anything you have as long as it seals.

♥ Place everything into your meal prep containers and enjoy!!

** You could substitute the ground turkey for ground pork or beef if you wanted to.

Are you a ground turkey newbie also? What do you use ground turkey for? What is your favorite meal prep?

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Real Talk · Uncategorized

Don’t wait until you’re perfect.

I have talked about this before but lately it has been pulling at my brain and I want to circle back to this topic. When you have a goal (You know I hate this word but let’s roll with it right now) — whether it’s starting a business or eating healthier or traveling the world — it’s easy to look at someone who is already doing it and then try to reverse engineer their strategy.

In some cases, this is really useful. Learning from the experiences of successful people is a great way to accelerate your own learning curve. The important word there was “learning”, not duplicating. What works for someone at some point in time, may not be what works for you in this minute. I think it is so important to remember that the systems, habits, and strategies that successful people are using today are probably not the same ones they were using when they began their journey.

What is optimal for them right now isn’t necessarily needed for you to get started. There is a difference between the two.

Let me explain.

What is optimal vs. what is needed.

Learning from others is great and I do it all the time myself.

But comparing your current situation to someone who is already successful can often make you feel like you lack the required resources to get started at all. If you look at their optimal setup, it can be really easy to convince yourself that you need to buy new things or that you need to learn new skills or that you need to meet new people before you can even take the first step toward your target.

And usually, that’s not true. Here are some examples.

Traveling the world. Every time I travel, I see so many backpackers who have spent what I imagine to be a fortune on gear: rainproof bags, moisture-wicking clothes, special shoes. Now I’m not saying gear is useless. I have never backpacked my way around anywhere but I am sure great gear can make your life much easier on the road, but it’s not required. You don’t need new shoes to start running. You don’t need new cooking bowls to start eating healthy. And you don’t need a new backpack to start traveling. Those things might be optimal, but they are not needed in the beginning.

Eating healthy. Maybe the optimal diet would involve buying beef that is only grass-fed or vegetables that are only organic or some other super-healthy food strategy. But if you’re just trying to make strides in the right direction, why get bogged down in the details? Start small and simply buy another vegetable this week while you are out at the store— whether it’s organic or not. There will be plenty of time for optimization later.

Avoiding by optimizing.

Claiming that you need to “learn more” or “get all of your ducks in a row” can often be a crutch that prevents you from moving forward on the stuff that actually matters.

  • You can complain that your golf game is suffering because you need new clubs, but the truth is you probably just need two years of practice.
  • You can argue that it’s hard to travel light without the right suitcase, but the truth is you could make it work with what you have now.
  • You can point out how your business mentor is successful because they use XYZ software, but they probably got started without it.

Obsessing about the ultimate strategy or the ultimate diet or the ultimate golf club can be a clever way to prevent yourself from doing hard work. You’re putting up roadblocks before you even tun the key over.

As my regular readers know, I’m all for optimizing and improvement. One percent gains fill me with joy. Small habits leave me smitten. Disturbing levels of consistency make my heart flutter. But don’t let visions of what is optimal prevent you from getting started in the first place.

An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.

What are you holding back from right now because you need something before you can start? What would happen if you just went for it instead? Maybe you would fail. Maybe you would succeed? But, what if you sat and did nothing about it?

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B.