Vegan Fig Bars

Vegan Fig Bars

When life hands you figs, make vegan fig bars!

My sweet coworker is blessed with a fig tree, and therefore she has a bounty of these delicious juicy gems. She often shares them with us in the office and as fig season is winding down, I thought it was the perfect time to try my hand at making vegan fig bars.

I used this Fig Honey Cheesecake Recipe, and as always, I improvised a bit. Since my food processor is still packed away in storage with our other beautiful wedding gifts, my little magic bullet blender came to the rescue. I used flax seeds over flax meal and I added more coconut oil than the recipe called for to help it blend better. I froze them overnight before cutting them into bite-sized squares for easy consumption and shared them with my coworkers (of course the bearer of the figs got the first try!) the next day.

The end result was a sweet vegan fig treat. My coworkers’ review? They said the little bars were FIGtastic! I’ll call that a win for the day.

Monday Gratitude

Monday Gratitude

Forget about the Monday blues and the beginning of the week to-do’s.

Use the first day of the week to cultivate gratitude, appreciate the weekend past and as a reminder of all of the reasons to celebrate during the week ahead.

Below are the things I am especially grateful for right now:

  • Camping with my sweet husband this past weekend.
  • Living close to both the ocean and the mountains. The California coast is a magical place.
  • Technology to allow me to connect to family near and far.
  • Trader Joe’s.
  • Finding the beauty in the small things.

Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse Day. Today is a great day to set intentions and gratitude for the upcoming days. Think of it like a reset button. Ready…go.

August Reading List

August Reading List

Not only do I love to read, but I believe books are meant to be shared.

I always seem to be reading multiple books at once, and my stack of reads on my nightstand never seems to go down because once I finish one book I add another one to the queue. If you’re curious, here’s what I read in August:

  • Wonder: I saw a preview for this movie, and wanted to be sure I finished the book first. It’s a quick, touching, read about about a young boy that will warm your heart.
  • Wellth: I was introduced to Jacob Wachob through the MindBodyGreen Podcast which led me to be interested in this book. While this read doesn’t reveal anything completely brand new, it is a great reminder on how to live a balanced and healthy life. What I most appreciate about this book is Wachob’s realistic approach to wellness and holistic medicine.

Monday Gratitude

Monday Gratitude

Forget about the Monday blues and the beginning of the week to-do’s.

Use the first day of the week to cultivate gratitude, appreciate the weekend past and as a reminder of all of the reasons to celebrate during the week ahead.

Below are the things I am especially grateful for right now:

  • Daily dips in the ocean.
  • Long runs with friends.
  • These running shorts which make long runs more bearable.
  • Good health.
  • My sisters.
  • My brothers-in-law.
  • My sister-in-law.

Monthly Intentions: August 2017

Monthly Intentions

The turning of the calendar is a great time to set monthly intentions and add purpose to the weeks ahead.

As much as it can be hard to believe that 2017 is already half over, the next five months still holds a lot of time and power that can be used to towards continued growth. While I do think there is something nicely ritualistic about setting intentions each new year, I also think it is important to continue to set monthly intentions for things you want to accomplish, energy you want to attract and a mindset you want to create.

In August, I joyously intend to:

  • Use our new sleeping bags. Aka go camping.
  • Make a fancy cocktail.
  • Send a love letter: To a friend.
  • Read this book.
  • Beat my husband in a tennis match.
  • Make my own cashew milk.
  • Run 10 miles. Before work.
  • Create a wild flower arrangement. Then give it away.
  • Get out on a trail. And run.
  • Regularly log out.

 

Monday Gratitude

Monday Gratitude

Forget about the Monday blues and the beginning of the week to-do’s.

Use the first day of the week to cultivate gratitude, appreciate the weekend past and as a reminder of all of the reasons to celebrate during the week ahead.

Below are the things I am especially grateful for right now:

  • Friendships that I have had since preschool.
  • Saturday boat rides.
  • A new book that I can’t wait to dive into.
  • Going to sleep in a cloud of clean sheets.

Logging Out

Logging Out

I used to read. A lot.

I would keep a paperback book in my purse so I could pick up wherever I left off on whatever book I was currently reading. I would read a few pages at a restaurant while waiting for our reservation to be ready.  If I got to my workout class early and had a few minutes to kill in the car, I would open my book. And plane rides!? Oh boy! It wasn’t matter of if I would read or not, it was  matter of how many books I could fit in my carry-on because all I would do on the flight – and the ensuing vacation – was read.

But then, something changed.

All the in-between time I spent reading books was slowly replaced over time. While in line at the grocery store, I started pulling my phone out of my purse and idly scrolling. Before bed I would check my apps only to put the phone down and habitually check them again.  And the very worst? At a quick stoplight I pick up my phone to get a quick hit digital dopamine. Ugh.

So recently, I decided to change.

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend I logged out of every app on my phone. Knowing that this holiday weekend was typically full of oversharing online, I knew it was the perfect weekend to take it completely offline. I did not scroll. I did not swipe. I did not stare. Without all of the social my phone was just that – a phone and was only needed to make a call or send a quick text to confirm plans with friend. What a novel idea!

And guess what happened when I stayed off my phone all weekend? I read an entire book.

I now log out regularly to keep me from the digital distraction and put me in the present moment and back in front of more books.

 

Magic

Magic

Pressing publish on my first blog post. A blog I have been thinking about for years and am finally putting into action. There is a lot on my mind and figure I might as well let some of those thoughts spill out.

And maybe, just maybe, the words will resonate with someone else. Because that connection, the melding of ideas, the meeting of minds, and that feeling of being inextricably intertwined as humans is necessary and needed in this messy, wonderful, and unbelievably magical world we live in.