So sorry about Monday’s ‘Healthy Pumpkin Chili’ post! I know the links don’t work… but it will be back up soon – Aldi had to approve it first so… my bad!
Anywaysss, thought I would share something different since I don’t have a recipe for you today. I’ve had lots of major changes the past few months (a break-up, moving multiple times etc.) and whenever that happens I lose inspiration as my mind is in a different place… ya know?
There’s lots to do, lots to set up and lots of change. All good change, but it takes time to adjust to new surroundings and find your drive again.
Some of you asked if I’ve lived in the city before and yes, I lived in Lincoln Park with roommates after graduating from Purdue. Now I live by myself, but being back here has slowly ignited a new inspiration and I’m just happy – plain old happy and content. I haven’t felt this way for a very long time. As with any big city, the energy and people spark a certain excitement about life. It’s truly contagious to be in a busy, bustling city and inspiration is EVERYWHERE.
From strolling the picturesque tree-lined streets, grabbing an almond milk latté and walking the endless shore by the lake, seeing so many different faces everywhere you go, looking in the windows of the cute shops, listening to the clinking of glasses in the amazing restaurants, hearing the crowds cheer at Wrigley for the cubbies (!!) and yes even hearing the L train zip by every 5 seconds (which I’ve finally gotten used to again).. all of these new sounds and sights are invigorating and offer some major inspo everyday.
People get sh*t done here. They don’t mess around.
Did I mention I can WALK to Whole Foods?!! It’s dreamy and at the same time, very dangerous for my wallet ha. I’m going out a lot more, grabbing lunch with friends I haven’t seen in years and doing simple things that bring me happiness – such a change from this past summer. Chicago is magical if you let it be!
One thing I’ve noticed is a positive shift in my attitude. Being negative is draining and exhausting… right? I used to be this way sometimes, not gunna lie. I complained a lot. Mostly it had to do with fear of the unknown and a relationship that was dragging me down… but I’m finding that attitude coincides with happiness and negative people are purely unhappy. They’re doing things they hate… they’re doing life backwards… they’re sucking away your positivity and feeding off your good vibes. Don’t let them!!! Life is all around easier when you realize everything will work itself out. No need to worry, complain or become impatient. Focus your time on the GOOD and don’t do things that make you unhappy just because you feel guilty.
When you start living life for YOU, you start to attract more of what you love.
I’m not sure where this is coming from… but just writing openly to y’all because I appreciate you and your support. Your kind words keep me going and all of us can use a little inspiration sometimes.
So here are a few pictures from the past week! Plus a bonus smoothie recipe that’s been my go-to when it’s warm out. Otherwise I make my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 🙂
Can you spot Taz?! That’s now his favorite spot in the mornings.
Blueberry Oatmeal Superfood Smoothie
(the color matches my couch hah.. so good though, I promise!!)
3 cups spinach, packed
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon Sprout Living Omega Gather Sprout Mix (blend of flax, chia, pumpkin and sesame sprouts.)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup filtered water
I’ll be working on some recipes today but do you have any requests?!! Would love to hear from you 🙂 ♥