Affirmations & Positivity

The thing with Affirmations is that there’s a helpful way to use them & a harmful way.

Helpful: recognition of old patterns, Love for & healing of old wounds, and finding the wisdom & strength to recalibrate your life in a way that serves you better and brings you Joy.

Harmful: bypassing difficult emotions, triggering trauma without offering healing & perspective, and ignoring the true lived experiences that you have as valid.

So please know this: when I share, I am sharing from a place of some level of my own healing. And I have come a hell of a long way, but I know that this is MY journey and yours may look quite different. They aren’t supposed to look exactly the same, because healing isn’t one-size-fits-all. We need each other because we all have something to offer that helps us in our personal growth, whether that is physical, spiritual, emotional, mental or communal.

So…If I ever inspire you, encourage you, or in some way challenge you lovingly to begin living YOUR best life, then I am doing my job well.

BUT… if you ever see me or any of my work and it makes you feel small, scared, less-than, angry, hurt, triggered, undeserving or in any way incapable of being happy, secure, & positive; please know that you are NOT broken, or hopeless, or unworthy. I will never see you as anything less than perfect & amazing & wonderful, AND- I know that what you feel is real, what you’ve been through matters, AND it has held a purpose for you, AND you can begin to safely learn new ways of being in the world that give you peace & safety & love & joy with a strong support team in place.

Please know that it is safe & okay for you to ask me anything- please don’t be afraid to reach out to me. I am here for you.

Edited to add: ughh I hate it when I push the publish button before I am finished! —>IMPORTANT: Today’s post is inspired by the amazing work of two of my favorite women: Nicole Lewis-Keeber who is amazing at identifying big-T and small-t Trauma as it shows up in our work/business/life and Tanya Geisler who is amazing at identifying Imposter Complex as it relates to leadership. Check them out, follow them on social media, work with them, and share their genius far and wide!


Rad Recipes: Maple Mustard Chicken

Sometimes an idea for a recipe or a flavor combination will pop in my head and I just HAVE to try it.

Yesterday, the idea of grilled chicken breast with a maple-mustard glaze popped in, quickly followed by the taste for a BLT… and I knew I had to try it. So good!

I am quite sure that there are other versions of this out there, but here’s my super-simple recipe. Enjoy!

Organic chicken breast cutlets (thin sliced- mine were about 1/2 inch at the thickest)

Heirloom tomato

Maple bacon (you can sub turkey bacon if you prefer)

Organic Romaine lettuce

Your favorite bread, sandwich roll, or burger buns

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons brown or Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Cooking spray or oil

1. Lightly coat skillet with cooking spray or oil; heat to medium high

2. Meanwhile, mix the mustard & maple syrup in shallow dish; coat chicken breast cutlets

3. Cook the chicken in skillet thoroughly, 3-5 minutes per side (check thickest part for doneness)

4. While the chicken is cooking, crisp bacon in a separate skillet to your desired doneness

5. Rinse the lettuce and slice the tomato; prep your bread/roll/buns with a bit of mayo, if you like

6. Assemble and enjoy!

Approximately 400 calories 😘

Rad Recipes: Autumn Harvest Salad with Roasted Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onions (GF, V*, VG*)

My friend Kelly (cupcakekelbel on Instagram) shared this AH-MAH-ZING salad with me to pass along to you. And let me tell you, it’s a beauty! Super hearty and filling without making you feel heavy. You could totally make a meal out of this on it’s own, or serve alongside a lean meat, fish, or pasta dish.

It takes a bit of time to prep because you are roasting the veggies, but hey, that glass of Chardonnay isn’t going to drink itself.

*For vegetarians and vegans, just leave out the bacon altogether.

Adapted from: Kim’s Cravings
(2 servings; approximately 780 calories per serving with regular bacon, 600 with turkey bacon, 475 with no bacon) ;x

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Rad Recipe: Coco-Nutty Grain-Free Porridge

My friend Mikey swears by this recipe for a go-to, super easy breakfast fix. It’s the Coco-Nutty Grain Free Porridge from the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.

It looks super simple and I have pretty much all of the ingredients on hand in my pantry at any given time, so I’m stoked to give this a try for a weekday breakfast that’s hearty enough to get me through a busy morning without making me late.

I think I can push myself past the word “porridge” to give it a try!  😉

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Killer Kale & Quinoa Salad

I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty meals that are low-cal but still flavorful & filling. This one is awesome to make ahead and take to work or school for your lunch the next day.

There are loads of versions of this Kale & Quinoa salad, so feel free to personalize it and make it your own.  🙂

This one is loaded with protein, iron, & calcium from the quinoa plus Vitamins C, A, and K from the kale, plus the benefits of antioxidants & vitamins from the blueberries and super healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the hemp seed oil.  AND IT TASTES AMAZING!

Always use the freshest, cleanest, non-GMO produce you can get your hands on.  Here’s the recipe:

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