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Strawberry Avocado Salad

This path month I’ve been trying to eat different things for breakfast and lunch, and find new ways to incorporate certain foods. Like strawberries, I use them in my smoothies and maybe a spinach salad here and there but then they always seem to go bad in the frig or sit in the freezer.

Today I made a strawberry and avocado salad! It was so good and filling, the perfect amount of creamy/crunch mixed with a punch of sweet and salty.

Recipe:

4-5 large strawberries chopped

1/2 of an avocado chopped

1.5 oz of gorgonzola cheese

quarter of a small onion chopped (optional)

drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette

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Steps to Live in the Moment

 Quiet your mind and listen to yourself at the deepest level possible. Then trust that what you hear reflects wisdom beyond your conscious mind. – Jason Kurtz
(image via Alice Wessendorf SkyBluePink)

Some days – most days – I feel like life is a mad rush. I’m just going through the motions to get stuff done. I wake up, feed the kids, pack lunches, stretch,  get ready for work, drop the kids off, go to work, make dinner, do homework…ok you get the point.

I find myself so focused on the next “to do” that I don’t live in the present, it just slips by. Before I know it, the day is over, then the week and so on. It’s like being stuck on a Ferris wheel  going ’round and ’round – you want to get off because your bored, and there’s more to see at the fair.

You need to soak it all in, do everything you can before the fair closes.  You rush to the next ride, see another attraction, win the big prize at the game booth. Meanwhile you’re snapping a bunch of pictures to capture these memories forever, because there’s so much going on in the moment.  The next thing you know the night is over. In the blink of an eye, it’s all just a memory.

Want to live a more mindful life? I sure do.  Here are some steps to follow that will allow us to seize the moment – carpe diem.

Eight steps to live in the moment.

1. Focus on the now. Do tasks slowly and deliberately.

2. Stop looking for other people’s approval to determine your own achievements and success.

3.  Put space between things. Don’t schedule things close together this will allow you to take more time on each task.

4. Stop worrying about the future, focus on the present

5. Stop over thinking. You can’t change what happened yesterday by reliving it today.

6. Pay attention to the small things – especially the little things that make you happy.

7. Perform random acts of kindness. This is really about living in the moment.

8. Stop explaining or justifying your actions to yourself or others.

AND SMILE 🙂

Jump-Start Your Morning

Every morning I wake up the same, tired. It doesn’t matter if I get 9 hours of good sleep, I am not a morning person. But, I want to be!

Once I get moving and have a cup of coffee, I’m ready. One thing I started doing this year was a short yoga routine, basically a series of Sun Salutations. Yoga really helps me feel good for the day, it opens up my breathing and gives my muscles a good stretch. If you’re interested in starting a yoga routine, You Tube is a great place to look. If you’re already familiar with the practice, then set your own sequence to do each morning.

In my search for ideas to become a “morning person,” I found this article 5-things-healthy-people-do-every-day-before-work that has some good tips and these five things do not take a lot of time (which these days is precious). I hope you enjoy!

Hey, you can read the article while you have your coffee or tea – multi-tasking. I also posted an image of what my routine looks like, in case you want to do it too (wink, wink)!

Sun Salutations
Sun Salutations