Resolution: Miracles Now

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Yesterday I shared some of my thoughts on resolutions in the New Year. I plan on using the book The Happiness Project as a guide for goals I would like to set for myself each month, a sort of resolution to myself to bring more happiness to my life in 2016. Along with that book, I also plan to use another book daily to improve my meditation practice and de-stress in 2016.. something I need very much (as do most of us I’m sure).

The second book I will be using is Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein. I heard about this book while watching a video on YouTube posted by someone I think everyone should know about, Tashina Combs. She has this wonderful website, logicalharmony.net, that is my guide to everything vegan beauty! I am also a huge fan of her YouTube channel and during a video about Christmas gift ideas, I heard her talk about this book. The book is full of tools to de-stress your life, find purpose, and includes principles from Kundalini yoga and meditation.

You can use this book in many ways, by working through each of the 108 practices as you see fit. In the video Tashina posted, she explained that the book was meant to be used in such a way that, you just randomly open to a page and it will be a task that you need to work through. For example, the day I got Miracles Now, I opened to #48 resolve inner conflict. I then read through a quick explanation followed by a meditation practice designed to resolve inner conflict. Each passage is ended with a miracle message that is designed to be efficient but short enough to be shared on social media and ended with #MiraclesNow.

I love the concept that is book is designed to help you work through exactly what you need on any given day. I just need to open the book and a message I need to hear will be given to me along with a message I can share with the world. I do not know much yet about the author of this book, but I did purchase her book Spirit Junkie and I cannot wait to learn more. I will be sure to share with you my thoughts on how both books are working out for me. If you have read a Gabrielle Bernstein book, I would love to know what you thought about it!

Resolution: Happiness

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The New Year is fast approaching! I am usually not one for resolutions, even as a child I hated it when my mom would have us go around the table during supper on NYE and announce our resolutions. Now, I prefer to set goals for myself, habits I want to start or improve on in my day to day life. This year, I want to take it one step farther.

Last year around this same time, I read The Happiness Project for the first time. Reading the book was such an inspiration and I knew one day I would like to tackle a project of my own. And after the life changes I have had in the past month or two, I decided 2016 was my year! In the happiness project, each month you tackle different areas of your life, make goals or resolutions for them, and then keep track of how well you maintained your goals each day. For example, the author Gretchen Rubin made goals to improve her energy in the month of January. When February came around, the January goals were carried over and new goals for her marriage were added.

I love this concept of rolling over your goals from each month to the next. That is truly the only way to change your life and make it stick. And along the way, you discover goals or resolutions that really do not add as much to your life as you thought they would, and you drop them! The whole point of the goals you make for yourself in this particular book are meant to add happiness to your life. Even when reading the book I feel happier and I have yet to really implement any of my goals yet.

I am really excited to start this project for myself! I will post my goals at the beginning of the month and then report on the outcome at the end of the month. I encourage you to go to the library and read the book for yourself (I have also seen the book at Target if you want to purchase it). Even if you do not want to start your own project, the information in the book alone is enough to inspire some changes to start your New Year and increase your happiness!

Roasted Chickpea Lemon Orzo Soup

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Last night for supper I tested out a new recipe for lemon orzo soup. Before I switched to a plant based lifestyle, I LOVED the lemon chicken orzo soup from Panera. I was so excited to try and master a vegan version of that recipe. I just googled “vegan lemon orzo soup” and the first recipe in my results was vegan lemon chickpea orzo soup.. sounded amazing!

This recipe is from delishknowledge.com, which is a vegetarian recipe website. I modified the recipe just a little to better suit what I was craving. First of all, I roasted my chickpeas instead of putting them in the soup straight from the can. I wanted a crunchy texture in the soup and thought roasting the chickpeas would hit the spot. I used the roasted chickpea recipe from the “Oh She Glows” vegan cookbook (which I love), but I am sure you can find a recipe on the internet. I also wanted my soup to have a very strong lemon flavor. I did not measure out my lemon juice (the recipe says 1/8 cup), and instead squeezed in an entire lemon. After squeezing in just half the lemon, I thought the lemon taste was too subtle for what I wanted and used the entire lemon.

The last modification I made was adding more orzo. The recipe calls for 1 cup, but after cooking the soup, it was not as thick as I was looking for. My memory of the Panera soup was that it was thick with lots and lots of orzo, so that is what I tried to create. I did not measure the second batch of orzo I added unfortunately, but I would guess that I added another 1/2 cup or full cup. This modification made the soup texture perfect! At the end, I salt and peppered the soup to taste and it was exactly what I was craving. I fixed up a bowl, topped it off with roasted chickpeas, and then devoured the soup. It was incredible!

Here is a link to the website, please try this recipe and let me know if you enjoyed it!

http://delishknowledge.com/vegan-lemon-chickpea-orzo-soup/

 

Welcome World!

In May of 2015, I graduated from Nursing school. After four long, challenging years, I was finally ready to start my life. But just five months after starting my job as a nurse in a hospital, I could no longer take it. My physical health was starting to be effected by the stress and anxiety I felt about my job. The fit just was not right for me and the way I approach healthcare. And I have been so discouraged since quitting my job. I live in the midwest and I have very few options for job opportunities in the medical field besides the traditional ones in hospitals and nursing homes.

I finally decided to just start a blog. I want to share with you the things I find important and learn from you as well. I have been following Rachel Brathen, also known as yoga girl on social media, for about a year now. I am so inspired by her! With Instagram, she has reached out to millions of people. And now, with all the fame she has received, she is reaching back and changing lives. She started a non-profit charity because she feels the social responsibility to do good for others and she has an animal rescue on her home island of Aruba. I also want to help others, and right now the best way I know how is to share information about my plant based lifestyle.

Living a plant based lifestyle is beneficial for your health, the planet, animals, and every human being living on this Earth we share. I want to educate and show people how easily they can change their lives and the lives of others. I cannot create a non-profit charity, as much as I would like to, maybe someday! But, right now, I can share what I know about a plant based lifestyle. I can help improve the planet I live on and help every living creature on it. I hope to share great informational sources, recipes, products, and so much more. Please come back daily and learn with me!

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