The eleven lessons my solo travel/PNW trip gave me:
1. Relying on yourself is freaking empowering. Yes, I was only solo for two nights, but that’s 39 miles walked and 6 meals eaten with no one but the thoughts in my head.
2. If you see a cookie at checkout you should definitely get it. Especially if said cookie is salted chocolate chip pecan.
3. People are out there doing really cool things every day and the only person in your way from that is yourself (essential oil man I’m looking at you🤩)
4. You can bring pie a slice of triple coconut cream pie on a plane.
5. The perfect toast does in fact exist. I was beginning to think that the “perfect toast” ideal that I have held for so long was just that- one of my many ideals. But since finding said perfect toast, I am now convinced that all of my other ideals are attainable as well. Logic.
6. When I say I could spend hours in a bookstore/coffee shop hybrid, I really mean days.
7. I would much prefer to be alone than to be with someone who isn’t incredibly awesome. I’m glad my friend that went with me to Portland was amazing, but being alone is just as amazing too. Settling is silly.
8. Turns out averaging walking over a half marathon a day in improper shoes is good for the soul but not for your Achilles’ tendon. RIP.
9. If it isn’t scary, it probably won’t change you. If it doesn’t change you, it’s probably not worth it.
10. There are far more interesting things to think about than how many calories were in your lunch or how ugly the pimple on your forehead is. There are far more interesting things to be than “pretty”. There are far more interesting ways to live than conventionally.
11. Rain creates the most beautiful plants. Struggles strengthen the survivor. Kintsukuroi. It’s all worth it
It’s about time I brought back this curried chickpea salad with crunchy veggies, cilantro, red grapes & a creamy tahini dressing! After enjoying a weekend at home with the fam, I didn’t feel like doing much food planning or prep this week. So - I kept it super simple with this throwback recipe and plan to enjoy this for lunches throughout the week. You could very easily sub chicken or tuna in this recipe, but chickpeas just make it so dang easy + budget friendly. Get your curried chickpea salad on 👇🏻
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinse
2 large carrots, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 head of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 cups red grapes, quartered (golden raisins work great too)
1/2 cup tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1 large clove garlic, minced
1-2 shakes of cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t like spice)
1 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
Water to thin out to desired consistency (I used about 1/3 cup)
A generous pinch of salt & pepper to taste
Mix together salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients and add more liquid as needed. Mix everything together well. Serve with crackers, over greens or eat alone!
Happy Earth Day 🌎
Earth day needs to be a national holiday. We don’t have an option of a Planet B. I’m THAT girl, the girl who stops the car who makes you pick up your trash after you’ve thrown something out of my passenger window, the girl who skips straws and the girl that throws a fit at home about recycling. .
I am a huge believer in sustainable fashion. You can often find me in a thrift store any given afternoon perusing the pieces someone else donated not trashed. .
Did you know...
It takes 700 gallons of water to make a single COTTON shirt which is EQUIVALENT to ONE PERSON staying hydrated for 900 days. The amount of water to make ONE PAIR of jeans is the EQUIVALENT to hosing down your lawn for NINE HOURS STRAIGHT. .
That top, thrifted. Those jeans, thrifted. The bag, bamboo by Cult Gaia.
I urge you to do your part to save the ocean, the trees and the animals-not just for you and I but for all living beings.
Make this Nourishing Bowl 🍃 in less than 15 minutes, thanks to @hilaryseatwell Spicy Veggie Meatless Breakfast Sausages 😋 + spring greens 🥬 + tomatoes 🍅 + fresh blueberries + slices of mandarin 🍊+ avocado 🥑 + carrots 🥕 + sliced cucumber 🥒 + hemp hearts. SO quick, easy, and delicious!
Hilary's meatless breakfast sausages are made with nourishing ingredients like millet, lentils, dates, and delicious spices, including smoked paprika! I love that they are common allergen-free, gluten-free, vegan, and make it so easy to throw together delicious and healthy meals, like this one, in minutes. 🙌🏻 Be sure to tag me on your next Hilary's creation so I can get some inspiration from YOU on what to make next!