Year: 2016

Final (random) Thoughts on 2016

Another year has come and gone and what a rollercoaster of inspiration, creativity and growth it’s been! A bit over a year ago, I happened upon the concept of minimalism, and I truly believe my life has been fully aligned with the concept.  Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve learned and thoughts on 2017 before you’re off to enjoy the festivities and ring in the New Year: BOLDLY AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY WORSHIP: Every single path I’ve taken in this crazy life was determined for me long before I was even born.  I’m still a work in progress, but giving in and acknowledging that He alone is the provider of all blessings has taken time.  My wish for the New Year is for people to see HIM through MY actions. GIVE MORE:  Having a minimalist mindset has allowed for more freedom to give back our time and resources to causes we believe in.  The payoff of knowing you’ve bettered the world in some way feels far greater than succumbing to selfish desires. WASTE LESS: Minimalism has opened my eyes to how much we in …

5 Minimalist Habits for Success

If someone were to question me on my latest success story; I would tell them I navigated the Boston public transit system to and from the airport without asking for assistance.  Major win for us directionally challenged souls! How do we measure success in today’s culture; is it amount of income? Accomplishing meaningful work? Number of social media followers?  Or could it be the high you feel after dragging yourself out of bed and kicking that AM workout’s booty?  Maybe it’s nailing an in-office presentation or simply spreading joy. I’ve been intrigued by the habits of successful individuals for some time- especially fellow colleagues in the nutrition world.  Having just returned home from the annual Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE), I was able to hear from and connect with many fellow superstar RDs and I have the dish on what habits help them achieve greatness!  To be successful-no matter your definition or profession-try adapting these five habits into your daily grind: REMOVE THE CLUTTER: Physical and mental clutter is ultra-destructive to creativity and productivity.  Nutrition entrepreneur …

‘From Scratch’ Vegetable Broth

If you’re buying vegetable broth at the grocery store, you’re doing life wrong.  Make it yourself and you’ll never go back to the processed, weak, flavored water you’ll find in box or can format. It’s so ridiculously simple and you’ll feel better about not throwing out your produce nearing spoilage level. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 40% of food in the US goes to waste. Help be a part of the solution with my recipe below. Just save your nearly spoiled produce and  vegetable scraps not otherwise being used, place in the freezer in a gallon sized bag until you have about 5-6 cups and you’re all set.  Your soups, stews and chili will thank you.  Not to mention vegetable broth brings another dimension to pasta, quinoa and any other grain that calls for boiling.  ENJOY!

My Minimalism

My minimalism journey began in the midst of a ‘quarter-life crisis’- stuck in a career I wasn’t passionate about, living in a city that wasn’t ‘me’ and dating a guy that lacked my core values.  I wasn’t living the American dream and making 6 figures like some self-proclaimed Minimalists, but I had a decent paying career as a foodservice Registered Dietitian. And I was a dreamer…without a plan other than to make myself happy and live a purposeful life.  So I took a risk and quit my job, traveled across Europe, broke up with my boyfriend and moved to a new city.  Since then I’ve been extremely blessed to say the least and credit’s due to having faith and taking a leap. I’ll save the mushy details for a later date. After decluttering my life of that which no longer served me-I was free to focus on my passions.  That my friends… is Minimalism.  You don’t have to earn a 6 figure salary to be happy and live a purposeful life (if so-I’d never make it). If you can …

RE-use, RE-love & Donate

The seasons are a cha cha cha chaaaaanging!  I’m following suit with Mother Nature’s upcoming wardrobe update and exchanging out my closet a bit. Since much of my clothing is purchased at recycled fashion shops, resale venues or treasure hunted through thrift stores-their bargain prices make it easy to over-accumulate.  Bargain shopping for business appropriate attire is an art form ya’ll; I’m devoting an entire upcoming post to it since I get a lot of comments on the subject. It’s extra hard for me to let go of wearable items I’ve collected through travel…cue up the pink soccer polo circa Barcelona 2011 still taking up space in my dresser.  If I  haven’t worn it this summer or in the last year, it’s definitely being donated.   But it’s more than just about updating seasonal attire.  I don’t NEED more clothing-I’m actually working toward decreasing the amount of clothing I own and moving toward a capsule wardrobe.  If you’re questioning what the heck a capsule wardrobe is: learn more here.  I tell myself it’s all practice for when we build our tiny house, but …

A Fixer Upper Waco Crawl

If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and find yourself in the Dallas area, this self-guided day trip out to Waco should go on your bucket list ASAP!  We decided to visit our Texas best friends on a whim last month and our agenda included all of three items: food, fellowship and Waco.  As if Chip and Jo couldn’t be any more loveable and magnetic, they’ve created a community space in the tiny, college town of Waco that draws thousands of both tourists and locals daily. We first stopped at the Magnolia Market at the Silos-a family friendly space enabling visitors to shop, eat and play. Food trucks, home décor and garden shops, and an outdoor lawn area where you’ll find cornhole boards and footballs to toss are all strategically curated around the famous silos. The newly opened Magnolia Flour Bakery is right around the corner serving up freshly baked desserts.  Employees state the line is usually wrapping around the building, so a random Monday afternoon is the best time to avoid the masses.  We spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds over smoothies …

Join the SHIPT life!

You know that thing you would do if you had juuuuuust a bit more time?  Well, lucky you! Recently I was introduced to Shipt-a membership based, on demand grocery store delivery service, available in Nashville and expanding quickly to many metropolises throughout the US-most recently the San Antonio and Austin, TX areas.  When I heard Shipt was gifting the Nashville Food Bloggers a free membership, excited was an understatement.  I’m all about making life simpler and freeing up time to focus on what’s important-whether that’s time with loved ones, hustling on a dream, giving back to the community, learning a new language or ______________.  (You fill it in.) How does it work? You subscribe monthly ($14.00) or yearly ($99.00) to have your Publix or HEB groceries delivered directly to your door and into your kitchen (other store partnerships are on the horizon).    You order and pay via a user-friendly mobile-app and have your groceries delivered in as little as the next hour! Try 2 weeks FREE and sign up at my link—>  HERE Major bonus: schedule delivery to the …