Avocado Lovers Unite

Just because we’re in the dead of summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a twist on typically baked or toasted foods. Try avocado toast, for instance. You probably didn’t knw there were so many ways to spin this stuff, yet, here we are, reinventing the wheel again.

Twist Your Avo Toast

Anxiety Will Have To Wait

So…I had this brilliant blog post idea pop in my head yesterday. So brilliant that I even went to the extent of making a note about it in my phone. I knowthat is dedication at it’s finest. However…today, when I sat down and pulled open wordpress to start this whole post that I’d thought out and overthought a time or two (or 500), I just didn’t want to. I didn’t want to use my energy towards explaining something that is plaguing my mind, body and spirit. Not today. Today…I am choosing to push my mind to other things. Things that I love, things that inspire and motivate me. Things such as…music. I have a million and one verticals that I’m working in the multimedia world, and one of those is a music blog that has been lacking love lately. So… To anyone who wants an different perspective on a name you may have heard… have a listen. Check out the post. I admit…I had originally wanted the post to go upon a different tumblr I have that has my published works on it. However…the problem with being present within a million and one verticals is that…you forget the logins for a handful of them. So…Below you will find a link to the post I made today, and a link the the tumblr with published works on it.

Get out of your head today, everyone! If you haven’t, go get a workout in. Take a walk outside. Breathe.

 

That Rapper We’ve All (probably) Heard Of

The Published World of Taylor Brianna

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Enjoy, lovelies!

It’s Only Up We Go

If you’ve been noticing a theme between the titles of my recent posts…you are not crazy. It’s funny how we all make fun of the cheesy cliches until they become a part of our daily lives in attempt to “pull ourselves up by our boot straps” (see what I did there?). I just felt like I needed to address the elephant in the room. Man…I’m on a roll.

OK OK OK…onto the main topic. Why we’re all here. What we’ve all been waiting for. Taylor talking about her life and her struggle of being 23, lost and confused. Now…I’m sure some of the people reading this are in their late twenties, thirties, forties (so on and so forth) and are just saying, “Oh…to be in my twenties again….” or…my recent favorite thing to hear, “I remember being your age…it was one heck of a time!” Really? Was it? I somehow doubt you thought 23 was the time of your life when you were 23. If someone wants to prove me wrong…please do! Feel free to leave me a comment or message me about it. I really would love to be told I have it wrong, just this once of course :p.

But seriously… I’ve been doing a lot of self exploration, and coming to some harsh yet accurate realizations over the last 5 days. This isn’t to say that I have things figured out and everything I’ve been writing novels to you guys about over the last 2 weeks has magically fixed itself. Nope! Not at all, not even remotely close. BUT… instead of continuously wanting to run away from the issues that are present in my life, I now realize that location isn’t my problem…it’s me. It’s my mental well-being, my personal woes, my issues with transitioning into a career, figuring out what a “grown up” relationship is all about, figuring out the differences between wants and needs…things of that nature.

I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking one of two things. a.)She has come so far and is on the right track to figuring her life out. or..b.) This chick is ALL over the place. And here  I stand to tell you that both are extremely accurate statements. I have made microscopic baby steps in the (somewhat) right direction. I started seeing a therapist on Monday (praise) and, to my surprise…we really hit it off. She made me realize certain things, even a week after my initial visit with her, things are slowly coming to me, and I at least know where most of the puzzle pieces are now, just don’t know where all to put them. And…fret not, my friends. I have yet another cliche for this exact moment. *Progress is progress, no matter how small* (love it!). But…it’s true. Even the slightest change is more meaningful and helpful than no change at all. Then on the other end of the spectrum…my life is still all over the place. I guess there’s some beauty in that struggle somewhere. I haven’t quite found said beauty yet, but I do like to believe that there is purpose behind everything we encounter and every situation we are put in. That there are greater means in play than we as mankind cannot understand until we have found some kind of grace within ourselves. So..for now, I’ll just keep on with the keep on, trying to find that purpose that I hear about every day through every song ever created.

Also…I just want to quickly brag on how cool music is. Yeah…that was probably the most unartistic and literarily inept way to phrase that but you get the point I’m making. Just think about it… Have you ever been in a moment, a situation, a mood that you cannot fully comprehend, let alone give insight to someone else on what you’re going through? Of course you have, you’re human. Then…all the sudden, you have your iPhone on shuffle in the car and 4 songs come on-in a row-that completely describe what you’re experiencing, how you’re feeling, where your mind’s at. That’s the most insane thing ever. That these feelings we experience, that we cannot put into coherent words or phrases…someone else somewhere has felt the same exact thing, and wrote a song about it. I just find something so beautiful and mesmerizing about that, and the experience music gives us.

In the fitness/health/nutrition side of my life… I have decided that I’m going to a second round of Whole 30. It’s been about 10 months since my first Whole 30, and I’ve had a lot of transitions and changes in my life that have brought great stress and diverted me from the extreme health-nut lifestyle I’ve come to know and love over the last year and a half. So I figured what better way than to get back swinging than by going in balls to the wall (sorry if you hate that analogy…but it’s perfect here) and setting myself up for success in 2016. Let me know if you’re doing a December whole 30, too! The biggest part of whole 30 is holding yourself accountable and having a group of supporters throughout it, especially if it’s your first one.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving around the ones they love, and an even better Monday! I’ll leave you with some Schumer logic.

 

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Where Do You Go From The Bottom?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what exactly I want to do with my life. What’s my purpose, what was I put on this earth for…and such on and so forth. If you’ve ever been in this place of intense contemplation, you can probably relate. It’s insanely overwhelming, and even more confusing on multiple levels. After 2 weeks of (overly-intense) thought on this specific topic I have come to the conclusion that…I have a lot of passions, and have flaws within each and every one of them. I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to combine multiple passions into one career, and not have to constantly be feeling as if you’re missing out on one part of your soul by focusing on an entirely separate sphere for x-amount of hours a day. I don’t have an answer for that one quite yet…but I have come seemingly closer to kind of figuring something out, which is better than nothing.

One of my passions is writing. I went to school for it, killed it there for 4 years, and decided it was time to move onto something else, a different passion of mine. Over the last year and a half, I’ve been doing everything under the sun; management, working with kids, marketing, sales…You know, just creating the most random and disconnected career path to have ever existed. And here I am…contemplating where to go next. I know where I’m at now isn’t where I’m meant to be forever, but surely there has to be a reason I fell into the position I’m in. Some lesson to be learned-either in my career-world or my personal one. Some type of journey that I can’t figure out, and it’s actually that that’s driving me crazy. Having no set plan, no knowledge of where to even begin to go next; it freaks me out. Then I was thinking…What’s the one outlet I have that I can connect with others, maybe even lend a helping hand unknowingly, and express myself through one of my passions (writing)? Here. This. Blogging.

So…the next question is…how do I make a career out of this specific passion? The passion that I can actually combine all of my passions into one…how can I somehow profit from it on a soul and money level? How can I begin to make a living off of this thing, this movement that seems to be taking the world by storm? And that, my friends, I do not have the answer for. The only time i’m not entirely overwhelmed with anxiety and contemplating my life and career choices is when I’m in a coffeeshop, or bookstore, blogging. Writing is so freeing to me, and writing about the things I’m most passionate about-like health and fitness, creating balance in ones life, etc.-frees up my mind and my spirit is once again something that’s alive and thriving. So, that’s where I’m at. If anyone’s in the Austin or surrounding area, and knows of A.) any way to make a blog profitable, or B.) Knows of any writing gigs (I have a degree in Journalism!)…please feel free to contact me either through the comments or by email, which I believe is in my about me section. If not…comment and I’ll give you my email address. I hope everyone’s been having a clarifying and restful weekend with the people you hold dearly doing the things you love most.

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Where Are You, Weekend?

This week has gone by quite fast compared to the last few weeks, which I was worried about because… I’m going back to my home state of Texas (stupid early in the AM) on Saturday. Woooooo! I had no idea how much I’ve missed my Austin, my friends and family there. Trying to find my place in this world the year after college is…confusing, lonely, amazing, and terrifying all at the same time. I’m in unfamiliar territory every single day, and it’ll be nice to get back to my roots, have some amazing conversation over delicious food, listening to live music at SXSW, and just…letting go.

We all get caught up in our routines, or let our minds take over our reality, to the point that we never really stop to look around and appreciate all that we have in this world. Yes, I take great satisfaction in the work out/eating routine I’ve developed for myself but I’ve just been feeling so, so, so overwhelmed lately, overthinking everything, that I cannot wait to break the routine.

Is it just me, or do you struggle with actually letting go of the overly health-conscious part of your mind? I struggle with not overthinking and actually being present when I’m out with friends or family members at a restaurant-type place. I’m always overanalyzing, wondering about my caloric intake, then stressing over it. When I’d much rather be able to just shut that part of my mind up and be there, and enjoy every single moment, every single bite-or sip- of whatever I’m having.

BEING PRESENT: that’s my current non-fitness goal for myself.

In other news, the snow is GONE AND DONE FOR! Hallelujah. I thought this day may never come. I was getting stir crazy, and came down with the boredom-hunger. This week’s been pretty great so far, work’s been smooth, and I had the most delicious breakfast this morning. If you haven’t tried to make plantain waffles/pancakes, you’re seriously missing out. Plantains are often overlooked in the produce section of many stores, but they’re SOOOO good for you! Plus, they make a delicious and simple waffle. Who doesn’t love yummy, healthy AND easy food?!

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If you want to know how to make these super easy plantain waffles, let me know! I promise, it’s not even fair how easy it is, but I’m OK with that. I topped these bad boys with some strawberries, a dollop of cashew butter (which is my current favorite amongst nut butters), and walden farms pancake syrup. YUM YUM YUM.

Alright…that’s it for me today. If you love what you see/have read, please let me know! I love hearing from and talking to people! Enjoy the rest of your day and if it’s going less than perfect, remember that tomorrow is FRIDAY! ❤

IMPORTANT PIZZA UPDATE

OK OK OK OK!

In my last post I had shared with you lovely people that I was going to attempt to make a whole wheat pizza crust tonight.

Was I nervous? Absolutely yes. BUT I found the easiest and quickest recipe ever that calls for literally 4 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes…what?! That’s what I call fool proof! And…guess what? It turned out GREAT! I ended up making a clean margherita pizza and y’all…it’s blowing my mind.

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Once again, SO sorry for the poor quality of my food pictures. This was taken on photobooth on my computer. But I mean, it’s a homemade pizza…you get the gist. 😉