The Pain That You’ve Been Feeling Can’t Compare to the Joy That’s Coming.

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It’s Tuesday, the second day of classes of my senior year, and this is the first day in about 2 weeks I have been able to sit down for more than ten minutes. My motor has been going non-stop for a week and a half and it is just about to crash and burn. I have been on an emotional roller-coaster that I just can’t seem to get off of. Today is my first day off from soccer and my body sure is grateful. I am learning to not let these things, these emotions, ruin my time here. Yes it is draining, yes I am tired but I am still alive, still blessed with this life and the people I love the most and hold dearest to me are here. Every day I am waking up with a new mindset, not letting the thoughts of yesterday or uncertainty of tomorrow control today. I am taking everything in as it comes and finding light in every situation.

Something that I have realized over the past few weeks is that everyone is fighting their own battles, no matter how big or small they may be. You really never know what someone is dealing with. A lot of s**t is happening every day in our world, but it is hardships and struggles like these that should open our eyes and help us be thankful for what we have. Tough times only make us stronger.

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” -Dolly Parton

If you take anything away from this post, it is the importance of generosity, consideration, and selflessness. In simpler words, BE NICE. Kind words, kind actions, they go a long way. Those acts of compassion no matter how small, could mean more than you think to someone fighting a battle you know nothing about. Kindness is becoming so rare and positivity and optimism, is almost non-existent.

Rid yourself of the toxins that this world has poisoned you with. Remove things from your life that are bringing you down, wearing you out and shine bright, if not only for you, for the others around you. Have eyes that always look for the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst and a mind that forgets the bad. Spread love everywhere you go.

I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.” -Elise de Wolfe

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Salmon Burgers (Low-Fodmap/Gluten-Free)


Ah the infamous salmon burger. What I like about salmon burgers (or any burger for that matter) is that they are so versitile. You can pretty much do whatever you want with them. I’ve never been a fan of ground meat so burgers aren’t really my thing…BUT these salmon burgers are a whole different story. I served these bad boys on Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns with homeade avocado spread. 

Here’s the recipe: 

Salmon Burger (makes 5 patties)

  • 1.5 lbs fillet of Salmon
  • 1 C. Cooked Quinoa 
  • 1 C. Chopped Kale 
  • 1/3 C. Green Spring Onion (tops only)
  • 1 Egg 
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay 
  • 1/4 tsp Dill, Rosemary, Sea Salt, Black Ground Pepper 

Avocado Spread 

Combine following ingredients:

  • 4 Avocados 
  • 3 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Directions:

  • Cook quinoa as directed on package
  • Chop and measure 1 C. Kale and microwave for 30 seconds 
  •  Mix quinoa, kale, spring onion, egg and seasonings
  • Finely chop fillet of salmon and add to mixture
  • Form into 5 patties 
  • Grill on medium for approximately 5 minutes  each side 


Enjoy 🙂 

A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles. 

 Ah summer. I have all the time in the world to myself. Maybe I can finally start blogging again, or maybe I can read some more books, oooo look at this DIY project maybe I’ll do that. WRONG. 3 online summer courses on top of work and other responsibilities…do I dare say I have any kind of social life? Not that I mind. I love keeping busy.

It also helps that the classes I am taking interest me. One of them is called Mental Health in which we discuss how to manage stress. I won’t go into much detail but basically our mental health is so much more important than we think and can be directly associated with our overall health. It is crucial to become connected to our mental and spiritual self. We live in such a fast paced world and take so much for granted. Always thinking there’s something more, something better out there. Instead, we need to appreciate the things that we already have. Be grateful for the experiences we have gone through, and the people we have met along the way for they have made you who you are today. As cliché as it sounds, everything happens for a reason. Life is a journey and too many of us are letting it fly by us, wishing and waiting for the future, without stopping and appreciating the present. “Wherever you are, be all there.” One of my favorite quotes.

I’m currently road tripping with some friends, one of them my brother, 11 hours to Nashville. I didn’t bring anything with me to do during the drive: no homework, no textbooks or laptop, nothing. Whether I did this on purpose or not, I am giving my mind a break from all of the responsibilities I am constantly overwhelmed with. It’s almost like I subconsciously knew my brain needed a vacation.

Anyway, I’m sitting in the car, everyone else is sleeping (besides the driver of course) and I realized I’m just so simply content. I’m just watching the scenery pass us by while listening to The Highway getting ready for the CMA Fest. I started thinking about everything I am grateful for. “The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” I truly believe that if everyone became a little more grateful, the world would be a much happier place.

“Begin each day with a grateful heart.”

Instead of being mad your alarm woke you up this morning, be grateful to see another sunlight. Look forward to breakfast, be happy you are given another opportunity to potentially have the best day of your life. Conquer each day with positivity. Tell the people you hold dearest to you that you love them. Eat that damn cookie.

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”

Here are a couple things I am grateful for:

 

 


What are you grateful for? 

Namasté

Gluten Free Banana Blondies

I secretly get really excited when I notice I have super ripe bananas because that only means one thing☝🏻️: time to start baking😋 🍌

I have experimented with a bunch of recipes throughout the years and this one is definitely one of the best. I got this one from southerninlaw.com and only made a few tweeks since it was already near perfect!! 

  
I made these to have for dessert after my family’s “Sunday Sauce” and they did not last long! I would say that is a success! 

Here is the recipe so you all can enjoy as much as we did!:

Healthy,vegan, gluten free banana blondies:

  • 280g mashed ripe banana (2-3) 
  • 25g (1.5 tbsp) melted coconut oil 
  • 50g (1/4 C.) brown sugar 
  • 1/4 C. almond milk 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 180g (1.5 C.) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda 

*feel free to add in any extra goodies like nuts, dark chocolate chips, etc

  1. Preheat oven to 320F and spray 8″ brownie pan with nonstick spray. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients (mashed banana, melted coconut oil, vanilla, milk and brown sugar)  
  3. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda)  
  4. Bake for ~30 minutes 
  5. Once cooled, try not to eat the whole pan! Or do…..no judgement 

I enjoyed mine topped with some So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla ice cream and it did not disappoint!

 

I hope you all get the chance to make these for yourselves! 

Enjoy😋 
 

Dear Soccer

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” -John Wooden    

 
Dear Soccer,

Thank you for teaching me how to be passionate about something, for giving me somewhere to go to forget about all of my other problems. Thank you for getting me out of my boring classes and making me get bus sick for all of our away trips. Thank you for teaching me how to overcome obstacles and deal with adversity. Thank you for helping me grow as an individual and making me realize I am so much stronger than I think I am. Thank you for pushing me to my limits and then a little farther. 

Thank you, soccer, for providing me with the greatest friendships and memories that are going to last a lifetime. Thank you for making me spend the night with my teammates, only to wake up at 6AM and go to practice in 20 degree weather. Thank you for giving me 30 more sisters, a family, a happiness. Thank you for being there when I needed you. 

Dear soccer,

You are truly more than just a game. 

Love,

Chelsea

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“Why do so many people dread adversity when it is through adversity that we grow stronger?” -John Wooden 

Children’s Books We Forgot We Loved

 

 

Of course we all remember the classic children’s books ranging from Dr. Seuss, to series like Junie B. Jones and The Magic Tree House, but there are so many we have forgotten about!

Here are some of my favorite childhood books:

1. The Rainbow Fish

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2. The Kissing Hand

 

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3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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4. Stellaluna

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5. The Poky Little Puppy

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6. I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!

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7. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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9. No, David!
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What are some of your favorite children’s books you grew up with?

10 Ways to Live your Life to the Fullest

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

  1. Make time every day to do something you love.
    • Whether its 20 minutes or 2 hours, make it a priority to find time in your day to do something that makes you happy and at peace. I don’t care if your schedule is off-the-wall crazy, if you spend 20 minutes doing something you love, it is worth it to take a quick break from your busy life.
  2. Don’t worry about the things you cannot control.
    • Why waste your time and emotions worrying over things you cannot possibly change? Some things are simply out of your control and we need to learn to accept that and move on.
  3. Don’t dwell on the past and stop worrying about the future.
    • The past is in the past and there is no sense dwelling on it now. It’s over and done with and our lives keep on going. Stop sitting around waiting for the future and worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day. Live in the present and be all there.
  4. Tell the people you hold dearest to you that you love them whenever you get the chance.
    • Count your blessings every day. In our world today, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
  5. Don’t hold grudges.
    • Grudges are a waste of happiness. Apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change. Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with true character to forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was okay and it doesn’t mean that person should still be welcome in your life but it means you have made peace with whatever happened and are ready to move on. Don’t live with hate in your heart and forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.
  6. Realize that you are in control of your own happiness.
    • Don’t let anybody else be in control of your happiness. If you aren’t happy, FIX IT! It’s all up to you. Life is too short to spend your time unhappy.
  7. Make light out of every situation.
    • Everything happens for a reason; we just need to figure out what that reason is. Look for the positives in every situation and think of it as a learning opportunity. Be thankful for the ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the happy and the sad, for that means you are alive and living. Without the lows, we would not be as grateful for the highs.
  8. Appreciate your surroundings.
    • Put down that damn cell phone! There is so much beauty in the world that we take for granted and don’t take enough time to appreciate.
  9. Get out of your comfort zone.
    • Do something you’ve never done before at least once a week. Do something that makes you uncomfortable. Don’t get caught up in the same old boring routines every day just because that’s what you’re comfortable doing. Make new friends, ask your crush out on a date, try a new food recipe or restaurant, hell, go skydiving! Don’t live with regrets wishing you had done something when you had the opportunity to.
  10. Be honest
    • Not only with others, but to yourself. Dishonesty drains energy and takes away from true happiness. If we are not honest with ourselves, we are holding ourselves back from learning and growing. Honesty will help you live a better, fuller life.

Life is a journey, not a destination. Life is as much about how you get where you are going as where you go. Living your life to the fullest is a process that will take your whole life to develop.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”- Albus Dumbledore

Now put down your phone and go live 🙂