Even though spring officially started last weekend, to me, it never feels like spring until Easter. That cliché new beginnings, fresh start thing is real on Easter and very far from a cliché. No matter your religion, I think this time of year is a great time to “begin again,” so to speak.
While I don’t think we need an external event to incite change in our lives, why not use this season for what it’s for? That’s the beauty of seasons in general, with spring bringing a natural inclination to welcome the new and clean up the old (literally and metaphorically speaking). Diet, habits, closets, rooms, cars, finances, appearance, attitudes. Even if you don’t want or need to change anything, just taking a look and evaluating where you are can be helpful. We can always work on ways to grow as a person (something that’s true but somewhat annoying to hear).
Enough lame broad life-talk, I know you want specifics.
If we were acquaintances I would tell you that I’m going to “spring clean my closet.” I could honestly end this post here and my mom would be thrilled! But since we are more than acquaintances I will dig a little deeper. *In addition to cleaning my closet,* I’m going to 1) embrace this new stage of my life and 2) work on being the best version of me.
Technically this stage of life been “new” since I graduated in December but, to be honest, I’ve been in limbo land. Until a few weeks ago I was in a constant mindset of “this time of my life doesn’t count.” I felt guilty, confused and stressed for being in “funemployment,” which is confusing in itself because I *should* be stress-free. Only recently have I started to accept and embrace the fact that this IS real life. So what if this is a temporary stage in the job-sense, there aren’t any take backs or do-overs.
With that acceptance, comes the responsibility to “nourish” and “grow” the best version of me. How, exactly? For me, it’s simple, little things.
-Immersing myself into things I enjoy (writing, running, reading)
-Taking advantage of ample time with family
-Treating myself with kindness (good food, exercise, rest)
-Recognizing when I need some TLC (or introvert recharging)
-Pushing myself in a loving way (yes, it’s possible)
I’m not too sure if this makes any sense but it’s therapeutic to “immerse myself into things I enjoy” (see above). I’d love if you shared in the comments what you want to work on this spring!
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To reward you for reading my rambles, here is a spring power bowl. I’m all about keeping it simple (if you couldn’t tell) and this is a quick, delicious way to pack in nutrients. The base of cauliflower rice is made with coconut milk, lime and basil so it tastes tropical and fresh. The avocado is a given and the fried egg on top is becoming my new go-to food move.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 1/2 can of coconut milk
- 1/2 lime
- 1/4 cup of basil
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 egg
- String beans
- Wash and chop cauliflower into florets, removing as much of the stem as possible.
- Place florets in food processor and pulse until rice-like consistency. (Easier to handle in smaller batches).
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add cauliflower rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add coconut milk to pan and cook until liquid is absorbed. 5-7 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper, lime juice, basil and almonds to skillet. Mix and let cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- Place rice in a bowl once it has reached desired heat and consistency. Total: 7-10 minutes depending on stovetop.
- Add toppings of your choice.
- I bought the cauliflower rice in a bag from Trader Joe's. Major time saver!
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