Inspirational Quote

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.-Carl Sandburg

This quote had me laughing out loud in a coffee shop, needless to say the other patrons were interested but weary of me as I giggled to myself.  I can absolutely relate to this quote and my personal goal is to be a little more lighthearted about life in general.  Does anyone know exactly what they’re doing in life, in work, as a parent, partner, friend, or employee?  If there’s one thing I’ve learned these last few years it’s that most people have no idea what they’re doing, and oddly enough it seems that’s totally normal.  There’s something to be said about being on your way even if you have no idea where you’re going, there’s a commitment in that, a commitment to living, loving, and learning without fear of the unknown.  Besides who can know what they don’t know until they know it 🙂 ? And how can you understand what you don’t know unless you make mistakes sometimes? 


Inspirational Quote

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.-Marcus Aurelius

I haven’t posted a daily quote in weeks!  September was a month of traveling for this wanderer; the beginning of the month my father traveled from Cleveland Ohio to New York City and back to relocate me and my belongings to my hometown, then I visited family in Columbus before I moved to Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.  I’m privileged to have so much love and support from family and friends and I decided to search for quotes about privilege.

Today’s quote was said by a philosopher who was also known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors” of Rome.  I liked the quote and remembered reading his work “Meditations” several years ago.  I chose the quote because it serves as a reminder that thinking, enjoying, and loving are all privileges that some aren’t able to experience in a free and safe environment.  Despite the challenges in our lives, in our countries, in our families, or in our work appreciation is the best response.  What do you appreciate today?  How can you show that appreciation in your actions and words today and everyday?  During my weight loss I found that focusing on small successes instead of failures helped me maintain my focus and positivity.  Find something simple to celebrate today, motivate yourself to keep moving forward!

Inspirational Quote

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.-Harriet Tubman

Is there something you can do to improve and change the world around you?  Whether it’s related to healthy living, social change, or individual change know that you CAN make a difference in the world around you.  Never underestimate the power of self-fulfilling prophecy, imagine the change you want to make, then take action!  Every small step counts when trying to reach a goal.

Inspirational Quote

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.-Albert Einstein

Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake, instead pick yourself up and move on.  We all make mistakes, but we learn lessons from them that we can use to avoid making the same mistake in the future.  Are your mistakes holding you back from trying something new or continuing something you have been trying to accomplish?  Let it go and move forward today with confidence.

Inspirational Quote

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.-Mark Twain

Change takes time!  Don’t be frustrated with yourself if you aren’t acting in line with your goasl.  Keep at it and eventually you’ll look back at who you used to be and smile at how much you’ve grown. 

Trail Mix Recipe

Snacking can actually aid in weight loss, as long as the snacks are tasty and healthy.  One snack I often ate during weight loss and still enjoy now as I continue to maintain my weight is trail mix.

I suggest making your own trail mix, avoid the trail mixes sold in stores which often have too much sugar and salt in a serving.

For my trail mix recipe I use the following ingredients, but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts/dried fruit.

1. Dried cranberries

2.  Raisins

3.  Almonds

4. Walnuts

5. Peanuts

6. Pecans

7. Brazilian Nuts

Mix a hand full of each into a container, add a touch of salt, shake and enjoy 2-3 hand fulls as a snack before or after a work out.

If you find that you are unable to limit yourself to a serving (like I did), I suggest buying the small snack size Ziploc bags and carrying just a serving with you.  Use the trail mix to avoid tempting foods too, fill your stomach with a quick bite of nuts and dried fruit instead of processed french fries.

Take a look here for more snack ideas, find the snack that’s right for you and replace sugary and salty snacks with these healthier options.