Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program and FAGE Total Greek Yogurt offered the opportunity to Featured Publishers to write about how they "combin[e] good food and fine taste for a positive, healthy life." This was not just an opportunity to win a trip to Greece (hello, dream trip!), but also a chance to reflect on my blessings and be grateful for everything good in my life.
With that, here are just a few things that keep me grounded and feeling good! I'm taking a cue from Foodbuzz and FAGE and making everything begin with the letter "F". :)
Not true! Had to throw that funny picture in for a few laughs :)
That's right, failure. As a child my perfectionist tendencies got the better of me ALL the time. I'm an only child and I thought I had to be the best at everything since, well, who else was there to do it? Growing up in a competitive school environment was challenging too (seriously - there was a kid in my grade whose parents made him take the SATs over again because he didn't get a 1600 [I think he scored 1580 or something ridiculous like that ]). It took a long time for me to realize that hey, I'll never be perfect, and that's okay, and I need to cut myself some slack. It's okay to ask other people for help, and people really do not care that much about what I'm doing despite that societal idea that makes us think they do. Failure is an opportunity to learn, grow, and try again next time!
My mom's side of the family.
My sweet hubby. He's the best :)
Hubby's extended family at my sister-in-law's wedding
I feel extremely fortunate to have a wonderful family. They mean everything to me! They are scattered all around the country (and other countries!), but anytime I get to see them, I'm happy :)
My Christian faith is the foundation of my life. I don't talk about it a lot because I don't like to get preachy, but my faith has kept me grounded through everything. I don't know where I would be without God in my life. I am thankful for opportunities to be stretched, get out of my comfort zone, and explore ways to grow. It's a blessing to me to talk to others about their faith journeys, regardless of what religion they practice. My last year of graduate school (where I studied theology), I helped lead an interfaith group at my university as part of my field education internship. I learned so much and had a wonderful experience visiting other worship services, learning about different religions, and finding common ground with others. I truly appreciate the beauty and depth that the practice of religion brings to a person's life.
I love exercising, not just for the health benefits, but because it makes me feel good. There's nothing better than a rush of endorphins after finishing a hard workout. Over the past year I've incorporated more interval and strength training into my routine, especially using my own body as resistance (planks, yoga, squats, you name it!). I feel strong - my body is a powerful tool and that does wonders for my mental health, too. I am also proud that I've accomplished this without going to the gym. I don't have a gym membership and have done all of this working out in my living room. So, no excuses, all you out there who sit on your butts and don't work out! You CAN do it without a gym. Get some hand weights, a mat, and stock up on your exercise DVDs (I give much credit to Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner) or Netflix/ExerciseTV videos. Push yourself and see what you're capable of!
Of course, good food :) You already know that. Food is fuel to keep my body healthy, and food is also fun! I enjoy balancing healthy eating with an everyday treat. That keeps my mind and body happy.
A toast at my bachelorette party
I heart my girlfriends. They keep me sane, laugh with me, and deal with me through the thick and thin. Thank you ladies!
Okay, so I couldn't think of a better word starting with the letter F and relating to the outdoors. Being outside helps me breathe easier and stay centered. I love the smell of fresh air, the colors of nature, and the beauty of creation. Another reason I love living in San Diego - being able to visit the beach any day of the year, and enjoying its beauty.
Every day must involve dessert. That's just me. I like my sweets, and I enjoy them in moderation. For me that means a cookie after lunch and a few Hershey kisses after dinner. If there's cake at home, well, then, it's cake for dinner. That's why I take baked goods to the office - so I don't eat them all!
Life is meant to be enjoyed. That means going against the grain sometimes, taking a risk, and remembering to laugh along the way. Why, you ask? "'Cause I'm keepin' it real!" Any other Clueless fans out there?
"It's da BOMB!" :)
Thanks, Foodbuzz and FAGE Total, for giving me the chance to reflect and remember what good living is all about!
As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/