Taking the Leap…

Taking the Leap…

This story is designed to inspire & give courage to anyone who is on the verge, and feeling called, to quit their job in order to pursue something more meaningful. This is part of the Taking the Leap resource, a database full of real-life stories from people who have successfully gone from job dissatisfaction to career emancipation. These stories include the truth about what it’s like & what it takes to make the leap — so you can figure out for yourself whether taking the leap is right for you. On paper, everything added up… I had a high-paying, full-time job for a stable, multi-million dollar international company. I was making close to six figures in my late twenties, without even holding a college degree. I was taking classes part-time at a respectable university, with the option of eventually transferring to one of the nation’s leading engineering schools. My job position was basically created just for me. I could indulge a number of my passions: graphic design, website development, web marketing, public speaking, and technical training. I had the occasional pleasure of traveling the United States for business. And let’s not forget that I had a nice package. (Erm, a benefits package, that is.) I’m talkin’ paid holidays, vacation time, health, dental, 401K, you name it… To top it all off, I lived in an up-and-coming city, in the fanciest apartment I’ve ever owned in my life. I drove my dream car, I owned my dream dog, and it all looked fine n’ dandy on the surface. Except that I felt unfulfilled. It didn’t quite feel like a good...

Mindfulness Based Self Esteem

“We are not who we think we are. A lot of the time, we are much, much bigger BUT we have very diminished views of ourselves.” Befriend your body without feeling the need to change it or fix it. Allow yourself to exist in a state of simply “being” without feeling a need to be constantly “doing” something. Learn to become more mindful and aware, rather than filling life with so many mindless actions and limiting beliefs. Jon Kabat-Zinn explains that accepting our bodies as they are isn’t so hard when you recognize how amazing they truly are, and that befriending them can do you a lot of good. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science...

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa

This is a tasty summer recipe that has a light and fresh flavor and is packed with protein. You don’t have to be vegetarian to love this salad! It’s low in calories, has no added gluten, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans (just substitute vegan “cheese” for the dairy), and the number one selling point in my opinion: it’s SUPER EASY to prepare and to make. Can’t cook? I don’t wanna hear it. This is one of the easiest recipes on this website. Update (January 2014): As I’m now on a low FODMAPS diet, I’ve updated this recipe to reflect that particular diet. Please substitute any ingredients to your personal preference or diet. Ingredients Quinoa, cooked Fresh spinach leaves Fresh strawberries, chopped Goat cheese (or vegan cheese, for those who are vegan, on a low FODMAPS diet, or have a dairy allergy / intolerance) 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Water One pinch of kosher salt 2 Tbsp Honey (omit if vegan or if on low FODMAPS diet) Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Cheese 1) Cook the quinoa 2) Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl: Lettuce Fresh spinach leaves Fresh strawberries, chopped Goat cheese (or vegan cheese, for those who are vegan or have a dairy allergy / intolerance) 3) Add the quinoa on top and mix in with the cheese and other ingredients 4) To create the dressing, mix the following together: 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Water A pinch of kosher salt 2 Tbsp Honey (omit if vegan) Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon If the dressing is too thick or...

Vegan Diet & Yoga Routine

Something new to try… the following was recommended to me by a yoga teacher who also happens to be vegan. I’ll be sharing some of her recipes in the future, but in the meantime, here is the daily routine she typically follows (which I’m hoping to apply to my own life this month). It will be interesting to see if I can manage to wake up that early! Vegan Diet & Yoga Routine 5:45am — Drink: Lemon water and Yogi Green Tea Lemon Ginger 6:00am — Yoga: sun saluations 7:00am — Breakfast: Tofu salad with celery on whole grain wrap 12:00pm — Lunch: Coconut Ginger Curry (mushrooms, eggplant, green beans, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, basil, flat noodles) — make extra so you can have it again the next day 2:00pm — Snack: baked apples with cinnamon and ginger, and a side of peanut butter with dark chocolate syrup 3:00pm — Drink: Lemon water and Yogi Green Tea Lemon Ginger 5:30pm — Dinner: mixed greens, shredded cabbage, broccoli, beets, raisins, macadamia nuts, cheese, lemon juice, salt 6:00pm — Yoga 7:00pm — Snack: trail mix made with pumpkin seeds, sesame sticks, dried figs, soy nuts, dried banana, raisins 8:00pm — Snack: chopped mango or fresh fruit 9:30pm — Yoga: moon salutations 10:00pm — Get ready for...

Turtle Cake Recipe

Ingredients 1 box German chocolate cake mix 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1 stick butter or margarine, softened 14 oz package of high-quality caramels 6 oz package of chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, chopped Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 2. Mix cake according to directions on box 3. Add 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1 stick butter or margarine 4. Put half of mixture into 9×13 inch pan then bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, then remove from oven 5. Melt caramels with the remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk and spread onto cake 6. Spread nuts on top of caramels along with chocolate chips 7. Pour the rest of the cake batter on top and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes 8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving. Do not add icing. Refrigerate any...