Hardworking and ThoughtFULL Houston

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Sitting here in the airport nibbling inhaling my ThoughtFULL Superfood Bar and seaweed snacks, I can’t help but feel pleased from the past couple days I spent working with a stellar startup in Texas.

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Health was at the forefront throughout the day, served with a side of comforting coconut tea.

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And a proclivity for a smooth blend of creativity.
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Startups are my chi. They just complete me.

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Fast paced energy and feelings of determination. Wit to crack the tightest of minds. Uninhibited actions against the norm.

Warning: your bags will be heavy, but with the right grip, you’ll carry it outside your comfort zone in no time. :)

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This team is full of zen even through long hours of work.

From running together to eating dinner together, collaboration is what it’s all about. Sharing among like-minded forward-thinking individuals is quite literally our future.

#ThinkDifferent

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In between working, I got to hang out with one of Joy Yoga’s Hatha Flow instructors, Kat Ayers as she showed me how to make her superfood ThoughtFULL Bars. These bars can be a quick go-to snack, especially after a tough workout.

Kat started making these bars because she was lacking protein in her vegan diet.

All ingredients are organic and natural, and the best part? It tastes almost as good as my chocolate brownie! Much healthier. :)

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As a yogi myself, I was all about an all natural organic snack.

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For Kat, nutrition is about finding intention through reading label ingredients, thinking about what you put into your body and actively changing thought patterns through releasing toxic behaviors.

Whatever your self-limiting thought is, reverse the thought pattern.

Reaffirm weakness into strength.

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ThoughtFULL Bars

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Ingredients (available at Trader Joe’s except Maca which is at Whole Foods)

  • 1 ¼ cup Almond butter
  • ¾ cup Raw Honey
  • 4 Tbsp Organic Hemp Protein
  • 2 cup Organic Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Maca Power (Superfood of Incan warriors, female mood stabalizer)
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Cold Milled Flax Seed (1400 mg Omega 3)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Almond Milk

Directions

In a bowl, combine first 10 ingredients in a pan. Transfer pan over to stove and heat on low until all melted together, roughly 1 minute. In a blender, combine next 4 ingredients until well blended and add to the bowl. Add chia seeds to the bowl. Add almond milk. Mix the batter for a couple minutes.

Lather coconut oil on a 9×11” pan and pour batter into pan, pressing firmly down. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, cut into 12 squares and enjoy!

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Houston, we have a quantum…of love. And it’s only just the beginning.

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Oh, and Chelsea, I see why you love this city so much. :)

loving-houstonThanks for a wonderful stay team Optimind. Until next time!

I’ll be there for you when the wine starts to pour

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“We spend so much effort trying to keep parts of our lives hiden, even from our closest friends, but in those rare times when we do open up, it’s amazing how minor those secretes all end up being.”
-Friends

I got to spend the weekend with my absolute best friends.

It’s pretty cool that we’ve each chosen such different career paths- there’s the sweet teacher, the hilarious law student, the smart PA student, the wise business consultant, and then me, the artist-type.

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In between solving a love life and sipping wine, we’re usually caught laughing at something funny, or more often than not, something ridiculous that only we find funny.

We’re the 5 best friends that anyone could have.

And don’t worry, no one is Miranda. We’re all combinations of each Sex and the City character. Duh.

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We spent the day at Pippin Hill Farm, Charlottesville’s newest boutique winery and vineyard.

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“Face your fears and the rewards can be profound. You can discover the true depth of a relationship. Or what you’re capable of withstanding. The problem is, the more you gain, the more you stand to lose.”
―Gossip Girlvirginia_vineyards

After we swirled, smelled and sipped, we cruised over to the tailgates, quite the opposite sight to savor.

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A bar in the car
Prodigious, we are
;)

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Top: Mouchette; Bottoms: BDG Jeansflash_tats

In a flash, the day was over and it was time to ándale over for dinner at Mono Loco, the best Latin restaurant in Cville.

Those nachos though…

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Sweet baby cheesus.

Tasty food and sinfully satisfying drinks amid the town we’ll always be attached to, it was a weekend to forever remember. We have a smooth way of settling back into the way they were. Smooth Sailing Sigma sisters.

Being your true, unapologetic self- that’s what best friends so easily enjoy enduring. Friends for life on and off screen.

And just like that, I’m already eager to fast forward to seeing these girls again for another round of channeling fun.

“It seems they had always been, and would always be, friends. Time could change much, but not that.”
-Winnie the Pooh

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Friends, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, Winnie the Pooh…

What TV show do you and your group of friends relate with the most?

Feel with Friends

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When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires.. Think about what you have asked for, and make sure that your actions are mirroring what you expect to receive, and that they’re not contradicting what you‘ve asked for. Act as if you are receiving it. Do exactly what you would do if you were receiving it today, and take actions in your life to reflect that powerful expectation. Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation…. 

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A Beachin Giveaway!

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These past few days has been all about that beach ’bout that beach, no troubles.

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Virginia Beach and the livin’ is easy.

Thinking it would be a light read, I dove into Cameron Diaz‘s book, The Body Book this weekend.

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It was actually packed full of thoughtful ideas and facts about digestion, nutrition, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing. She argues for mind over matter:

“Because sometimes, even when you’re certain of failure, you try your hardest anyway and actually succeed. Sometimes you allow yourself to think I can do that, and then you actually do that. That’s mind over matter. That’s using your mind stead of letting it use you. That’s the basis of all human achievement. It’s using the part of your mind that is the small voice inside you, the quiet steady one coming from your gut that’s always there but can be hard to hear because the self-sabotaging voices always seem to drown it out. The smaller voice is the one that tells you the truth; it is the reasonable one that truly believes in you and knows what you are capable of. It’s the one that’s always rooting for you. It knows the difference between right and wrong and how much discomfort and pain you can endure to achieve the goals that you want in every living moment. This voice will always be there for you when you need good advice or when you need someone to push you and motivate you….Because that voice speaks from truth. From kindness. From self-acceptance. Not from ego. Not from fear.”

She goes on to say:

“Here’s why listening to your gut is so important” Happiness comes from within. It is the absolute truth. You may have to hear it a million more times before you either believe it or truly understand it.”

Happiness and health are undoubtedly inter-connected and it’s not an easy trail to glide down:

“One of my favorite sayings is “Pain is weakness leaving your body.” Isn’t that such a great thing to know? When you push through to the other side of pain, you are stronger for it; you let go of weakness and build resilience in your mind and body. Because the more you resist giving up when you can actually keep going, the more your mind will also adapt—it will learn that it is capable and it will power you through the pain.”

My favorite part was her parallel between health and habit:

“Healthy is not an accident, a gift, or a rabbit’s foot. It is a HABIT. It is a habit that will shape the bodies that we were born with, a habit that will support the genetic makeup we got from our parents.” 

Next time you’re trying to pursue a goal and you slip up, tell yourself you can start again the next day. Each day is a new chance to get it right. Don’t succumb to the pressures of giving up. Stick to it, whatever that goal may be.

Eat clean, train dirty. What about eat clean, drink dirty?

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Chee-ahs!

You know I’m always moderating for Moderation. Even though alcohol isn’t the healthiest, it is a lot of fun. #vice

If you’re stuck in a rut, switch it upside down.

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Invert before you hurt.

If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga or you’ve tried it and you don’t like it, why not try it again? You’ll inevitably learn something new, even if it’s what you don’t like.

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For me, yoga is sanity. I know it’s not for everyone, but I can’t help but to preach what works for me. Yoga gets me through anxiety, the roller coaster of emotions, mundane attachments, and the tunnel that is my personal truth. Oh, and it keeps me in shape (in addition to cardio and weights).

There are many different styles and branches of yoga. If you leave the familiar western culture at the door, it’s easy to embrace the unique, sometimes strange practice of yoga. After all, isn’t weird just the absence of expectance?

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The super.natural team sent me this comfortable yoga outfit. The versatile long sleeved top and base layer tights are designed to manage moisture next to skin and improve thermal performance. I like the color combo. The jersey material is soft, cozy and breathable.

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Yoga stylin’ and profilin’.

While I usually prefer a live class, videos can also be fun. The GAIAM workout videos are easy to follow along in your own home and the yoga flows are creative, keeping your mind busy and not concentrated on the time.

If you’re interested in giving yoga a try, here’s your chance…. 

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