Freshen Up Your Tech!

hwa_desktop_previewWhat are you battling? What is your current struggle? What’s got your panties in a bunch? What resolutions are you failing miserably at? What is just getting you down? Well… you have permission to just shake it off. Do it! Right now. Get up and physically shake it off! Are you doing it yet? I am… which makes typing a bit challenging. Hang on…

(currently shaking it off…)

Ok. I feel better now. How ’bout you? Come on. Don’t be shy! Go into a bathroom if you are afraid of coworkers laughs and sideways glances, but I challenge you to make them join in!

We can’t take life so seriously. Smile. Giggle. Be silly. Shake it off!

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Download this wallpaper to remind yourself to shake off what life throws at you. Freshen up your desktop, laptop or phone now!

Click links below to download the size you need. Enjoy!

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Wishing you a happy Tuesday! Now, I’m off to shake some more. xo Whitney
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Energizing Green Smoothie

GojiMacaKale_GreenSmoothie1We are already two weeks into 2015?! I’m in denial… total and complete denial. Where did those two weeks go? Wait… I know exactly where they went. When I haven’t been working, I’ve been seriously binging on Netflix and huddling under blankets drinking copious amounts of delicious hot tea unable to move. Hey! Humans can hibernate, too. Brr!!

Well, I’m breaking up with Netflix. Ok, not completely, but I am ready to move my body, exercise my mind, tap into my creativity, go adventuring, capture photos of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and prepare more vibrant, healthy meals. My body has been feeling more like a marshmallow and my mind like mush than the healthy and clear-headed, creative woman I am. That changed this week with reinstating daily walks and green smoothies. I already feel more energized and clear-headed.

If you are feeling sluggish, down and physically or mentally drained by these dark, cold winter days I challenge you to give this delicious, energizing green smoothie. Even if you changed nothing else in your daily routine, I promise you’ll feel amazing after a green smoothie. Your body craves these beautiful nutrients!

My mind feels clearer, my body more alive and my bladder super full after one of these smoothie bowls! There. I said it. You will have a major PEEmergency about 30 minutes later.

Energizing Baby Kale, Spinach and Maca Green Smoothie
topped with Chia Seeds, Coconut Flakes and Goji Berries

100g banana (1 medium banana)
60g baby kale (2 big handfuls)
20g spinach (1 handful)
7g Maca Powder
60g Medjool dates, pitted (2-3)
1T Pure Vanilla Powder (or to taste)
2T cinnamon (or to taste)
Vanilla Creme Stevia (or to taste)
1 T chia seeds
6-8 ounces filtered water
handful of ice (if you want it cold)

Topped With:
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp goji berries

About 485 calories / 11.5g protein / 8.75g fat / 100g carbs / 20g fiber
About 375 calories / 8.5g protein / 5g fat / 85.5 carbs / 16.5g fiber (without toppings)

GojiMacaKale_GreenSmoothie2Do not be discouraged if you don’t have all the ingredients. Use what you have. Be creative! Green Smoothies are very forgiving.

Basic Green Smoothie = Water + Greens + Banana

Just experiment to figure out what you like. Add herbs like mint or basil. Try different fruits and superfoods. Anything goes… except when it doesn’t. Ha! I have dumped out my fair share of horrendously disgusting smoothies that could not be saved. No shame!

If you are new to a green smoothie then start with just mostly banana/fruit and a handful of spinach. Spinach and kale are the mildest greens in my opinion. Add more as you want. You will quickly develop more of a taste for the greens and their amazing benefits. Enjoy!

 

Hello, 2015!

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I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for the start of a new year. Not that 2014 was all bad, but it was a challenging year for me… make that two years.

We transferred to Seattle exactly two years ago this month. Honestly, it has been the hardest transition for me. During that first week, I doodled this little drawing on a coaster at our hotel. I found it a couple weeks ago, and it has brought me such comfort as I reflect over the good times and more challenging moments I have faced. Growth takes time. Truly.

We have had some amazing adventures here in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the privilege to live, but I also find myself in these deep, dark holes of depression that I can’t shake. Those moments suck the life out of me and stand in the way of everything. Super frustrating! This Debbie Downer takes over my mind. I dislike that girl. She is not me. Debbie has to go because the creative, joyful, vibrant woman I know that I am is desperate to be present here… now!

The seasons of life are a blessing. We learn from them. We grow from them. We are better for walking through darkness. We are more joyful and appreciative of the light. We adore spring because we have endured the winter season. What appears as a time of death is, in fact, a crucial time of growth that we must embrace if we hope to move forward. For me, the past two years seem to have been that season. A season for which I have not always been grateful for, but a season that was needed for roots to grow stronger. And, one I’m still learning from as I move into this new year.

This next season is the beginning of something incredible. I feel it in my bones! My skin is tingly with anticipation. I can’t help but smile for the potential ahead. This is my year. This is my spring. This is my time to blossom and bloom!

May you find joy and gratitude in whatever season this is for you. If it’s winter, just know that it’s not forever. The sun will shine again. The snow will melt. There is joy ahead! You are stronger already than you were yesterday. And, you are not alone.

xoxo Whitney