Life Through an Instagram Lens {V-Day Edition}

Right now, I feel like I’m living a life of abundance. While there’s monotony sprinkled in, I feel refreshed and open to new experiences. One scroll through my Instagram feed and I know why – the people, places and things I have surrounded myself with are pretty incredible. But also, I finally landed on my core desired feelings (more to come on that) and worked through the personal exercises in my Day Designer - pretty life changing, my friends.

snowmobile
One of my CDF’s is ADVENTUROUS! If you know me well, I need this as a focal point in my life. I went snowmobiling with my friends visiting from Kansas and, though I was forced to ride behind the instructor because I was too slow, by the end of the journey I trusted him to lead me safely through the trails and ended up LOVING it. Isn’t the summit worth it, after all?

summit
I think so.

denverbeerco
This weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a true Denver pub crawl, starting at my personal fave Denver Beer Co, and ending with a crazy fun Thursday night dance party. Now that’s a life worth living. :)

moab
Ready to participate in my third half marathon. When I signed up for my first, who knew I would be here four years later! In terms of preparation, I’m not as consistent with training as I was for my first, but far more consistent than I was for my most recent (e.g. no training). I can’t wait to take in the beauty of Moab again and run through the Canyonlands. Admittedly, this will probably be my last marathon because I’ve realized that running just isn’t motivating for me. Being active should be FUN, not forced.

breck
lodge
Spending a beautiful, snow-packed weekend at an 18-person lodge in Breckenridge. The perfect blend of hard work (skiing in tons of fresh powder) and relaxation (apres ski is where it’s at). After a year of hating (if there was a stronger word, I would use it) skiing, I finally decided to get a lesson. I also bought this book because, let’s be real, I needed magic. After both, I finally had the confidence and free spirit to ENJOY a few days on the mountain. It’s all about letting go…and that adventure thing I mentioned earlier.

cravings
Participating in the #sdschallenge, a series of daily challenges to feed your soul and feel more alive. This is REALLY working, and there’s still time to sign up and get in on the goods. The above journaling exercise is designed to redirect cravings, but other daily challenges including choosing a theme song that automatically resets your mood and finally deciding to do something you’ve been putting off until XXXXX happens. For me, that’s finally scheduling professional headshots for my blog, LinkedIn, etc.!

butternutsquash
And a “day in the life” wouldn’t be complete without some delicious food. This gorgeous butternut squash and arugula pizza hails from True Food Kitchen, one of my favorite spots for a light, yummy lunch or a juice on the go (try the Hangover RX). They have locations in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas.

maca
Heard of maca? If not, you should get to know this deliciously decadent superfood that, when paired with chocolate, is literally to die for. I got this sample from my friend and fellow RD, Elizabeth, who works with Vega. I also buy Vega‘s plant-based protein powder for smoothies.

sprouts
Simplest lunch = toasted Ezekiel bread topped with goat cheese, smashed avocado, smoked salmon and spicy sprouts.

lasagna
I rave about lasagna pretty consistently here on the blog. Casseroles of any kind work pretty well for the season we’re at in our life, because there are lots of leftovers for lunches. This version included lean ground beef, eggplant, onion, artichoke hearts and lacinato kale. Topped with a few pine nuts, of course. I have already eaten it three times this week, and actually look forward to bringing my lunch! That’s the key. If a salad doesn’t excite you, don’t feel obligated. There are plenty of other ways to get your veggies.

stirfry
Another veggie-heavy dish here that I attribute to needing to get rid of ingredients in my fridge before they went bad. I literally just threw things in the stir-fry as I went. First, sautee broccoli and cauliflower florets in coconut oil. Then, add ground chicken breast until cooked thoroughly. Toss in mushrooms, kale (or other greens, like bok choy) and sliced green onions. Scramble a few eggs in the middle if desired. Season with soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos), juice of 1 lime, red pepper flakes and a spoonful or two of red chili paste. Top with shredded coconut, sliced almonds and serve over a bed of brown rice. Delish!

voodooAnd I leave you with these candy-coated donuts that need no words.

Use this one: Signature

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3 responses to “Life Through an Instagram Lens {V-Day Edition}

  1. Amber

    This is great inspiration… I also need to overcome many fears, and learn to let go! Good for you! That last recipe looks delish too!

  2. Just signed up for skinny dip society! Love her philosophy – thanks for sharing, Katie!

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