Add some “Multi-Love” to your life!

There’s always that one thing that has the ability to completely flip the most terrible day in the history of bad days into a 180, walking on sunshine kind of day. For me, it can come from going on a run with my dog in the Boise foothills or calling my mom and breaking down to her in the middle of Broadway, then following it up with turning up the tunes and listening to a song from my Waggle Butt Running Playlist.

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Mr. Waggle Butt himself, after a nice bath. Always brings a smile to my face, regardless of whatever is going on in life

On the flipside, there are also those things with the potential to bring down even the best day. Dealing with a toxic person at work that is unavoidable, finding out difficult news to deal with, or a turn in the day’s events for the worst. What’s worse is when several of these happen in a row making even the smallest events seem like life changers.  Just as it’s important to not sweat the small stuff, it’s equally important to not let bigger challenges get the best of us and find the positive side to move forward.

Easier said than done though, right? Especially with the holidays coming around, this can be one of the most stressful times of the year as we also lead into the month where most people find themselves the most depressed. According to the traffic on search engines, online searches for remedies linked to depression occur most frequently during the month of November.

Enough with the negative talk though. How about a can do attitude with some tips on how to avoid letting the small stuff get the best of us and how to make the most of an unpleasant, difficult situation.behappy

Cliché, maybe. But I like to flip to Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” when I’m having a downer day.
Or when I want to boost an already happy day!

Be Optimistic

Research has shown that people who are optimistic in life tend to live healthier and longer lives. If you’re thinking worst case scenario, look at the opposite side and think, what is the best thing that could come out of this as well?

Stop throwing a pity party

Instead, find a reason to throw a party! Find an excuse to get together with a friend that supports you and makes you feel good about yourself.

Find a mantra

Have a saying that you can remind yourself of when times get difficult. Something that will encourage you and remind you that in the end everything works out for a reason. For me my mantra is

“Whatever is meant to be, will be. As long as I put my heart in whatever I’m doing and give it my all, whatever is meant to be will be.”

No regrets, no complaints, and no questioning. Just a positive outlook and reassurance in myself and my life.

Think about the alternative

When you wish something was better or different about your life (I wish I was more in shape, I wish I had a better paying job, I wish I didn’t have this weird mark on my face…), think about what it would be like if you woke up tomorrow with JUST that one thing you wished for and you had nothing else. Gives you a different perspective right?

Move on

Whether it’s moving on from a bad day, or moving on from holding a grudge. Learn to accept what just happened, grow from it, and move forward. Dwelling on something doesn’t make anything better. Acceptance and learning from these experiences encourages growth and allows you to move forward to a better place.

Life is short, do  what you love and find something that makes you smile

Is it getting together with a friend? A song that puts an extra bounce in your step? Or maybe an activity that you enjoy doing. Something that always helps to relax me and put me in a good mindset is throwing on some comfy sweats, throwing the hair back in a ponytail, blasting some melancholy tunes, and turning up the heat in the kitchen.

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There’s something about soothing music and the creativity that comes with putting together a meal from scratch. It also helps that typically what I’m cooking makes the place smell divine and I can enjoy munching on the final product, assuming all goes well and I don’t burn it! In that case, thank goodness for pumpkin spice candles (so I can at least enjoy the smell) and living across the street from the best cookie bakery in Manhattan.

I feel like this is something that I need in my kitchen to cook some meals of l-o-v-e!
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Last week I was in a cooking frenzy and was able to cross two things off of my “Cooking Bucket List”. Cauliflower crust pizza and making homemade bread from scratch!


Multi-(love)-Grain Bread

 

I wish I could take credit for this, but Pastry Affair has the tutorial on how to make your own bread in addition to other fabulous recipes. I feel like I should call this the “Multi-Hour-Bread” because it ended up taking me 10 hours to my inability to realize 5 hours is too long to let bread rise! Had it been a cartoon, I would have walked into my apartment with dough expanding out the door, windows, and busting through the roof. Instead, I “punched” the dough down as my Google search advised and let it rise for a couple more hours.multilove

The final product was definitely fall soup pairing worthy and tasted delicious with peanut butter on it or dipped in olive oil. Definitely going to be making this again!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not REAL Pizza Crust “Cauliflower Crust Pizza”

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I knew when I ran across these beauties at Whole Foods after my hot yoga class that I had to give this idea of using cauliflower for a healthier alternative to bread for pizza crust. I can’t take credit for this recipe either, but The Lucky Penny gives great step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.

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If I make it again, I will probably make the crust a bit thinner and will use parchment paper to ensure a more even heat distribution. But it was a fun experiment, though I enjoy the real deal too much to forgo brick oven style pizza.

What are things you do to remain positive or turn around a bad day for the better?

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Playgrounds, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin spice for days

When life hands you pumpkins, incorporate pumpkin into every meal you prepare during fall. When life informs you that you have been living across the street from the world’s best cookies, you better put together one darn good workout and reward yourself with one of those cookies. After all, life is too short to not enjoy pumpkin spice goodness and eat freshly baked cookies!

954884_10151927082044380_1005393160_nLife is also too short to not rock bright, funky sunglasses and milk the summer like weather
in October we’re experiencing here in the city. Colorful trees, crisp mornings, and warm sunny days…
I think I’m getting spoiled this fall, I love this weather!

Why am I talking about pumpkins and cookies today? These were my motivation to get through my training for this past week especially since my playground circuit workout with CeCe on a hot, humid October morning required extra motivation. We had already picked out our inspiration, and it wasn’t just to condition ourselves for the Urbanathlon. We needed something a little sweeter, something a child would crave after running around on the playground for a good couple of hours. Mom’s freshly baked cookies! Since our moms couldn’t be there to do the trick, we were finally able to give Levain Bakery a try to see what makes them “The World’s Best Cookies”. But first, we had to get through our playground circuit. Don’t be fooled by the phrase “playground” and think this is just a simple, fun workout. Fun? It can be. Simple, anything but!

We started out our workout early, hoping to beat all the kiddos to the playground and beat the heat. Central Park was gorgeous, absolutely stunning as the sun started to peek through the trees revealing the first glimpse of fall painting over the city. We started out with a 2 mile run and then headed to the park for another 45 minute sweat sesh.

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Go through each circuit 3 times. If you do this with a partner, have one person run while the other person performs the circuit and then switch. As we were finishing, a little girl came with her dad and wanted to join in on our workout, but not before asking CeCe why she was all wet. It was definitely one of those “did you just get out of the shower, or have a really vigorous workout?” An exercise like this should definitely be followed by rewarding yourself with cookies or your treat of choice!

With the humidity, neither of us were craving something super sweet, especially at 9:00 in the morning. We decided to still go get our cookies and at least take them home.  Of course we had to try their signature cookie, chocolate walnut and chose the oatmeal raisin cookie as well. It’s funny because you wouldn’t think a world famous cookie would be tucked away in a little tiny basement café. The verdict? We both loved the oatmeal raisin the best as the chocolate one had just a little too many chips for our liking. I know, weird! I took mine back to my  apartment and froze it so it would keep longer. Later in the day I had worked up an appetite though and thought I’d try a bite of it. Because it was so moist on the inside, it tasted AMAZING frozen. Kind of like an ice cream sandwich. YUM! That’s going to be self control at its finest since the bakery is literally a 2 minute walk from my apartment.

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While on the topic of cookies, I’ve been obsessed with putting pumpkin in everything lately. I do believe pumpkin has replaced my watermelon addiction. It goes in my oatmeal, protein bars, smoothies, cookies, I even want to try a pizza recipe with it. Like I said, slightly obsessed. Good thing pumpkins provide many health benefits including being a mood booster, rich in potassium, heart healthy, good for the skin, and strengthen the immune system.

pumpkinspiceoatmealcookiesDirections: Combine the dry ingredients first. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients and then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Refrigerate for about an hour, then preheat the oven to 375. Roll into small 1/4 cup sizes and bake for 10-14 minutes, depending on your oven’s power. Then, turn up your favorite feel good song (mine was The Proclaimer’s- I’m Gonna Be {500 Miles}) and get ready for your whole home to fill with the smell of fall goodness!

What’s your favorite part about the beginning of fall?