I can smell spring in the air when I step outside. Nothing quite says summertime like a good ol’ iced cappuccino. I remember the milk-and-sugar-laden concoction from Tim Hortons well. The whipped cream on top with sweet sugary frozen caffeinated goodness underneath. The almost flavourless ice left at the bottom every time.
The bloating and the blood sugar crashes. Good times.
Needless to say when I woke up to a particularly balmy morning here in Vancouver, I immediately went to my freezer to pull out some frozen Americano cubes. Enter, vegan mocha iced capps.
8 ounces of frozen Americano
½ cup almond milk
1-2 teaspoons cacao or cocoa powder
8 drops English toffee stevia
½ tsp maca powder (optional)
Add all ingredients into the blender and slurp away! Sun, warmth, and tan not included.
As I continue down my life path, I become more and more clear of my values and boundaries. In the past, I haven’t always been concrete in what is and what isn’t okay by me. And since manifesting such incredible experiences and people, I’ve realized that negativity isn’t cool in my books.
It's your choice who you surround yourself with! Do the people in your life emulate what you're trying to manifest?
If you’ve tuned into the latest episode of The Awesomeness Advantage, Kels and I discussed how our lives aren’t always rainbows and lollipops; having that balance of super high-vibes and not so super high-vibes is all a part of life. It’s about acknowledging those moments, and knowing that you don’t have to stay in a state of feeling negative. YOU choose how you feel and experience situations.
When it comes to relationships of any sort, I choose to surround myself with positive, encouraging, conscious individuals. I choose to associate with people that value and care about the planet, themselves, and me. At the end of the day, those are all really one in the same. When it comes to romantic relationships, these values are even more important to me. Since my life has become plant-based and earth-friendly, I choose to be with people that share these values. The fiery Aries and worldly Aquarian in me is quite stubborn about this. Once I clued into where my values are, it made choosing to associate with certain people (and disassociate with others) a natural choice.
When it comes to work, I know which environments I thrive in and which ones I squirm out of. I realized these things by tuning into how my body and mind felt in and after each situation.
I’ve noticed my blog is taking a turn in the direction of its content as well. I’ve chosen to focus more on living life to its fullest in the most awesome of capacities. While nutrition and healthy living is still a passion of mine that I fully embody, it’s not where my focus has been these days. At this point, I’m not still considering going to school for natural chef certification.
I think I may choose to enroll for U of L (University of Life, in case you’re not familiar with that term). Thoughts? I’m applying for my masters, I think I’ll learn some amazing lessons.
I have to admit something: I have a girl-crush.
Who is this leading lady in my life? Dianna Agron.
It started as a mild admiration back when first Glee came out, but since doing some more research it’s grown into a bit more. As it turns out, I have a [very weak] social connection with her: a past boyfriend’s best friend used to date her, and from this I learned she is a fantastic cook and a vegetarian to boot. Between her, Olivia Wilde and Natalie Portman they make veggie-based lifestyles look better than any fast food commercial they can throw Audrina Patridge in.
If you tell me I look like her I will love you forever, and make you healthy brownies!
She kind of makes me want to start dying my hair again. And start singing and acting, neither of which I excel in except behind closed doors.
I definitely agree with being a first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of someone else, but if I can bring natural eating and healthy lifestyles to our culture the way these ladies bring class, talent, and beauty to Hollywood, I’ll consider myself a success.
Check back on Monday for my next post!
Once you’ve finished being inspired to eat well here, get inspired with Dianna’s creativity here: http://felldowntherabbithole.tumblr.com