Inspiration & Greener Grass

I hope you all had a nice Cinco de Mayo and no one is nursing any tequilla hangovers.  And if you are, just keep drinking.  It’s already Friday anyway.

I didn’t have anything to drink last night.  Other than water.  I’m such a party animal, I know.

I did eat some plants.

I dressed them with homemade Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing

MY OTHER RECIPES

And I ate fruit.  In the form of mango inside cookie dough.

White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

I’m also participating in the San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale

Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking started the blogger bake sale last year in an effort to end childhood hunger.

The bake sale idea has grown and there are blogger-run bake sales going on in many cities across the country.  Here’s Gaby’s list of 2011 cities and info.

So on Saturday, May 14 check to see if you can go out and sample the treats of local bloggers in your area and support a wonderful cause in the process!  In San Diego, it’s at Great News in Pacific Beach from 2-4pm as the flyer indicates.  C’mon out! And you can see (and sample) what I made!

From my last post about What I’d bring to a Fiesta, I am glad you enjoyed that one.  It’s fun to include some non-food items, too.  Lots of you said you liked the sundress.  Me too.  I want it!

And thanks for letting me know what you bring to parties or if you were doing any Cinco de Mayo celebrating.

Questions:

1. Inspiration and Who Inspires yYou?

When I was writing the Super Natural Everyday cookbook review, I was struck by how inspired I am by both Heidi and Helene.  Those women inspire me, greatly.

Some days I wonder what I am doing and what my purpose is when I:

read their blogs

see the recipes they create

see the food they make

gaze at the beautiful photographs that they take

read the books they’ve written

I want to be like them both when I grow up!

I am inspired by people, especially women, who have forged their own path in life; who are working in non-traditional fields, who are making a living and a name for themselves doing what they want to do, without the rules of big business and corporations and society telling them, oh, you can’t do that.  Oh yes, I can.  And watch me. Those are the women who inspire me!

Who inspires you on your life path?

2. How certain are you of your life path?  Are you doing what you want to be doing?

I am still not sure of my life path in terms of career, work, what I want to be doing in 5 or 10 years, and balancing it with raising Skylar.  Parenthood, if nothing else, forces one to abandon rigid plans and just go with life’s flow much more.  Period.

So, yes, I wonder what the future holds for me.  Then again, no one ever really “knows”.  Life is a journey and just about the time you think you have things sort of figured out, it all changes!

I am happy where I am at in life, but of course always wonder if I would I be happier with xyz or what will happen.

Yoga reminds me to live in the present and try not to worry, stress, or over-plan for the future.  No need to cross any bridges that aren’t necessary and to be happy in the present.

3. Are you a The Grass is Greener type person?  Or are you content with what is, what you have now, where you’re at now with everything from your job to your relationships to your body image to where you live, etc.?

I used to be such a grass is greener person.  As I have gotten older, I have realized it’s probably not greener.  And even if it is, there’s nothing I can likely do about the current situation, anyway.

I have made plenty of decisions in life that came from a grass is green perspective and usually those decisions have blown up in my face.  Case in point, moving to Phoenix to buy a house because I wanted to be a homeowner at all costs and could afford property there, but everything else was a horrible fit, for me, and I hated it there.

Nine months later and lots of debt later (now debt free!), we were back in San Diego.  The grass was not greener and it was a huge lesson learned.

However, sometimes the grass is greener.  Sometimes there is something better, something more fitting, a path that better suits us, something that the Universe has in store for us but we have to do some major soul searching and take some big leaps of faith on the if-come that yes, that grass over there is greener and better.

Case in point for me include things like changing my college major at the eleventh hour to quitting jobs that I didn’t like without having other ones lined up.

So, some deepish thoughts for a Friday, but maybe it will give you something to think about on a weekend workout or some downtime.

Hope you all are able to enjoy the weather and get some R & R in this weekend!

I’d like to stop and smell a few roses.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Granola Giveaway.   Winner announced early Saturday.

60 comments on “Inspiration & Greener Grass”

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  2. YOU inspire me. I’m so not kidding. You are always so kind… and to everyone, little and big bloggers alike. You always leave us all such positive comments, and it puts huge smiles on our faces. Or mine, at least!

  3. Are you doing what you want to be doing? Not really… well, I am, but I haven’t been able to focus on it as much as I would like. Time for change!

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  5. That’s awesome about the bake sale!

    1. I’m inspired by similar women who have thrown out social pressures and found peace in their own path. Kris Carr is a big inspiration to me since I’m finally getting around to reading her new book.
    2. Much more certain as I get older, I spent too many years in my 20s feeling uncertain of where I should go feeling pressured to start a family, push my career, etc. But I’ve become more comfortable with going with what works for me.
    3. Yes because I’m thankful for what I have, no because I tend overstress at times when work and life get crazy … like the last few weeks.

  6. I am never a “grass is greener” kind of person. I am completely happy and content with my life, what I have, and what I don’t have. I don’t take anything in life for granted.

    I didn’t have anything to drink but water yesterday either :-)

  7. I have grass-is-greener tendencies but like you, as I get older, they are far less often. Not that I am complacent, but practical and focusing more on stability. The older I get, the more I want peace, not chaos and uncertainty, so I tend to work with what I have and only change what is absolutely necessary and on my own terms if possible. But sometimes I just need a total makeover of something and throw all security to the wind and go for it, because I’m also a risk-taker. I just know how to size up my risks a little better than I did when I was 16. ;)

    • “The older I get, the more I want peace, not chaos and uncertainty, so I tend to work with what I have and only change what is absolutely necessary and on my own terms if possible. “– omg we are soul sisters.

      risk mgmt skills improve with age, oh, indeed :)

  8. I find myself being grass is greener every so often… i usually tame my urge to make a life change with a new piercing or a tattoo though… solves my problem for the time being. =) Blogging women always inspire me as they always have something out of the box to say. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Definitely tend to be more content with the way things are. Not that I don’t strive for better.

    “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got!”

  10. Thank you for this post about inspiration. I love these deep thoughts! Especially like where you said: “I am inspired by people, especially women, who have forged their own path in life…doing what they want to do, without the rules of big business and corporations and society telling them, oh, you can’t do that. Oh yes, I can. And watch me.” To be honest, YOU are one person who inspires me! I tend to get involuntarily anxious (or WORRY about being anxious) and over-think things at times but you always remind us all not to “sweat the small stuff” so I strive to keep that in mind. Sometimes, I think of all the inspirational women whose blogs I read and “WW_D?” pops into my head in random situations. Anyway, your take-charge attitude has helped inspire me to finally make a big travel decision (which is actually to head all the way to Southern CA to visit a friend)! So, thank you. ‘Bout time, after all my envying of your scenic photos! Guess this is my attempt to see if the grass really IS greener. :D

  11. Well, it seems like your love for veggies brings out too much of delights for our eyes, yet what is the sad part for many of us is that our mouths are left watering with out having the exotic delights to stuff our mouths with.

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  17. I think the Yoga peeps inspire me. The ones who can fast & not overeat. And don’t watch bad TV or do Asanas instead of Avocados during stress!

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